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BANDITS TOSS SHUTOUT TO SWEEP AWAY RATTLERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:31

Quad Cities finishes 6-1 road trip with first road series sweep since the season-opening series

 

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AUG. 30, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Zach Morton and left-handers Mitchell Lambson and J.D. Osborne combined to shut out the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 6-0, and eliminate the defending Midwest League Champions from postseason contention Friday night at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

 

Quad Cities (41-25 second half, 79-56 overall) finished its regular season road schedule with its first sweep of a road series since a season-opening four-game sweep at Kane County April 4-7. The River Bandits finished 6-1 in their seven-game road trip and went 40-29 on the road in the regular season. Wisconsin (30-37, 59-73) dropped out of contention with the loss and an earlier win by Clinton (33-34, 66-70), which grabbed the final playoff spot in the second half and will face Beloit in the Western Division semifinals next week. Quad Cities has clinched a playoff spot and will open with Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

Morton worked around three hits in the first two innings to keep the game scoreless. In the third inning, Timber Rattlers right-hander Rodolfo Fernandez (4-4) allowed a leadoff single by second baseman Tony Kemp and a bunt single by center fielder Teoscar Hernandez. Fernandez tried to make a play but threw wild to first base, allowing Kemp to reach third. With no outs, shortstop Carlos Correa grounded into a double play, bringing Kemp home with an unearned run for a 1-0 lead.

 

In the fourth inning, Fernandez issued a bases-empty, two-out walk to catcher Jobduan Morales. Right fielder Jordan Scott reached on a ground ball misplayed by second baseman Chris McFarland, and Kemp drew a walk to load the bases, before Fernandez hit Hernandez with a pitch to make it 2-0. Correa, named Friday as a Midwest League Postseason All-Star then grounded a two-run single through the right side for a 4-0 lead, and left fielder Terrell Joyce grounded a single through the left side to extend the lead to 5-0.

 

Morton worked around a walk in the third and an error in the fourth to complete four scoreless innings, allowing three hits and one walk while striking out one. Lambson (8-3) started the bottom of the fifth inning and retired eight of the first nine batters he faced. A two-out, seventh-inning single by second baseman Chris McFarland snapped Lambson's team-best streak of 11 1/3 consecutive hitless innings. Lambson finished three innings, allowing one hit and one walk with three strikeouts. Osborne made his Midwest League debut starting the bottom of the eighth inning, and after bobbling a comeback ground ball and allowing an infield single, he retired the final four batters of the game, including the last two on strikeouts. Quad Cities had its first shutout since Aug. 11 and sixth of the season.

 

Friday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Saturday, Aug. 31. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Saturday, Aug. 31.

 

Quad Cities begins its final regular season series against Beloit at Modern Woodmen Park at 7 p.m. Saturday. River Bandits right-hander Juan Minaya (3-6) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Dylan Covey (0-1).

 

 

 
2013 MIDWEST LEAGUE POST SEASON ALL-STAR TEAM PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Midwest League   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:25

Beloit, WI (8/29/13) --- George H. Spelius, President of the Midwest League of Professional Baseball Clubs, has announced its 2013 Post Season All-Star Roster.  The team was selected by the Field Managers of the sixteen Midwest League member clubs.

POSITION PLAYER B/T HT/WT BIRTHDATE CLUB/AFFILIATE

 

First Base Dalton Hicks                L/R        6’5/252               04/02/90                     Cedar Rapids/Minnesota

Second Base Devon Travis                R/R        5’9/183               02/21/91                     West Michigan/Detroit

Third Base Brandon Drury             R/R         6’2/190              08/21/92                     South Bend/Arizona

Shortstop Carlos Correa              R/R         6’0/205              09/22/94                     Quad Cities/Houston

Outfield Byron Buxton              R/R         6’2/189              12/18/93                     Cedar Rapids/Minnesota

Outfield Andrew Toles               L/R         5’10/185            05/24/92                     Bowling Green/Tampa Bay

Outfield Adam Brett Walker      R/R         6’4/230              10/18/91                     Cedar Rapids/Minnesota

Catcher Luke Maile                  R/R         6’3/220              02/06/91                     Bowling Green/Tampa Bay

Designated Hitter Rock Shoulders           L/R         6’2/225              09/26/91       Kane County/Chicago

 

RH Pitcher Dylan Floro                  L/R         6’2/200              12/27/90                     Bowling Green/Tampa Bay 

LH Pitcher Tyler Pike                    L/L          6’0/180              01/26/94                     Clinton/Seattle

 

RH Reliever RJ Hively                     R/R         6’2/205              11/27/88                     South Bend/Arizona

LH Reliever Geoff Brown                L/L           5’11/188            01/20/89                     Great Lakes/Los Angeles

 

MOST VALUABLE PLAYER:   Byron Buxton – Cedar Rapids/Minnesota              

PROSPECT OF THE YEAR:  Byron Buxton – Cedar Rapids/Minnesota

MANAGER OF THE YEAR:   Mark Haley – South Bend/Arizona

 
CORREA NAMED MIDWEST LEAGUE POSTSEASON ALL-STAR PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:21

Shortstop is the youngest of 13 players selected by the league's field managers


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 30, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa has been named the shortstop on the 2013 Midwest League Postseason All-Star team. The Houston Astros prospect is the youngest player on the team that was selected by the league's 16 field managers and announced by the league on Friday.

 

On a playoff-bound Quad Cities club, the 18-year-old Correa holds a .318 batting average that currently ranks third in the Midwest League and first among Houston Astros full-season minor leaguers. Correa is second in the league with a .405 on-base percentage and .868 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) average, and he also leads the River Bandits with a 138 hits, 33 doubles, and 77 RBIs in 113 games. Correa won Quad Cities Player of the Month honors in both May and June, when he hit for a combined .360 average with two home runs, 33 runs scored and 33 RBIs in 47 games.


The native of Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, and the No. 1 overall pick from the 2012 First-Year Player Draft was the starting shortstop for the Western Division All-Star team in the 2013 Midwest League All-Star Game June 18 in Dayton. Correa also won the fan vote for the final roster spot on the World Team for the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game July 14 at Citi Field in New York. In both games, Correa was the youngest player.

 

Correa entered the season ranked as the No. 1 prospect in the Houston Astros minor league system, according to Baseball America. In midseason prospect rankings, he was the top Astros prospect according to Baseball America, ESPN.com and MLB.com, and each of three outlets ranked him among the top 10 overall prospects in baseball.

 

Along with River Bandits pitcher and 2013 No. 1 overall pick Mark Appel, Correa is part of the first-ever pair of consecutive No. 1 overall picks to play on the same Minor League Baseball team. The two were in the same lineup for seven of Appel's eight Midwest League starts this season.

 

The River Bandits have had three postseason all-stars the past two seasons, as outfielder Anthony Garcia and designated hitter Colin Walsh each earned the distinction in 2012. The Quad Cities franchise has had four Midwest League Postseason All-Stars as a Houston Astros affiliate. Outfielder Richard Hidalgo (1994), left-handed pitcher Tony Mounce (1995) and designated hitter Jim Thomas (1998) were each postseason all-stars.

 

Correa and the River Bandits (40-25 second half, 78-56 overall) will take the field at Modern Woodmen Park for their final three regular season games Saturday through Monday, and the team begins a best-of-three Midwest League Western Division semifinal with Cedar Rapids at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

 

ABOUT THE BANDITS: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

 

*****

 
RUIZ, BANDITS STAY HOT WITH WIN OVER RATTLERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:53

Third baseman has 12 hits and 12 RBIs in first six games of Quad Cities' last regular season road trip

GRAND CHUTE, Wis. (AUG. 29, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman Rio Ruiz continued an impressive road trip with three hits and three RBIs, and right-hander Jamaine Cotton worked four scoreless relief innings for the win in a 6-3 final over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium Wednesday night.

With their 10th win in the last 12 games, the River Bandits (40-25 second half, 78-56 overall) pushed the defending Midwest League Champion Timber Rattlers (30-36, 59-72) two games behind Clinton (32-34, 65-70) with four games remaining to determine the final second-half playoff spot in the Western Division. Quad Cities has clinched a playoff spot and will open with Cedar Rapids Wednesday.

Ruiz helped the visitors take a first-inning lead against right-hander Ryan Gibbard (4-7). Second baseman Austin Elkins and shortstop Carlos Correa drew consecutive one-out walks, and after left fielder Danry Vasquez moved both runners with a groundout to first, Ruiz lined a single to center field for a 2-0 lead. Gibbard lasted only three innings and allowed four earned runs on three walks and five hits.

In the bottom of the first, River Bandits left-hander Joe Bircher allowed a leadoff double to second baseman Alfredo Rodriguez and walked two batters to load the bases with one out. First baseman Parker Berberet flied out to center field to bring home Rodriguez. In the second inning, third baseman Mike Garza led off with the first of his three singles, and Rodriguez tied the game with an RBI single.

In a 2-2 tie starting the third inning, Elkins hit a one-out single to left-center field and Correa drew a walk. Vasquez then drove in Elkins with a double to the left-center field gap,a nd Ruiz followed with a single to score Correa for a 4-2 lead. Ruiz later added a single in the sixth inning, and he is 12-for-23 (.522) with 12 RBIs and a hit in each of the first six games of the road trip.

Bircher allowed a single and walk in the fourth inning and bobbled a comeback ground ball to load the bases with two outs. Cotton came in to walk Berberet on four pitches to make it 4-3 but struck out designated hitter Garrett Cooper to end the inning. Cotton allowed two baserunners in the fifth on a single and strikeout wild pitch, but he rallied to retire eight straight Timber Rattlers before an eighth-inning error by Elkins. After Cotton picked off the runner, he issued a walk that ended his night. Right-hander Patrick Christensen got an inning-ending groundout and worked around two ninth-inning hits to strike out the side for his first save. Catcher Roberto Pena had extended the lead to 6-3 with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning against right-hander Preston Gainey, who tossed 5 1/3 relief innings.

Thursday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Friday, Aug. 30. Anyone who mentions the River Bandits victory can receive a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of two lunches or dinners with beverages on Friday, Aug. 30.

Quad Cities finishes its final regular season road series in Wisconsin at 7:05 p.m. Friday. River Bandits right-hander Zach Morton (0-1) is scheduled to face Timber Rattlers right-hander Rodolfo Fernandez (4-3).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow the game. Single-game tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com. Season ticket and mini-plan packages start at just seven games and begin at less than $50. Call a River Bandits account representative today to choose your seats and get the details of our various mini-plan packages.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: 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 112 feet over the playing field, is planned for next spring, along with a carousel and other new games and attractions. This season, the team just unveiled a new 300-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, a Mediacom Frog Hopper, and a number of new bounce houses. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans can see the first team in Minor League Baseball history with back-to-back No. 1 overall draft picks – 2012 top pick Carlos Correa and 2013 top pick Mark Appel, as well as 2012 first-round draft choice Lance McCullers. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, the second half of this season is one every fan will not want to miss!

*****

 
Mallards Sign Rookie Trio PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Friday, 30 August 2013 13:38

MOLINE, Ill. (August 29, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed rookie forwards Brendan Turner, Rob Dongara and Tony Rizzi, the Mallards announced today.

“All three of these guys are very promising young players,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “Brendan is a very good skater who had a lot of success in college hockey and comes from the same program that produced [former Mallard] Mickey Lang; Rob is another guy who skates well and is the kind of tenacious, hard-nosed player who can be very valuable; and Tony has had success in the power forward role not only because of his size but also because he can really shoot the puck.”

Turner, 25, scored nine goals and totaled 17 points in 26 games as a senior at Division III Manhattanville College last season.  The 5’ 11”, 175-pound Tisdale, Saskatchewan, native produced 23 goals and 52 points in 75 games over the course of his decorated Valiant career.  Turner earned a 2011-12 All-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference West honorable mention selection after scoring 11 goals and pocketing 27 points in 25 games as a junior.  Last spring Turner helped Manhattanville to the championship game of the ECAC West Tournament and was named to the All-Tournament Team for his efforts.  He also made the ECAC West All-Academic Team each of the last two years.  Before his move to Manhattanville, Turner spent three seasons with the Alberta Junior Hockey League’s Lloydminster Bobcats.

Dongara, 23, sat out last season per NCAA rules after transferring from Northeastern to the University of Massachusetts.  In 2011-12, the 5’ 10”, 175-pound Dongara notched a goal and an assist in 16 games as a Husky sophomore.  He scored six times and collected 14 points in 36 games during his freshman season at N.U.  The Scituate, Massachusetts, product skated in the junior ranks for the North American Hockey League’s Springfield Junior Blues and the Eastern Junior Hockey League’s Jersey Hitmen before arriving at Northeastern.

Rizzi, a 6’ 4”, 202-pound 25-year old, scored 13 goals and registered 21 points in 26 games for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology last season.  A native of Kingston, Ontario, Rizzi piled up 49 goals and 103 points in 138 games over five years of university hockey.  He served as an assistant captain in his last two seasons at UOIT and last year won the team’s Leadership Award.

Before joining the Ridgebacks, Rizzi sandwiched a pair of seasons (2002-03 and 2007-08) with the Wellington Dukes of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League around a four-year stint in the major junior Ontario Hockey League.   Rizzi spent his first three-plus OHL seasons in his hometown with the Kingston Frontenacs before joining the Peterborough Petes for the bulk of the 2006-07 campaign.

The Mallards will open their seventeenth season- and their fourth in the CHL- when they host the Rapid City Rush on Saturday night, October 19.  Mallards 2013-14 season tickets as well as half season tickets and flex packs are now on sale.  The Mallards offer ticket packages to meet any budget and season ticket holders also receive a host of additional benefits, including a unique season ticket holder Mallards jersey.  More ticket package information is available by calling the Mallards at 309-277-1364 or emailing 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 approaching their seventeenth season and 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 i wireless 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.com.  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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