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MWL PLAYOFF SCHEDULE – CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 15:37

Beloit, WI (9/10/13) --- The Quad Cities River Bandits, Western Division Champions, will take on the South Bend Silver Hawks, Eastern Division Champions in the Championship Series.  Schedule as follows:

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 11 & THURSDAY, SEPT. 12, 2013

Quad Cities @ South Bend

Four Winds Field, South Bend, Indiana

Thurs.    7:00 PM EDT

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, 2013

Off Day  

 

SATURDAY, SEPT. 14, SUNDAY, SEPT. 15, & MONDAY, SEPT. 16, 2013 (if necessary)

South Bend @ Quad Cities

Modern Woodmen Park, Davenport, Iowa

Sat.       7:00 PM CDT                        

Sun.     5:00 PM CDT

Mon.    7:00 PM CDT

 
BANDITS BLAST SNAPPERS, ADVANCE TO CHAMPIONSHIP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:36

Quad Cities will open Midwest League Championship Wednesday in South Bend

 

BELOIT, Wis. (SEPT. 9, 2013) – With their season hanging in the balance in the decisive Game 3 of the Midwest League Western Division final, the Quad Cities River Bandits matched a season high with 17 hits and pounded the Beloit Snappers for a 9-5 win at Pohlman Field Monday night that sent the visitors to their second Midwest League Championship Series in three seasons.

 

The River Bandits won the best-of-three series, two games to one, and advanced to a best-of-five championship with the South Bend Silver Hawks, who won 9-5 at home over the Fort Wayne TinCaps in Game 3 of the Eastern Division final Monday night. Quad Cities will play Games 1 and 2 at Four Winds Field in South Bend Wednesday and Thursday. Game 3 will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at Modern Woodmen Park, and tickets will be available at the River Bandits box office, by phone at 563-324-3000 and at www.riverbandits.com beginning Tuesday at 9 a.m. If necessary, Games 4 and 5 would also be at Modern Woodmen Park on Sunday and Monday, respectively.

 

Quad Cities took a lead in the second inning against Snappers right-hander Derek DeYoung (0-1). First baseman Bobby Borchering broke an 0-for-12 postseason start with a single to left-center field. Third baseman Rio Ruiz lifted a two-run home run – his second of the playoffs – just to the left of the batter's eye in center field for a 2-0 lead. In the third inning, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez led off with his first postseason home run, and shortstop Carlos Correa followed with his first of the playoffs to cap the first pair of back-to-back home runs by the River Bandits this season. After left fielder Danry Vasquez drew a walk, DeYoung was removed for right-hander Trevor Bayless, who allowed another run to score after walking Ruiz, who made a delayed break for second with two outs, allowing Vasquez to score on a double steal when the throw went past second base.

 

With a 5-0 lead, right-hander Daniel Minor (1-0), who struck out four batters in the first two innings, allowed a leadoff, third-inning home run by Snappers shortstop Sam Roberts. Minor then retired six straight batters before center fielder Brett Vertigan and catcher Nick Rickles hit consecutive doubles to start the fifth inning. In his first postseason outing, Minor allowed six hits, no walks and two earned runs, and he matched season highs with six strikeouts in six innings.


Seven River Bandits had multi-hit games to amass 17 hits – matching their regular season high set April 6 at Kane County. Quad Cities built its lead by scoring in five straight innings. Already with a 5-1 lead in the fourth, designated hitter Brian Blasik doubled and scored on Correa's RBI groundout. In the fifth, Borchering had his third hit with a leadoff double against Bayless, and right fielder Jordan Scott hit an RBI double for a 7-1 lead. Borchering and Scott had team highs with three hits apiece. Scott finished a home run shy of the cycle.

 

In the sixth, Hernandez hit a one-out single, and Correa drove an RBI triple down the right-field line. Vasquez then hit an RBI single for a 9-2 advantage. Right-hander Juan Minaya inherited that lead to start the seventh but allowed the first four batters of the eighth to reach safely, and the Snappers closed within 9-5. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson worked around two hits in the final two scoreless innings.

 

Monday's victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, Sept. 10. 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 Tuesday, Sept. 10.

 

UP NEXT: Tickets for the 2013 Midwest League Championship Series will go on sale Tuesday at 9 a.m. 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, 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 playoffs will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.

 

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RUIZ, HOLMES WIN ASTROS' AUGUST HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:35

Third baseman wins second straight monthly award; left-hander is first-time Pitcher of the Month

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 9, 2013) – Third baseman Rio Ruiz is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for August, and left-handed pitcher Brian Holmes is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Monday.

The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their eight minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Ruiz has won back-to-back Player of the Month awards, joining shortstop Carlos Correa as the only River Bandits with multiple monthly honors.

Ruiz, the Astros' fourth-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, improved his batting average each month of the season and had his best month in August. He hit .298 with 31 hits and 19 RBIs in 28 games. His five home runs and .558 slugging percentage were both the highest on the team. The 19-year-old Covina, Calif., native had the team's first walk-off home run of the season Aug. 18 against Burlington to start a stretch of 13 wins in the season's final 16 games. He added his first career grand slam and was a triple shy of the cycle Aug. 27 in Burlington. In a seven-game road trip Aug. 24-30, Ruiz went 13-for-28 (.464) with two home runs and 12 RBIs. In the season's second half, Ruiz hit .297 with nine home runs, 34 extra-base hits and 41 RBIs. Ruiz finished tied for the team lead with 33 doubles and was second with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs.

Holmes, the Astros' 10th-round pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Wake Forest University, returned from a two-month stint on the Quad Cities Disabled List to make his second-half debut Aug. 4 in Cedar Rapids. In four August starts, the Lawrenceville, Ga., native pitched at least 5 1/3 innings while allowing no more than one run in each outing. The 22-year-old had a 2-0 record, 21 strikeouts and just three runs allowed – two earned – in 23 1/3 innings for a 0.77 ERA – best among Quad Cities pitchers with at least 20 innings. Holmes finished the season 5-3 with a 2.49 ERA in 15 appearances, including 10 starts.

Below is a list of the Players and Pitchers of the Month this season for Quad Cities:

Month Player Pitcher

April Teoscar Hernandez Vincent Velasquez

May Carlos Correa Lance McCullers

June Carlos Correa Colton Cain

July Rio Ruiz Jordan Jankowski

August Rio Ruiz Brian Holmes

The River Bandits June Pitcher of the Month, Colton Cain, was named the August Pitcher of the Month for advanced Class-A Lancaster, to which he was transferred Aug. 2. Cain went 3-0 with a 3.24 ERA in five August starts for the JetHawks in the California League. This season, the Astros became the first organization since Pittsburgh in 2003 to have six minor league teams make the playoffs. The minor league affiliates' combined regular-season record of 476-360 for a .569 winning percentage ranked second among all organizations.

 

UP NEXT: Follow the River Bandits' playoff run at www.riverbandits.com by listening to the live broadcast presented by Mediacom. You can also listen to every game using the TuneIn Radio app on your smartphone. 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, 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 playoffs will likely be the last chance for Quad Cities fans to see 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and many other future stars in a River Bandits uniform.

 

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Stinziani Returns to Mallards PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Lavelle   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 14:33

Forward Back for Second Season After Standout Rookie Campaign

MOLINE, Ill. (September 9, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have re-signed forward Mike Stinziani, the Mallards announced today.

“Mike was a big part of our team last year and is going to be an even bigger part this year,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.  “He can score goals, he’s strong on the power play and he’s got great speed.  We’re banking on his talent, credibility and character and we’re going to count on him even more this year”

Stinziani, 24, finished last season second among Central Hockey League rookies in goals (26), tied for second among first year players in points (51) and fourth among rookies in assists (25).  He was also the Mallards’ second leading goal scorer and finished third on the team in point scoring.

The Montreal native completed his first professional campaign on a high note when he was named CHL Second Star for the month of March after scoring seven goals and totaling twelve points while helping propel the Mallards to a league-best 11-2-0 record in March.

The 5’ 9”, 205-pound Stinziani joined the Mallards after scoring 12 goals, picking up 31 assists and producing 43 points in 27 games with Concordia University in Montreal in 2011-12.  He finished third nationwide in both assists and points in what was his second university season.  For his efforts, Stinziani was named to the 2011-12 Ontario University Athletics East second all-star team.  Stinziani first took the ice for the Stingers in 2010-11, scoring eight goals and ringing up 17 points in just a dozen games.

Stinziani headed to Concordia after spending five seasons in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League.  He scored 58 times and recorded 148 points in 269 career junior games with the Gatineau Olympiques, Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, Chicoutimi Sagueneens and Prince Edward Island Rocket.   In 2008 Stinziani helped the Olympiques to the QMJHL President’s Cup title.

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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Branstad, Reynolds comment on IOC decision to keep Olympic wrestling PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Tim Albrecht   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:58

(TOKYO) – Gov. Terry E. Branstad, on a media conference call during an international trade mission in Tokyo, today issued the following statement regarding the International Olympic Committee’s decision to keep wrestling as an Olympic sport:

“Also, another great news (announcement) that came out of the International Olympic Committee was the decision to keep wresting. As you know, we’ve been working on this – LetsKeepWrestling.com – we launched that last winter. We’ve gotten a tremendous response: over 25,000 people joined in our efforts. I recruited other governors to join. We had 30-some other governors that wrote to the International Olympic Committee in support of wrestling. And so, these two decisions made in Buenos Aires, are great for Tokyo and certainly great for the state of Iowa and the future of the Olympics, so we are very excited about that.”

The governor also commented on Tokyo being chosen as host for the 2020 Olympic Games:

“The big news that happened while we’ve been here is the decision by the International Olympic Committee to have the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. This is huge news all over the world, but obviously here in Tokyo, it’s tremendous.

“They’re very excited. This is great news for Japan. We’re proud to be here with them for this big announcement. It was tremendously well-received by everybody.”

Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds made the following statement in Des Moines:

“Iowans have a special bond with wrestling. High school gyms across the state fill up every Saturday in the winter, with fans cheering passionately and loudly as athletes compete on the mat. The governor and I took very seriously our role in promoting wrestling to the International Olympic Committee, and knew it would take a significant effort in what was perceived as an uphill battle. Undaunted, Iowans joined with us and thankfully, we prevailed in keeping wrestling as an Olympic sport. We want to thank the International Olympic Committee for this decision, and we thank the tens of thousands of Iowans who participated in this important effort.”

 

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