July 29, 2007 - Midwest League (MWL) - Quad Cities River Bandits
Tyler Herron tossed six shutout frames and Kenny Maiques pulled to within two of the all-time single-season saves record on Sunday afternoon, as the Swing of the Quad Cities twirled their 10th shutout of the season to sweep the Burlington Bees with a 3-0 win at Community Field.
Quad Cities (21-13, 59-44) won their fifth game in a row to move a season-high 15 games over .500, recording their second four-game sweep of the year after beating Wisconsin for four in a row on June 2-5. Burlington (17-18, 47-57), Peoria, and Quad Cities are now in a three-way tie atop the Midwest League with 10 shutouts apiece.
Herron (9-5) showed off pinpoint control Sunday afternoon, twirling six strong innings with four strikeouts and no walks. The 20-year-old from Florida scattered six hits without allowing a run, turning in three 1-2-3 innings to earn his team-leading ninth win of the year.
Meanwhile, the Swing took a lead in the top of the third thanks to a leadoff double and some heads-up base running by Jose Garcia. The speedy 19-year-old from Venezuela was at second with nobody out when Antone DeJesus pushed a bunt down the third base line. Bees\' third baseman Michael Thompson decided to let the bunt keep rolling, but when the ball stayed fair Garcia rounded third and broke for the plate. He was nearly home when Thompson got back to the ball, giving Quad Cities a 1-0 lead.
That advantage swelled in the top of the fifth. Daryl Jones singled through the right side with one away and Antone DeJesus lined a base hit to center that put men on first and second with two outs. Jared Schweitzer followed with a blooper to left that got by Joe Dickerson, plating Jones and leaving a pair in scoring position. Later in the frame the bases were loaded when DeJesus raced home on a wild pitch, sliding in just ahead of a close tag play for a 3-0 score.
After Herron\'s day was done, reliever Kyle Sadlowski tossed two hitless innings to bridge the gap from the starter to the closer.
Kenny Maiques did the rest, finishing the job in the ninth with a perfect frame that included two strikeouts. The 22-year-old from California notched his 24th save of the season, moving into sole possession of third place on the all-time Quad Cities single-season saves list, trailing just Henry Bonilla (25 in 2001) and John Huey (26 in 1983).
Jason Godin (4-2) pitched well for the Bees despite the loss. He tossed seven innings for the fifth time in his last six starts, scattering eight hits and allowing three runs in the quality start. He struck out four and walked two.
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UP NEXT: The Swing are in the midst of a 10-game road stretch that continues in South Bend (Mon-Thu) and West Michigan (Fri-Mon). All Swing games feature a radio broadcast that can be heard on WKBF AM-1270 or online at www.swingbaseball.com, with the pre-game show starting 15 minutes prior to scheduled first pitch.