When it rained, it poured Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
Quad-Cities bunched together eight of its nine hits in two innings, creating enough offense for the River Bandits to finish off a three-game Midwest League sweep of Burlington with a 6-3 victory.
Four hits during both the first and a rain-impacted fourth inning not only allowed Quad-Cities to continue to put a season-long sting on the Bees but also moved the River Bandits back over .500 at 19-18.
Seven of those hits came off of Burlington starter Erik Manoah, whose start ended when teams were pulled off the field shortly before a thunderstorm rolled through with the bases loaded and nobody out in the bottom of the fourth inning.
By then, Quad-Cities had opened a 3-1 lead.
The River Bandits tagged Manoah for four consecutive two-out hits in the bottom of the first inning, using a run-scoring single by Ray Henderson and Carmen Benedetti’s third double in two games to open a 2-0 advantage.
Burlington answered in the top of the second, cutting the Quad-Cities lead in half when Roberto Baldoquin singled home Jordan Zimmerman after he reached on a leadoff double.
As the storm approached and the winds increased, Ray Henderson, Benedetti and Daz Cameron opened the bottom of the fourth with three straight singles to lead the bases.
Bees center fielder Brennon Lund had a glove on but dropped a rapidly-sinking ball off the bat of Taylor Jones. Henderson scored on the error before play was halted for 1 hour, 10 minutes with Quad-Cities leading 3-1.
The rain also ended the start of the River Bandits’ Gabriel Valdez, who struck out a career-high seven batters and gave up four hits in a walk-free four-inning start.
Valdez’s effort came in his second appearance since joining Quad-Cities from high-A Buies Creek last week. Cionel Perez scattered five hits over four innings to earn the win in relief, evening his record at 2-2 before Erasmo Pinales worked a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his second save.
Quad-Cities managed just two hits after the delay, both off the bat of Osvaldo Duarte.
The first followed a run-scoring groundout by Wander Franco after the rain delay, a two-run single up the middle which extended the River Bandits’ lead to 6-1.
The second came on a comebacker which struck Bees reliever Mike Kaelin, who tumbled to the turf and sent athletic trainers rushing onto the field. Kaelin walked off the field a couple of minutes later.