Terrell Joyce lined a walkoff single to left field to score Jordan Scott in the bottom of the seventh to give the Bandits a 3-2 victory over the Chiefs in game two, after the Chiefs won game one by a 6-3 score in front of 4,637 fans at Modern Woodmen Park on Saturday night.
With the game two tied at 2-2 and one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Scott reached on an error by first baseman Jordan Walton and stole second base to move into scoring position. Peoria right-hander Michael Aldrete struck out Carlos Correa for the second out and intentionally walked Miles Hamblin to face Terrell Joyce with two outs. Joyce followed with a base hit past a diving Ildemaro Vargas at third to left fielder Breyvic Valera who threw off target to home allowing Scott to score the deciding run.
Peoria was the first to score in the nightcap, on a RBI-single off the bat of Jacob Wilson that scored Valera.
Quad Cities evened up the score in the second frame, starting with a leadoff single to right off the bat of Joyce. A sacrifice bunt moved Joyce 90 feet to second and he advanced to third on a single by Austin 'Catfish' Elkins. Ariel Ovando drove in Joyce on a groundout to second base to knot the score at 1-1.
Brian Blasik gave the River Bandits their first lead of the day in the sixth inning. The 23-year-old infielder doubled to left field and came around to score on a RBI-groundout to short by Ovando.
Wilson brought the game back to equilibrium in the Chiefs' final at-bat with his league-leading 8th home run, a solo shot, to left to tie the game up at 2-2.
Mitchell Lambson (1-1) pitched the final two innings to earn the win. The southpaw allowed one run on two hits. Starter Lance McCullers allowed one run on four hits and struck out six in five innings.
Aldrete (1-2) allowed the game-winning run, which was unearned, and suffered the loss.
Former River Bandit Walton collected his first career home run in the third inning of game one to give the Chiefs their fourth run. He doubled his career total with a second solo shot in the fifth for the final Peoria run.
Quad Cities stacked on a run in each the third, fourth and fifth. Jesse Wierzbicki drove in his team-leading 25th run on a double to right-center that scored Correa from first base in the third inning. Correa scored Morales with an infield-single to the shortstop Alex Mejia in the fourth, and Wierzbicki scored on the fielder's choice by Blasik in the fifth.
Bandits starter Daniel Minor (2-1) allowed five runs on nine hits in four innings to suffer his first loss of the season. Michael Dimock allowed one run in three innings of work in relief.
Tyrell Jenkins (2-1), a River Bandit in 2012, allowed three runs (two earned) on seven hits in five innings to pickup the win. Corey Baker tossed two perfect innings to collect his first save of the year.
The River Bandits and Chiefs will return to action this afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. start at Modern Woodmen Park.