Quad Cities 7 – Kane County 0
Of late, the Houston Astros’ Class-A affiliate, the Quad Cities River Bandits, have appeared to turn the corner, playing much better baseball, and on Thursday, it was the Kane County Cougars who found themselves on the short end of a 7-0 contest at home.
The key to the game was a five-run third inning, where the River Bandits hammered Cougars starter Duane Underwood (0-1, 2.92 ERA). The scoring was capped by a two-out grand slam by Thomas Lindauer, his third home run on the year.
Underwood turned in one of his roughest outings of the year, allowing six runs, just one of which were earned, on six hits in three innings. A bright spot for the Cougars (26-14) in the loss was the relief work of southpaw Gerardo Concepcion, who allowed just one run on three hits in four innings.
Neither team scored after the fourth inning, when Quad Cities (19-20) added one final insurance run against Kane County pitching.
The Cougars tallied just five hits in the loss, and went 0-for-4 with runners in scoring position against Quad Cities pitching.