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Astros Have Franchise-Record Six Minor League Playoff Clubs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:38

First Organization With Six Domestic Playoff Teams Since 2003; Greeneville Advances To Appy League Finals With Win Tuesday Night

HOUSTON, TX — When the Tri-City ValleyCats clinched their division in the NY-Penn League on Tuesday night, it gave the Astros a franchise-record six minor league playoff clubs in 2013.

Additionally, the Astros are the first organization to have six domestic affiliates qualify for the playoffs in the same season since Pittsburgh in 2003.

Also on Tuesday night,  the Greeneville Astros rallied for five runs in the 9th inning for a 7-3, come-from-behind win at Kingsport to advance to the Appalachian League finals. They will play Pulaski in a best of three series.

Below is an update on the Astros minor league playoff teams:

Oklahoma City (AAA): First playoff game will be Wednesday Sept. 4 in Oklahoma City vs. Omaha – Round 1 is a best of 5 series.

Corpus Christi (AA): First playoff game will be Wednesday Sept. 4 in Corpus Christi vs. San Antonio – Round 1 is a best of 5 series.

Lancaster (A): Earned first-round bye. First playoff game will be Saturday Sept. 7 in Lancaster – Round 2 is a best of 5 series. Opponent TBD.

Quad Cities (A): First playoff game will be Wednesday Sept. 4 in Davenport. Quad Cities vs. Cedar Rapids.  Round 1 is a best of 3 series.

Tri-City (Short-season A): Clinched playoff spot Tuesday night. Opponent TBD.

Greeneville (R): Defeated Kingsport, 2-1, in a best of 3 series to advance to the Appalachian League finals vs. Pulaski (best of 3 series).


Mallards Welcome First Year Netminder, Forward PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jim Kersten   
Wednesday, 04 September 2013 09:33

MOLINE, Ill. (September 3, 2013) – The Quad City Mallards have signed goaltender Philippe Trudeau and forward John Heffernan, the Mallards announced today.

Trudeau, who turns 20 later this month, split last year between the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s Cape Breton Screaming Eagles and Val d’Or Foreurs and posted a 3.53 goals against average and .895 save percentage along with a record of 11-19-2 in 44 regular season games.  The 6’ 6”, 213-pound Blainville, Quebec, product went on to backstop the Foreurs to an opening round playoff upset of the Prince Edward Island Rocket.

Trudeau spent three seasons in the QMJHL, playing briefly for the Moncton Wildcats before his stints in Cape Breton and Val d’Or.  In exactly 100 career junior games he turned in a 3.81 goals against average and a .884 save percentage alongside a 28-47-3 record. 

“Philippe is a quality young goaltender who has great size and a lot of potential,” said Mallards coach and general manager Terry Ruskowski.   “We’re excited about him joining the Mallards and doing his part to make sure we can count on strong goaltending night-in and night-out.”

Heffernan, 24, scored four goals and totaled 11 points as a senior at Merrimack College last season.  Over four years as a Warrior, the 6’ 2”, 200-pound Heffernan produced nine goals and 22 points in 65 games.  The Scituate, Massachusetts, native’s sophomore season saw Merrimack earn what was its second ever NCAA Division I tournament berth and its first in nearly a quarter of a century.

Before arriving at Merrimack, Heffernan won a pair of Massachusetts state titles- in 2006 and 2007-  while at Boston College High School and went on to lead the Bridgewater Bandits of the Eastern Junior Hockey League in point-scoring (20-33-53) in 2008-09.  Heffernan was a teammate of fellow Mallard signee and Scituate native Rob Dongara in both youth hockey and high school.

“John’s a hard-working player who’s had success at every level he’s played at,” said Ruskowski.  “He’s been schooled at a very solid college program so we’re looking forward to joining us in the Quad Cities.”

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  Fans can also follow the Mallards via Twitter at and on Facebook at

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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:49

Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park has been with Midwest League club for six years

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 3, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits announced on Tuesday that Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park Stefanie Brown is concluding her work with the Class-A Midwest League club after playing an integral role in the front office the last six years.

Following her 10th season in Minor League Baseball – including each of the first six years of the new River Bandits under the ownership of Main Street Baseball – Brown will conclude her work in the team's front office at the end of October.

“After six seasons with the River Bandits, I know it is time to start the next chaper in my professional career,” Brown said. “I am very grateful to have had the opportunity to be with this wonderful organization, which has a great community that supports it. Throughout the years here, I have met a number of great people whom I will miss seeing at the ballpark. But I know I am ready to see the next challenge in store for me.”

Brown has been an integral part of the River Bandits' day-to-day operation since joining the organization in December 2007 as director of community and client relations. She was promoted to assistant general manager after one season. In that role, she oversaw Modern Woodmen Park's suite level, special events, promotions, merchandise and the team's hosting of the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game. She has three times been honored as the Midwest League's Female Executive of the Year.

Following the 2011 season, Brown became the Midwest League's youngest general manager and only female general manager. In her first year as general manager, the Quad Cities club welcomed 240,008 fans in attendance - its highest total since 1995. The total attendance of more than 1.3 million the last six seasons is the best such stretch in Quad Cities franchise history. In Brown's season as Executive Director of Modern Woodmen Park, the River Bandits' home was voted the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in a nation-wide vote this summer by fans and readers of and USA TODAY.

"Stefanie Brown is one of my most favorite people, and she has been an incredibly valuable part of the River Bandits and the Quad Cities community since Main Street Baseball bought the team six years ago,” said team co-owner Dave Heller. “She is the single best hire I have ever made. Her tremendous positive impact on this organization will become an enduring legacy, and we know her immense talent and remarkable character will carry her to great success in whatever she chooses to do. She will be greatly missed.”

UP NEXT:The River Bandits will give away a used car and a used pick-up truck at the playoff game Wednesday night. 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will be $1 each, and all regular individual tickets are just $5 each. Tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at

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Tuesday, 03 September 2013 12:42

Quad Cities finishes 81-57 overall and will open the playoffs with first-place Cedar Rapids Wednesday

DAVENPORT, Iowa (SEPT. 2, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor pitched a season-high six strong innings, center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit his team-high 13th home run, and right fielder Jordan Scott had the go-ahead RBI as part of his two-triple game to lead a 3-2 win over the Beloit Snappers in Monday's regular season finale in front of 3,911 at Modern Woodmen Park.

Playoff-bound Quad Cities (43-26 second half, 81-57 overall) won 13 of its final 16 games and took the final five series in order to tie for the third-most single-season victories in the 54-season franchise history. Monday's win earned a season-series split with Beloit (34-35, 77-62), assuring the River Bandits a .500 or better regular-season record against every Midwest League Western Division opponent. Quad Cities will host Cedar Rapids for Game 1 of the Western Division semifinals at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Modern Woodmen Park. River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski (4-3) is scheduled to face Kernels left-hander Brett Lee (8-4) in Game 1.

Minor (8-3) allowed Beloit to take a lead in the top of the second inning, as designated hitter John Wooten hit a one-out double down the left-field line and scored when second baseman Roberto Pena dropped a two-out popup in shallow center field. After a third-inning single by right fielder Aaron Shipman, Minor retired eight straight hitters, including striking out the side in the fifth.

Hernandez led off the third inning by hitting the first pitch from right-hander Deyvi Jimenez (2-6) over the left-center-field fence to tie the game. Hernandez scored his league-leading 97th run, which ties him for fourth-most in a single season by a Quad Cities player since the Midwest League franchise began in 1960. Hernandez's total is the most since Jon Schaeffer scored as many in 1999.

In the fourth inning, Pena drew a leadoff walk, moved to second on a wild pitch and reached third base on a flyout. Scott then drove a fly ball over center fielder Brett Vertigan and reached third base, while Pena scored the go-ahead run. Hernandez later drew a two-out walk, and shortstop Carlos Correa grounded a single into center field for his team-high 144th hit and 86th RBI. Those single-season totals place Correa in ties for ninth and eighth, respectively, in franchise history. Correa's .320 batting average finished third in the Midwest League and is tied for sixth-best in franchise history. His .407 on-base percentage was also second-highest in the league, and he led the circuit with an .875 on-base-plus-slugging (OPS) percentage.

With a 3-1 lead, Minor allowed three sixth-inning hits, including an RBI single by Snappers first baseman Matt Olson. On the same play, Scott and Correa relayed to third baseman Rio Ruiz to retire a runner at third. Minor got a popout to keep the 3-2 lead. He allowed six hits and two runs – one earned – while striking out five batters. Right-hander Jamaine Cotton started the seventh and worked around a leadoff single in the eighth for two scoreless innings. Right-hander Zach Morton pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first career save.

Monday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Tuesday, Sept. 3. 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. 3.


UP NEXT:The River Bandits will give away a used car and a used pick-up truck at the playoff game Wednesday night. 12-ounce beer and soda, as well as hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos will be $1 each, and all regular individual tickets are just $5 each. Tickets are on sale at the River Bandits box office at Modern Woodmen Park, by phone at  563-324-3000 and online at 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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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).

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