Jonathan Singleton greeted the Quad Cities with a first-inning solo shot into the left field berm for the River Bandits second run in his first at-bat of the 2013 campaign and later added an RBI single in a 7-5 victory shortened to 5 ½ innings by rain at Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday night.
Right-hander Lance McCullers (1-4) struck out three straight batters following a walk to start the sixth inning and earned his first professional victory. Right-hander Daniel Minor pitched the first four innings, allowing two runs on three hits and three walks while striking out three batters, and right-hander Richard Rodriguez allowed three runs while working through the fifth inning.
The River Bandits (28-23) took a 1-0 lead before Singleton came to the plate in the first inning. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez walked, advanced to second base on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on a throwing error by Kane County catcher Wilson Contreras.
Cougars left fielder Pin-Chieh Chen equalized the game in the third frame, with a two-run triple past a diving Miles Hamblin at first base into right field scoring David Bote and Oliver Zapata. Bote led off the inning with a walk and Zapata reached on a bunt single.
Quad Cities answered back in the home half of the third, on an RBI single up the middle from shortstop Carlos Correa that scored left fielder Jordan Scott from second base for the go-ahead run and his team-leading 29th RBI. Scott drew a walk to start the inning and got to second on a single off the bat of Hernandez. Two batters after Correa, Singleton followed with a ground ball that split the gap between first and second into right field to score Hernandez for a 4-2 lead.
Correa added two more RBIs on a pop-up double to right that dropped in front of right fielder Rock Shoulders, who was shading Correa to pull the ball, to score Jobduan Morales and Catfish Elkins in the fourth. Miles Hamblin followed with a sacrifice fly to bring in Hernandez and advance Correa 90 feet to third.
Right-hander Mike Hauschild (3-0) and southpaw Colton Cain (1-5) will toe the rubber for the River Bandits against right-hander Pierce Johnson (3-3) and the Kane County Cougars Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park in Game 2 of the series. Hauschild is scheduled to deliver the game's first pitch at 7:00 p.m.