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BANDITS PITCHERS DOMINATE, ESCAPE CAPTAINS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 21 July 2014 10:58

Within an inning of pitching consecutive shutouts, Quad Cities holds off Lake County for 2-1 win

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 20, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Edison Frias and left-hander Blaine Sims combined to shut out the Lake County Captains until the ninth inning Sunday, and left fielder Ronnie Mitchell threw out the potential game-tying run at home plate for the final out of a 2-1 win in front of 5,758 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Frias (6-5) gave the River Bandits (14-15 second half, 49-49 overall) their second straight shutout start, as he went five scoreless innings for the third time this season. After a perfect first inning, he began the second inning by allowing consecutive singles to first baseman Nellie Rodriguez and second baseman Paul Hendrix before getting left fielder Dorssys Paulino to ground into a double play. A strikeout  ended the inning, which was only one in which Lake County (15-14, 42-57) put a runner at third base before the ninth inning.

In the third inning, Frias allowed a two-out single by shortstop Ivan Castillo – the last Captains hit until the ninth inning – and a walk to center fielder Clint Frazier. But right fielder Mike Papi flied out to left field in his team's last at-bat with a runner in scoring position until the ninth inning. After a fourth-inning leadoff walk by Rodriguez, Frias retired the last six batters he faced. He allowed three hits and two walks with three strikeouts in his longest start and first win since June 27 in Peoria.

Captains right-hander Jordan Milbrath (3-10) kept the game scoreless through three innings. He stranded the bases loaded in the first inning. In the fourth inning, first baseman Chase McDonald hit a leadoff single to center field, and catcher Brian Holberton singled down the first-base line to move McDonald to third base. After second baseman Marc Wik popped out, designated hitter Jake Rodriguez put down his first Midwest League sacrifice bunt down the first-base line to score McDonald.

In the fifth inning, Milbrath allowed consecutive two-out doubles by third baseman J.D. Davis and Mitchell for a 2-0 River Bandits lead. Milbrath allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks with one strikeout in 5 1/3 innings. Left-hander Wander Beras followed with 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and right-hander Carlos Melo struck out all three batters in the eighth inning to keep his team's deficit at 2-0.

Following Frias, Sims set down seven batters in a row, before designated hitter Brian Ruiz hit a one-out single in the eighth inning to snap a string of 13 Captains retired in order. But Sims picked Ruiz off first base and got a popout to end the inning.

With a 2-0 lead in the ninth inning, Sims issued one-out walks to Papi and Rodriguez to put the tying runs on base. Hendrix then grounded a ball to shortstop Thomas Lindauer, who threw to Wik for a forceout at second base. Wik's errant throw past first base allowed Papi to score the first run against Quad Cities in 17 2/3 innings, and it put Hendrix at second base as the tying run with two outs. Paulino then grounded a single to left field, and with Hendrix running toward home plate, Mitchell threw a one-hopper to Holberton, who tagged Hendrix to end the game. Sims earned his first save since Aug. 29, 2012, by allowing one earned run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in four innings. Quad Cities has won consecutive games for the first time since a July 6 home doubleheader sweep of Wisconsin.

In Monday's 1 p.m. series finale, Quad Cities seeks the first-ever season series sweep in the fifth year of the all-time series with Lake County. River Bandits right-hander Adrian Houser (4-4) is scheduled to face Captains right-hander Caleb Hamrick (3-5).

UP NEXT: Gates open at 11:30 a.m. on a Markdown Monday presented by 97X, with $2 bleacher and berm tickets, hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, soda and beer. An all-you-can-ride amusements pass will be just $10, and the Businessman Special offers a package of a bleacher seat, bacon cheeseburger, chips and a soda for just $10. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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.

 
TINCAPS HOMER 3 TIMES, BANDITS LOSE 5TH STRAIGHT PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 18 July 2014 08:36

Chase McDonald homers in fifth straight multi-hit game for Quad Cities, which loses, 7-4

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 17, 2014) – The Fort Wayne TinCaps became the first visiting team to hit three home runs in a game at Modern Woodmen Park this season, as catcher Adolfo Reina homered twice, and right fielder Franmil Reyes added another in a 7-4 TinCaps win over the Quad Cities River Bandits, who dropped a season-high fifth straight game in front of 5,376 Thursday night.

For a fifth straight game, Quad Cities saw its opponent take at least a five-run lead against its starting pitcher. Right-hander Andrew Thurman allowed a game-opening triple by shortstop Trea Turner down the left-field line, and designated hitter Dustin Peterson hit a sacrifice fly to left-field for his league lead-tying 70th RBI, giving Fort Wayne (9-17 second half, 39-56 overall) a 1-0 lead.

On Thurman's first pitch of the second inning, Reina hit his first home run to left field, where it reached a leg of the Ferris wheel on one bounce. In the third inning, Turner had a bunt single, Peterson reached on an error by third baseman J.D. Davis, and with one out, Reyes launched his eighth home run of the season to left-center field for a 5-0 TinCaps lead. Thurman allowed two home runs in a game for the first time in his career and was charged with four earned runs on six hits and a walk with three strikeouts in four innings, matching the longest any River Bandits starter has pitched in the previous four games.

TinCaps right-hander Jimmi Brasoban (1-4) worked around a hit and walk to face the minimum through the first three innings. In the fourth inning, River Bandits right fielder Brett Phillips led off with his second single to right field, and left fielder Marc Wik bounced a ground ball off the glove of first baseman Jake Bauers to put runners at first and third bases. With one out and Wik running from first base, designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell hit an RBI single through the vacated shortstop hole, and first baseman Chase McDonald followed with a single to left field. With two outs, second baseman Jose Fernandez lined a single to left-center field, cutting the deficit to 5-3. Brasoban retired the next four batters to match his season high of five innings, allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts.

After extending his season-high seven-game hitting streak, McDonald hit a two-out, solo home run – his seventh of the season – off the center-field batter's eye to make it 5-4 against right-hander Josh Richardson. Richardson set down four straight to finish two relief innings.

River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee kept the deficit to one run through the seventh inning, as he allowed one hit and two walks with one strikeout in three relief innings. Right-hander Frederick Tiburcio started the eighth inning, and Reina smacked his first pitch out to left-center field for his second home run – and the first by any batter against Tiburcio since Aug. 13, 2013. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson doubled to right-center field, moved to second base on left fielder Nick Schulze's single and scored when second baseman Rey Bruguera reached on a roller misplayed by Holberton on the first-base line, allowing Fort Wayne a 7-4 lead. A walk loaded the bases before Tiburcio got a popup for the first out, but left-hander Albert Minnis entered to get two ground-ball outs and work 1 2/3 scoreless relief innings.

TinCaps right-hander Ryan Butler pitched the final two innings to earn his first save. He got help from the TinCaps third double play of the night in the eighth inning. Quad Cities brought the tying run to bat in the ninth, but pinch hitter Brett Booth grounded into a fielder's choice.

Quad Cities (12-13, 47-48) has its first five-game losing streak since Aug. 12-17, 2013, and seeks to snap it in Friday's 7 p.m. series finale with Fort Wayne. River Bandits right-hander Jandel Gustave (5-4) is scheduled to face TinCaps right-hander Cody Hebner (0-1).

UP NEXT: Gates open at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a Pint Glass Giveaway presented by the Illinois Farm Bureau for the first 1,000 fans on Agriculture Night. The 7 p.m. game will be followed by Friday Fireworks, presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com. 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.

 
Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Don Prigge   
Friday, 18 July 2014 07:35

Event Type: Motorcycle and Car Event

Event Name: Baird & Warner 6th Annual Motorcycle Charity Ride Benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project

Date: 08/24/2014 – 08/24/2014

Event Description: Motorcycle Poker Run with 5 stops in Northern Illinois and Wisconsin covering over 100 miles. Final stop at Bandito Barneys in East Dundee, Il. 50/50 cash drawing, silent auction, door prizes, rock band and more!

Event Location: 6330 Northwest Highway, Crystal Lake, IL.

Event contact information: www.bwcharityride.org or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 815-788-2100

 
Des Moines Wins Double Bid for Future AAU Junior Olympic Games PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Kristine Reeves   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:53

DES MOINES, IA – The Des Moines Area Sports Commission has landed two more cycles of the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympic Games, both 2018 and 2023. The Games is a $1.5 million event run by the Des Moines Area Sports Commission staff, generating $47 million in economic impact for the Greater Des Moines economy. This announcement comes amid preparation for the 48th annual event in Des Moines—July 22 - August 2, 2014.

 

“Our hard work leading up to 2014 is paying off. The AAU governing body recognizes the strength of our community support, excellent venues and understanding of youth sports. Des Moines continues to deliver as a sports destination,” says Katie Fencl, Director of Sports with the Des Moines Area Sports Commission, a division of the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau. Fencl is also Director of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games in Des Moines.

 

“We’re honored to host the AAU Junior Olympic Games not only this year—but looking ahead to coming years as well,” says Greg Edwards, President and CEO with the Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau and Des Moines Area Sports Commission.

 

2014 by the Numbers:

·         40,000 visitors to Central Iowa

·         30,000 hotel room nights for Greater Des Moines

·         14,000 athletes expected; ages 3 to 22 years old

·         2,600 volunteers

·         2,000 coaches

·         20 sports represented

·         5 Greater Des Moines venues; primarily the Iowa Events Center & Drake Stadium

·         3 times Greater Des Moines has previously hosted: 1995, 2004 & 2009

·         1 Honorary Chair of the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games: Suzie Glazer Burt

 

Mark your calendars! The Games will catch Des Moines July 25 - August 4, 2018 and July 26 - August 5, 2023.

 

How to Get Involved with the 2014 Event:

·         For media credential requests, CLICK HERE. Deadline is Saturday, July 19.

·         For volunteer opportunities, CLICK HERE. Shifts are available in four to six hour increments.

·         For a full schedule of events and ticket information, visit catchdesmoines.com/AAUJO.

 

About the Amateur Athletic Union

Founded in 1888, the Amateur Athletic Union is one of the largest multi-sport, not-for-profit, volunteer organizations in the United States. It is dedicated to the development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs for youth and adults. The AAU Junior Olympic Games are the largest national multi-sport event for amateur youth conducted in the United States.

The Greater Des Moines Convention and Visitors Bureau is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote Greater Des Moines as a fun, vibrant and affordable destination statewide, nationally and internationally. Our focus increases visitors to our community through meetings, conventions, sports events, leisure travel, and group tours, thereby contributing to the local economy.

 
TINCAPS' FAST START LEADS TO ROUT OF BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 17 July 2014 13:26

Fort Wayne wins, 9-2, to send Quad Cities to fourth straight loss for first time in the second half

DAVENPORT, Iowa (July 16, 2014) – Dustin Peterson singled home the first of four first-inning runs for Fort Wayne Wednesday night, and the third baseman added a home run as one of five TinCaps to collect multi-hit games in the visitors' 9-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits in front of a season-high 7,140 at Modern Woodmen Park.

TinCaps shortstop Trea Tuner began his two-hit night by leading off the game with a double down the right-field line against right-hander Adrian Houser (4-4). Peterson followed with a single to center field and went to second base on a single by first baseman Fernando Perez, who also had two hits in the game. Right fielder Franmil Reyes grounded out to third base for the game's first out, and designated hitter Jake Bauers singled through the right side to drive in Peterson. Catcher Ryan Miller then doubled to left field, scoring Perez for a 3-0 lead, but a relay by left fielder Marc Wik and shortstop Thomas Lindauer to catcher Brian Holberton caught Bauers at home plate for the second out. Center fielder Ronnie Richardson doubled in Miller for a 4-0 TinCaps lead in a six-hit, eight-batter inning.

Left-hander Max Fried set down the first four batters in his Midwest League season debut for Fort Wayne (8-17 second half, 38-56 overall). He allowed back-to-back singles by River Bandits first baseman Chase McDonald and catcher Brian Holberton but got second baseman Jose Fernandez to line to second baseman Josh VanMeter for an inning-ending double play.

Houser did not allow a hit in the second or third innings, but in the fourth inning, he walked the first two batters – Richardson and left fielder Henry Charles. After a strikeout, Turner drove an RBI double to left field, ending Houser's day after allowing seven hits and three walks in 3 1/3 innings. Houser became the fourth straight Quad Cities starter to last no more than four innings and give up at least six runs when Peterson hit a sacrifice fly against right-hander Aaron Vaughn to extend the TinCaps lead to 6-0.

Quad Cities (12-13, 47-47) reached the scoreboard in the fourth inning, when Wik hit a leadoff double and scored when third baseman J.D. Davis doubled to left-center field for the only hit of his Midwest League debut. Designated hitter Ronnie Mitchell walked, but McDonald lined to Turner for a double play. Holberton singled to put runners at first and second bases with two outs, and Fried was removed after allowing one earned run on five hits and a walk with one strikeout in 3 2/3 innings. Left-hander Payton Baskette (4-4) entered to get Fernandez to fly out to center field. Baskette scattered three hits and a walk with two strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings, getting help from the TinCaps' third double play, into which Holberton hit after Mitchell doubled and McDonald singled to start the sixth inning.

The score remained 6-1 as Vaughn retired all five batters he faced in his Midwest League debut. River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer then retired five straight before Perez hit a two-out single in the seventh inning, and Reyes reached on an error by Lindauer. Bauers and Miller hit consecutive RBI singles to extend their team's lead to 8-1. The River Bandits managed another run in the eighth inning off right-hander Jorge Guzman, as McDonald walked with two outs and scored on Holberton's RBI double. Peterson answered with a one-out home run in the ninth inning to restore the seven-run lead against Comer, who was charged with three runs – one earned – on four hits with a season-high five strikeouts in three innings.

Quad Cities seeks to snap its four-game losing streak – its longest of the second half – at 7 p.m. Thursday against Fort Wayne. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (5-5) is scheduled to face TinCaps right-hander Jimmi Brasoban (0-4).

 
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