From start to finish, Friday’s 11-10 loss to Kane County proved to be an exercise in frustration for Quad-Cities.
Not only did the River Bandits blow a three-run lead in the ninth inning, they also lost three players — pitcher Tyrell Jenkins and outfielders Anthony Garcia and Nick Longmire — to injuries that likely will end the Midwest League season for all three.
“Tough night, all the way around,” Quad-Cities manager Luis Aguayo said.
Jenkins started things off well, striking out the first two batters he faced. The Cardinals’ supplemental first-round pick in the 2010 draft never challenged a third, clutching his shoulder as he walked toward the dugout.
“He felt something pop in the back of his shoulder,” Aguayo said. “At that point, he was done. His season is over.”
The same scenario is likely for Garcia and Longmire, who were injured in the bottom of the eighth inning as Quad-Cities broke a 7-7 tie to open a 10-7 lead.
Garcia opened the inning with a single, but suffered a hamstring injury as lunged safely toward second base following an error on the play.
He was taken off the field on a cart two batters before Nick Martini’s second triple of the game drove home two runs.
Casey Rasmus followed with a sacrifice fly that preceded a double by Longmire, who tweaked his quadriceps as he advanced to third on a groundout.
“With 10 games left, I can’t see either of them making it back,” Aguayo said.
He didn’t see the River Bandits’ 10-7 lead last, either, as the Cougars, who had squandered a 6-0 lead after four innings, rallied for four runs in the ninth off of Kyle Barraclough and Heath Wyatt.
The first two scored on a double by Justin Trapp before the River Bandits’ fifth and sixth errors of the game following hits led the tying and game-deciding runs to cross the plate.
“Pitching and defense, two concerns that we've had since the day we got here in April, came back to bite us,” Aguayo said. "We came back and took it from them, but then we gave them the game right back to them."
Kane County 11, Quad-Cities 10
RELIEF HELP: After Kane County built its lead by putting four straight runners on base in the third through fifth innings to open a 6-0 lead, the River Bandits found relief help in Yunior Castillo.
The converted infielder scattered three hits over 22/3 innings but did not allow a run while striking out two batters to give Quad-Cities a chance to rally.
SURGE: Held to three hits as the Cougars opened a 6-0 lead through four innings, the River Bandits bunched together eight to score multiple runs in the fifth, seventh and eighth innings. Five of Quad-Cities’ last eight hits went for extra bases.
THE VOWS: Kayla Rosenbaum of Rock Island and Steven Parr of Andalusia, winners of the 2012 Bandit Wedding — a complete wedding package — were married in front of the pitcher’s mound before Friday’s game.
ON DECK: Quad-Cities at Clinton, 6 p.m., today, Ashford University Field, Clinton. Probable pitchers: Quad-Cities, Sam Gaviglio (8-8, 4.09 ERA); Clinton, Jordan Pries (3-0, 3.67)