APPLETON, Wis. — A ninth-inning double play inning helped the Quad-Cities River Bandits hold on to an 8-7 victory over Wisconsin on Monday.
The Bandits opened an early 8-1 after scoring four runs in the second inning and three in the third but they barely held on as the Timber Rattlers gradually chipped away at the lead.
The Rattlers had runners at first and third with nobody out in the ninth before Jesus Balaguer got Mitch Ghelfi to bounce into a double play. He then retired the next batters to record his first save of the season.
The Bandits strung together five hits — by Luis Payano, Chas McCormick, Ronnie Dawson, Chuckie Robinson and Troy Sieber — to score their four runs in the second. Abraham Toro-Hernandez clubbed a solo home run in the third and Daz Cameron slugged a two-run shot during the three-run fourth.
Quad-Cities starter Yohan Ramirez (4-5) picked up the win despite allowing four runs over five innings.
Clinton 7, Peoria 6: Nick Thurman hit a three-run home run to give Clinton the lead in the fifth inning and the LumberKings went on from there to defeat the Chiefs.
The LumberKings trailed 5-4 prior to Thurman’s blast. Peoria added a run in the sixth inning on a bases-loaded walk, but JP Sears retired the Chiefs in the ninth for his second save.
Peoria rapped out 15 hits in defeat with five different players having multi-hit games. Nick Zammarelli and Jhombeyker Morales each had three hits for Clinton.