In order to snap a seven-game losing streak and avoid a sweep, Clinton needed to run a little extra Friday night.
Six extra-base hits, five of them doubles, gave the LumberKings enough offense to prevail over Quad-Cities 4-2 in the series finale in front of a crowd of 4,938 at Modern Woodmen Park.
The five two-baggers ties the most Clinton has registered in a game, matching the mark it set in a July 12 contest against Lake County.
Quad-Cities left 10 runners on base and went 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position.
“We needed one more hit, just didn’t get that last hit,” Q-C manager Ray Hernandez said. “I don’t know if its an easy one thing, but we got the opportunities and that’s all we can really ask for.”
In the last game with the temporary nickname of the Treasure Hunters, Quad-Cities totaled its lowest run outing and dropped its only game in the custom uniforms.
After the game, the jerseys were auctioned off in conjunction with Goodwill.
“Our front office does a really good job trying to be philanthropic,” Hernandez said. “Won the series, hopefully we can continue to do good things.”
Bandits starter Matt Ruppenthal was coming off a start against Kane County in which he allowed just one run and struck out five.
He took a small step backwards on the mound against Clinton.
For the second straight game, the LumberKings (60-56) grabbed the lead, and this time they made it stick for the wire-to-wire victory.
Davis Bradshaw kick-started the first inning with a double and was brought home on another double off the bat of Peyton Burdick for the early 1-0 cushion.
In the third, Burdick launched his fifth home run of the season, a solo shot off the scoreboard in left field to double Clinton’s advantage.
One frame later, a roping double to right from Samuel Castro increased the lead to 3-0. The LumberKings had seven of their nine hits in the first four innings.
Ruppenthal took his sixth loss of the year, tossing five innings and allowing three runs on seven hits.
“They barreled in on his fastball, left some pitches up, really couldn’t get his curveball to bite down as much as it usually does,” Hernandez said. “It’s more of trying to stay consistent.”
That proved to be plenty of run support for right-hander Jake Walters.
A ninth round selection out of Alabama in the 2018 draft, Walters tossed five scoreless innings, allowing three hits and struck out six Bandits batters.
And he worked around a lot of trouble to earn his fourth win of the season.
Quad-Cities (69-44) stranded six runners — three in scoring position — in the first four innings, with one ball leaving in the infield.
Getting on base four times via walks and twice on Trey Dawson doubles, the Bandits were held off the scoreboard through five frames.
“He made the pitches when it counted,” Hernandez said.
The comeback commenced in the sixth inning.
Against southpaw Manuel Rodriguez, three straight base hits put Q-C on the board as Dawson drove in Grae Kessinger to make the deficit 3-1.
After Clinton tacked on its fourth run of the night on another RBI double courtesy of J.D. Osborne in the seventh, the River Bandits cut the lead in half.
Wilyer Abreu reached on a one-out error, and Alex McKenna took advantage, hitting a deep double to left field to make it a two-run game again.
Quad-Cities got its leadoff batter on base in the final two frames. It turned into zero runs.
A 4-3 double play and a caught stealing second base ended the eighth, and LumberKings closer Zach Wolf worked around a walk from Michael Wielansky to nab his ninth save of the season.
“It was frustrating,” Hernandez said. “We didn’t have our best day.”
Dawson went 3-for-4 at the plate while Alex Holderbach notched his only two hits of the three-game set. Burdick led the way for Clinton with three hits and a pair of RBIs.
Quad-Cities embarks on a road trip starting today at Wisconsin for three games. Clinton travels to Peoria to start a series with the Chiefs.