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MCCULLERS HELPS BANDITS KEEP EDGE TO DOWN BEES PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 25 July 2013 07:38

Quad Cities wins consecutive games for first time in more than two weeks

BURLINGTON, Iowa (JULY 24, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits right-hander Lance McCullers struck out six batters in five innings to earn his first win since June 23, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit his team-leading eighth home run to help the visitors to an 8-5 victory over the Burlington Bees at Community Field Wednesday night.

Seven players combined for nine hits to help Quad Cities (17-13 second half, 55-44 overall) win back-to-back games for the first time since July 6-7 in Kane County and score at least seven runs in consecutive games for the first time since July 2-3 at home against Clinton.

In the opener of a three-game series, Burlington (12-19, 38-58) took the lead in the first inning against McCullers (5-5). Bees third baseman Sherman Johnson drew a leadoff walk, and first baseman Wade Hinkle hit his 10th home run to give his team a 2-0 lead. McCullers has allowed a home run in each of his last three starts, while Quad Cities' opponents have homered in seven straight games.

The River Bandits answered quickly against right-hander Pat Lowery (3-6) in the second inning. Designated hitter Bobby Borchering and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki drew consecutive walks and advanced one base each on a wild pitch – the first of five thrown by Bees pitchers in the game. Third baseman Rio Ruiz then drove both runs home with his first triple of the season to right-center field. Another wild pitch brought in Ruiz for the go-ahead run. Catcher Roberto Pena then singled, and right fielder Dan Gulbransen grounded into a fielder's choice. Two batters later, Hernandez hammered a Lowery offering over the left-field fence for a 5-2 Quad Cities lead. The five-run frame was the River Bandits' largest since a five-run ninth inning against Cedar Rapids on June 13.

McCullers held the lead by tossing four straight scoreless innings to finish his outing. He gave up a walk in the second inning but erased it on a double play. The Bees loaded the bases in the third inning on a hit batter and two walks, but McCullers got a strikeout that started a string of seven consecutive outs through the end of the fifth inning. His six strikeouts gave him 101 this season, making he and teammate Vincent Velasquez (102) the only Midwest League pitchers with 100 this season.

The teams traded pairs of runs in the seventh inning. Pena doubled and scored on a single by Gulbransen. Second baseman Austin Elkins later doubled on scored on a play that included a wild pitch and a throwing error by Bees catcher Zach Wright. In the bottom of the inning, right-hander Juri Perez gave up a single and three walks that led to two runs. Right-hander Gera Sanchez pitched two scoreless innings for the Quad Cities bullpen. The River Bandits scored a run with the help of two ninth-inning errors, while the Bees had three hits for a ninth-inning run against right-hander Jordan Jankowski.

Wednesday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Thursday, July 25. 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 25. The River Bandits and Bees continue their series at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Quad Cities right-hander Mark Appel (0-0) will make his third Midwest League start against Burlington left-hander Tyler DeLoach (4-2).

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!

 
Tee Time for Winnie’s Place - Golf Outing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Anne Wachal   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:34

Churches United of the Quad City Area is hosting its Inaugural All Women’s Golf Outing in support of Winnie’s Place - a shelter for women with or without children who are homeless or victims of domestic violence - on Friday, September 13, 2013.

Winnie’s Place has served the Quad Cities since 2006 providing 28,000+ Lodgings (overnight stays), 55,000+ meals to over 1,400 women and children who are victims of domestic violence or are homeless. Winnie’s clients are provided with daily needs such as food, clothing and personal care items in addition to domestic violence counseling, budgeting, parenting, and time management training.

Tee Time for Winnie’s golf tournament for Women is a Scramble Format with registration starting at 7:00 a.m. Registration includes Green Fees, Cart, and Lunch at Oakwood Country Club in Coal Valley, IL. Additional activities include a silent auction and raffle.

For more information please contact:

Anne Wachal – Executive Director or

Thea Hansen – Golf Outing Co-Chairperson

Churches Untied of the Quad Cities Area

2535 Tech Drive, Suite 205

Bettendorf, IA 52722

563/332-5002

Sheltering women at “Winnie’s Place” is a mission of Churches United of the Quad City Area

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Early Bird Registration Ends August 1st for Labor Day “Run with Carl” PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Jamie Lange   
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 13:59

BETTENDORF, IA – The Bettendorf Rotary’s Run with Carl will be held on Monday, September 2nd. The 5Mile Run and the 5K run/walk and 1/2 and 1-mile fun runs for children 12 and under start and finish at the Bettendorf Life Center (2222 Middle Rd., Bettendorf). Awards will immediately follow the races. The course remains the same as in previous years. Early bird entry fees are good through August 1st. Fees are $20 for the 5K Run/Walk or 5 Mile Run for no t-shirt and $25 for the 5K Run/Walk or 5 Mile Run with a t-shirt. The youth entry fee for the ½ and 1-mile fun run is $10.

If you register before August 1st, you will also be entered into a drawing for a free bike from Healthy Habits.

Race Day registrants are not eligible for awards so pre-registration is encouraged.

The 2012 Run with Carl attracted 1,400 runners and raised funds to support college scholarships for Bettendorf and Pleasant Valley graduates. Participants may register online only at www.runwithcarl.com.

Carl Schillig was 15 years old when he was killed in a car-pedestrian accident in 1994. Carl was active in a variety of community, school and church activities. In commemoration of his life, the Run With Carl Walk/Run attracts participants to the challenging, but scenic, course following city streets, neighborhoods and the Bettendorf Recreation Path.

For more information or to register, visit the website at www.runwithcarl.com or find us on Facebook by searching for “Run with Carl.”

About the Bettendorf Rotary: The Bettendorf Rotary Club was chartered in 1957. The group meets every Wednesday at noon at Fortune Garden Restaurant (2211 South Kimberly Road, Bettendorf). They are the Title Sponsor of Run with Carl.

About the Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund, Inc.: The Carl D. Schillig Memorial Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Carl Schillig who was killed at the age of 15 in a car-pedestrian accident. The fund provides a $4000 college scholarship to graduates of Pleasant Valley High School – which Carl attended – and Bettendorf High School graduates. With Carl’s philanthropy as its inspiration, the nonprofit also distributes proceeds from the run to organizations in which Carl was active, including the Bettendorf Pleasant Valley Aquatics, the Cornbelt Running Club, and Our Lady of Lourdes Church.

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SCOTT'S BIG DAY LEADS BANDITS TO WIN IN FINALE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 13:12

Quad Cities left fielder drives in career-high five to lead 7-4 comeback victory

EASTLAKE, Ohio (JULY 22, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits left fielder Jordan Scott drove in his team's first five runs Monday afternoon to set a new career high, and shortstop Carlos Correa added a two-run home run in the visitors' 7-4 win over the Lake County Captains at Classic Park.

After a one-hour, eight-minute delay due to potential rain before first pitch, Lake County (15-15 second half, 38-59 overall) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on a leadoff solo home run by first baseman Joe Sever off River Bandits left-hander Colton Cain. The Captains then got a double by third baseman Erik Gonzalez, before catcher Jeremy Lucas was hit by a pitch, and designated hitter Eric Haase singled to load the bases. Two batters later, second baseman Yhoxian Medina's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

The River Bandits (16-13, 54-44) answered in the top of the fourth inning against right-hander Dylan Baker. Catcher Roberto Pena reached on a fielder's choice that was the second out of the inning, and second baseman Brian Blasik and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez each drew walks. With the bases loaded, Scott smacked a drive that hit near the top of the wall in right-center field and cleared the bases for a three-run triple and a 3-2 Quad Cities lead.

The Captains answered against Cain in the bottom of the inning. Haase drew a one-out walk, advanced to second on a single by right fielder Jorge Martinez, went to third on a fielder's choice and scored the tying run on left fielder Todd Hankins' RBI single. Cain finished the inning but did not start the fifth after allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out three batters.

River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (7-1) pitched scoreless fifth and sixth innings, stranding a runner at third and second, respectively, to take post his team-high seventh win. Baker finished five innings, allowing three earned runs on four hits and six walks.

Quad Cities took the lead for good in the sixth inning, when right-hander Jack Wagoner (2-5) issued consecutive walks to Pena and Blasik. After Hernandez sacrificed both into scoring position, Scott lined a two-run single to right-center field for a 5-3 lead. Correa then hit his seventh home run to the left-center field berm with Scott aboard, extending the lead to 7-3.

After Minor, left-hander Mitchell Lambson worked two scoreless innings, and right-hander Juan Minaya allowed two hits and a run in the ninth inning to finish the 7-4 win. Monday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, July 23. 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, July 23.

The River Bandits resume their road stretch with the opener of a three-game series in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday. Quad Cities right-hander Lance McCullers (4-5) will face Bees right-hander Pat Lowery (3-5).

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.

 
CORREA, APPEL, MCCULLERS RANKED TOP PROSPECTS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 23 July 2013 12:53

Quad Cities is only Minor League Baseball team with two of ESPN.com top 10 prospects

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 22, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits players and Houston Astros first-round draft picks Carlos Correa, Mark Appel and Lance McCullers are each among the top 50 overall prospects in baseball, according to midseason rankings by Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus and ESPN.com. With Correa and Appel, Quad Cities is the only team in Minor League Baseball with two of the top 10 prospects, according to ESPN.com.

 

Below are the midseason rankings for each player:

River Bandit

Position

Baseball America (July 8)

Baseball Prospectus (June 25)

ESPN.com (July 18)

Carlos Correa

SS

9

16

7

Mark Appel

RHP

18

9

Lance McCullers

RHP

46

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention

 

Correa, 18, was the youngest player in both the Midwest League All-Star Game June 18 and the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game July 14, after he won the first-ever fan vote for the final roster spot on the World Team. The Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, native was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft and was the first River Bandits position player representative at the Futures Game. He was the River Bandits Player of the Month for May and June and the Western Division starting shortstop at the Midwest League All-Star Game. Through Sunday, Correa is third in the Midwest League and fourth in the Astros minor league system with a .320 batting average.

 

Appel, 22, was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 draft June 6 after finishing his four-year career at Stanford University with a program-record 372 strikeouts. The Houston native has made four professional starts, including the last two with Quad Cities, which has won both of his starts. When Appel joined the roster July 10, the River Bandits made history as the first Minor League Baseball team to ever have consecutive No. 1 overall draft picks on the same roster. Appel and Correa played in the same game for the first time Friday.

 

McCullers, 19, was the Western Division starting pitcher for the Midwest League All-Star Game after posting a 2.08 ERA in the first half. The Tampa, Fla., native was the Quad Cities Pitcher of the Month in May, when he had a 1.88 ERA in seven outings. Through Sunday, McCullers is 4-5 with a 3.01 ERA, which ranks eighth in the Midwest League and 10th in the Astros minor league system. The Astros' 2012 supplemental first round pick is also fifth among Astros minor leaguers and third in the Midwest League with 95 strikeouts.


Four former River Bandits also appeared among the midseason rankings:

River Bandit

Position

QC Year

Baseball America (July 8)

Baseball Prospectus (June 25)

ESPN.com (July 18)

Oscar Taveras

OF

2011

2

2

2

Jonathan Singleton

1B

2013

22

36

33

Carlos Martinez

RHP

2011

24

22

 

Kolten Wong

2B

2011

47

34

 

 

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!

 
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