Quad Cities Walks off at Home against Kane County, 6-5
DAVENPORT, Iowa (JUNE 13, 2012) - Quad Cities' right fielder Anthony Garcia hit a crucial two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth and won the game in the bottom of the 10th with an RBI double off All-Star Kane County reliever Matt Ridings, snapping the River Bandits' five-game losing streak against Kane County, dating back to April 7, in front of a season-high 7,018 fans at Modern Woodmen Park.
After right-hander Travis Miller (1-0) held Kane County scoreless in the top of the 10th, Colin Walsh singled to lead off the bottom of bottom of the inning. With one out, Garcia lined a double to the gap in left-center field off right-hander Matt Ridings (4-3). Center fielder Lane Adams came up throwing, but the relay throw got past catcher Edul Escobar, allowing Walsh to slide in with the winning run. The victory marks the first time this season Quad Cities has won when trailing after eight innings.
Tyler Rahmatulla drew a leadoff walk in the bottom of the ninth, the first and only base-on-balls issued by Cougars pitching. Quad Cities' right fielder Anthony Garcia then hit a deep two-run home run over the berm seating beyond the left field wall to cut the Kane County lead to 5-4. However, with two outs and Casey Rasmus on second after a stolen base, pinch-hitter Luis Mateo hit a game-tying double to the left-center field gap off Cougars' reliever Angel Baez to send the game to extras.
Kane County (34-32) scored twice in the top of the first inning on a two-run double by right fielder Jorge Bonifacio that scored Justin Trapp and Daniel Mateo, and held that lead until the bottom of the ninth. Villanueva tied his season-high with five walks in 3 1/3 innings of work, which matched his shortest outing of the season that came on April 11 at Peoria.
The score remained 2-0 in favor of Kane County until the top of the fourth, when the Cougars added another run on a bases-loaded walk by Villanueva to second baseman Justin Trapp. After the walk, Danny Miranda came on in relief and ended the inning by inducing a double play, and kept the score 3-0.
Quad Cities (32-34) scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning against Cougars' starting right-hander Robinson Yambati, who did not factor into the decision. Tyler Rahmatulla singled to score Nick Martini, who singled and advanced on a throwing error by shortstop Yowill Espinal to lead off the inning. A David Medina groundout scored Colin Walsh, who had singled to advance Martini to third.
The Cougars scored two more times in the top of the ninth to make it a 5-2 game. Jorge Bonifacio hit a two-run single to left field off reliever Ethan Cole with one out. Bonifacio is 4-for-10 in the series, with a home run, double and seven RBIs.
Quad Cities and Kane County conclude their series Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. Left-hander Jonathan Cornelius (1-2) will start for the River Bandits and right-hander Jason Mitchell (1-4) is scheduled to start for Kane County.
UP NEXT: The River Bandits continue their home stand on Thursday, June 14 with a 7 p.m. game against the Kane County Cougars on Modern Woodmen Night. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The first 2,000 fans through the gates receive a free hat, courtesy of Modern Woodmen. As part of Barrel House Thirst-Day Thursday, there will be $2 drink specials, thanks to Rock 104.9, the CW and River Cities Reader. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at (563) 3-BANDIT and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.
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