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BANDITS OFFENSE LEFT IN KNOTS AT PEORIA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 28 April 2014 15:03
Team musters just six hits in 3-2 loss

PEORIA, Ill. (April 26, 2014) – The Quad Cities’ bullpen fired five shutout innings but the River Bandits managed just six hits in a 3-2 loss Saturday to the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Field.

Quad Cities held a 2-1 advantage in the third inning, but Peoria shortstop Juan Herrera led off the frame with a single against River Bandits starter Michael Feliz before promptly stealing second. Herrera was able to tag up and reach third on a fly ball off the bat of Carson Kelly to Quad Cities’ rightfielder Brett Phillips. Feliz walked Ronald Castillo and then struck out Kenny Peoples-Walls before Castillo stole second, setting up a second-and-third, two-out situation. The Quad Cities right-hander got Steve Bean to rollover on a groundball behind the first base bag, but it was out of reach of a diving Conrad Gregor, scoring two runs and giving Peoria a 3-2 lead they would not relinquish.

Feliz (1-1) allowed three runs on four hits with four walks and three strikeouts in three innings to suffer the loss.

The River Bandits would muster just one hit offensively throughout the rest of the game, not having anyone get past second base. Quad Cities left 10 runners on base.

Joe Scanio came on in relief of Silfredo Garcia, who surrendered two runs on five hits with three walks and two punchouts in 4.1 frames. Scanio (2-1) worked 2.2 scoreless innings, yielding a lone hit and two walks with a strikeout, to earn the win. Kyle Barraclough was perfect in the eighth and ninth innings, fanning two, to earn his first save of the season.

Brett Phillips led off the game with a triple down the rightfield line and scored when Chan-Jong Moon looped a single to center a batter later.

However, Peoria answered immediately in the home half of the first. Feliz walked C.J. McElroy, who immediately swiped second and scored on Juan Herrera’s single to tie the game at one. Herrera went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Tyler White led off the top of the second with a groundball single to left before Garcia struck out James Ramsay. Jon Kemmer then roped a double off the left-centerfield wall to put runners on second and third with one out. Peoria brought the infield in, which paid off when Thomas Lindauer grounded out to third, keeping the runners put with two outs. However, Garcia then fired a wild pitch, which brought White to the plate and gave Quad Cities a 2-1 advantage.

Zach Morton and Evan Grills each worked two shutout innings of relief. Morton gave up just one hit with a walk and strikeout. Grills was able to scatter two hits and a walk before yielding to Patrick Christensen, who worked a perfect eighth.

Quad Cities hopes to salvage the three-game series by sending Gonzalo Sanudo (2-0) to the mound against Peoria’s Chase Brookshire (0-2). First pitch will be at 2:30 p.m. CT.

UP NEXT: Markdown Monday opens the next River Bandits homestand on April 28. Bleacher and berm tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos are $2 each. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game against the Clinton LumberKings. 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.

 
MCKENZIE, MALLARDS DEFEAT AMERICANS IN O.T., TIE SERIES 2-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Monday, 28 April 2014 14:59

MOLINE, Ill. (April 25, 2014) – Jim McKenzie scored at 6:47 of overtime to give the host Quad City Mallards a 2-1 win over the Allen Americans Friday night and deadlock the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals at two victories apiece.

McKenzie jammed in the sudden death winner from the side of net.

Jordan Mayer, who assisted on McKenzie’s goal, crashed the net to tie the score at one with just 51 seconds left in the second period and set the stage- after a scoreless third period- for overtime.

The Americans had opened the scoring when Alex Lavoie finished off a power play give-and-go with Spencer Asuchak at 3:26 of the first period.

 
AMERICANS DOWN MALLARDS IN GAME THREE, TAKE SERIES LEAD PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:15

MOLINE, Ill. (April 23, 2014) – Bruce Graham had a goal and an assist, Jamie Schaafsma scored what proved to be the game winner in the third period and Bryan Pitton made 33 saves as the Allen Americans defeated the host Quad City Mallards 4-2 Wednesday night to take a two games to one lead in the best-of-seven Central Hockey League semi-finals.

The Americans survived a Mallard third period comeback bid that started when Jordan Mayer pounced on a loose puck in the goalmouth to cut what had been a 2-0 Allen lead in half at 8:40 of the third.  Schaafsma responded with the goal that would stand up as the difference by burying the rebound at 14:12 after Mallard goaltender Ty Rimmer (32 shots) foiled Graham’s breakaway bid.  The Mallards closed the gap to a single goal a second time when Matt Boyd scored in a goalmouth scramble with two minutes and thirty-nine seconds remaining only for Greger Hansen’s empty net goal to clinch victory for Allen with just 17.5 seconds left.

The Mallards never quite recovered after surrendering a pair of special teams goals late in the first period.  The Americans were on the power play when Bruce Graham swept the opening goal home from the slot at 15:38 of the first.  Jonathan Lessard’s shorthanded breakaway goal doubled the Allen lead at 18:35.

The Mallards host game four Friday evening and game five Saturday night.  Each of those contests will face off at 7:05 p.m.  Should a sixth game be required, the series would move back to Allen on Tuesday night, April 29.  If the series goes the distance, the Americans would host the seventh and deciding game on Wednesday evening, April 30.

Friday evening brings not only game four between the Mallards and Americans but also the return of the Mallards’ popular $1 Dog/$1 Dollar Beer Night presented by 97X.  iWireless Center doors will open at 6:00 p.m. Friday and $1 beers will be available at arena concession stands from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  $1 hot dogs will be available throughout the game.

Tickets for Mallards home playoff games can be purchased in person at the iWireless Center box office, online at ticketmaster.com, at Ticketmaster outlets or through Ticketmaster charge-by-phone toll free at 1-800-745-3000.  The ticket office is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and on game days from 10:00 a.m. until the start of the second period.

 
MOON’S FOUR HITS HELP BANDITS ECLIPSE LUMBERKINGS, 7-1 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Thursday, 24 April 2014 09:09
Quad Cities pounds out season-high 16 hits in victory
CLINTON, Iowa (April 23, 2014) – Chan-Jong Moon had four hits, including a triple, while Jobduan Morales and Conrad Gregor each added three for Quad Cities as the River Bandits thumped the Clinton LumberKings 7-1 at Ashford University Field.
With the score knotted at one with one out in the top of the third, Moon drove a fastball from Carlos Misell down the left field line. On a full-extension dive, Clinton leftfielder Tyler O’Neill had the ball clank off his glove in fair territory as Moon continued to race around the bases. As Moon was nearing third, O’Neill got up, but then dropped the ball before picking it up again to throw to the plate. The extra time allowed Moon to easily beat the throw on what was ruled a triple and error on O’Neill to give Quad Cities a 2-1 lead. Moon would finish 4-for-5 with a stolen base, two runs scored and RBI.
The River Bandits were able to add to their lead in the fourth when Jobduan Morales lofted a double over the head of Clinton rightfielder Austin Wilson, allowing Alex Gonzalez, who had singled with one out, to score from first and make it 3-1.
Chris Lee would work the bottom half of the fourth before exiting, ultimately scattering five hits to allow just one run with two strikeouts in his four frames. He was replaced by Andrew Thurman, who was electric out of the bullpen. Thurman (2-1) surrendered a lone hit with five punchouts in four innings to earn the win and combined with Albert Minnis, who got the final three outs in a perfect ninth inning, to retire the last 12 LumberKings to come to the plate. In fact, when including Lee’s final out of the fourth, the Bandits trio retired 16 of the final 17 Clinton batters. Quad Cities won for the second consecutive day to improve to 9-10.
Misell (3-1) surrendered three runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout in four innings to suffer his first loss of the season as Clinton dropped to .500 at 9-9.
The 3-1 lead would hold into the sixth before Quad Cities added to it again. Morales walked to lead off the inning and advanced to third on Thomas Lindauer’s double down the left field line. After Tanner Mathis popped out to short, Moon singled to plate both Morales and Lindauer, making it 5-1.
Rafael Pineda came into the game for Clinton in the seventh and got an out before Brett Phillips singled and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice. Morales came through again for his second double of the game, this one scoring Phillips to make it 6-1. Morales would later double again in the ninth to become the first River Bandit with three doubles in a single game this season. He finished 3-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs.
Quad Cities began the eighth inning with three consecutive singles by Moon, Conrad Gregor and Chase McDonald, the latter one bringing home Moon to make the score 7-1. Gregor put together a three-hit night for his third consecutive multi-hit game. Quad Cities’ 16 hits were a season high.
Clinton’s lone run came on a controversial call in the first inning. With two outs, O’Neill singled to left. Jack Reinheimer, who had singled and stolen second base, tried to score. The relay throw from Mathis in left field and subsequent tag by Morales at the plate appeared to beat Reinheimer, but he was called safe to score Clinton’s only run.
The two teams will complete their four game series tomorrow. Kent Emanuel will start for Quad Cities against Clinton’s Jake Zokan.
UP NEXT: Markdown Monday opens the next River Bandits homestand on April 28. Bleacher and berm tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos are $2 each. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. game against the Clinton LumberKings. 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.

 
Governor Quinn Proclaims “Wrigley Field Day” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Blanchette   
Wednesday, 23 April 2014 09:35

Home of the Chicago Cubs Turns 100 Years Old Today

CHICAGO – Governor Pat Quinn today proclaimed “Wrigley Field Day” to mark the 100th anniversary of the iconic Chicago ballpark. The first ballgame was played at Wrigley Field on April 23, 1914, exactly 100 years ago today.

“Here’s to the next 100 years at Wrigley Field,” Governor Quinn said. “I saw Jackie Robinson play at Wrigley, which is the last standing ballpark the great number 42 ever played in. From the scoreboard to the ivy and all the legendary athletes that ever stepped foot on its diamond, Wrigley Field is not just an Illinois landmark, it’s a national treasure.”

The Governor visited the ballpark this morning to highlight how Wrigley Field has long been a source of pride for Cubs fans and players as well as a critically important athletic, cultural and economic institution.

Wrigley Field was built in 1914 and was originally called Weeghman Park. Its name was changed to Cubs Park in 1919, and later Wrigley Field in 1926 in honor of William Wrigley, Jr., the Cubs’ majority stakeholder most famous for his chewing gum company. Since then it has been home to numerous Hall of Fame inductees such as Ernie Banks, Ron Santo and Greg Maddux; and iconic announcers, such as Harry Caray and Jack Brickhouse – Ronald Reagan even served as a radio announcer. Wrigley Field is the second oldest standing ballpark in Major League Baseball.

The famous ivy along the outfield wall has been a mainstay since the 1930s, which was also when the scoreboard and the “W” Cubs win flag made their debut.

In its storied history, Wrigley Field has been the location of Babe Ruth’s famous “called shot” in the 1932 World Series, the first field to have organ music and has been featured in memorable movies such as Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, where the marquee read “SAVE FERRIS,” and A League of Their Own, which told the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League founded by Philip K. Wrigley in 1943. Wrigley Field also served as the home of the Chicago Bears until 1970.

The Chicago Cubs are planning to celebrate Wrigley Field’s 100th anniversary all season long and honor each decade of the ballpark’s history by wearing retro uniforms, hosting special events and handing out commemorative giveaways to fans.

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