DAVENPORT, Iowa – After a scoreless drought extended into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Quad Cities River Bandits clubbed a pair of solo home runs and hung on for a 2-1 victory against the Cougars on Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
Pierce Johnson (3-4) only surrendered one hit through the first four innings before a pair of singles put him in a jam for the first time in the bottom of the fifth.
Johnson wiggled out of trouble by striking out Jordan Scott looking to keep the ballgame scoreless.
Mike Hauschild was also strong to start for the River Bandits (29-23), as he didn’t give up a hit until the top of the fifth when Carlos Escobar singled with two outs.
Hauschild gave way to Colton Cain (2-5) in the sixth inning as Cain also kept the Cougars (24-27) off the board through the next three frames.
Quad Cities finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth as Teoscar Hernandez blasted a home run with one away against Johnson. Justin Amlung replaced Johnson and promptly surrendered a solo shot to Jonathan Singleton.
The Cougars and River Bandits will finish their three-game series at 7 tonight.
Right-hander Jose Rosario (0-0) will start for the Cougars against fellow righty Jordan Jankowski (2-0).
The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Friday night.