DAVENPORT – The tandem pitching style used by the Quad Cities River Bandits shut down Clinton’s potent offense for the second consecutive day Sunday night, giving the River Bandits a pair of wins to open an unusual five-game series at Modern Woodmen Park.
The LumberKings struck out a season-high 15 times in a 4-1 loss. The 15 strikeouts came 24 hours after Clinton fanned 12 times in the series opener, a 6-1 setback Saturday.
Starter Mike Hauschild breezed through five innings with little resistance from Clinton. The right-hander struck out a career-high 10 and earned his fifth win of the year. Backing Hauschild was Jordan Jankowski, who worked three scoreless innings and struck out four.
Much like Saturday night, Quad Cities took advantage of shaky defense deployed by Clinton. In the second inning, a Taylor Ard fielding error allowed a run to score to give the River Bandits a 1-0 lead. The error ended up costing LumberKings starter Victor Sanchez two runs in the frame.
A Carlos Correa double and Rio Ruiz single in the third upped the Bandits’ lead to 3-0. They quickly added one in the fourth when second baseman Austin Elkins took Sanchez deep for a solo shot, his fourth of the year.
Clinton didn’t get on the board until the ninth inning when Jordy Lara hit his team-high seventh home run of the season.
The lone bright spot in the game for Clinton was the bullpen work of Jochi Ogando and Richard Vargas. The two combined for four shutout innings in the loss.
Saturday, four miscues hurt Clinton’s chances for a road win.
Charles Kaalekahi made the start for Clinton and continued to show strides of improvement after a rough beginning to his LumberKings career. His only slip-up came in the second inning when Ruiz lifted a solo home run to right field to strike first for Quad Cities.