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Public Safety- Road Closures for the 15th Annual Quad Cities Triathlon PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sgt. Jeff Swanson   
Friday, 13 June 2014 13:28
The 15th Annual Quad Cities Triathlon will be held on the morning of Saturday, June 14, 2014 starting at 7:00 a.m. and ending around 10:30 a.m., 600 participants are expected. Motorists are asked to avoid the event area and allow extra time to utilize alternate routes of travel. Road closures and detours will be taking place throughout the duration of the triathlon. Road closures will occur on 110th Ave. between 141st St. Place and 160th St. 160th St. between 110th Ave and 70th Ave. 70th Ave. from 145th St. to 190th St. (City of Blue Grass North city limits to City of Walcott South city Limits.) For more information about the 15th Annual Quad Cities Triathlon, you can visit their website at http://www.qctriathlon.com Media inquiries for the Quad Cities Triathlon are asked to contact Race Director Eric Sarno at 608-209-1054 or by e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
RIVER BANDITS RALLY FALLS SHORT AT CEDAR RAPIDS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Friday, 13 June 2014 13:13

Quad Cities falls behind Burlington in Wild Card race with 5-4 loss

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 11, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits scored three runs in the top of the ninth, putting the tying and lead runs on-base before ultimately succumbing Wednesday to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 5-4 at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Cedar Rapids led 5-1 going to the top of the ninth with Hudson Boyd on the mound for his second inning of relief. Boyd gave up a leadoff single to Chase McDonald, who went 2-for-4, walked Ronnie Mitchell and then plunked Tyler White with a fastball to load the bases. However, after falling behind 3-1 in the count on Jon Kemmer, he struck out the Bandits left fielder before getting Brett Booth to fly to shallow left, holding the runners at their stations. Austin Elkins was able to chop a single to right field to score McDonald and Mitchell while putting the tying run on base. After Brett Phillips singled home White to make the score 5-4 and put the lead run on first, Cedar Rapids turned to Todd Van Steensel, who got Chan-Jong Moon to fly out to left to end the ballgame for his sixth save.

The Kernels were able to extend a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning off of Quad Cities reliever Edison Frias. Engelb Vielma and Tanner Vavra each singled to lead off the frame and scored when Chad Christensen pelted a two-run triple to left-center. Mitch Garver, who was 3-for-4 in extending his team-best on-base streak to 20 games, singled to bring in Christensen and make the score 5-1.

Frias came into the game for starter Evan Grills after five innings. Grills (2-2) gave up two runs, one earned, on eight hits in his five frames, scattering eight hits thanks to six strikeouts and no walks.

The two teams began trading runs in the bottom of the first, when Christensen, who finished 1-for-4 with three RBIs, hit a fielder’s choice to score a run and give Cedar Rapids the initial 1-0 lead. However, in the top of the second, McDonald, Mitchell and White each singled consecutively, with the latter plating McDonald to tie the game at one. But Jason Kanzler’s home run off of Grills to lead off the last of the second gave the Kernels a 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

Brandon Bixler (4-3) earned the win with three perfect innings in relief of Cedar Rapids starter Fernando Romero, who gave up a run on five hits with two walks and a strikeout in four innings.

The loss dropped Quad Cities to 34-31 and into a three-way tie with Peoria and Wisconsin for third place in the Western Division, a game behind Burlington with four games to play in the first half of the season. Cedar Rapids improved to 28-37 and will start Ryan Eades (3-7, 7.07 ERA) tomorrow against Quad Cities’ Adrian Houser (4-1, 3.91) in the rubber game of their three-game series.

UP NEXT: The annual Father's Day Cookout at Modern Woodmen Park is open for reservations until Wednesday, June 11. The package includes a game ticket and all-you-can-eat menu in the Budweiser Champions Club Sunday, June 15. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
MILB NAMES HOLBERTON MIDWEST LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE MONTH PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 13 June 2014 12:43

Catcher hit for cycle, led circuit in batting and slugging to become first River Bandit to win honor since 2012

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 11, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits catcher Brian Holberton has been named the Midwest League Player of the Month for May, Minor League Baseball™ announced on Wednesday. In May, Holberton led the Midwest League with a .388 batting average and a .638 slugging percentage, and last week the Houston Astros Player Development Department named him Quad Cities' May Player of the Month.

Holberton, who turned 22 Tuesday, was among the 10 players selected as Player of the Month for May in their respective leagues. Each honoree will receive an award from MiLB™ in recognition of their performance in May. He is the first River Bandit to win Midwest League Player of the Month from MiLB™ since Colin Walsh won the honor for his performance in June 2012.

Holberton's 1.063 OPS (on-base-plus-slugging) ranked second in the Midwest League, and he posted 11 multi-hit games in May. In the month, Holberton also ranked tied for sixth in the league in doubles (nine), was seventh in on-base percentage (.425) and 10th in extra-base hits. Holberton became the first Quad Cities player since 2005 to hit for the cycle May 18, when he went 5-for-5 with five RBIs in a 10-3 win at Kane County.

The Charlotte, N.C., native also won the River Bandits May Player of the Month, an award chosen by the team's field staff. In 39 games this season, Holberton is batting .314 with 14 doubles, four home runs, 24 RBIs, a .366 on-base percentage, .507 slugging percentage and .873 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits return home at 7 p.m. Friday for a Fireworks Friday presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD, and the team will wear special pink jerseys that will be up for auction on Breast Cancer Awareness Night presented by Genesis Health Systems and the Quad-City Times. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
PHILLIPS, BANDITS CRUNCH KERNELS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 09:50

Outfielder notches career-highs with four hits and three runs scored as Quad Cities moves into tie with Burlington for Wild Card

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (June 10, 2014) – Jandel Gustave and Michael Feliz each worked four innings, striking out a combined nine hitters, and Brett Phillips recorded career-highs with four hits and three runs scored in Quad Cities’ 6-2 victory Tuesday over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The win pushed the River Bandits into a tie with Burlington for the Western Division Wild Card with five games to play in the first half of the season.

River Bandits pitchers did not walk a batter, while their offense lumped enough hits together to score in four different innings, despite being sent down in order in four other frames. Quad Cities starter Jandel Gustave worked the first four innings, allowing two runs, one earned, on five hits with five strikeouts. Michael Feliz (2-1) earned the win in relief, firing four frames with four punchouts while scattering two hits. Chris Cotton worked a perfect ninth for Quad Cities.

Quad Cities struck first, with Phillips leading off the game with a base hit. Chan-Jong Moon then hit a slow groundball to the right side of the mound that Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Aaron Slegers fielded and threw away, allowing Phillips to score from first and Moon to reach third. After Brian Holberton flew out to center field, Chase McDonald, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, singled home Moon to make it 2-0 River Bandits.

With Quad Cities leading 2-1, Tyler White and Jon Kemmer each singled to put runners on first and second with two outs in the fourth. Brett Booth then hit a line drive to center that Jason Kanzler misjudged, overrunning the ball and having it roll all the way to the wall. Both White and Kemmer scored and Booth ended up at third with his first triple of the year to increase the River Bandits lead to 4-1.

After Cedar Rapids scored to make it 4-2 Bandits, Brett Phillips lined a triple of his own into right-center field to lead off the fifth, his 10th three-bagger of the year. Slegers got Moon to ground out to first, but walked Holberton to put runners on the corners. McDonald then laced a single to right to plate Phillips and give the Bandits a 5-2 lead.

Phillips again helped create a run in the seventh. He singled to right and then moved to second on Moon’s infield single. On a pitch to Holberton, the River Bandits tried a double steal. Cedar Rapids catcher Michael Quesada fired the ball into left field, allowing Phillips to score from third and put Quad Cities ahead 6-2.

Slegers (5-3) took the loss, surrendering five runs, three earned, on seven hits. He walked one and struck out three. The defeat sent Cedar Rapids to 28-37, while the River Bandits improved to 34-30. Quad Cities will send Evan Grills (2-1, 3.23 ERA) to the mound against Cedar Rapids’ Fernando Romero (0-0, 3.60).

UP NEXT: The annual Father's Day Cookout at Modern Woodmen Park is open for reservations until Wednesday, June 11. The package includes a game ticket and all-you-can-eat menu in the Budweiser Champions Club Sunday, June 15. To order any of the River Bandits 2014 ticket plans - with new lower prices - call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $40. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 
CHIEFS JUMP AHEAD EARLY TO PULL EVEN WITH BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 11 June 2014 08:21
Peoria and Quad Cities trail Burlington by one game with six to play in race for first-half playoff berth

DAVENPORT, Iowa (June 9, 2014) – The Peoria Chiefs scored twice each in the first and second innings to build an early 4-0 lead, and they kept the Quad Cities River Bandits from ever bringing the tying run to bat in an 8-4 Chiefs win that tied the teams in the Western Division first-half standings in front of 4,063 at Modern Woodmen Park Monday night.

Quad Cities (33-30) suffered its first loss in Davenport in three weeks to split six first-half meetings with Peoria (33-30), and the teams are both one game behind Burlington (34-29) for second place with six games to play in the first half. Wisconsin (32-31) won its seventh straight game Monday to move within two games of the spot that will mean a playoff berth for the team holding it after games next Sunday.

Seeking to salvage the third and final game of the series, the Chiefs took a lead within the game's first two batters. Center fielder C.J. McElroy Jr., who reached base all five times at the plate, drew the first of five walks by River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (2-4). Lee's wild pickoff throw toward first base sent McElroy to third, and he scored on a groundout by right fielder Vaughn Bryan. With two outs, catcher Carson Kelly singled to right field and scored on a double down the left-field line from first baseman Gerwuins Velazco.

In the second inning, Chiefs second baseman Richy Pedroza singled to right field, McElroy walked, and Bryan tripled home both runners for his game-high three RBIs and a 4-0 Chiefs lead. Lee then retired seven in a row before allowing his next hit.

The River Bandits reached the scoreboard in the third inning, when left fielder Ronnie Mitchell led off with his team-high ninth home run to right field off Chiefs right-hander Arturo Reyes (4-3). It was one of just two hits through the first six innings against Reyes.

The Chiefs added to the lead in the fifth inning, when Lee allowed two walks around an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Left-hander Albert Minnis entered to get Velazco to hit into a run-scoring double play and finished the inning with a 5-1 deficit. Lee was charged with five earned runs on six hits and five walks with no strikeouts in four innings. In the sixth inning, Minnis allowed a one-out single to Kenny Peoples Walls, who advanced to second base when Minnis was called for a balk. Quad Cities manager Omar Lopez argued the call and was ejected by base umpire Adrian Gonzalez, who called a second balk on Minnis to move Peoples-Walls to third base. Pedroza then hit an RBI single to make it 6-1. Minnis also allowed a seventh-inning RBI single by designated hitter Mason Katz.

Trailing 7-1, the River Bandits made noise against Reyes in the seventh inning, as All-Star right fielder Brett Phillips hit a leadoff triple, and third baseman Tyler White was hit by a pitch. Right-hander Zach Loraine entered to throw two wild pitches that scored Phillips and moved White to third base. White scored on a groundout, and doubles by first baseman Jon Kemmer and Mitchell cut the lead to 7-4.

Peoria added a run on three straight eighth-inning singles off right-hander Patrick Christensen. With an 8-4 lead, Loraine completed two innings, before former River Bandits right-hander Robert Stock – appearing at Modern Woodmen Park for the first time since he played four seasons with Quad Cities from 2009 to 2012 – pitched a scoreless ninth inning with a walk, strikeout and game-ending double play.

The River Bandits open a three-game series in Cedar Rapids at 6:35 p.m. Tuesday. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-3) is scheduled to face right-hander Aaron Slegers (5-2). Burlington visits Clinton, Peoria hosts Kane County, and Wisconsin hosts Beloit.

 
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