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PHILLIPS, SANUDO WIN ASTROS’ APRIL HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:31

Outfielder earns first career honor, right-hander recognized for second time in his career

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (May 5, 2014) – Outfielder Brett Phillips is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for April, and right-handed pitcher Gonzalo Sanudo is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Monday.

The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four in-season minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Former River Bandits infielders Jon Singleton and Tony Kemp were also named Players of the Month at Triple-A Oklahoma City and Class-A Advanced Lancaster, respectively.

Houston’s sixth-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and the youngest player on the Quad Cities roster, Phillips posted a .301 batting average with three triples, two home runs and a team-high 13 RBIs in April. The 19-year-old Seminole, Fla., native had a .394 on-base percentage, .446 slugging percentage, and .840 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) in 23 games. Phillips did not commit an error in April.

Sanudo won his second Pitcher of the Month award in the Houston minor league system since being acquired in a trade with Minnesota March 25, 2013. Also the August 2013 Pitcher of the Month for short-season Class-A Tri-City, Sanudo went 3-0 with a 0.50 ERA in the month of April, allowing just one earned run in 18 innings. The Tabasco, Mexico, native gave up his first run of the season April 27 at Peoria, which snapped a streak of 40 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings dating back to July 9 of last season. Sanudo fanned 14 in 18 innings over five games, including two starts.

UP NEXT: The Book Buddies program will be recognized Tuesday at the 11 a.m. River Bandits game presented by Pepsi, WOC and Q106.5. 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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KERNELS' THREE-RUN EIGHTH DOWNS BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 06 May 2014 08:05
Held to four hits by Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities suffers its third straight loss

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 5, 2014) – Cedar Rapids Kernels designated hitter B.K. Santy drove a bases-loaded two-run double to the right-field wall to break a 2-2, eighth-inning tie, leading his team to a 5-2 Monday night win over the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of 1,343 at Modern Woodmen Park.

River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman kept Cedar Rapids (18-12) scoreless the first two innings. He struck out three batters and stranded runners at first and second base in the second. But in the top of the third, Kernels shortstop Engelb Vielma hit a leadoff single, and second baseman Logan Wade added a one-out double to put runners at second and third bases. With two outs, Thurman walked catcher Mitch Garver to load the bases. Right fielder Zack Larson lined 3-2 pitch for a two-run single to right field and went to second base on a missed-catch error by catcher Brian Holberton at home plate.

After facing eight batters in the third inning, Thurman kept the Kernels off the board for the rest of his five-inning outing. He set down seven of the final eight he faced to complete five innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and two walks with four strikeouts.

The River Bandits (12-18) began their comeback against right-hander Ethan Mildren with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, as designated hitter Chase McDonald clobbered his first home run of the season off the center field batter's eye to cut the lead to 2-1. Right fielder Brett Phillips then started the sixth inning by reaching on an errant throw by Wade from second base. After second baseman Chan-Jong Moon's sacrifice and a single by third baseman Tyler White, first baseman Conrad Gregor grounded into a fielder's choice that brought home Phillips when Gregor beat the relay throw to first base.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (0-1) worked around walks in the sixth and seventh innings to keep the 2-2 tie. With one out in the eighth, however, Larson beat out a high chopper to shortstop for an infield single, and Lee walked left fielder Ivory Thomas. Third baseman Bryan Haar then bounced a ball high to the third-base side of the pitcher's mound for the second infield single of the inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Santy smacked his only hit to the opposite field, scoring both Larson and Thomas. The next batter, Vielma, lifted a sacrifice fly to right field to extend the 5-2 lead.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, Kernels left-hander Brandon Bixler (2-1) allowed consecutive one-out walks by Moon and White before retiring Gregor on a groundout and striking out shortstop Jack Mayfield. Bixler tossed two hitless innings with three walks and one strikeout, before right-hander Hudson Boyd entered to complete a perfect ninth inning.

Quad Cities will seek to snap a three-game losing streak when it hosts Cedar Rapids at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave is scheduled to face Kernels left-hander Josue Montanez (0-0).

 
RIVER BANDITS HOMESTAND HIGHLIGHTS MAY 5-10 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 05 May 2014 13:05
Cinco de Mayo, Book Buddies, Irish Heritage, Fireworks, Sport Bottle & Winter Blanket Giveaways
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (May 5, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits host the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a three-game series before battling the Beloit Snappers in another three-game set from Monday, May 5, through Saturday, May 10, at Modern Woodmen Park. Below are the highlights of promotions and events for the home stand.
Monday, May 5, 7:00 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.) Sponsor: 97X
- Cinco de Bandits Party – Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Modern Woodmen Park with $3 prices on 12-oz. Corona, Straw-ber-rita, Lime-a-rita, and Mang-o-rita, as well as a $5 Yard Margarita. At the Nachoville stand, three tacos are just $3! There will also be a pinata-breaking for the kids.
- Markdown Monday presented by 97X – Bleacher tickets are $2 each, as are beers, sodas, hot dogs, peanuts, nachos and popcorn.
Tuesday, May 6, 11:00 a.m. (Gates 9:30 a.m.) Sponsors: Pepsi, WOC and Q-106.5
- Book Buddies Game – The River Bandits host the graduates of the Book Buddies program. The students who completed the program get to participate in a pregame parade on the field 45 minutes before first pitch.
Wednesday, May 7, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: U.S. Bank, CBS4 and Mix 96
- Irish Heritage/Go Green Night– Get your Irish on for Irish Heritage and Go Green Night! The person who shows up in the most green items will win an awesome prize!
- Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank, CBS4 and Mix 96 – Fans can bring copies of their unpaid bills to Modern Woodmen Park and enter them in a drawing to be paid up to $100 by the River Bandits. The team will randomly select two to be paid.
- Buy-One-Get-One Kids Ticket Free presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union – IHMVCU members can buy one regular ticket and get a free kids ticket every Wednesday. Fans must show membership at the box office to receive the ticket special.
Thursday, May 8, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader
- Thirst-day Thursday presented by Rock 104-9 and River Cities' Reader – Fans can enjoy $2 drink specials throughout the game.
- Buy-One-Get-One-Free Tickets presented by IH Mississippi Valley Credit Union – All Thursday tickets for IHMVCU members are buy-one, get-one free. Fans must show membership at the box office to receive the ticket special.
- Organization of the Night: United Neighbors, Inc. - Proceeds from the Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit United Neighobrs, Inc. (unitedneighbors.com).
Friday, May 9, 7:00 p.m. (Gates 5:30 p.m.) Sponsors: Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD, WLLR, Total Turf & Landscape
- Friday Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD & WLLR – All fans will be treated to a free postgame fireworks show.
- AUSA Military Appreciation Night – Six veterans from six different wars will throw out a first pitch during the pregame AUSA Military Appreciation ceremony. AUSA will also present the Color Guard for the evening.
- Sport Bottle Giveaway presented by Total Turf & Landscape – The first 500 fans will receive a sport bottle.
- Book Buddies Game – The River Bandits host the graduates of the Book Buddies program. The students who completed the program get to participate in a pregame parade on the field 30 minutes before first pitch.
- Organization of the Night: Yoga G - Proceeds from the Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit Yoga G (yogag.org).
Saturday, May 10, 6:00 p.m. (Gates 4:30 p.m.) Sponsors: 103.1 KISS-FM and Clarion Hotel
- Fleece Winter Blanket Giveaway presented by Clarion Hotel – The first 1,000 fans will receive a River Bandits fleece blanket.
- Fan Appreciation Saturday presented by 101.3 KISS-FM – There will be $2 drink specials on beer and soda. A table for a balloon artist and a face painter will both be on the concourse.
- Mother’s Day Celebration – The River Bandits will celebrate mothers at the ballpark. Kids can make cards for their moms in the Bounce QC Kids Zone. There will be manicures available on the concourse. Special Mother's Day prize packages will also be awarded.
- Organization of the Night: Susan G. Komen Quad Cities - Proceeds from the Zeglin's Charity Ball Toss will benefit Susan G. Komen Quad Cities (komenquadcities.org).
- MC22 Telecast – Mediacom Connections (MC22) will record a television game broadcast to be re-aired on MC22.
UP NEXT: Cinco de Mayo and Markdown Monday presented by 97X kick off a six-game River Bandits homestand May 5. Bleacher tickets for the 7 p.m. game are just $2 each, with $2 specials for hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, beer and soda as well. 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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JOIN MALLARDS FOR YEAR-END PARTY TONIGHT (MONDAY) AT T.G.I. FRIDAY'S PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Monday, 05 May 2014 11:08

Join Mallards players and coach Ruskowski at T.G.I. Friday's in Moline this evening (Monday) from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for an end of year party!

The 2013-14 Mallards tonight meet their fans one more time after giving us a season to remember.
Friday's is located at 1425 River Drive, adjacent to the iWireless Center.  We look forward to seeing you tonight!

 
SNAPPERS HOMER TWICE TO BEAT BANDITS, 5-3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 05 May 2014 08:47
Tanner Mathis hits three doubles for Quad Cities in road loss

BELOIT, Wis. (May 3, 2014) – Beloit third baseman B.A. Vollmuth broke a 1-1, fourth-inning tie with a two-run home run and designated hitter Ryan Mathews added a solo shot two batters later in a 5-3 Snappers victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits at Pohlman Field Saturday afternoon.

Quad Cities right-hander Edison Frias (0-1) allowed both home runs in his Midwest League debut and allowed Beloit (10-18) to take a lead in the first inning. Frias walked the game's first batter, center fielder Boog Powell, and allowed a single to left fielder B.J. Boyd that put runners at first base and third base. When right fielder Jaycob Brugman grounded into a double play, Powell scored the game's first run.

The River Bandits (12-16) came back to tie the game in the third inning. Left fielder Tanner Mathis led off with the first of his career-high three doubles Saturday. Center fielder Brett Phillips put down a sacrifice, and designated hitter James Ramsay lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly to center field. It was the only run against right-hander Kyle Finnegan (2-1), who allowed three hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innigns. The right-hander stranded a Quad Cities baserunner in each of the first five innings.

The 1-1 tie remained until the foruth inning, when Brugman hit a leadoff single against Frias, and Vollmuth followed with his fourth home run of the season on a 3-2 Frias pitch that Vollmuth put over the left-field fence. With one out, Mathews drove a 2-2 pitch from Frias over the left-center field wall to extend the Snappers' lead to 4-1. Frias gave up two home runs in 57 2/3 innings in 2013. On Saturday, he allowed four earned runs on five hits and one walk with no strikeouts in a four-inning start.

Finnegan and left-hander Brent Powers kept the 4-1 lead until the top of the seventh inning, when Powers allowed a leadoff single by catcher Jobduan Morales, who went to third on a one-out double by Mathis. Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to center field that scored Morales, but Ramsay flied out to right field to keep the score 4-2.

Snappers right-hander Andres Avila took over in the top of the eighth inning. River Bandits first baseman Conrad Gregor reached on an error by second baseman Sam Roberts, went to second base when third baseman Tyler White was hit by a pitch, and scored when shortstop Luis Baez made a wild throw to first base on a double-play attempt.

With the Snappers' lead cut to 4-3, River Bandits right-hander Zach Morton began the bottom of the eighth inning by allowing a single to catcher Jose Chavez before a sacrifice by Powell that was the final batter in Morton's 3 1/3 innings. Left-hander Albert Minnis entered to allow two singles, including Brugman's RBI single that extended the lead to 5-3.

In the ninth inning, Avila worked around a one-out double by Mathis, who was left at second base after a Phillips flyout and Ramsay groundout to end the game. The loss was Quad Cities' 12th by two runs or fewer this season.

Quad Cities and Beloit meet for the series rubber match at 2 p.m. Sunday. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (0-0) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Junior Mendez (0-2).

UP NEXT: Cinco de Mayo and Markdown Monday presented by 97X kick off a six-game River Bandits homestand May 5. Bleacher tickets for the 7 p.m. game are just $2 each, with $2 specials for hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, beer and soda, in addition to $3 . 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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