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BANDITS END UP ON TOP OF SEESAW BATTLE WITH BEES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Scott Kornberg   
Wednesday, 28 May 2014 12:15

Ramsay draws four walks, Mitchell goes 3-for-5 with a home runs as Quad Cities wins 10-9

BURLINGTON, Iowa (May 27, 2014) – In a game that featured five lead changes and three ties, the River Bandits ended up on top of the Burlington Bees 10-9 Tuesday at Community Field. It was Quad Cities’ first one-run win since beating Beloit 6-5 on May 8.

After a three-run Burlington sixth put the Bees up 9-8, Brian Holberton, who went 2-for-5, led off the top of the seventh with a bloop double down the leftfield line. A wild pitch from Bees reliever Spencer Trygg (0-1) advanced Holberton to third, but he held there after a groundout by Jack Mayfield. The next batter, Ronnie Mitchell, drilled a two-run home run to right to put the River Bandits up for good at 10-9. Mitchell finished 3-for-5 with a triple shy of the cycle.

The Bandits got the scoring started in the top of the first. James Ramsay drew his first of four walks to lead off the game and scored when Chan-Jong Moon tripled down the rightfield line. Brett Phillips walked, and then with runners on first and third, Quad Cities executed a double steal to score Moon and make the score 2-0.

However, Burlington answered right back in the home half of the first. Kody Eaves doubled to lead off the inning and Exicardo Cayones walked against Quad Cities starter Andrew Thurman. Mike Fish flew out to right, but then Thurman surrendered an RBI single to Eric Aguilera and a three-run home run to Angel Rosa as Burlington grabbed a 4-2 advantage.

Thurman would battle to work a career-high 5.1 innings, but allowed eight runs on 10 hits with three walks and six strikeouts. He did not factor into the decision.

Quad Cities tied things up again in the third. Moon singled to start off the frame. Phillips then laid down a sacrifice bunt, but a throwing error on the third baseman Rosa allowed Moon to score all the way from first, with Phillips reaching third. After Chase McDonald was hit by a pitch from Burlington starter Clint Sharp, who gave up eight runs, five earned on seven hits in 4.1 frames, a 4-6-3 double play off the bat of Holberton scored Phillips and tied the game at five.

Jon Kemmer homered for the fourth time this season to give Quad Cities a 6-5 lead in the top of the fourth, but Burlington tallied a run in the bottom half with Stephen McGee scoring from third on a passed ball to knot things up again.

In the top of the fifth, Holberton drilled a one-out solo homer, his fourth of the year, to right-center and the Bandits held a 7-6 advantage. Tyler White then doubled and advanced to third and then home, respectively, on two wild pitches to give Quad Cities an 8-6 lead.

Albert Minnis worked 2.2 innings out of the bullpen to earn the win. Minnis (1-1) scattered four hits to allow only one run while fanning two. Frederick Tiburcio worked a scoreless ninth with two punchouts for his first career save as Quad Cities salvaged the three-game set to improve to 25-26.

The River Bandits will Chris Lee (2-2, 2.77 ERA) to the mound tomorrow as they begin a three-game series with the Beloit Snappers.

UP NEXT: The next chance to have your bill paid up to $100 by the River Bandits will be on Wednesday, May 28th when Quad Cities hosts the Beloit Snappers. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. battle on Game Show Night at Modern Woodmen Park. 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.

 
BANDITS TO DONATE PART OF EVERY FERRIS WHEEL RIDE TICKET TO GENESIS FOUNDATION PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 27 May 2014 14:17
Ferris Wheel Fast Pass Lane for IHMVCU members also announced
DAVENPORT, Iowa. (May 23, 2014) –  Every ride of the opening season for the new Ferris wheel at Modern Woodmen Park will help benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation, the Quad Cities River Bandits and Main Street Amusements announced on Friday. For each ride, 50 cents will be donated to the Genesis Health Services Foundation, benefiting Camp Genesis, Genesis Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Genesis Flu-Free Quad Cities.
The River Bandits also announced a new Fast Lane to board the Ferris wheel for IHMVCU members who purchase tickets for the ride and show their membership at the Ferris wheel queue.
Beginning Saturday, May 24, the amusement areas of Modern Woodmen Park – including the Ferris wheel and the Bounce QC Kids Zone are scheduled to be open - weather permitting - to fans at every River Bandits home game, and will also be open on weekend non-game days during the following hours:
Fridays, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.,
Saturdays, 10 a.m.-noon and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.,
Sundays, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
This weekend's special Memorial Day hours will be noon to 6 p.m. on both Sunday, May 25, and Memorial Day Monday, May 26, to celebrate the opening of the first Ferris wheel inside of a minor league ballpark.
“We are so excited to open the Ferris wheel and amusements for the Quad Cities community and visitors for every game and every weekend all summer long,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “Not only will our guests enjoy some of the best and most affordable family-friendly entertainment in the Midwest, but they will also be supporting a local charity and creating lifelong memories.”
To ride the Ferris wheel and enjoy the other amusements at Modern Woodmen Park, fans may purchase special tickets that can be redeemed at amusement areas, including the Ferris wheel and Bounce QC Kids Zone. Tickets are sold at $1 each, 5 for $5, 12 for $10, and 20 for $15. One Ferris wheel ride is 5 tickets. No tickets are required for children three years and under, but children shorter than 42 inches must be accompanied by an adult on the Ferris wheel.
The Ferris wheel has 20 gondolas, with each able to hold a maximum of six adults or up to eight people including children. The loading process requires weight balance throughout the Ferris wheel. Once loaded, a full ride is approximately three to four minutes. The wheel moves at approximately 7.5 miles per hour.
The River Bandits and Main Street Amusements are offering an all-you-can-ride-and-bounce daily pass for $20, and a season pass for unlimited rides and play in the Bounce QC Kids Zone for $49. Purchases can be made at the amusement areas of Modern Woodmen Park.
UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
BANDITS PUMMEL KERNELS IN SERIES OPENER PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 23 May 2014 11:35
Quad Cities uses six-run third inning and three-run fourth to open 10-3 lead and coast to 11-6 win

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 22, 2014) – Quad Cities River Bandits left fielder Ronnie Mitchell homered for a second straight game and had a game-high four RBIs, six players had multi-hit games, and every player in the lineup contributed one of the team's 15 hits in an 11-6 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in front of 4,387 at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night.

Cedar Rapids (22-24) took the first lead of the game in the second inning against left-hander Chris Lee (2-2). Third baseman Bryan Haar hit a one-out infield single, left fielder J.D. Williams walked, and a two-out ground ball by catcher Michael Quesada got through shortstop Thomas Lindauer to score a run. In the next half-inning against right-hander Aaron Slegers (4-2), third baseman Tyler White and designated hitter Brian Holberton hit consecutive singles, and Mitchell lifted a game-tying sacrifice fly to center field.

In the top of the third inning, Kernels first baseman Chad Christensen hit a two-out single and scored on designated hitter Mitch Garver's double down the third-base line. Haar then doubled to right-center field, bringing home Garver for a 3-1 Kernels lead.

In the bottom of the third inning, Quad Cities (22-23) used its highest-scoring inning of the season to take a commanding lead. With one out, second baseman Chan-Jong Moon singled to right field, and right fielder Brett Phillips put a bunt single to the third-base side of the pitcher's mound. After a double steal by Moon and Phillips, first baseman Conrad Gregor hit a game-tying double down the right-field line. White then collected his 11th hit in four games against the Kernels with a go-ahead double down the left-field line. Designated hitter Brian Holberton singled up the the middle to put runners at first and third bases, and Mitchell drove a 1-0 offering from Slegers to the Built Ford Tough Deck in right field for a 7-3 lead. The six runs were the most in a single inning for Quad Cities this season.

The River Bandits added on to the lead in the fourth, when center fielder James Ramsay hit a leadoff double to the center field fence, followed by Moon's RBI double down the right-field line. Phillips then hit an RBI triple – his team-high seventh of the season – to right-center field, and Gregor singled him home for his third RBI and a 10-3 lead. Having given up hits to 10 of the last 12 batters, Slegers was removed without recording an out in the fourth inning. He was charged with 10 earned runs on 14 hits with no walks and two strikeouts.

Lee allowed a walk and single for another run in the fifth inning but completed the frame for his first Midwest League win as a starter. He allowed four runs – two earned – on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Right-hander Andrew Thurman began the sixth inning and with one out, he allowed a single and back-to-back walks before a bases-loaded groundout brought in a run. Thurman retired eight of the last nine batters he faced in three innings, with the exception an eighth-inning, one-out solo home run by center fielder Jason Kanzler to the DHCU On Deck in right-center field. Thurman allowed two earned runs on two hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

The River Bandits tallied their final run in the seventh, when White led off with a hit-by-pitch against right-hander Yorman Landa and scored on Lindauer's RBI single. With an 11-6 lead, right-hander Frederick Tiburcio tossed a scoreless ninth inning in his home debut.

With sole possession of fourth place in the Western Division, Quad Cities will continue its series with Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m. Friday, when River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz (1-1) is scheduled to face Kernels right-hander Ryan Eades (3-5).

UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
BANDITS-BEES SUSPENDED BY POWER OUTAGE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 22 May 2014 15:23

Game tied 4-4 through six innings to be resumed in Burlington at a later date

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 21, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits overcome a 4-0, third-inning deficit to tie the Burlington Bees, 4-4, in the bottom of the sixth inning before a local power outage suspended play at Modern Woodmen Park Wednesday night.

Wednesday's game was suspended and will be resumed at a later date in Burlington, where the teams are scheduled for series next Sunday through Tuesday and June 4-6. Wednesday's game was the first suspended for Quad Cities and second for Burlington this season.

The Bees (20-23) took the lead within the game's first two batters against right-hander Kevin Comer. Second baseman Kody Eaves tripled to right-center field, and right fielder Exicardo Cayones hit an RBI double to left-center field. Two batters later, first baseman Eric Aguilera brought in Cayones with a one-out single to left field that gave the visitors a 2-0 lead.

Burlington's lead grew in the third inning. Cayones hit a one-out single to right field, designated hitter Mike Fish doubled just beyond the dive of River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay, and Aguilera lifted a two-run triple to left-center field. With the infield up in a 4-0 game, Bees left fielder Brandon Bayardi grounded over the pitcher's mound to second baseman Chan-Jong Moon who threw home to get Aguilera. Comer then worked around a hit batter and two singles over his final 2 1/3 innings to complete five innings in his first Midwest League start. He allowed four earned runs on eight hits with no walks and three strikeouts. Left-hander Albert Minnis relieved him with a perfect sixth inning.

Quad Cities (21-23) began its comeback in the bottom of the third inning, when left fielder Ronnie Mitchell led off against right-hander Ryan Etsell with his second home run of the season. In the fourth, catcher Brian Holberton doubled off the center-field wall and scored on left fielder Brett Phillips' triple to left-center field.

Etsell held the 4-2 lead until the sixth, when first baseman Conrad Gregor walked, Holberton hit a one-out single, and Phillips hit a sacrifice fly to chase Etsell. Right-hander Trevor Foss took over with a 4-3 lead and walked Mitchell before allowing a two-out, game-tying single by shortstop Thomas Lindauer. Mitchell was caught in a rundown on the play to end the inning with a 4-4 tie.

Before the River Bandits could take the field for the seventh inning, the ballpark went dark.

Quad Cities begins a three-game home series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 7 p.m. Thursday, when River Bandits left-hander Chris Lee (1-2) is scheduled to face Kernels right-hander Aaron Slegers (4-1).

UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
HOUSER WINS 3RD STRAIGHT; BANDITS POUND BEES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 21 May 2014 08:55
Four players have two-hit games, while nine players contribute to Quad Cities' 13 hits

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 20, 2014) – Right-hander Adrian Houser held the Burlington Bees to one run in six innings to win his third straight start, and the Quad Cities River Bandits tallied 13 hits in a 7-1 victory Tuesday in front of 5,176 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Throwing the game's first pitch less than 12 hours after Monday night's 12-inning game ended, Houser (3-1) worked around a one-out single for a scoreless first inning, and his teammates reached the scoreboard in the bottom of the first. Center fielder James Ramsay reached on an error by Bees first baseman Eric Aguilera, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored after singles by shortstop Jack Mayfield and catcher Brett Booth for a 1-0 lead against right-hander Harrison Cooney (2-3).

Houser allowed consecutive one-out singles in the second inning but escaped with two groundouts to end the inning. Burlington (20-23) finally reached him in the third inning, as second baseman Kody Eaves hit a leadoff double to left-center field, and designated hitter Mike Fish hit a one-out, game-tying single to center field. It ended Houser's scoreless streak of 13 1/3 innings, but he got Aguilera to ground into an inning-ending double play, beginning a stretch of 10 batters he retired consecutively to finish his six innings, matching his season high.

In the bottom of the third inning, Quad Cities (21-23) retook the lead within three batters against Cooney. Second baseman Chan-Jong Moon reached on an infield single to first base, shortstop Jack Mayfield singled to center field to put runners at first and third bases, and first baseman Conrad Gregor grounded a go-ahead single to right field. When right fielder Exicardo Cayones overthrew third base, Mayfield tried to score but was thrown out. Cooney got the next two batters to keep the game at 2-1, but he allowed another run in the fourth inning, left fielder Tanner Mathis and center fielder James Ramsay hit consecutive two-out doubles.

The River Bandits put the game out of reach in the fifth inning. Gregor reached second base on a throwing error by second baseman Kody Eaves, and Booth hit his second RBI single of the day to left field. That ended Cooney's outing, but right-hander Michael Smith allowed an RBI double by third baseman Tyler White and an RBI fielder's choice by Mathis to make it 6-1. Quad Cities added its final run against right-hander Victor Alcantara, who began the sixth inning and worked two scoreless innings before giving up consecutive one-out doubles by right fielder Brett Phillips and Ramsay in the eighth inning, extending the Quad Cities lead to 7-1. Ramsay and Booth each had two hits and two RBIs. Moon and Mayfield also each had two hits, and a total of nine River Bandits contributed at least one of the team's 13 hits.

After Houser went six innings, allowing five hits and one earned run with four strikeouts, right-hander Tyler Brunnemann began the seventh inning. He worked around a one-out walk in the seventh and kept Burlington hitless until the ninth inning, when Aguilera doubled to right field, snapping the Bees' combined 0-for-17 stretch since Fish's third-inning hit. Brunnemann then got a strikeouts and groundout to complete a career-high three innings and earn his first Midwest League save.

Quad Cities and Burlington will meet for the series rubber match at 7 p.m. Wednesday, when River Bandits right-hander Kevin Comer (0-0) is scheduled to make his first Midwest League start against Bees right-hander Ryan Etsell (3-1).

UP NEXT: A limited number of tickets are still available for the Inaugural Ferris Wheel Ride event and fundraiser to benefit the Genesis Health Services Foundation May 24. Only the first 300 will be sold for the noon to 3 p.m. event at Modern Woodmen Park. Call 563-421-6865 or visit Modern Woodmen park to order tickets. 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.

 
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