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Benedetti’s 5-hit game leads Quad Cities to 8-6 at Burlington, Iowa; successful road trip at 6-2

 

 

Quad Cities earns series win

BURLINGTON, Iowa – Powered by Carmen Benedetti’s five-hit night, the River Bandits completed a 6-2 road trip with an 8-6 win over Burlington on Monday night at Community Field. Quad Cities pounded out 16 hits, including four players with multi-hit nights.

Carmen Benedetti

The Bandits (8-4, 45-35) scored twice in the first, highlighted by Troy Sieber’s RBI single. The Bees (4-8, 35-44) answered with a first inning run on a delayed steal of home by Jahmai Jones. In the second, Josh Rojas hit a solo homer and Benedetti drove in a run with a double, making it 4-1 Bandits. Quad Cities tacked on three more in the fourth, including Benedetti and Sieber’s second runs driven in.

The Bees mounted a comeback in the bottom of the fourth, scoring three times. RBI doubles from Julian Leon and Sam McDonnellplated the first two runs. Burlington scored another on an error by Bandits second baseman Tyler Wolfe. Trailing 7-4 in the fifth, Burlington got a run closer on an RBI single by Jordan Zimmerman. A Wander Franco sacrifice fly in the sixth extended the Bandits lead to 8-5. Richie Fecteau hit a solo homer in the ninth for the Bees.

Gabriel Valdez took no-decision for the Bandits, tossing 4.2 innings in his start, allowing five runs – three earned – on seven hits.Cesar Rosado made his Bandits debut with two outs in the fifth. With two men on and the potential go-ahead run at the plate he struck out John Schuknecht. Rosado (1-0) tossed 4.1 innings, allowed one run and two hits while striking out six. Joe Gatto took the loss. Gatto (5-7) allowed seven runs – six earned – over 4.1 innings.

The Bandits head back to Modern Woodmen Park for a seven-game homestand, beginning Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. against Kane County. The Bandits will wear special patriotic jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game, benefitting March of Dimes. Fireworks will follow the game.

RHP Yohan Ramirez (1-1, 3.00) toes the rubber for the Bandits against Cougars’ RHP Emilio Vargas (2-3, 3.58). Jake Levy andConnor Onion have pregame coverage beginning at 6:20 p.m. on riverbandits.com and 1170 AM KBOB.

 

GAME RECAP WRITTEN BY Connor Onion; COURTESY QUAD CITIES RIVER BANDITS MEDIA RELATIONS