DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Blanked for the 11th time this season, the Kane County Cougars suffered a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Quad Cities River Bandits on Thursday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
Quad Cities (64-64, 29-30) picked up the game's first run in the bottom of the second as David Medina and Anthony Garcia started the frame with consecutive singles against Kyle Smith (4-2). Nick Martini advanced both baserunners 90 feet as he grounded out to first, but Smith bounced back to strikeout Luis Mateo. Casey Rasmus wouldn't let the opportunity go to waste as he singled to right, bringing home Medina but Garcia was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Julio Aparicio.
Garcia cashed himself in with a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth as he blasted his second dinger in as many nights. Pitching was the rest of the story for both sides. Smith lasted six frames while scattering eight hits and fanning five. Boone Whiting (1-0) was masterful for the River Bandits as he carved up the Cougars (63-66, 29-30) through seven innings while striking out six and yielding only two hits.
Dixon Llorens, who picked up his first save, finished the contest for the River Bandits as he struck out the first four batters he faced until Justin Trapp singled with one out in the ninth inning. Danny Mateo drew the game's only walk with two away in the ninth to put the tying run on base, but Aparicio lined out to deep center, ending the contest.
The Cougars are at Modern Woodmen Park on Friday night when they battle the River Bandits at 7:00. You can listen to the broadcast on www.kccougars.com, beginning with Cougars on Deck at 6:45 p.m. Right-hander Aaron Brooks (9-12) will start for the Cougars against fellow righty Tyrell Jenkins (4-4). The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Saturday, August 25, when they host the Burlington Bees at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.