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HADER MASTERS SNAPPERS IN BANDITS' GAME 1 WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:48

Quad Cities can advance to Midwest League Championship with win Sunday or Monday in Beloit


DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 7, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits' dominant postseason pitching continued for a third straight game, as left-hander Josh Hader allowed one run on three hits in a career-high seven innings Saturday night, and the bullpen finished a 3-1 win over the Beloit Snappers in Game 1 of the Midwest League Western Division final in front of 1,760 at Modern Woodmen Park.


Quad Cities took a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and can advance to the Midwest League Championship with a victory Sunday or Monday in Beloit, where Quad Cities went 5-2 as the visiting team this season. Dating back to the 2011 playoffs, the River Bandits have won 10 straight postseason games. Quad Cities has won 16 of 19 games overall and allowed only four hits for a third straight game.


Hader (1-0), who had starts of 6 1/3 and 6 2/3 innings with Delmarva in the South Atlantic League and twice worked six innings in the regular season for Quad Cities, faced one batter over the minimum Saturday. He allowed a first-inning leadoff single by left fielder Aaron Shipman, who was thrown out trying to steal second base. After a walk to designated hitter Ryan Mathews, Hader induced one of his team's two double plays. Hader had set down eight straight batters before Mathews hit a home run to left field with one out in the fourth inning. Hader then faced the minimum the rest of his outing, allowing only a fifth-inning leadoff single by right fielder John Wooten, who was retired as part of a double play. After allowing two earned runs on two hits and six walks with four strikeouts in 4 2/3 innings against Beloit last Sunday, Hader walked one and struck out one batter Saturday.

 

The River Bandits beat their opponent to the scoreboard for the first time in the playoffs. In the first inning, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a one-hopper to shortstop Sam Roberts, who bobbled the ball and threw it into the first-base dugout to allow Hernandez to reach second base. Shortstop Carlos Correa dropped a single in front of left fielder Aaron Shipman to score Hernandez for a 1-0 lead.

 

In the third inning against right-hander Andres Avila (0-1), designated hitter Brian Blasik hit a leadoff single to left-center field, and second baseman Tony Kemp singled to right field. With one out, Correa drove a sacrifice fly to center field to score Blasik and make it 2-0. Avila left after 4 2/3 innings, having allowed six hits and two runs – one earned. Right-hander Vincent Voiro walked third baseman Rio Ruiz with one out in the sixth inning, and right fielder Jordan Scott drove an RBI double to left-center field for a 3-1 lead.

 

After Hader, left-hander Mitchell Lambson pitched a perfect eighth inning with one strikeout. For a third straight playoff game, right-hander Andrew Walter pitched the final inning. He allowed a two-out single by Shipman but earned his second postseason save by striking out Mathews to end the game with Shipman at first base – the only runner Beloit left on base. The two-hour, 10-minute game was shorter than any nine-inning regular season game for Quad Cities this season.

 

Saturday's River Bandits victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Sunday, Sept. 8. 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 Sunday, Sept. 8. Quad Cities will travel to Beloit for Game 2 at 6:30 p.m. Sunday. River Bandits right-hander Zach Morton (0-1) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan (1-1).

 
Fall/Winter Catalog Now Available PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Davenport Parks & Recreation   
Tuesday, 10 September 2013 08:44
Davenport Parks and Recreation fall session starts next week! Pick up your catalog today at the River's Edge or Vander Veer, or browse our online catalog.
Catalogs available at:
River's Edge, 700 W River Dr, or
Vander Veer, 215 W Central Park
We offer a variety of programs this fall, including:
  • Learn to Skate Lessons
  • Performing Arts Programs
  • Nature Programs
  • Soccer Leagues
  • Volleyball Leagues
  • Special Events
  • Adult Programs
  • Youth Programs
  • Adaptive & Inclusive
  • and more!

 
MEGA TABLET PLAYOFF GIVEAWAY, JERSEY AUCTION, FIREWORKS AND MORE – SATURDAY! PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:23

River Bandits continue $1 drink and food specials, $5 for all regular individual seating

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 6, 2013) – With a first-round sweep in the Midwest League playoffs, the Quad Cities River Bandits have advanced to the best-of-three Midwest League Western Division final, and the promotions take another step forward for Saturday's 5:35 p.m. Game 1 against the Beloit Snappers at Modern Woodmen Park.

With a Mega Tablet Giveaway, the River Bandits will give away nine tablets – one during each inning of Saturday's game – courtesy of Video Games, ETC.! The River Bandits will also auction their game-worn batting practice jerseys from this season on Saturday, with proceeds to benefit the Genesis Foundation. A postgame fireworks show will also take place at approximately 9:00 p.m.

Gates will open at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, and the team will continue offering 12-ounce beer and soda for just $1 each, as well as $1 hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos. All regular individual seats are now on sale for $5 each.

“The playoffs are a perfect opportunity for us to say thank you to the people of the Quad Cities by offering discounted tickets, discounted food and drink, a great fireworks show and a huge new promotion," said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “Our fans will have incredible opportunities to bid on the game-worn batting practice jerseys of this year's exciting River Bandits team, win a brand new Android tablet, and enjoy great deals on tickets and concessions – all capped off by another fireworks show at the Best Minor League Ballpark in the country!”

Groups may call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 to book a group area or suite for the Saturday, Sept. 7, game.

 

Game 2 of the Western Division final will be at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at Pohlman Field in Beloit, and Game 3, if necessary, would be at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Beloit. Every River Bandits game is broadcasted live presented by Mediacom at www.riverbandits.com.

The River Bandits advanced to the Midwest League Western Division final for the second time in three years Thursday with a two-game sweep of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, who finished the regular season with a Midwest League-leading 88 victories. Quad Cities has now won nine straight postseason games dating back to the 2011 Midwest League Championship run. Quad Cities has won five Midwest League Championships: 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990 and 2011.

UP NEXT: Saturday's playoff game will again feature all regular individual seats for $5 each, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will each be $1. 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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Loebsack, Jordan and Walz Call on IOC to Maintain Wrestling as Olympic Tradition PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 06 September 2013 15:16

IOC decision on wrestling expected this Sunday

Washington, D.C. – Congressmen Dave Loebsack (IA-02), Jim Jordan (OH-04), and Tim Walz (MN-01) today wrote the President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Dr. Jacques Rogge, calling on him to reinstate wrestling as an Olympic Sport in the 2020 Olympic Games. On Sunday, the IOC will meet in Buenos Aires to vote on which sport to include. Loebsack, Jordan and Walz have led the fight in the House of Representatives to reinstate wrestling since the decision was made to drop it as a core sport earlier this year.

“Wrestling’s inclusion in the Olympics dates back to 708 BC and the history of wrestling is the history of the Olympics itself,” the Congressmen wrote. “The Olympic Games are the embodiment of tradition, the culmination of childhood dreams and the hard work and dedication of athletes to reach the pinnacle of their sport. We believe strongly that wrestling exemplifies the best of these qualities in athletics. We strongly urge you to maintain wrestling as an Olympic tradition.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

The resolution that Congressmen Loebsack, Jordan and Walz introduced earlier this year can be found here.

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BANDITS QUIET KERNELS, EARN FIRST-ROUND SWEEP PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 06 September 2013 14:57

Quad Cities advances to Western Division final and will host Beloit for Game 1 on Saturday


CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (SEPT. 5, 2013) – For a second straight night, the Quad Cities River Bandits held the potent Cedar Rapids Kernels offense in check on Thursday night, and third baseman Rio Ruiz hit a go-ahead home run in a three-run fourth inning leading to a 4-2 win and two-game sweep of the Midwest League Western Division semifinal at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

 

Quad Cities won its ninth straight postseason game, dating back to the 2011 Midwest League Championship run, and ended the season for the Kernels, who had a league-high 88 regular-season wins. The River Bandits will host the Beloit Snappers for Game 1 of the Midwest League Western Division Final on Saturday. Beloit swept its division semifinal against the Clinton LumberKings Thursday. Saturday's game time will be announced on Friday, and second-round tickets will be available beginning at noon Friday.


The Kernels took the first lead for a second straight game, as center fielder Jonathan Murphy led off the bottom of the first inning with a home run to left field off left-hander Joe Bircher (1-0). But Bircher bounced back to retire six straight hitters and work around single baserunners in the third and fourth innings. In the fifth he allowed a two-out double by third baseman Joel Licon and Murphy to reach on an error by shortstop Carlos Correa, but Bircher fanned shortstop Niko Goodrum to strike out the side. He completed five innings and gave up one earned run on three hits while striking out four batters.

 

The River Bandits tied the game against right-hander Tim Shibuya (0-1) in the second inning, as third baseman Rio Ruiz worked a two-out walk, and catcher Roberto Pena drove him in with a double down the left-field line. In a 1-1 tie, the visitors loaded the bases in the third inning, but Shibuya got a strikeout and groundout to escape the jam.

 

Ruiz broke the tie by launching the first pitch of the fourth inning to the base of the scoreboard in right-center field for the first River Bandits playoff home run since Game 3 of the 2011 Championship. Pena then reached on an infield single, and right fielder Jordan Scott placed a bunt single to first base. A sacrifice moved both runners into scoring position, and with two outs, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez grounded a two-run single through the left side of the infield for a 4-1 lead.

 

The Kernels managed to rally in the sixth inning against left-hander J.D. Osborne, as second baseman Jorge Polanco hit a leadoff double and right fielder Adam Brett Walker drew a walk. Polanco scored on a groundout, but right-hander Patrick Christensen came in to strike out designated hitter Travis Harrison. Christensen worked perfect seventh and eighth innings to retire all seven batters in 2 1/3 innings. For a second straight night, right-hander Andrew Walter pitched a perfect ninth inning, completing a game-ending string of 11 consecutive batters retired by the bullpen, which allowed only one run on two hits in the series. After leading the league in runs scored in the regular season, the Kernels had three combined runs on eight total hits in two postseason games.

 

Thursday's River Bandits victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Friday, Sept. 6. 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, Sept. 6.

 

UP NEXT:Saturday's playoff game will again feature all regular individual seats for $5 each, and 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will each be $1. Tickets will go on sale Friday at noon 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 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa and the River Bandits in the playoffs. 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!

 

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