Tuesday morning’s Swing game against the Dayton Dragons was scheduled for a 9:30 a.m. start, but the Swing’s alarms didn’t go off until the fourth inning didn’t as they came back from a 5-0 deficit for a 6-5 win at John O’Donnell Stadium. Quad Cities’ bullpen continued its strong work on the season, working a combined four innings of scoreless, hitless baseball. Kevin Ool picked up his third win of the season for the Swing, while Mike Sillman struck out four men for his fourth save.
The Swing (8-9) won three of four games from the Dragons (5-13) on the series, and have won six of their last seven games overall.
The Swing started on the comeback trail in the bottom of the fourth inning. Down 5-0, Dayton starter Camilo Vazquez loaded the bases with three walks, and Jarrett Hoffpauir singled to left to score Matt Shepherd and Joe Mather.
Quad Cities scored three times to tie it up in the bottom of the sixth inning. Hoffpauir singled and Jake Mullinax doubled down the right field line. Brady Toops then hit a bouncer up the middle, scoring two runs when the throw from shortstop Paul Janish was wild. A throwing error from first baseman Chris Kroski moved Toops to third, and Matt Lemanczyk’s infield single score Toops for a 5-5 tie.
The Swing took the lead in the bottom of the eighth inning. Shepherd started with a single to left field, Mather’s flyball to center one-hopped the wall for a run-scoring double. Mather, who had struck out in his first at-bat and five times over the previous two games, drove home the game-winner for his ninth RBI in nine games on the year.
The Swing bullpen was flawless in relief of Mike Parisi, who allowed five runs in five innings. Dennis Medina struck out two men in 1.2 innings in his Quad Cities debut, and Ool struck out two and threw only one pitch out of the strike zone while retiring three men in order. Sillman, the sidearming righty, struck out four men for the save, allowing only one batter to reach on an error. Sillman is a perfect 4-for-4 in save chances, and has allowed no runs and only three hits in 10.2 innings.
For the second straight game, the Dragons took a lead in the top of the first inning, as Phil Gentry led off the game with a home run. Drew Anderson tripled and scored in the second, and the Dragons added two more runs with two outs in the fourth frame. Dayton took a 5-0 lead on Paul Janish’s two-out RBI in the top of the fourth.
UP NEXT: The Swing play the fifth game of their nine-game homestand against the Clinton LumberKings on Wednesday night, as lefty Eric Haberer (2-1, 0.92) gets the start for the Swing. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., and coverage on Progressive Talk AM 1270 will begin at 6:15
PROMOTION: Wednesday is the first Hooters Beverage Night of the year, sponsored by 97 Rock, with live music from The Redheads beginning when the gates open at 5:00, and drink specials continuing until 8:00 p.m. In addition, a Swing will be good for special discounts after the game at Hooters on Wednesday night. Tickets are available to all Swing home games by calling (563) 328-2000.