The River Bandits scored twice in the eighth to force the game into extras, but the Hot Rods spoiled the comeback with a 4-3 victory in 12 innings and three hours and 41 minutes to a crowd of 4,624 fans at Modern Woodmen Park for Pro Wrestling Night on Thursday.
Andrew Toles knocked in the game-winning run on a single to score Brandon Martin on River Bandits' reliever Juan Minaya with no outs in the 12th. Martin led off the inning by slicing a double down the right field line.
Quad Cities was tagged out on a play at the plate attempting to tie the game in the 12th. Jobduan Morales was issued a walk by left-hander Stone Speer and was pinch-ran for by Terrell Joyce. Joyce advanced to second and third on a wild pitch a groundout by Dan Gulbransen respectively. With one out, Austin Elkins hit a grounder to third baseman Tyler Goeddel who fired home in time to catch Joyce attempting to score. Jordan Scott then struck out for the final out of the contest.
The River Bandits started the contest on top with a quick run in the first. Jesse Wierzbicki tapped a slow roller to Goeddel for an infield single, but an overthrow to first by Goeddel went into right field allowed Jordan Scott to score from second base. Scott singled earlier in the inning and advanced to second when Carlos Correa reached on an error by shortstop Martin. Quad Cities ended the frame with the bases loaded.
Bowling Green loaded the bases in the second, but Bandits' starter Vincent Velasquez escaped the jam by getting Patrick Leonard to ground into a 6-4-3 inning-ending double play.
Luke Maile knotted up the game at a run apiece with one swing, by launching a solo home run to the left field berm in the third.
Martin and Maile broke up the tie in the fifth inning. Martin drove in the go-ahead run on a single to left and then scored two batters later on a single up the middle from Maile.
Back-to-back doubles from Wierzbicki and Rio Ruiz evened up the score in the eighth. With one out Carlos Correa worked a walk to chase left-handed reliever Jose Molina out of the game. Right-hander Ryan Garton entered the game and allowed a double to Wierzbicki, that sailed to the wall in left-center and allowed Correa to score. Ruiz immediately followed with liner past a diving Joey Rickard in right for a double and bringing in Wierzbicki for the tying run. After two walks, one intentional, Quad Cities ended the inning with the go-ahead run on third and the bases loaded.
Quad Cities loaded the bases for the third time in the tenth inning via a walk, intentional walk and a hit by pitch. However, Garton was able to get Scott to groundout to first for the final out.
Velasquez gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and fanned five in five innings and did not get a decision. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson, making his 28th appearance out of the Quad Cities bullpen, struck out four in three shutout frames after starting the sixth. Minaya (1-3) tossed three scoreless innings before allowing the run in the 12th and suffered the loss.
Bowling Green starter Dylan Floro allowed one unearned run in six innings, but did not get a decision. Garton (1-3) tossed three and two-thirds innings to earn the win, while Speer collected his first save of the season after throwing the 12th.
Ruiz, Scott and Wierzbicki all had multi-hit games, with two runs each for the Bandits.
Quad Cities will send right-hander Chris Devenski (0-0) to the mound for his River Bandits debut against Bowling Green's Reinaldo Lopez (3-4) in the series finale at Modern Woodmen Park on Friday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 p.m.