GRAND CHUTE, Wis. — Mario Feliciano, an 18-year-old catcher, hit a tiebreaking home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to lift the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to a 3-2 victory in their home opener over the Quad-Cities River Bandits on Saturday.
The game was scoreless through four innings before the River Bandits (1-2) broke through in the top of the fifth. Spencer Johnson opened the inning with a triple off the wall in left-center and scored on a Jake Rogers grounder to short.
In the sixth, Randy Cesar hit an RBI single to give the Bandits a 2-0 lead.
Wisconsin (2-1) responded in the seventh with a pair of runs to tie the game and set up Feliciano's heroics in the eighth. Feliciano hit his first professional home run over the wall in left with two outs off Bandits reliever Carlos Sierra.
Bandits starter Brett Adcock struck out eight in 4.2 scoreless innings before giving way to Erasmo Pinales, who allowed two runs, one earned, in 1.2 innings. Sierra took the loss.
Johnson finished with three hits for Q-C, which faces Wisconsin today at 1:05 p.m. to close out the season-opening series.