LANSING, Mich. – With the potential game-tying run at third base in the bottom of the sixth inning, heavy rain put a halt to play on Jackson Field, handing the Quad Cities River Bandits (34-22) a 3-2 rain-shortened victory over the Lansing Lugnuts (30-25) on Saturday night.
Trailing 3-1, Ryan Schimpf began the bottom of the sixth with a walk and Chris Hopkins was hit by a pitch. Both men moved up on Ryan Goins' ground out to first base, and Schimpf scored on Sean Ochinko grounder to short. But with Hopkins at third and Mark Sobolewski at the plate, the rain proved hard enough to prompt home plate umpire Javier Cantu to call for the tarp.
Fifty minutes later, the game was called. Due to Midwest League rules, the statistics of the bottom of the sixth inning remained intact. The game ended with Hopkins at third.
Scott Schneider (5-1) went the distance for Quad Cities to notch the victory, striking out eight in 5 2/3 innings.
Loser Chad Jenkins (4-4) fired all six frames for Lansing, done in by a three-run top of the fifth inning for the Bandits. In the rally, Ivan Castro and Michael Swinson knocked back-to-back RBI doubles to erase a 1-0 Lugnuts lead.
Balbino Fuenmayor went 2-for-2 with an RBI triple in defeat.
The Lugnuts will wrap up their six-game homestand with a 2:05 p.m. Sunday Kids Day at Cooley Law School Stadium, with Lansing right-hander Ryan Tepera (5-2, 3.55) to the mound against Quad Cities right-hander Eric Fornutaro (5-3, 3.02).