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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 12 May 2014 08:44
James Ramsay reaches base four times and hits two-run, go-ahead single in the seventh inning

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 10, 2014) – Right-hander Andrew Thurman and left-hander Chris Lee each pitched four innings of one-run ball, and the Quad Cities River Bandits scored twice in each of the sixth through eighth innings to sweep the Beloit Snappers, 6-2, and win a season-high fifth straight game in front of 4,926 at Modern Woodmen Park Saturday night.

Beloit (13-22) took a first-inning lead against Thurman, as center fielder Herschel “Boog” Powell hit a leadoff single to right field, and left fielder B.J. Boyd drew a walk. Third baseman B.A. Vollmuth hit an RBI single down the third-base line, and with two outs, Thurman issued a walk to load the bases. But he escaped the inning with one run allowed by striking out second baseman Luis Baez to begin a stretch of retiring 10 of the final 11 batters he faced.

Snappers right-hander Dylan Covey kept Quad Cities (17-18) scoreless through the first five innings, yielding just two hits and two walks. In the sixth, however, River Bandits center fielder Brett Phillips hit a leadoff single, and right fielder James Ramsay drew a walk. Second baseman Chan-Jong Moon bunted just in front of home plate for an infield single that loaded the base with no outs. Covey got designated hitter Jack Mayfield to hit into a 6-4-3 double play that scored Phillips with the tying run. First baseman Conrad Gregor then brought in Ramsay for the go-ahead run with an infield single behind second base. Covey finished six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits with three walks and four strikeouts.

Lee (1-1) began the fifth inning with a 1-0 deficit and worked around a leadoff single to toss two scoreless innings, but he had a 2-1 lead to begin the seventh. Baez led off that frame with an infield single, advanced to second base on a sacrifice and scored when shortstop Melvin Mercedes grounded a game-tying double down the third-base line. With one out and the go-ahead run at second base, Powell grounded a ball that struck Mercedes a short distance from second base for the second out. Lee then picked Powell of first base to end the inning.

In a 2-2 tie, right-hander Tyler Hollstegge (0-1) retired the first two batters in the bottom of the seventh inning. Shortstop Thomas Lindauer worked a walk, and Phillips doubled to right field to put runners at second and third base. Ramsay then lined a two-out, two-run single past Baez for a 4-2 lead. Ramsay reached base in all four plate appearances with two walks, a double and the single.

Lee maintained the lead with a perfect eighth inning to complete a season-high four relief innings, allowing one earned run on four hits with no walks and three strikeouts. The River Bandits added to the lead in the eighth inning against right-hander Lee Sosa. Gregor hit a leadoff double to right-center field, third baseman Tyler White reached on an error by Vollmuth, and catcher Brian Holberton drove in both runners with a double to left-center field.

Right-hander Zach Morton pitched a perfect ninth inning, clinching Quad Cities' longest regular season winning streak since a seven-game winning streak July 28-Aug. 3, 2013.

Quad Cities begins a seven-game road trip at 6:35 p.m. Monday in Appleton, Wis. River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz (1-1) is scheduled to face Wisconsin Timber Rattlers right-hander Preston Gainey (1-2) in a meeting of the last two Midwest League champions.

UP NEXT: Markdown Monday opens the next River Bandits homestand May 19 at Modern Woodmen Park. Gates open at 5:30 p.m., and bleacher tickets, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn, nachos, soda and beer are just $2 each for the 7 p.m. game. Tickets are available at 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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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 12 May 2014 08:33
Right-hander earns first win since 2012, extending Quad Cities' season-high winning streak

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 9, 2014) – Right-hander Adrian Houser earned his first Midwest League victory as the first Quad Cities River Bandit to pitch six shutout innings this season, and his team won its season-high fourth straight game by a 5-1 final over the Beloit Snappers in front of a season-high 7,111 at Modern Woodmen Park Friday night.

Houser (1-1) retired the first eight batters of the game and had a 2-0 lead before the Snappers (13-21) had a baserunner. After pitching no more than four innings in any outing this season, Houser earned his first win since Aug. 18, 2012, and worked six innings for the first time since July 11, 2012. He scattered four hits and walked only two batters while striking out a season-high seven.

Houser stuck out at least one batter in every inning but the fifth, when Beloit managed its only two-baserunner inning against him. With two outs and runners at second and third bases, River Bandits center fielder James Ramsay chased down a deep fly ball by Snappers center fielder B.J. Boyd, ending Beloit's only chance with the tying run in scoring position over the final eight innings.

Quad Cities (16-18) took the lead in the first inning against left-hander Chris Lamb (0-1). Ramsay drew a leadoff walk, stole second base, and scored on first baseman Chase McDonald's RBI double to left-center field. Catcher Brian Holberton then singled to center field, bringing in McDonald and extending Holberton's team-season-high on-base streak to 16 games.

After Holberton's hit, Lamb retired 10 of the next 11 batters. He struck out eight batters and kept the 2-0 score until the fifth inning, when shortstop Thomas Lindauer hit a leadoff single to left field. Lindauer stole second base and after Ramsay drew a one-out walk, second baseman Chan-Jong Moon grounded into a fielder's choice while beating the relay throw to first base. But Lindauer kept running and scored from second base ahead of the throw to make it 3-0. Lamb allowed three earned runs on five hits and two walks in five innings.

Quad Cities' left-hander Albert Minnis started the seventh inning with a 3-0 lead. He struck out two batters but walked two and allowed a single to load the bases. Right-hander Tyler Brunnemann came in to strike out right fielder Tyler Marincov to escape the jam.

In a 3-0 game, Snappers right-hander Sam Bragg walked Ramsay to begin the bottom of the seventh inning. Moon drove an RBI triple – his third of the homestand – to center field and scored on third baseman Tyler White's sacrifice fly for a 5-0 lead.

The shutout was intact until Beloit second baseman led off the ninth inning with a home run off Brunnemann, whose scoreless streak ended at 17 1/3 innings dating back to April 3. Brunnemann allowed a double and two walks to load the bases with two outs before being removed after two innings of work. With the tying run at the plate, left-hander Chris Cotton entered to strike out left fielder Jaycob Brugman to earn his first save in 16 career appearances.

Friday's crowd was the seventh-largest at Modern Woodmen Park since the start of the 2002 season and the largest for any April or May game in that time. Quad Cities will conclude the homestand at 6 p.m. Saturday. River Bandits right-hander Andrew Thurman (2-2) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Dylan Covey (2-2), as the home team seek its first sweep of an opponent this season.

Military Appreciation Week, May 10-17, at Davenport Public Golf Courses PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks and Recreation   
Monday, 12 May 2014 08:22
Davenport Public Golf Courses will provide free green fees to anyone with a military ID from May 10 - 17, 2014, as a kickoff for Military Appreciation Week in the Quad Cities. The free green fees apply to the three public courses in Davenport - Emeis, Duck  Creek, and Red Hawk.

"It's our way of honoring the service men and women of our country," said Troy Evans, Superintendent Revenue Facilities at Davenport Parks and Recreation.  "We hope that the military members of the Quad Cities take full advantage of our three great golf courses".

Military Appreciation Week began in 2008 and is a Quad City wide event created to salute our military personnel and show community support for the military installations in the area.

Anyone interested in taking advantage of this golf special should book tee times and bring their military ID to the Davenport Public Courses listed above.

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:44
WHO: The following will be available for interviews: River Bandits owners Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt (both will be available Saturday morning only), River Bandits General Manager Andrew Chesser, River Bandits Assistant General Manager of Amusements Mike Clark, and a six-person crew from Chance Rides, the Ferris wheel manufacturer based in Wichita, Kan.
WHAT: The final phases of installation for the Ferris wheel that will tower 110 feet above the Modern Woodmen Park playing field. The Ferris wheel gondolas are scheduled for installation Saturday, followed by final weight testing of the wheel scheduled for Monday.
WHERE: Installation will be happening behind the left field berm (east end) Modern Woodmen Park. This area may be more visible from east of the stadium in LeClaire Park.
WHEN (*Weather and work permitting*): Saturday, May 10 (at 10 a.m., Dave Heller and Bob Herrfeldt available) and Monday, May 12. Beginning approximately a.m. each day.
WHY: The Ferris wheel will highlight an amusement lineup to include a new ride called a "Drop and Twist," an expanded 300-foot long zip line, an auto-belay rock climbing wall, and many other new games and attractions planned for Modern Woodmen Park.
--Quad Cities River Bandits--

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 09 May 2014 13:10
Quad Cities uses four-run eighth inning to overcome 5-2 deficit and win 6-5 series opener over Beloit

DAVENPORT, Iowa (May 8, 2014) – Jobduan Morales and Brett Phillips hit consecutive RBI doubles with two outs in the eighth inning to complete the Quad Cities River Bandits' second straight comeback from a three-run deficit, and the team won its third straight game in a 6-5 victory over the Beloit Snappers in front of 1,087 at Modern Woodmen Park Thursday night.

After falling behind 3-0 and 5-2, the River Bandits (15-18) scored four runs in the eighth inning for a second straight game to match their longest winning streak of the season, which first occurred April 10-13.

In his return from the disabled list, River Bandits right-hander Michael Feliz worked around a first-inning single and second-inning walk to pitch two scoreless innings. Right-hander Patrick Christensen followed with a scoreless third inning, but right fielder Tyler Marincov led off the fourth with a double to center field, and designated hitter Jaycob Brugman drew a one-out walk. First baseman Ryan Huck hit an RBI single to left field, and second baseman Luis Baez followed with a two-run double down the left-field line to make it 3-0.

After Christensen allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk in two innings, right-hander Gonzalo Sanudo started the fifth inning for Quad Cities. He allowed a single and walk to start his outing but got a ground ball to the mound and line-drive double play to escape.

Against Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan, Quad Cities was held to four hits and no runs through the first four innings. But Phillips led off the fifth with a triple down the right-field line and scored on second baseman Chan-Jong Moon's RBI groundout. Finnegan allowed one earned run on five hits and two walks with four strikeouts in five innings, before right-hander Junior Mendez began the sixth with a 3-1 lead. First baseman Conrad Gregor doubled to left-center field on Mendez's first pitch, and scored on right fielder Ronnie Mitchell's single.

Beloit *13-20) added to its lead against Sanudo in the seventh. Pinch hitter Sam Roberts hit a leadoff single and moved to second base on a sacrifice. After a strikeout and two-out intentional walk to left fielder B.J. Boyd, Sanudo was removed after 2 2/3 innings. Right-hander Zach Morton (2-1) came in to allow Marincov's RBI single – his game-high third hit – before ending the inning with a 4-2 deficit. Morton allowed another run in the eighth inning, when Burgman hit a leadoff double and scored after Huck's single was bobbled by left fielder Tanner Mathis. Morton completed 1 1/3 innings, allowing an earned run on two hits with one strikeout.

With a 5-2 lead, Mendez began the eighth by allowing a single by shortstop Jack Mayfield, a walk to Gregor and an RBI single by third baseman Tyler White, who had his third straight multi-hit game and is 11-for-17 on the homestand. Mitchell put down a sacrifice against right-hander Stuart Pudenz (1-3), who allowed designated hitter Brian Holberton's sacrifice fly to make it 5-4. Morales drove a 3-2 pitch down the left-field line to score White for the tying run, and Phillips greeted right-hander Tyler Hollstegge with a double to score Morales.

With a 6-5 lead in the ninth inning, Quad Cities used a fifth pitcher of the game for the first time since April 8. Right-hander Andrew Walter got a groundout by center fielder Boog Powell and a foul popup by Boyd before striking out Marincov for his third save.

Quad Cities will try for a season-high fourth straight win against Beloit left-hander Chris Lamb at 7 p.m. Friday.

UP NEXT: The first 500 fans to Friday's 7 p.m. game receive a sport bottle courtesy of Total Turf & Landscape. It is AUSA Military Appreciation Night, with postgame fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WLLR and WQAD. Tickets are available at 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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