GRAND CHUTE, WI – The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers had a 3-1 lead after five innings against the Quad Cities River Bandits on Wednesday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. However, the River Bandits scored eight runs over their final four innings and beat the Rattlers 9-5.
Both teams scored in the second inning. Darryl Collins gave the River Bandits (14-21) a 1-0 lead with an RBI double in the top half of the frame. Joe Gray Jr singled, stole second, and went to third on a groundout by Darrien Miller. Eduardo Garcia drove in Gray with a single to left to tie the score.
Wisconsin (11-23) grabbed the lead in the bottom of the fifth. Terence Doston and Robert Moore had back-to-back doubles with one out to put the Rattlers up 2-1. Matt Wood, who had 20 RBI with the Carolina Mudcats before his promotion to Wisconsin on Monday, singled with two outs to score Moore for a 3-1 advantage.
Quad Cities had left ten runners on base through the first five innings. They made the most of their opportunities in the sixth inning to take the lead.
Jack Pineda walked with one out and Javier Vaz was hit by a pitch. Cayden Wallace, the Midwest League leader in RBI, added to his total with a two-run double to right to tie the game. The Bandits went back in front with a pair of two-out RBI hits later in the inning. Carter Jensen drove in the go-ahead run with a double. River Town followed with an RBI single.
The Bandits added an unearned run in the top of the seventh and that allowed them to maintain the lead after Wisconsin rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Doston walked to start the Wisconsin seventh against Parker Harm. Moore followed with another double to score Doston. The River Bandits called for Wander Arias out of the bullpen to take over for Harm. However, Harm had to go back into the game after it was pointed out that he had not faced the minimum of three batters.
Ben Metzinger got the Rattlers to within a run on an RBI grounder after Harm had thrown a wild pitch to move Moore to third base. Harm would get one more batter before Arias officially entered the game from the Quad Cities dugout to get the final out of the inning.
Quad Cities added two unearned runs in the top of the eighth. Gavin Cross hit a solo home run in the top of the ninth to account for the final run of the game.
Game three of the series is set for Thursday night. Alexander Cornielle…