The Quad-Cities River Bandits won their third consecutive game with a 5-3 road win over Beloit on Friday night.
With the win, the River Bandits pulled into a tie with Cedar Rapids for the wild card playoff spot with two games to play in the first half of the season. The Bandits (36-30) stranded the bases loaded twice in the game, but their pitching proved to be too much for the Snappers.
Starting pitcher Carlos Sanabria struck out five in just four innings, and Whitley (2-2) came away with his second win of the season in relief of Sanabria by pitching three innings and striking out a career-high eight batters. Salvador Montano earned his first save of the season, and he struck out all three batters he faced in the ninth inning to shut the door on the Snappers (31-36). The pitching trio combined for 16 strikeouts on the night.
Left fielder Yordan Alvarez hit his third home run in four games with a two-run bomb to give Quad-Cities a 2-0 lead, and it never trailed after that. Center fielder Daz Cameron hit a home run in the fourth inning to give the River Bandits a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning.
The River Bandits' third and final home run of the game was a solo shot by third basemen Marcos Almonte to give them a 5-1 lead. The Snappers scored two runs in the fifth inning, but the River Bandits’ pitching was lights out from that point on to seal the win.
Quad-Cities will play Beloit in the second game of a three-game road series tonight at 6:35 p.m.
Clinton 5, Cedar Rapids 4: Dimas Ojeda singled home Yojhan Quevedo for the tiebreaking run in the top of the eighth inning to lift the LumberKings to their sixth consecutive victory.
After Joe Rizzo homered in the top first inning for Clinton (31-34), Cedar Rapids reclaimed the lead with a three-run bottom of the inning.
Clinton starter Nick Wells settled down as the LumberKings chipped away at the lead. Nick Thurman finished with three hits and a run scored for Clinton, which has won nine of their last 10.