Gaviglio Holds Down Snappers for 7 Innings in 5-3 WinAugust 19, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Quad Cities River Bandits
Gaviglio (8-8) went seven innings for the third time in four starts and allowed five hits, including the only run on the league-leading 26th home run by Snappers third baseman Miguel Sano leading off the second inning. Gaviglio has allowed a team-high 12 home runs this season in a team-best 121 innings. He did not walk a batter, got 14 ground-ball outs to two fly outs and had four strikeouts to bring his team-leading total to 102.
The River Bandits (27-28 second half, 62-62 overall) answered Beloit's second-inning run in the bottom of the inning against left-hander David Hurlbut (5-6). Right fielder Anthony Garcia hit his team-leading 33rd double to right-center field with one out. Catcher Juan Castillo then beat out a ground ball to Sano at third base, and Williams tied the game with a double to left field. With runners on second and third base, first baseman David Medina grounded out to second base for the go-ahead RBI.
Hurlbut settled in without allowing another hit until one out in the fifth inning, when Quad Cities put together four straight singles to score two runs. Center fielder Nick Longmire, left fielder Colin Walsh, designated hitter Stephen Piscotty and third baseman Anthony Melchionda each had base hits, with the last two driving in runs. Piscotty and Melchionda extended their respective hitting streaks to eight and nine games.
Hurlbut, who had allowed one run in his first 13 innings against the River Bandits this season, finished five innings and allowed seven hits, four runs - all earned - with no walks and six strikeouts. Left-hander Corey Williams started the sixth inning for Beloit and gave up a one-out home run to Matt Williams - his second at home and first against a left-handed pitcher this season.
Corey Williams issued the game's only walk in the seventh inning, and that matched lowest total by the River Bandits and their opponents in a game this season. Quad Cities and Kane County combined to walk one batter on July 29 at Kane County.
Trailing 5-1, Beloit (28-27, 67-58) rallied in the ninth inning for a second straight night. River Bandits right-hander Ethan Cole started the eighth inning in relief of Gaviglio and retired the first four batters he faced. But Sano lined a one-out double to left-center field for his third hit, and first baseman Kennys Vargas popped a two-run home run to left field - just the second allowed by Cole this season and first to a left-handed hitter. After a two-out single by center fielder Wang-Wei Lin brought the tying run to the plate, right-hander Heath Wyatt entered the game and got catcher Matt Koch on a groundout to second base for his 19th save.
Quad Cities has won the first two games of a home series for the first time since June 28-29 against Cedar Rapids and will go for its first series win over the Snappers Monday night at 7 p.m., when left-hander Hector Hernandez (7-5) opposes right-hander Cole Johnson (1-1).
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