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BANDITS TO HOST CELEBRATION & APPRECIATION OF SENATOR TOM HARKIN FOR 40 YEARS OF SERVICE TO IOWA PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 11 August 2014 14:12

Bobblehead giveaway Sunday Aug. 17, with first pitches by Senator Harkin, Davenport Mayor Gluba

DAVENPORT, Iowa. (August 7, 2014) – The Quad Cities River Bandits will give away a bobblehead of U.S. Senator Tom Harkin at Modern Woodmen Park at their 1:15 p.m. game Sunday, Aug. 17, which will be a Celebration and Appreciation of Senator Tom Harkin for 40 years of Service to Iowa in Congress. The day will be sponsored by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).

Gates open at noon on Sunday, Aug. 17, and the first 1,000 fans to the ballpark will receive a bobblehead of Senator Tom Harkin, who has announced he will retire following his fifth term as Senator from Iowa and 40th year serving in Congress for Iowa. Senator Harkin and Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba will be on hand Aug. 17 to throw out ceremonial first pitches before the River Bandits' 1:15 p.m. game. Senator Harkin will also be available before the game to personally autograph the bobbleheads made in his likeness.

“Senator Harkin epitomizes all that’s good about public service, and his bipartisan leadership will be sorely missed,” said River Bandits owner Dave Heller. “From the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act to protecting workers’ pensions to promoting biofuels and energy independence, Senator Harkin has been a leader on issues that directly affect the people of Iowa and our nation. We are proud to honor and celebrate his forty years of service in the U.S. Congress.”

“In Iowa, baseball is important and is part of our local economy and part of our history,” said Harkin. “As a fan, I’m honored to throw out the first pitch at the ballpark considered the best minor league stadium in America - Modern Woodmen Park - and join the fans of the Quad Cities River Bandits to enjoy a day along the beautiful Davenport riverfront.”

Sunday, Aug. 17, is also a Family Sunday presented by KWQC and B100 and Pirates and Princesses Theme Day. River Bandits players will sign pregame autographs, fans can bring their dogs to the ballpark for Bark in the Park, and Kids Run the Bases following the game.

UP NEXT: Back-to-back Fireworks nights and two bobbleheads in three days both begin on Thursday. The first 700 fans to Modern Woodmen Park when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will receive a Craig Biggio Bobblehead courtesy of Prairie Farms and FOX18. The first 500 fans who wear red to the ballpark will receive a koozie from HAVlife, which will also present a special postgame fireworks show on a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by the River Cities' Reader. Friday is the Autism Awareness Night, the award-winning promotion and the third annual photo jersey auction presented by KWQC, with Friday Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD and WLLR. The Roger Clemens Bobblehead giveaway presented by Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, West Bend and the Quad-City Times is Saturday, and the homestand continues through Sunday. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.

 
MCDONALD, MINNIS WIN ASTROS' JULY HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 11 August 2014 14:00
Former Bandits Ruiz and Hader take home Lancaster accolades while Scribner and Melendez grab Tri-City and GCL awards
DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 7, 2014) – First baseman Chase McDonald is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for July, and left-handed pitcher Albert Minnis is the team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Wednesday.
The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four full-season affiliates, three short-season affiliates and two Dominican Summer League affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. Former River Bandits infielder Rio Ruiz and left-handed pitcher Josh Hader took home the honors at Class-A Advanced Lancaster, with Hader winning for the second time in three months. Current River Bandits outfielder Alexander Melendez was named the Gulf Coast League Astros Player of the Month. Current River Bandits right-handed pitcher Troy Scribner won Short-Season Class-A Tri-City's Pitcher of the Month for his second career honor; he also won Pitcher of the Month in July 2013 for the Gulf Coast League Astros.
McDonald, Houston's 12th-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, won his second career monthly award and first since winning rookie-level Greeneville's Player of the Month in August 2013. In July, McDonald batted .362 with six home runs in 26 games. He clubbed nine doubles and six home runs with 19 RBIs, a .434 on-base percentage, .649 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. The Greenville, N.C., native launched a three-run walk-off home run July 21 to complete a sweep of Lake County and leads all current River Bandits on the season (minimum: 70 at-bats) in batting average (.278), on-base percentage (.358), slugging percentage (.473), OPS (.832), home runs (12) and RBIs (51).
Minnis, Houston's 25th-round pick in 2013, went 1-0 with a 1.72 ERA and 15 strikeouts in six July appearances covering 15 2/3 innings. The southpaw from Lawrence, Kan., was promoted to Quad Cities from the rookie-level GCL Astros on July 4. He responded with five straight scoreless outings, including three of at least three innings out of the bullpen. Minnis is 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games this season. He has fanned 27 against 10 walks in 34 2/3 innings.
Below is a list of the Players and Pitchers of the Month this season for Quad Cities:
April
Player: Brett Phillips
Pitcher: Gonzalo Sanudo
May
Player: Brian Holberton
Pitcher: Jandel Gustave
June
Player: Tyler White
Pitcher: Evan Grills
July
Player: Chase McDonald
Pitcher: Albert Minnis
UP NEXT: Back-to-back Fireworks nights and two bobbleheads in three days both begin on Thursday. The first 700 fans to Modern Woodmen Park when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. Thursday will receive a Craig Biggio Bobblehead courtesy of Prairie Farms and FOX18. The first 500 fans who wear red to the ballpark will receive a koozie from HAVlife, which will also present a special postgame fireworks show on a Thirst-Day with $2 drink specials presented by the River Cities' Reader. Friday is the Autism Awareness Night, the award-winning promotion and the third annual photo jersey auction presented by KWQC, with Friday Fireworks presented by Smart Toyota of the Quad Cities, WQAD and WLLR. The Roger Clemens Bobblehead giveaway presented by Ruhl & Ruhl Insurance, West Bend and the Quad-City Times is Saturday, and the homestand continues through Sunday. Tickets are available at www.riverbandits.com.
ABOUT THE BANDITS: Having just been named Ballpark Digest's winner of Best Ballpark Improvement in America under $1 million, the River Bandits ownership recently made one of the biggest improvements to Modern Woodmen Park since the ballpark was first built back in 1931! A new Ferris wheel, standing 105 feet over the playing field, opened May 24, and Space Camp opened June 20; the newly expanded 300-foot long zip line has also reopened. In 2013, the team unveiled a new 220-foot long dual zip line, a rock climbing wall, and a number of new bounce houses. Last season, the team's major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, saw all six of its affiliates reach the playoffs - the first time in a decade any MLB team can claim such success. The River Bandits were one of three affiliates to reach the championship round and one of two to win their league championship.

 
Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2" Presented LIVE and On the Big Screen September 13 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Fathom Events   
Monday, 11 August 2014 13:38
Fathom Events and Mayweather Promotions are proud to broadcast live the second bout between Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Marcos “El Chino” Maidana on Saturday, September 13 from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas at 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 6:00 p.m. MT / 5:00 p.m. PT / 4:00 p.m. AK / 2:00 p.m. HI. Set to be a thrilling bout, “Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” will broadcast to nearly 570 select movie theaters across the country. On the subject of boxing broadcasts in cinemas (Mayweather having seven with Fathom Events), Maidana said, "I am so happy that this rematch is being shown in movie screens because when I hand Floyd his first loss, it should be larger than life."
Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2” will be presented at the following local cinemas on 9/13 (or a complete list of theater locations and prices, click here):
Cinemark Davenport 18 with IMAX 3601 E 53Rd St Davenport IA 52807

 
Nothing Compares to the Iowa State Fair Woodcarver's Auction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Lori Chappell   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 15:45

DES MOINES, IA (08/06/2014)(readMedia)-- Every year Fairgoers from all around the world come to the Iowa State Fair to see the exhilarating art of chainsaw carving. For the 11 days of the Fair, sculptors, and registered chainsaw carvers, A.J. Lutter and Gary Keenan will amaze spectators with their work as they transform simple logs into pieces of art in less than one hour. The pair is nationally known, traveling to city, county and state Fairs, and can sculpt anything from people to animals.

Add a piece of Iowa State Fair art to your home by attending the 2014 Woodcarver's Auction! The auction will feature the sculptures that Lutter and Keenan create each day at the Iowa State Fair. In addition to the woodcarvings, champion meats will be up for bid during the sale, including ham, bacon and dried beef.

The 2014 Woodcarver's Auction will be held on Sunday, August 17 at 3:30 p.m. in the air-conditioned comfort of the Cattle Barn's Penningroth Media Center. All funds generated from the auction will be used by the Blue Ribbon Foundation to preserve and renovate the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

Since its inception in 1993, the Blue Ribbon Foundation has been raising funds to renovate and restore the historic Iowa State Fairgrounds. Funds have been generated to support 40 projects throughout the Fairgrounds. Improvements have been made to the William C. Knapp Varied Industries Building, the Grandstand, the Campgrounds and Ye Old Mill. In addition, funds support the building of new facilities such as the Paul R. Knapp Animal Learning Center, Elwell Family Food Center and the Richard O. Jacobson Exhibition Center.

The Blue Ribbon Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Since 1993, the Foundation has generated more than $100 million for renovations and improvements to the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

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FELIZ'S MASTERPIECE STOPS BANDITS' SLIDE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 07 August 2014 07:51

A.J. Reed and Ryan Bottger each homer to help Quad Cities win 4-0 game following 7-3 loss

DAVENPORT, Iowa (August 5, 2014) – For the second time in three weeks, right-hander Michael Feliz pulled the Quad Cities River Bandits out of a six-game losing streak with a brilliant starting effort, pitching a career-high eight shutout innings and striking out a season-high nine batters in a 4-0 win over the Burlington Bees in front of 3,358 at Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday night.

Following a 7-3 loss in the completion of Monday's suspended game, Quad Cities (22-21 second half, 57-56 overall) got its longest starting pitching performance in more than two years. After pitching seven shutout innings July 19 to beat Lake County and snap his team's six-game losing streak, Feliz (7-4) pitched eight innings for the first time since he did so July 6, 2012, for the Gulf Coast League Astros. Feliz's start Tuesday was the longest by a River Bandit since Kyle Hald pitched a nine-inning game in a 6-2 win over Burlington June 4, 2012.

Feliz out-dueled fellow 2014 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game pitcher Victor Alcantara (6-6), who struck out a career-high 11 batters in six innings, allowing three runs – one earned – on five hits. Bees left-hander Cole Swanson struck out five batters in two innings, and River Bandits right-hander Keegan Yuhl struck out two batters in a perfect ninth inning. Quad Cities batters struck out a season-high 16 times, and the two teams combined for 27 strikeouts among 51 total defensive outs. There were no walks in the game – a first for Quad Cities and an opponent since April 18, 2010, when the River Bandits won 4-3, over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Modern Woodmen Park.

Feliz worked three times through the Bees batting order, allowing one hit each time. In the first inning, he allowed a two-out double by shortstop Zach Houchins before recording his first strikeout of Bees first baseman Eric Aguilera. Second baseman Kody Eaves hit a two-out triple in the third inning, but Feliz got left fielder Bo Way on a groundout to first base. Feliz retired nine in a row before Way hit a two-out single in the sixth inning, but Feliz struck out Houchins to end the inning. He set down the final seven batters he faced, including his ninth strikeout – matching the most by a River Bandit this season – to end the eighth inning.

Alcantara retired the first seven batters of the game to extend a string of 20 River Bandits retired in order by Burlington (20-24, 58-55), which also did not allow hit for 10 2/3 innings until River Bandits second baseman Marc Wik lined a third-inning, one-out single to center field. Wik reached second base when center fielder Mike Fish bobbled the ball and scored on a two-out single by center fielder James Ramsay. Designated hitter A.J. Reed hit his fourth home run in nine Midwest League games in the fourth inning for a 2-0 lead. In the fifth inning, catcher Brett Booth and Wik hit consecutive singles, and two Bees throwing errors scored Booth. Wik was thrown out trying to score on a pitch that escaped Bees catcher Stephen McGee with rehabbing Astros outfielder George Springer at the plate to end the inning. Springer grounded out to third base twice and made one catch in five innings in right field in his second game with Quad Cities. Left fielder Ryan Bottger added his first Midwest League home run in the seventh inning off Swanson for a 4-0 River Bandits lead.

The teams resumed Monday's game with a 3-3 tie in the top of the sixth inning, and River Bandits left-hander Blaine Sims (2-4) allowed four earned runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter in the seventh inning. Bees right-hander Alex Blackford (1-3) was perfect in four innings, and Bees right fielder Ranyelmy Mendoza finished 4-for-5 in the game. Houchins had three RBIs for the Bees, who had 15 hits, including 14 singles, to snap their eight-game losing streak and briefly extend the River Bandits' streak to match a season-high six games.

Quad Cities hosts Burlington for the rubber match of the three-game series at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits right-hander Edison Frias (7-5) is scheduled to face Bees right-hander Harrison Cooney (8-5), who leads the league with a 2.19 ERA.

 
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