The Swing of the Quad Cities rallied from a three-run deficit over the final two innings, then outlasted the Kane County Cougars late as they defeated the Cougars, 14-10, in eleven innings at Elfstrom Stadium on Tuesday night. Brandon Yarbrough hit for the cycle and scored four runs for Quad Cities, while six other players had at least two base hits.
Down 10-7 after seven innings, the Swing clawed back, scoring two more runs in the top of the eighth inning. Mullinax ripped his second double of the game with one away, and then Yarbrough's sinking line drive into right turned into a run-scoring triple. Yarbrough came home on a wild pitch, making it a 10-9 Cougars lead.
The Swing then evened it up in the top of the ninth. Mike Ferris lined a double into left field with one out, and Jarrett Hoffpauir followed with an opposite-field rope into the right field corner, plating Ferris for a 10-10 tie.
After Kevin Ool worked a scoreless ninth and Mike Sillman got through the tenth inning, Quad Cities rallied for four runs – all after two outs – to take a commanding lead in the 11th inning. Hoffpauir opened the rally with a one-out single through the hole on the left side, and then Jake Mullinax drew a free pass. Yarbrough completed his cycle with an infield single to third, loading up the bases. Quad Cities took the lead on Matt Lemanczyk's infield single to the right side of the infield. After Matt Shepherd drew a walk to score Mullinax, Joe Mather's double to the right field corner gave the Swing a comfortable 14-10 lead.
Sillman struck out two in the bottom of the 11th to close out his first victory of the season.
The Swing took the lead in the top of the second inning, stringing together four straight two-out base hits against Michael Rogers. Derry Hammond led off with a walk, and Wes Swackhamer chopped a single into right field. Mullinax followed by ripping a double to straightaway center field, scoring both runners for his first two RBI of the season. Yarbrough started his banner day with a double to the right field corner to bring home Mullinax, and Lemanczyk's single to left put the Swing on top, 4-0.
But the Cougars struck back immediately, scoring five runs in the bottom half of the frame to take the lead. Kevin Melillo capped the rally with a two-run homer to left, giving Kane County a 5-4 advantage. Tommy Everidge led off the third frame with a windblown long ball to left for a two-run Cougars lead.
Yarbrough answered Everidge's blast with a long ball of his own, drilling a 3-1 pitch to straightaway center field. Yarbrough entered the game batting .048 (1-21), but had raised his number to .192 by the end of the night.
The Swing retook the lead in the sixth inning. After Mather led off with a walk, Ferris blasted a two-run homer to right-center, his second blast of the season. After a seven-game hitting streak to open the season, Ferris had gone hitless over his previous 14 plate appearances before the long ball.
But the Cougars tied it up in the bottom of the sixth inning, at Gregorio Petit singled home a run. Kane County then took a 10-7 lead with a three-run seventh inning, with Chris Tritle's two-run blast the difference maker.
At that point, the Swing rallied back for their third victory of the season. Two of Quad Cities' three wins have gone into extra frames. The win was the Swing's first on a day other than Saturday.
UP NEXT: The Swing and Cougars continue the four-game series on Wednesday afternoon, as Mike Parisi (0-2, 4.63) goes to the mound against lefty Derek Tharpe (0-0, 1.64). First pitch is scheduled for noon, and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 11:45.
NEXT HOME GAME: The Swing begin a nine-game homestand on Saturday, April 23, with the first of four games against the Dayton Dragons. First pitch is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. on Saturday.
PROMOTION: Saturday will be Augustana College Day at John O'Donnell Stadium, a day for Augustana College to show appreciation for its students, faculty and alumni. In addition, it will be the third Swing into Reading Day of the season, with several hundred area children on-hand to celebrate their successful completion of the program. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.