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VASQUEZ BLASTS 2 TO LEAD BANDITS PAST SNAPPERS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:38

Quad Cities holds on for victory over heavy-hitting Beloit to even final regular season series

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 1, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits left fielder Danry Vasquez had his first career two-homer game and helped his team build an 8-2 lead which proved to be just enough in an 8-7 win over the Beloit Snappers in front of 3,522 at Modern Woodmen Park Sunday night.

 

Quad Cities (42-26 second half, 80-56 overall) has won 12 of 15 games and took a home game against Beloit (34-34, 77-61) for the first time since Aug. 19, 2012. The Snappers had won seven straight games in Davenport and took the game's first lead in the third inning against left-hander Josh Hader. Catcher Nick Rickles drew a one-out walk, and scored on a double by left fielder Ryan Mathews.

 

The River Bandits answered against right-hander Kyle Finnegan (1-1) with their largest inning since a season-high eight-run frame May 13 against Peoria. Second baseman Austin Elkins singled, and right fielder Jordan Scott drew a walk. After designated hitter Tony Kemp struck out, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit a ground ball stopped by diving third baseman Renato Nunez, whose throw past first base allowed Elkins to score the tying run. Shortstop Carlos Correa then hit a two-run single up the middle, and Vasquez followed by driving his first home run since his River Bandits debut July 31 off the top of the right-center field fence. Third baseman Rio Ruiz hit his second double of the game down the first-base line and later scored when catcher Roberto Pena put down a bunt to make it 6-1.

 

With a 6-1 lead, Hader worked around a fourth-inning double but walked four of the first six batters in the fifth inning to force home a run and leave after 4 2/3 innings, having allowed two hits, a career-high six walks and four strikeouts. Right-hander Patrick Christensen came in to retire Nunez on a flyout to center field, stranding the bases loaded with a 6-2 lead. Christensen allowed three singles to load the bases in the sixth inning but struck out the final two batters to work 1 1/3 shutout innings.

 

After Vasquez homered leading off the fifth, and first baseman Bobby Borchering drove in a run with his first triple since Aug. 16, 2012, the River Bandits held an 8-2 lead. In the seventh inning, however, right-hander Jorge Perez allowed a hit batter and walk before Snappers first baseman Matt Olson and right fielder John Wooten each hit RBI singles, and designated hitter Ryan Delgado hit a three-run home run to field to close within 8-7. Two more hits chased Perez, and right-hander Andrew Walter came in to strand two runners ending the seventh. Walter faced the minimum in the eighth and ninth, with the help of a double play, and earned his third save.

 

 

The River Bandits' scoring of at least seven runs activates the "Lucky Seven Run" promotion, as American TV & Appliance at 4800 Elmore Avenue in Davenport will offer a 40% discount on select furniture Monday, Sept. 2. Sunday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Monday, Sept. 2. 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 Monday, Sept. 2.Quad Cities plays the regular season finale against Beloit at 1 p.m. Monday at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (7-3) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Deyvi Jimenez (2-5).

 
SNAPPERS PUT AN END TO BANDITS' WINNING STREAK PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:36

Carlos Correa hits ninth home run of the season in opener between playoff-bound clubs


DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 31, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa gave his team a 4-2 lead with a fifth-inning home run Saturday night, but the Beloit Snappers pitchers set down the next 13 batters, and Snappers right fielder John Wooten and first baseman Matt Olson each homered in a 5-4 comeback victory in front of 5,126 at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

In the first game of the final regular season series for two playoff-bound clubs, Quad Cities (41-26 second half, 79-57 overall) had its four-game winning streak snapped and lost its last seventh straight game against Beloit (34-33, 77-60) at Modern Woodmen Park. The River Bandits last defeated Beloit in Davenport on Aug. 19, 2012.

 

Quad Cities took the lead in the first inning, as second baseman Tony Kemp singled to right field, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez doubled to left. Two batters later, left fielder Danry Vasquez grounded out to bring in Kemp for a 1-0 lead.


In his first start since July 4, River Bandits right-hander Juan Minaya did not allow a hit until a third-inning, two-out single by left fielder Aaron Shipman. In the fourth inning, Snappers shortstop Daniel Robertson hit an infield single before Minaya picked up his fourth and fifth strikeouts. Wooten then hit a 1-2 pitch to the Built Ford Tough Deck in right field for his 20th home run and a 2-1 Beloit lead. Minaya retired the next four batters to complete five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits with one walk and five strikeouts.

 

In the bottom of the fifth, catcher Jobduan Morales and right fielder Jordan Scott drew consecutive walks against right-hander Dylan Covey (1-1), who threw a wild pitch to advance both runners into scoring position. After Covey fanned Kemp and Hernandez, Correa ripped a soaring liner to the Modern Woodmen Berm in left field for a three-run home run – his first since Aug. 9. Covey struck out Vasquez to finish five innings with five hits allowed, four earned runs, three walks and four strikeouts.


With a 4-2 lead, right-hander Richard Rodriguez (0-1) started the top of the sixth inning by allowing a double to designated hitter Ryan Mathews and single to shortstop Daniel Robertson. With one out, Olson drilled a ball over the right field fence for his team-high 23rd home run and a 5-4 Snappers lead. Rodriguez came back to retire 11 of the next 13 batters to finish a season-high four innings, while yielding four hits, three earned runs and one walk with three strikeouts.


Three Snappers relievers were perfect after Covey. Right-haner Sam Bragg struck out one batter in the sixth inning, and right-hander Nolan Sanburn struck out two batters while retiring all six he faced in the seventh and eighth innings. Right-hander Tyler Vail struck out one batter in a perfect ninth inning for his seventh save. Quad Cities had just five hits, and each team left only left three runners on base.


Quad Cities continues its final regular season series against Beloit at Modern Woodmen Park at 5 p.m. Sunday. River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader (2-0) is scheduled to face Snappers right-hander Kyle Finnegan (1-0).

 

UP NEXT: Arthur & D.W. will be at Modern Woodmen Park for the final Flat Screen Family Sunday, when three lucky fans will win new flat-screen TVs. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. for Bark in the Park, and as part of Fan Appreciation Weekend, the River Bandits players will sign autographs on the field at approximately 35 minutes before the 5 p.m. game. Kids Run the Bases after 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.

 
BANDITS TOSS SHUTOUT TO SWEEP AWAY RATTLERS PDF Print E-mail
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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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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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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!

 

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