The night got off to such a promising start for the Quad-Cities River Bandits.
It didn't end that way.
The Bandits were held hitless after the opening inning in a 4-2 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Saturday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
It's the fifth straight loss for the division champion Bandits, who are trending in the wrong direction with the playoffs starting Wednesday.
In the first inning, Chas McCormick hit an RBI double to score Chuckie Robinson after he had been hit by a pitch and advanced to third base on a throwing error. Marcos Almonte followed that up with an RBI single to put the Bandits up 2-0.
That was it for the offense.
After the first inning, the Bandits had only two more base runners as the Timber Rattlers pitching staff shut down the normally potent Quad-Cities bats.
"Five tough offensive nights in a row and we need to figure out a way to get out of it," manager Russ Steinhorn said. "We're missing some pieces of the puzzle that have brought us this far and guys need to take step up and take advantage of these opportunities that have opened themselves up and presented themselves, finish strong and make a run."
Carlos Herrera pitched five innings for Wisconsin, allowing just the two hits and one walk while striking out five for his third win of the year. Jordan Desguin allowed one walk over two innings and Miguel Sanchez pitched two perfect innings for his second save.
Offensively, the Timber Rattlers had 11 hits, and took a 3-2 lead in the top of the second inning. Mitch Ghelfi hit a one-out single, then Demi Orimoloye followed that up with a double and Ryan Aguilar a triple to tie the game.
Joantgel Segovia hit a single to score the go-ahead run off Bandits starter Carlos Sanabria.
Sanabria worked out of the inning by getting a double play and settled down the rest of the way, pitching 4⅓ innings, allowing eight hits and striking out one.
Yohan Ramirez entered in the fifth inning to relieve Sanabria, and allowed three hits and one run, coming in the eighth inning on an RBI double from Orimoloye.
The Wisconsin right fielder went 3-for-3 in the game with two doubles and two RBIs as the bottom three in the Timber Rattlers' lineup combined for five of the team's 11 hits and all four RBIs.
Despite the struggles offensively, Quad-Cities did have a few bright spots in the game. Ray Henderson cut down two base runners trying to steal second base in the seventh inning and the team did turn two double plays.