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ROSTER UPDATE: Quad Cities River Bandits April 16, 2013 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Tuesday, 16 April 2013 14:56
  • Chase Davidson activated from Quad Cities Temporary Inactive List.
  • Carlos Perdomo transferred from Quad Cities to Lancaster.
  • Joe Bircher transferred from Quad Cities to Extended Spring Training.
  • Austin Elkins transferred from Extended Spring Training to Quad Cities.

 
VELASQUEZ & BIRCHER ARE THE RIGHT RECIPE FOR BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Matt Bierl   
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:12

Tandem pair allowed two runs in eight innings to tally third win

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 14, 2013) – Right-hander Vincent Velasquez and left-hander Joe Bircher stayed perfect in the starting tandem set for the Quad Cities River Bandits, while third baseman Rio Ruiz blasted his first home run of the season to lead Quad Cities to a 3-2 victory over Peoria on Sunday afternoon in front of 1,402 at Modern Woodmen Park.

For the second time this season and second consecutive game, an opponent put a run on the board before the River Bandits.  Peoria’s Michael Swinson led off the game with a stand-up triple down the line in right and came around to score on the next at bat on a single off the bat of Alex Mejia to plate the Chiefs with an early 1-0 lead.

Ruiz belted a solo shot over the wall and onto the left field berm for the first home run of the 2013 season at Modern Woodmen Park to even up the score in the second.  With two outs, designated hitter Ryan Dineen walked and advanced to third on a single off the bat of shortstop Carlos Perdomo.  Perdomo stole second and second baseman Joe Sclafani walked to load the bases for center fielder Jordan Scott. Scott worked Peoria starter and former River Bandit Tyrell Jenkins (0-1) to a full count but struck out looking to end the inning.

Quad Cities (7-2) broke the tie with two runs on three hits in the fifth. Perdomo lined a single up the middle to start the frame. With Perdomo running on a pitch, Sclafani connected on a line-drive single to left, allowing Perdomo to take third ahead of Swinson’s throw, which allowed Sclafani to reach second. With Scott at the plate, skipper Omar Lopez called for a squeeze for the fourth time this season. Scott laid down a sacrifice bunt along first-base line, scoring Perdomo and sending Sclafani to third.  First baseman Jesse Wierzbicki laced an RBI single to score Sclafani and extend his own hit streak to six games. Perdomo was the only River Bandit with two hits. Jenkins allowed all three Bandits runs off six hits, walked three and struck out one.

Peoria (4-5) drew within one run in the eighth against Bircher. Mejia reached on an error by Sclafani, and back-to-back singles by second baseman Breyvic Valera and first baseman Jordan Walton loaded the bases for designated hitter Patrick Wisdom. Bircher got Wisdom to ground into a 6-4-3 double play, allowing Mejia to score. The Bandits’ southpaw got Ildemaro Vargas to ground out to escape the jam.

As the starter in the tandem for a second time, Velasquez (2-0) allowed one run on three hits, struck out one and did not issue a walk in five innings.  His partner in the tandem rotation, Bircher, allowed one unearned run on three hits and struck out two in three innings.  John Neely followed in the ninth inning, allowing a one-out single by center fielder Charlie Tilson before inducing a ground-ball double play by pinch hitter Casey Rasmus to give Neely his first save.

The victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Tuesday, April 16. 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, April 16.

Winners of their first home series, the River Bandits (7-2) will host the Clinton LumberKings for three games, beginning Monday at 7 p.m. Right-handers Lance McCullers (0-1) and Daniel Minor (1-0) are scheduled to pitch in tandem for Quad Cities.

UP NEXT: Munchie Monday presented by 97X will debut tomorrow night.  Fans can enjoy all-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and popcorn all game long for a single-price wristband.  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 will make 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 scheduled to open in early June, along with two new zip lines, a carousel, a Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft this June and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!

 
BANDITS BATS COME ALIVE IN FIRST HOME WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 15 April 2013 08:04

Quad Cities and Peoria exchange lead four times in second meeting

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 13, 2013) – For the first time during the 2013 campaign, the River Bandits were beat to the scoreboard by an opponent, but they were able to secure an 8-6 victory over the Peoria Chiefs for their first home win of the season on Saturday night in front of 1,391 at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Chiefs (4-4) got on the board behind a trio of former River Bandits in the second off Quad Cities starter Jordan Jankowski. Center fielder Nick Martini, catcher Geoff Klein and right fielder Michael Swinson provided RBI singles against their former team to give Peoria the lead at 3-0.

The Bandits’ bats came alive in the third to take the lead against former River Bandit left-hander Dail Villanueva. Left fielder Jordan Scott walked, shortstop Carlos Perdomo reached on an error, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez singled to extend a six-game hitting streak and load the bases. Second baseman Joe Sclafani followed with a sacrifice fly to right. First baseman Jesse Wierzbicki then wrapped a two-run, game-tying triple down the line in right to score Perdomo and Hernandez. Wierzbicki scored the go-ahead run on a fielder’s choice off the bat of third baseman Rio Ruiz. Villanueva gave up two earned runs on three hits in three innings

Jankowski lasted one out into the next inning, giving the ball to right-hander Gera Sanchez, who pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings to bridge the gap to left-hander Brian Holmes (1-0), schedule to pitch in the tandem Saturday night.

Holmes had a shaky start in the sixth, with two hit batters and a two-run double by Chiefs designated hitter Ildemaro Vargas that made it 5-4. Two batters later, left fielder Breyvic Valera would slice a triple down the line in right to drive in Vargas for a 6-4 Peoria lead.

In the bottom half, the River Bandits rallied for the lead. Backstop Jobduan Morales singled, and a one-out single by Scott was misplayed by Valera to allow runners to second and third. Morales raced home uncontested on a passed ball by Klein. Shortstop Carlos Perdomo then walked to chase right-hander Jhonny Polanco (0-1). Right-hander Zach Petrick entered to face left fielder Ryan Dineen, who pushed a bunt back to the mound to tie the game. After second baseman Joe Sclafani singled, Wierzbicki struck out swinging, but Klein threw wild to first base for the put out, allowing Dineen to score the go-ahead run for a 7-6 advantage.

Perdomo, with help from the Chiefs defense, tacked on an insurance run in the eighth.  The Venezuelan singled, stole second, advanced to third when Klein overthrew second, and then scored when Martini’s throw to third was wild. Holmes hardly needed the insurance, as he retired the final 10 batters of the game to finish four innings and earn the victory, which also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, April 14. 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 Sunday, April 14.

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 all furniture Sunday, April 14. The store is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday.

The River Bandits and Chiefs will play the series finale Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park at 2 p.m. Vincent Velasquez (1-0) and Joe Bircher (1-0) will toe the rubber for Quad Cities against former River Bandit Tyrell Jenkins (0-0) of Peoria.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits will present their first-ever Flat Screen Family Sunday promotion, when the club will be giving away three flat screen TVs to lucky fans. Fans are invited to bring their family canine to the game as the Bark in the Park promotion returns to Modern Woodmen Park, and Kids can also 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 LOSE HEARTBREAKING HOME OPENER TO CHIEFS PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 15 April 2013 08:01

Three-run 10th inning for Peoria sends Quad Cities to second straight loss

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 12, 2013) – Hosting the affiliate of their former parent club and welcoming several alumni back to Modern Woodmen Park, the Quad Cities River Bandits battled the Peoria Chiefs into the 10th inning Friday night before an infield single by Chiefs second baseman Breyvic Valera and a two-run error by River Bandits third baseman Rio Ruiz led to a 4-1 victory for the visitors in front of a home-opening crowd of 1,377 fans.

 

The Chiefs (4-3), the affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals, opened the 10th inning against right-hander John Neely (0-1) with a single by shortstop Alex Mejia and a walk by Chiefs right fielder and former River Bandit Nick Martini. Chiefs center fielder Charlie Tilson sacrificed both runners before Neely intentionally walked Chiefs catcher and former River Bandit Casey Rasmus. With the bases loaded, Neely struck out Chiefs left fielder and former River Bandit Michael Swinson. With two outs and the infield at normal depth, Valera hit a soft grounder to the left of the pitcher’s mound, and shortstop Carlos Correa was unable to pick it up for a play, bringing in the go-ahead run. Chiefs third baseman Patrick Wisdom then chopped a grounder that got past third baseman Rio Ruiz, whose error allowed two more runs to score for a 4-1 Peoria lead.

 

The River Bandits (5-2), the affiliate of the Houston Astros, made the bottom of the 10th inning interesting against former River Bandit and Chiefs right-hander Dixon Llorens. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez singled to cap a 3-for-5 night, and Correa drew a walk to bring the tying run to the plate. Ruiz grounded out, advancing both runners. Then first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki struck out looking – the 14th strikeout for Quad Cities hitters Friday night. Designated hitter Terrell Joyce grounded out to Chiefs first baseman and former River Bandit Jordan Walton. Quad Cities finished the night 1-for-18 with runners in scoring position and left 10 runners on base.

 

Quad Cities broke a scoreless tie in the third inning, as second baseman Joe Sclafani reached second base on a throwing error by Valera. Two batters later, Correa drove a double to center field for a 1-0 lead. After that, right-hander Kurt Heyer did not allow another runner past second base. Heyer finished five innings, allowing four hits, one unearned run and two walks, while striking out eight batters.

 

Peoria tied the game in the next half-inning against right-hander Mike Hauschild. Wisdom drew a one-out walk, and Walton lined a double down the left-field line, advancing to third base on the throw home. With Mejia batting, Walton tried stealing home, and Hauschild threw to Peña for the final out of the inning. Hauschild finished five innings, allowed three hits, one run and one walk, and struck out three batters. Left-hander Colton Cain worked in and out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings and finished three shutout innings with three hits, one walk and three strikeouts.

 

The Chiefs bullpen pitched five shutout innings, as right-handers Michael Aldrete and Joe Scanio (1-0) each worked two innings.

 

The River Bandits will try to even the series Saturday night at 7 p.m., when a tandem of right-hander Jordan Jankowski (0-0) and left-hander Brian Holmes (0-0) will face Chiefs left-hander and former River Bandit Dail Villanueva (0-1).

 
RIVER BANDITS’ HOME OPENER POSTPONED PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 11 April 2013 14:07

Quad Cities’ first home game will be 7 p.m. Friday; Thursday tickets good for any 2013 home game

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 11, 2013) – Thursday night’s game between the Quad Cities River Bandits and Peoria Chiefs at Modern Woodmen Park has been postponed. The game will be made up in a doubleheader May 11, and all tickets for Thursday’s game may be exchanged for any other 2013 home game. The River Bandits’ home opener will instead be Friday night at 7 p.m. against the Chiefs.

 

The Quad-City Times Opening Night Celebration and pennant giveaway for the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Mediacom will take place at Friday’s game, which will include Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers postgame fireworks, also presented by WLLR-FM and WQAD-TV. One lucky fan will also win a free refrigerator courtesy of American.

 

Friday night’s pitching matchup is yet to be announced.

UP NEXT: The River Bandits will open their home schedule Friday night at 7 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park with an Eastern Iowa Toyota Dealers Fireworks Show, also presented by WLLR-FM and WQAD-TV. It will be the Quad-City Times Opening Night Celebration, and the first 1,500 fans will receive a pennant courtesy of Mediacom. One fan will also win a free refrigerator courtesy of American. 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 will make 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 scheduled to open in early June, along with two new zip lines, a carousel, a Frog Hopper, new bounce houses and many other fun attractions. The team also boasts a new major league affiliate, the Houston Astros, and fans will see last year’s No. 1 overall draft pick, Carlos Correa. The Astros will also make the very first selection in the major league draft this June and could have another top pick end up in the Quad Cities. With new rides, new attractions, new improvements, a new affiliate and future major league stars, this season will be one every fan will not want to miss!

 
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