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BANDITS' RALLY, WALK OFF TO SPLIT WITH CLINTON PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 01 May 2014 08:06
Quad Cities drops Game 1, 6-3, to Clinton, before rallying from 7-3 deficit for walk-off win in Game 2
DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 1, 2014) – Center fielder Brett Phillips hit a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the seventh inning for a 9-8 Game 2 win for the Quad Cities River Bandits, who had rallied from a 7-3 deficit to earn a split with the Clinton LumberKings, who had taken Game 1 by a 6-3 final in a doubleheader Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park.
In Game 1, Clinton first baseman Jeff Zimmerman opened the scoring with a home run on the first pitch of the third inning by Quad Cities left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-2), who completed three innings, allowing two hits and one walk with four strikeouts.
With a 1-0 lead, the LumberKings (10-13) added two runs in the fourth inning and three in the fifth against left-hander Albert Minnis for a 6-0 lead. Minnis lasted 1 2/3 innings, before right-hander Tyler Brunnemann pitched the final 2 1/3 innings without allowing a run.
Trailing 6-0, Quad Cities (11-13) began a rally in the bottom of the fifth. Shortstop Thomas Lindauer, left fielder Tanner Mathis and second baseman Chan-Jong Moon each drew walks to start the inning against left-hander Eddie Campbell, and right fielder James Ramsay shot a two-runs ingle to right field. First baseman Chase McDonald added an RBI groundout, but the River Bandits came no closer than 6-3. Clinton right-handers Aaron Brooks (1-0) and Emilio Pagan finished the visitors' win, with the latter earning his fifth save.
In Game 2, Clinton jumped to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a single by right fielder Austin Wilson against right-hander Jandel Gustave. But Quad Cities answered with a first-inning RBI double by first baseman Conrad Gregor and a second-inning home run by left fielder Jon Kemmer. The LumberKings retook the lead with Wilson's RBI triple in the third inning, and tacked on three more in the fourth inning for a 6-2 lead. Gustave allowed six runs – four earned – on five hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings. Right-hander Zach Morton followed with 2 1/3 innings, three hits, one walk and two strikeouts, but also allowed Clinton center fielder Burt Reynolds' fifth-inning leadoff home run.
With a 7-3 deficit, Quad Cities began a Game 2 comeback against left-hander Blake Holovach in the fifth inning. Moon singled, Greogr walked, and McDonald hit an RBI single. After Ramsay flied out, catcher Brian Holberton singled, and Kemmer drew a bases-loaded walk to chase Holovach. Left-hander Leoncio Munoz yielded a two-run, game-tying single to pinch hitter Tyler White before walking Lindauer and giving up a go-ahead sacrifice fly to Phillips, who reached when Reynolds dropped the fly ball.
With an 8-7 lead, River Bandits right-hander Andrew Walter allowed Wilson's game-tying home run leading off the seventh. But Kemmer began the bottom half with a single to right field, stole second base, went to third on Lindauer's one-out single to left field and scored on Phillips' second sacrifice fly at one minute before midnight. This season Quad Cities has four one-run wins, and all have been walk-offs.
The River Bandits have split each of their first four doubleheaders of the season, and they host the LumberKings for a doubleheader at 6 p.m. Thursday. In Game 1, Quad Cities right-hander Andrew Thurman (2-1) is scheduled to face Clinton right-hander Carlos Misell (3-1). In Game 2, Quad Cities left-hander Chris Lee (0-0) is scheduled to face Clinton right-hander Jose Flores.
UP NEXT: The first 1,000 fans to Thursday's 6 p.m. doubleheader receive a Miltary Camo Drawstring Backpack courtesy of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. On College Night, students can show their college IDs at the box office for $2 bleacher tickets. Gates open at 5 p.m. for a Thirst-Day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and the River Cities' Reader with $2 drink specials. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the 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.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership is making one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 110 feet over the playing field, is opening in May, along with a carousel, a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, and many other new games and attractions. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. The team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, just saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.
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AMERICANS ROLL PAST MALLARDS, FORCE GAME SEVEN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Wednesday, 30 April 2014 09:07

MOLINE, Ill. (April 29, 2014) – Six different Allen Americans scored and 12 different players provided at least one point for the host Americans, who struck for three power play goals and got 32 saves from Bryan Pitton Tuesday night on the way to a 6-1 win over the Quad City Mallards that evens the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at three games apiece and forces a seventh and deciding game tomorrow evening in Allen.

The Americans’ Spencerk Asuchak wristed home the opening goal from the slot at 5:20 of the first period.  Allen was on the power play when Bruce Graham’s tip-in doubled the Allen lead at 15:05 of the first.

The Americans tightened their grip by scoring twice in 11 seconds late in the in the second period.  Tyler Ludwig’s power play blue line blast stretched the gap to 3-0 at the 18 minute mark of the second.  Moments later Jonathan Lessard’s close range goal brought about the replacement of Mallard starting goaltender Thomas Heemskerk by Ty Rimmer.

It was the Mallards who were up a man when Mike Monfredo scored what proved to be the only Quad City goal from the top of the left wing circle at 4:28 of the third period.  The Americans would respond with two more goals later in the third.  Greger Hanson converted a 5-on-3 Allen advantage from the side of the net at 16:25.  Brian McMillan capped off the Americans’ win by burying a rebound with just a minutes and 38 seconds remaining.

The winner of tomorrow night’s game will advance to face the Denver Cutthroats in the CHL President’s Cup finals.

 
MALLARDS PLAYOFF WATCH PARTIES RETURN TONIGHT TO FRIDAY'S, LODGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 13:23

Friday’s, Lodge to Host Watch Parties Wednesday Night

If Semi-Finals Go to Seventh Game


MOLINE, Ill. (April 28, 2014) – Quad City Mallards playoff watch parties return to T.G.I. Friday’s in Moline and the Lodge in Bettendorf tonight at 7:05 p.m. when the Mallards travel to Texas to meet the Allen Americans in game six of the Central Hockey League semi-finals and, if a seventh and deciding game is necessary, Wednesday evening at 7:05 p.m.

Fans are invited to watch all the action of tonight’s pivotal contest in the company of their fellow Mallards supporters at either watch party location. T.G.I. Friday’s is located at 1425 River Drive in Moline, adjacent to the iWireless Center.  Fans who prefer to watch the Mallards in Iowa can enjoy the playoff action in the lounge of the Lodge Hotel and Conference Center, which is located at 900 Spruce Hills Drive in Bettendorf.  T.G.I. Friday’s will offer half price appetizers to Mallards fans during the watch party.  Fans who flock to the Lodge can join the watch parties for just a $3 cover charge and enjoy $1.50 drafts and hot dogs.

The Mallards, who lead the best-of-seven series three games to two, are one win away from advancing to the CHL finals and a match-up with the Denver Cutthroats.  Should they overcome the Americans, the Mallards will play for a league championship for the first time since reaching the United Hockey League finals in 2003.

An Americans victory tonight would bring a seventh and deciding game in Allen and another chance for fans to take in all the action at either Friday’s or the Lodge Wednesday evening.

For more information on the playoff watch parties, feel free to contact the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

About the Quad City Mallards
A proud affiliate of the National Hockey League’s Minnesota Wild and the American Hockey League’s Iowa Wild, the Quad City Mallards are in the midst of their seventeenth season their fourth in the Central Hockey League.  One of the winningest teams in all of minor league hockey, the Mallards competed in the United Hockey League from 1995 through 2007 and in the International Hockey League in 2009-10.  The Mallards’ proud history has seen them capture the UHL’s Colonial Cup Championship three times (1997, 1998, 2001) and secure that league’s Tarry Cup four times (1998, 2000, 2001, 2002) for the best overall regular season record.  In 2001, the Mallards made professional hockey history, recording their sixth consecutive season with 50 or more wins, a feat that has yet to be matched.  The iWireless Center provides a unique environment for hockey and features one-of-a-kind seating areas such as the Nest for groups and functions and the exclusive Drake Club.  For more information on the Quad City Mallards or for Mallards tickets go to www.myqcmallards.net.  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at twitter.com/myqcmallards and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/quadcitymallards.

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LINDAUER NAMED MIDWEST LEAGUE PLAYER OF THE WEEK PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:47
Moline native makes history, then earns league honor with nine hits, two-homer game, eight RBIs
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (April 28, 2014) – Moline, Ill., native Thomas Lindauer's historic first week with his hometown's Quad Cities River Bandits gained more recognition Monday, as the shortstop was named the Midwest League Player of the Week for April 21-27. Making his debut last Monday, April 21, Lindauer had nine hits and eight RBIs in his first six games, which included a two-homer, five-RBI game Tuesday in Clinton.
Before making his home debut at Modern Woodmen Park, the 22-year-old Lindauer has become the first River Bandit to win Midwest League Player of the Week since Anthony Garcia won the honor June 18-24, 2012. It was the first weekly honor for any River Bandit since Boone Whiting won Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for Aug. 20-26, 2012.
On April 21, Lindauer was transferred from Extended Spring Training to become the first-ever Quad Cities-native position player to appear for the Quad Cities Midwest League club. He is also the first metro Quad Cities native in 26 years to play for the franchise. The last was pitcher Mike Butcher, who pitched four major league seasons (1992-1995) with the California Angels and is the current eighth-year pitching coach for the Los Angeles Angels.
In his Midwest League debut April 21, Lindauer had two hits, including a double, in a 7-6 loss at Clinton. On Tuesday, April 22, the Moline High School graduate and former University of Illinois shortstop homered in each of his first two at-bats and finished 3-for-4 with two runs and five RBIs in the 11-2 win at Clinton. It marked the first two-homer game and five-RBI performance by a 2014 River Bandit. Lindauer finished the week with a 2-for-4, three-RBI game in a 15-3 win over Peoria Sunday. He had a hit in five of the first six games, of which he started every one at shortstop.
The Houston Astros' 23rd-round pick in 2013 out of the University of Illinois, Lindauer played 51 games between short-season Class-A Tri-City and rookie-level Greeneville last season.
Lindauer carries a .346 batting average and .654 slugging percentage into the River Bandits' five-game, four-day homestand.

 
RIVER BANDITS-LUMBERKINGS CALLED OFF TUESDAY PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 29 April 2014 12:36
Quad Cities and Clinton will play consecutive doubleheaders at 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday
DAVENPORT, Iowa (April 29, 2014) – Tuesday's doubleheader between the Quad Cities River Bandits and Clinton LumberKings at Modern Woodmen Park will not be played due to unplayable wet field conditions. The teams will play consecutive doubleheaders, both beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Individual tickets for Tuesday's game may be exchanged at the box office for any remaining 2014 home game.
With three postponements since last Thursday, Quad Cities (10-12) and Clinton (9-12) are scheduled to play a pair of seven-inning games both Wednesday and Thursday at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates will open at 5 p.m. each night, with Game 1 starting at 6 p.m. both evenings. The doubleheaders are scheduled to be the fourth and fifth of the season for the River Bandits, and the second and third of the season for the LumberKings.
For Wednesday's doubleheader, the River Bandits have left-hander Kent Emanuel (0-1) scheduled to start Game 1 and right-hander Jandel Gustave (1-2) scheduled to start Game 2.
UP NEXT: Superhero Night and Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix96 are set for the 6 p.m. doubleheader Wednesday. Gates open at 5 p.m., and fans wearing superhero shirts receive $1 off any ticket, while any fan wearing a superhero costume can purchase buy-one-get-one free tickets! Two unpaid bills will be selected from a drawing and paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. To order any of the 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.

 
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