By Terry Kovarik
The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits 6-1 at home Tuesday night.
The Bandits loaded the bases with one out, but Wisconsin starter Nelson Hernández managed to limit the next hitter to ground into an inning-ending double play. Darren Seferina started the Wisconsin first inning with a double. He took third on a ground out by Tristen Lutz. Eddie Silva drove in Seferina with a sacrifice fly and the Rattlers were up 1-0.
But that would be the highlight for the Rattlers.
The River Bandits Marty Costes sent a grounder back to the mound, but Hernández threw wildly to the plate and two runs scored to give Quad Cities a 2-1 lead. Quad Cities put four runs on the board. Jonathan Lacroix started the inning with a single. David Hensley, who was the batter that hit into the double play in the first inning, sent a grounder to third, but Wisconsn’s Gabriel García couldn’t cleanly get the ball out of his glove and both runners were safe. A sacrifice bunt moved both runners into scoring position. Miguelangel Sierra singled to center and both runners scored for a 4-1 advantage. Michael Papierski followed with a two-run home run to right and the River Bandits were up 6-1, which was the final score. Both teams face off again at 7:05 tonight.