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BULLPEN, OFFENSE BOOST BANDITS IN SERIES FINALE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 22 July 2013 08:15

Eight Bandits combine for 11 hits, while Minor and Jankowski combine for five scoreless innings

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (JULY 19, 2013) – In the first Minor League Baseball game featuring consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the field for the same team, the Quad Cities River Bandits bullpen followed 2013 top pick Mark Appel's four innings with five shutout frames, and 2012 top pick Carlos Correa hit a two-run home run in a 6-3 victory over the Fort Wayne TinCaps at Parkview Field Friday night.


In his second Midwest League start, Appel followed a one-out, first-inning single with consecutive strikeouts. In the second inning, he allowed a one-out single by left fielder Luis Domoromo. Two batters later, right fielder Corey Adamson drove a ball to right for a two-run home run – the first against Appel professionally – and a 2-0 TinCaps lead.

 

Quad Cities (15-11 second half, 53-42 overall) answered in the next inning against TinCaps right-hander Matthew Shepherd (4-2). Second baseman Austin Elkins drew a one-out walk, and Correa smashed a drive beyond the left-field fence for his sixth home run to tie the game, 2-2. Correa later added a double in his team-high 30th multi-hit game.

 

After Appel got three groundouts in a 1-2-3 third inning, Quad Cities took the lead in the top of the fourth inning. Right fielder Dan Gulbransen drove a leadoff double to right-center field and scored on designated hitter Bobby Borchering's RBI single through the middle for a 3-2 lead. Left fielder Jordan Scott then bounced a hit over first baseman Diego Goris that scored Borchering and put Scott on third base with an RBI triple. Scott scored on a sacrifice fly by center fielder Teoscar Hernandez for a 5-2 advantage. Shepherd was charged with five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out three batters in 3 2/3 innings.

 

Fort Wayne (10-17, 53-43) answered with a home run in the bottom of the inning, as third baseman Gabriel Quintana extended his 15-game hitting streak with a solo shot to left field off Appel. But the right-hander struck out the next two batters to finish four innings with a 5-3 lead after allowing three earned runs on a four hits with four strikeouts.

 

Right-hander Daniel Minor (6-1) started the fifth inning for Quad Cities and only allowed three hits – consecutive two-outs singles in the fifth inning and a two-out double in the seventh – while tossing three scoreless innings and striking out one. Quad Cities added a ninth-inning run on a sacrifice fly by third baseman Rio Ruiz, while right-hander Jordan Jankowski pitched the final two scoreless innings for his third save. Quad Cities pitchers have not issued a walk in 21 consecutive innings, and eight players had hits for the offense Friday.

 

Friday's victory gave Quad Cities its first-ever series win at Parkview Field and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Saturday, July 20. 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, July 20.

 

The River Bandits continue their road trip with a three-game visit to Lake County, with the series opener at 6:00 p.m. Central Time Saturday. River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski (0-1) will face Captains left-hander Ryan Merritt (5-9).

 

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday, July 30. 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!

 

*****

 

 
TINCAPS REBOUND TO BATTER BANDITS, 8-3 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 19 July 2013 07:55

Bobby Borchering hits solo home run for Quad Cities in defeat

 

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (JULY 18, 2013) – The Fort Wayne TinCaps had 11 combined hits from eight different players and a go-ahead two-run home run in the third inning by first baseman Diego Goris on the way to an 8-3 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits at Parkview Field Thursday night.


Quad Cities (14-11 second half, 52-42 overall) lost its sixth game in the last eight but twice held a lead over the TinCaps (10-16, 53-42).


Right fielder Teoscar Hernandez led off the game against TinCaps left-hander Max Fried (4-4) with a single to center field, reached second base on a passed ball, and scored on a single by shortstop Carlos Correa. TinCaps center fielder Mallex Smith was hit by a pitch from River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez (6-4) to start the bottom half of the first inning. Smith stole second and third bases before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Goris to tie the game, 1-1.


River Bandits first baseman Bobby Borchering led off the second inning with his second home run in eight Midwest League games for a 2-1 lead. He has now homered from each side of the plate while with Quad Cities. The lead remained until a third-inning, two-out error by River Bandits third baseman Brian Blasik allowed TinCaps second baseman Maxx Tissenbaum to reach, and Goris swatted his third home run of the season to left field for a 3-2 Fort Wayne advantage.


Fort Wayne extended the lead in the fifth inning, when Tissenbaum singled, Velasquez hit Goris with a pitch, and third baseman Gabriel Quintana hit an RBI single to right-center field before designated hitter Chris Burke lofted a sacrifice fly to center. Velasquez departed with a 5-2 deficit after allowing three earned runs on five hits, no walks, and two hit batters, while striking out four in five innings. His third-inning strikeout of Smith made Velasquez the first Midwest League pitcher to post 100 strikeouts this season. He now has 102.


Following Borchering's home run, Fried only allowed one runner past second base, as two singles were erased by a Fried pickoff and a throw from left field by Luis Domoromo to cut down catcher Roberto Pena at second base. Fried allowed five hits, two runs – one earned – and one walk while striking out five in five innings.


The TinCaps added a run in the seventh inning on a Tissenbaum sacrifice fly against right-hander Gerardo Sanchez, but Correa hit an RBI double in the eighth inning to close within 6-3 against right-hander Matthew Chabot. A walk brought the tying run to the plate with one out, but left-hander Chris Nunn got Pena to fly out and struck out Borchering to end the inning. Two more runs for Fort Wayne in the eighth inning against right-hander Jamaine Cotton put away the home team's victory, which Nunn closed out for his seventh save.


Friday night's rubber match will feature Quad Cities right-hander Mark Appel (0-0) and Fort Wayne right-hander Matthew Shepherd (4-1), with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. Central Time.


UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday, July 30. 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.

 
Houston Astros Midseason Minor League Recap PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:19

Overall Minor League Record: (282-213, .570) - 2nd out of 30 MLB organizations 

MINORS SUCCESS: Houston’s minor league affiliates have posted a combined 277-209 record this season, good for 2nd among all 30 MLB organizations...all 8 of the Astros minor league affiliates have winning percentages over .500...the Double A Corpus Christi Hooks, Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks, Class A Short Season Tri-City ValleyCats and Rookie Level Greeneville Astros are all currently in first place...the JetHawks and Hooks already qualified for postseason play by winning their respective league’s first-half titles...last year, Houston’s domestic minor league clubs had the best combined winning percentage among all organizations...Houston had the lowest winning percentage in both 2010 and 2011.

‘TIS THE SEASON: Most websites and publications have been rolling out their revised top prospect lists, and the Astros have fared very well thus far...Houston had more players listed than any other MLB organization on both the Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus midseason Top 50 Prospects lists...in Keith Law’s (ESPN.com) top 50 prospects update that went out today, the Astros were tied with the Twins for the most prospects listed (5) and the most prospects listed in the top ten (2).

THE PIPELINE: Prospects from the Astros system have already started to make their way to Houston...RHP Jarred Cosart made his MLB debut on July 12 against the Tampa Bay Rays, defeating reigning Cy Young Award winner David Price after allowing just 2 hits over 8.0 scoreless innings...Cosart had a no-hit bid thru 6.0 innings and became the 1st pitcher in Astros history to toss 8.0+ scoreless innings in their Major League debut...RHP Jose Cisnero, RHP Paul Clemens, RHP Josh FieldsOF Robbie Grossman, OF Marc Krauss and LHP Brett Oberholtzer have also made their MLB debuts this season with the Astros.

SPRING HAS SPRUNG: Baseball America recently came out with their midseason Minor League All-Star Team, and OF George Springer made the cut as 1 of just 9 position players named to the squad...Springer has continued his rapid ascent through the Astros minor league system and is the only player in pro baseball with 25+ homers and 25+ stolen bases this year...the former 1st round pick is looking to become the first minor leaguer to tally 30 homers and 30 steals since Oakland’s Grant Desme in 2009.

THE DRAFT: The Astros had another successful draft this year, using their first three picks on college pitchers: Stanford RHP Mark Appel, UC-Irvine RHP Andrew Thurman and UNC LHP Kent Emanuel...the Astros signed 32 of their 40 total players selected in the 2013 draft, including each of their top 14 picks...Appel (2.00 ERA, 3G) and Thurman (2.08 ERA, 5G) have already gotten off to strong starts to their professional careers.

 

ALL AROUND THE WORLD: Director of International Oz Ocampo has been leading the Astros efforts around the world, and since the July 2 signing period opened the club has signed 9 total international players: C Jake Bowey (AUS), SS/OF Osvaldo Duarte (DR), SS Frankeny Fernandez (DR), SS Wander Franco (DR), RF Felix Lucas (DR), SS/C Jonathan Matute (VZ), SS Joan Mauricio (DR), CF Nestor Tejada (VZ), and C Hayden Timberlake (AUS)...5 were signed from the Dominican Republic, 2 from Venezuela and 2 from Australia...POOL TRADE: the Astros were also able to acquire IF Ronald Torreyes from the Cubs in exchange for international signing pool space...Torreyes, 20, has already reached the Double A level...he has posted a career .312 batting average in the minors with 92 walks and just 84 strikeouts in 1290 at-bats.

FUTURES PHENOMS: Along with the Mets, the Astros had more prospects participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game this year than any other MLB organization...CF George Springer, 2B Delino DeShields and SS Carlos Correa each played in the game, while Corpus Christi Hooks manager and the 2012 Texas League Manager of the Year Keith Bodie served on the coaching staff for the U.S. Team...Springer went 1x3 as the U.S. Team’s starting centerfielder...DeShields started the game at second base while Correa entered the game at shortstop as a late-inning defensive replacement...Correa won the first ever Futures Game Finalist fan-vote to claim the last spot on the World Team’s roster...the former 1st overall pick was the youngest player at the Futures Game. 

RETOOLING: General Manager Jeff Luhnow has been retooling the Astros minor league system since taking over in December of 2011...in his 1st year with Houston, Luhnow made 9 trades and received 24 total players in return...this February, Luhnow flipped shortstop Jed Lowrie and reliever Fernando Rodriguez to Oakland in exchange for IF/OF Chris Carter, RHP Brad Peacock and C Max Stassi...Carter currently leads the Astros in homers (18) and RBI (47)...Peacock has gone 4-0 with a 1.21 ERA (5ER/37.1IP) and 30 strikeouts in his last 6 starts since returning to Triple A on 6/13...Stassi, the Astros top catching prospect, is hitting .322 (19x59) with 6 homers, 15 RBI and a 1.101 OPS in his last 15 games, ranking 2nd in the Texas League in homers over that span.

 

PATIENCE: The Astros minor league system is currently tops in the minors in walks with 1998 on the season...the next closest organization is Seattle, as their minor league affiliates have drawn 1903 total walks in 2013...the Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks lead all of minor league baseball with 470 walks while the Class A Quad Cities River Bandits rank 3rd with 426...the Astros organization also leads the minors with a .345 on-base percentage.

LUHNOW TOPS BA LIST: According to Baseball America, of the 750 players on Opening Day rosters this year, 572 of them (76 percent) came through the draft...those 572 players were selected by 93 different scouting directors...of those 93, the scouting director to produce the most Major Leaguers is current Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow...while serving as the Cardinals scouting director from 2005-11, Luhnow drafted 21 players that were on Major League rosters this Opening Day.

CLIMBING THE CHARTS: Heading into the season, several analysts and publications had drastically improved their rating of the Astros minor league system: ESPN’s Keith Law - 4th of 30 (27th in 2012)...Baseball Prospectus - 9th of 30 (26th in 2012)...Baseball America - 9th of 30 (18th in 2012)...NOTABLE: Keith Law, Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus ranked the St. Louis Cardinals as having the top system in baseball heading into the 2013 season...Astros GM Jeff Luhnow served as the Cardinals VP of Scouting/Player Development for several years prior to joining Houston in December of 2011.

 

Level        Team                           Record (Place)

AAA        Oklahoma City RedHawks                    51-46 (3rd)

AA           Corpus Christi Hooks                          55-40 (1st)

A+           Lancaster JetHawks                       57-40 (1st)

A              Quad Cities River Bandits                     52-41 (3rd)

Level        Team                           Record (Place)

SSA         Tri-City ValleyCats                     20-10 (1st)

R              Greeneville Astros                         15-10 (1st)

R              GCL Astros                         12-10 (2nd)

R             DSL Astros                         20-16 (3rd)

 

ESPN.com Top 50 Prospects

7.       Carlos Correa                        SS

9.       Mark Appel                         RHP

29.    George Springer                  CF

33.    Jon Singleton                      1B

46.    Mike Foltynewicz              RHP

 

Baseball America Top 50 Prospects

9.       Carlos Correa                        SS

20.    George Springer                  CF

22.    Jon Singleton                      1B

31.    Mike Foltynewicz              RHP

46.    Lance McCullers               RHP

Baseball Prospectus Top 50 Prospects 

16.    Carlos Correa                        SS

18.    Mark Appel                         RHP

30.    George Springer                  CF

36.    Jon Singleton                      1B

49.          Mike Foltynewicz              RHP

 


 
BANDITS PUSH PAST TINCAPS FOR 4-3 ROAD WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:03

McCullers pitches career-high 6 1/3 innings, Scott has game-high three hits and go-ahead single


DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 17, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Lance McCullers lost a 2-0 lead on a seventh-inning home run by TinCaps shortstop Tyler Stubblefield, but center fielder Jordan Scott hit a bases-loaded single to break a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning that led the River Bandits to a 4-3 road victory at Parkview Field Wednesday night.


Quad Cities (14-10 second half, 52-41 overall) snapped a streak of six consecutive losses in series openers against Eastern Division opponents this season and snapped a four-game losing streak in one-run games.

 

McCullers pitched a career-high 6 1/3 innings and notched his eighth strikeout to open the seventh inning before allowing a single by designated hitter Corey Adamson and a two-run shot by Stubblefield to the left-field seats. McCullers departed with a no-decision for left-hander Mitchell Lambson (6-3), who worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings to keep the 2-2 tie into the ninth inning.


Fort Wayne (9-16, 52-42) brought in right-hander Roman Madrid (5-3) to start the ninth inning. Leading off, River Bandits right fielder Dan Gulbransen hit a fly ball that TinCaps right fielder Brian Adams misplayed, allowing Gulbransen to reach second base. Designated hitter Bobby Borchering drew a walk, and first baseman Jobduan Morales put down a sacrifice to move two runners into scoring position. Madrid intentionally walked second baseman Austin Elkins, and then Scott bounced a single past first baseman Diego Goris for his third hit to bring in Gulbransen. Shortstop Carlos Correa followed with a ground ball to third baseman Gabriel Quintana, whose errant throw to catcher Dane Phillips pulled the latter off home plate and allowed Borchering to score an insurance run.


With a 4-2 lead, right-hander Juan Minaya started the bottom of the ninth inning by allowing a single to Quintana, who reached third base when a grounder got past Correa. Adamson grounded into a fielder's choice that brought in a run, but Minaya fanned the next two batters with the tying run at first base to earn his third save in four chances this season. The victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Thursday, July 18. 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 Thursday, July 18.


Quad Cities built its 2-0 lead against TinCaps right-hander Zach Eflin with single runs in the fourth and seventh innings. Scott led off the fourth with a bunt single, went to second base on a wild pitch, stole third and scored on left fielder Jesse Wierzbicki's sacrifice fly. In the seventh inning, third baseman Rio Ruiz hit an infield single, reached second base on an error, went to third on Gulbransen's sacrifice and scored on Elkins' two-out RBI walk.

 

Quad Cities and Fort Wayne will meet for the second game of the series at 6:05 p.m. Central Time Thursday. River Bandits right-hander Vincent Velasquez (6-3) will face TinCaps left-hander Max Fried (3-4).

 

UP NEXT: Modern Woodmen Park is a nominee for the “Best Minor League Ballpark” in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, and fans can vote once per day at 10Best.com until the winner is announced Aug. 14. The River Bandits return to Modern Woodmen Park Tuesday, July 30. 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!

*****

 
THE QUAD CITY WOLFPACK’S SPECIAL GUEST JULIAN VANDERVELDE WILL SIGN AUTOGRAPHS & RAFFLE AN NFL JERSEY AT THE GAME ON SUNDAY 7/21 @ 3:00 P.M. PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Gale McClean   
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 14:39

The Quad City Wolfpack semipro football team is playing the Mankato Brawlers at Augustana College Ericson Field located in the far northeast corner of Augustana College campus in Rock Island, IL this Sunday, July 21st at 3:00 p.m. Julian Vandervelde, offensive lineman from Davenport, Iowa, was selected by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 5th round of the 2011 NFL draft. A four-year letterman at Iowa, Vandervelde earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a senior in 2010.

It is Scouting Recognition Day for the Wolfpack. All youth wearing a scouting uniform will receive free admission to the game.

The Quad City Wofpack is generously donating a portion of their ticket sales to help King’s Harvest and their Shelter for Homeless Mother’s with Children.

If you would like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Matt McClean, owner and General Manager of the Quad City Wolfpack, please call 563-590-3985 or call Jerry Miller at 309-798-4447. If you would like more information on King’s Harvest please call Grant Curtis, Fundraising Coordinator, 563-528-0835.

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