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BANDITS BULLPEN SILENCES KERNELS IN WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Monday, 10 June 2013 07:44

Quad Cities closes within three games of first-place Cedar Rapids by taking rubber match on the road

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (JUNE 7, 2013) – Left-hander Mitchell Lambson and right-handers Lance McCullers and John Neely combined to pitch six no-hit innings following right-handed starter Daniel Minor, and the Quad Cities River Bandits went on to a 6-1 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the deciding match of a three-game series at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium Friday night.

After Quad Cities (34-25) and Cedar Rapids (37-22) scored a combined 33 runs in the first two games of their series, the River Bandits took a 6-1 lead over the Kernels through 4 ½ innings Friday. But neither team had a hit (although the teams combined for six walks and a hit batter) over the final 4 ½ innings of the finale. The River Bandits moved within three games of first-place Cedar Rapids with 10 and nine games respectively remaining for the two clubs.

Cedar Rapids opened the scoring in the bottom of the first inning, as Minor issued a one-out walk to left fielder J.D. Williams. Shortstop Jorge Polanco singled, and first baseman Dalton Hicks drove an RBI double to right-center field for a 1-0 lead. Hicks has nine hits – including five doubles and three home runs – and 10 RBIs in six games against Quad Cities this season. It was the only run against Minor, who went three innings and allowed four hits before Lambson started the fourth inning and struck out all three batters he faced.

The River Bandits took the lead in the third inning against right-handed starter Christian Powell (0-1), who had retired the first six batters in his Midwest League debut. Designated hitter Ariel Ovando extended a five-game hitting streak with a leadoff single, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez lined a double down the left-field line. With runners at second and third bases, right fielder Jordan Scott drilled a two-run triple to the right-center field gap. He later scored on a double by shortstop Carlos Correa down the third-base line, and Correa came home on a wild pitch to make it 4-1.

In the fifth inning, Correa beat out an infielder chopper with one out, and first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki smacked an RBI double into the right-center field gap. Two batters later, catcher Roberto Pena made it 6-1 with a single to left field that was the final hit for either side.

McCullers (3-4) started the fifth inning and allowed two walks while striking out five batters in four shutout innings to earn his third win in as many outings. Neely had a strikeout, hit batter and game-ending double play in a scoreless ninth inning.

The victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Saturday, June 8. 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, June 8. The River Bandits begin a three-game series in Peoria at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Dozer Park. Quad Cities right-hander Mike Hauschild (4-0) will start the opener against right-hander Joe Cuda (3-3).

UP NEXT: Reservations can be made from now until June 10 for the River Bandits Father's Day Cookout and pre-game catch scheduled for Sunday, June 16. Check out www.riverbandits.com for details or call 563-324-3000. 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 LAUNCHES BANDITS PAST KERNELS, 9-5 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 07 June 2013 08:38

On first night of 2013 First-Year Player Draft, 2012 No. 1 overall pick finishes triple shy of cycle

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (JUNE 5, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits shortstop Carlos Correa had a home run, RBI single and three-run double in his first three plate appearances to post a five-RBI game that led his team to a 9-5 victory over the first-place Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium Thursday night.

Less than 45 minutes after the Houston Astros made their first selection of the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Correa – Houston's pick with the No. 1 overall selection in the 2012 draft – blasted a 2-1 pitch from right-hander Jose Berrios (4-3) deep to left field for his first homer since hitting two April 21 at Wisconsin. It was Correa's fourth Midwest League home run and the first allowed by Berrios this season.

The River Bandits (33-25) extended the lead in the second inning, as third baseman Rio Ruiz drew a walk, second baseman Austin Elkins singled and right fielder Ariel Ovando singled to load the bases. Left fielder Jordan Scott watched four balls to force in a run, and center fielder Ruben Sosa hit into a fielder's choice to bring in another. With Correa batting, Sosa took off for second base, and when the throw from catcher Jhonatan Arias went there, Ovando scampered home for a 3-0 lead. Correa then smacked a line drive that hit just a few feet below the top of the left-field wall, which allowed Sosa to score, although Correa was thrown out at second base on the play.

The Kernels (37-21) answered with the first batter in the bottom of the second inning, as first baseman Dalton Hicks homered to left field off right-hander Vincent Velasquez. It was the only run against Velasquez, who allowed five hits and a season-high three walks while striking out three batters in 4 2/3 innings.

Quad Cities extended the lead with another big inning in the fourth against Berrios with help from the Kernels defense. Catcher Jobduan Morales walked before two consecutive errors by second baseman Candido Pimentel loaded the bases with no outs. Correa stepped to the plate and bounced a ball down the third-base line into the left-field corner, allowing Morales, Scott and Sosa to score on a bases-clearing double. Berrios stayed in to fan designated hitter Miles Hamblin for the pitcher's sixth strikeout before walking first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki. Berrios went a season-low 3 1/3 innings while allowing season highs with nine runs, six earned runs and four walks.

With a 9-1 lead, Velasquez allowed a walk and two-out single before leaving with two outs in the fifth inning. Right-hander Jamaine Cotton (1-2) entered and got the final out before working three more innings. The Kernels scored two unearned runs in the seventh inning, and Hicks added his second home run leading off the eighth inning. Right-hander Gera Sanchez pitched the ninth inning and allowed another run to the Kernels, who out-hit Quad Cities, 10-6. The victory means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Friday, June 7. 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 Friday, June 7.

The River Bandits will start right-hander Daniel Minor (3-1) in the rubber match against Kernels right-hander Christian Powell, who is scheduled to throw his first Midwest League pitch at 6:35 p.m. Friday.

UP NEXT: Reservations can be made from now until June 10 for the River Bandits Father's Day Cookout and pre-game catch scheduled for Sunday, June 16. Check out www.riverbandits.com for details or call 563-324-3000. 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.

 
ASTROS SELECT RHP MARK APPEL WITH FIRST-OVERALL PICK PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 07 June 2013 07:44

Pitcher drafted out of Stanford; available via conference call tonight

HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros have selected right-handed pitcher Mark Appel with the first pick in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow announced tonight.

Appel, 21, went 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA as a senior this season at Stanford University. He recorded 130 strikeouts in his 106.1 innings pitched and allowed just a .203 opponent’s batting average. Appel is one of just 10 semifinalists for the National Pitcher of the Year Award as named by the College Baseball Hall of Fame.

Appel’s been highly decorated in his four seasons at Stanford, having already won the Pitcher of the Year award in 2012. He is also a two-time Louisville Slugger first team All-American and is a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and the Howser Trophy. Last week, he was named first team All-Pac-12 Conference. Appel is also a Senior CLASS Award finalist and was named Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week and Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week twice this season.

Appel finished his Stanford career as the program’s all-time strikeout leader and his 372 career strikeouts rank second among active NCAA hurlers. The Pac-12 Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year this season is sixth in program history with 28 career wins and fourth with 377.2 innings pitched.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that this came to a conclusion today and that we selected Mark Appel with the first selection in the draft,” said Luhnow. “We believe he is a premium talent and we  see him as a future potential ace. He’s exactly the type of player that we need to be adding to the organization. He makes us significantly better and we believe this is a special player that is going to be a part of our championship team someday.”

Appel becomes the third right-handed pitcher selected first overall in the draft in the last five years, joining Gerrit Cole (2011-PITT) and Stephen Strasburg (2009-WASH). He is also the third right-handed pitcher taken by Houston in the first round in the last five years, a list that also includes Lance McCullers (2012-supplemental) and Mike Foltynewicz (2010).

ABOUT THE FIRST PICK

MARK APPEL

Position: Right-handed pitcher

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Height/Weight: 6-5/215

Age: 21

College: Stanford 

High School: Monte Vista HS (CA)

This year marks the fourth time that the Astros have had the first overall pick in the MLB Draft. The previous three times were in 2013 (SS Carlos Correa), 1992 (IF Phil Nevin) and 1976 (LHP Floyd Bannister). Houston has had the second overall pick once in their history, which came in 1969 (RHP J.R. Richard).


 
CORREA, MCCULLERS WIN ASTROS' MAY HONORS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:42

Houston's top two picks from the 2012 draft win monthly honors one day after being named All-Stars

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JUNE 6, 2013) – Shortstop Carlos Correa is the Quad Cities River Bandits Player of the Month for May, and right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers is team's Pitcher of the Month, the Houston Astros announced on Thursday.

The Houston Astros Player Development Department named a Pitcher and Player of the Month at each of their four in-season minor league affiliates. These awards are chosen every month by the field staff of each team. For Correa and McCullers, the Astros' 2012 first-round draft picks, the awards come one day after they were named to their first professional All-Star Game, which will be June 18 in Dayton, Ohio.

Correa, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, led the River Bandits in May with a .349 batting average, 30 hits, 38 total bases and 18 RBIs. He had six doubles, a triple and a .423 on-base percentage in 22 games, which including a career-high 10-game hitting streak May 11-19. He currently leads the River Bandits with 34 RBIs and 14 multi-hit games and is tied for the team lead with three home runs. On Wednesday, the 18-year-old Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico, native was named the starting shortstop for the Western Division All-Stars and was the youngest player selected to the league's All-Star rosters.

McCullers, the Astros first supplemental round pick in 2012, earned his first career win May 28 to cap a month in which he had a 1.88 ERA in seven appearances, including four starts. In 24 innings, the 19-year-old Tampa, Fla., native struck out 26 batters. He posted a career-high nine strikeouts in five shutout innings at West Michigan May 5 and did not allow more than two earned runs in any May appearance. After winning his last start June 2 at Beloit, McCullers has a Midwest League-leading 1.70 ERA. He will be on the pitching staff for the Western Division All-Stars June 18.

Through Wednesday, the four active Astros minor league affiliates each have a winning record and are a combined 135-96 for a .584 winning percentage – the best among any organization's minor league system. Quad Cities is in third place in the Midwest League Western Division, while the other three affiliates – advanced Class-A Lancaster, Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Oklahoma City – are each in first place in their respective divisions.

UP NEXT: Reservations can be made from now until June 10 for the River Bandits Father's Day Cookout and pre-game catch scheduled for Sunday, June 16. Check out www.riverbandits.com for details or call 563-324-3000. 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 the ballpark, along with a new dual zip line, a carousel, a Mediacom 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 on June 6 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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HUGE INNING LEADS KERNELS TO WIN OVER BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 06 June 2013 13:27

Byron Buxton has hits in each of his first five at-bats to lead 21-hit attack by Western Division leaders

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (JUNE 5, 2013) – Every hitter in the Cedar Rapids Kernels starting lineup had a hit and scored a run in order to start a 10-run, 12-hit fourth inning against the Quad Cities River Bandits, and the home team rallied from a 5-2 deficit to take a 14-5 victory Wednesday night at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Center fielder Byron Buxton finished 5-for-6 with two triples, a double and three runs scored to lead the Kernels (37-20), who moved five games ahead of the River Bandits (32-25) in the Midwest League Western Division first-half race. Shortstop Jorge Polanco went 4-for-6 with two doubles, two runs, and two RBIs, and first baseman Dalton Hicks had a game-high 4 RBIs with two doubles. In all, the Kernels had 21 hits, including six doubles and three triples.

Buxton started the Kernels offense with a leadoff single in the first inning against right-hander Jordan Jankowski, who allowed consecutive doubles by Polanco and Hicks for a 2-0 deficit. Quad Cities began its answer in the top of the second inning, as third baseman Rio Ruiz doubled, went to third base on a single by catcher Roberto Pena and scored on a groundout by designated hitter Brian Blasik. In the third inning, Ruiz added a game-tying RBI single, and Pena followed with a go-ahead double for a 3-2 lead. The River Bandits added two more runs in the fourth inning on shortstop Carlos Correa's RBI single and an RBI groundout from right fielder Terrell Joyce, against right-hander Alex Muren (4-0), who rebounded to pitch 3 2/3 scoreless innings for the Kernels.

With a 5-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, Jankowski allowed singles by catcher Michael Quesada and second baseman Candido Pimentel before Buxton bounced a ball over Ruiz's leap at third base to bring in a run and make it 5-3. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson (2-2) then entered and allowed six straight hits to each batter he faced, including Polanco's game-tying single, and Hicks' go-ahead double. After every Kernel had a hit with no outs, Lambson left with the River Bandits down 9-5. Right-hander Richard Rodriguez came on to get the three outs in the fourth inning but also allowed a two-run single by second baseman Candido Pimentel and another RBI single by Polanco. A total of 15 Kernels batted, with 12 recording hits to build a 12-5 lead.

Cedar Rapids added a run against Rodriguez in the fifth inning as Quesada hit an RBI single to bring in designated hitter Tyler Grimes following the latter's two-out triple. Right-hander Juan Minaya made his Midwest League debut by pitching the sixth through eighth innings and allowing a sixth-inning run, as Buxton tripled and scored on Hicks' sacrifice fly to make it 14-5.

Kernels pitchers faced one over the minimum for the final 5 2/3 innings, as right-handers Caleb Brewer and Tim Atherton each pitched a scoreless inning. Quad Cities had two hits against the Cedar Rapids bullpen after reaching starter Hein Robb for five runs on four hits in the first 3 1/3 innings.

The River Bandits will send right-hander Vincent Velasquez (4-2) against Kernels right-hander Jose Berrios (4-2) in Game 2 of the series at 6:35 p.m. Thursday in Cedar Rapids.

UP NEXT: Reservations can be made from now until June 10 for the River Bandits Father's Day Cookout and pre-game catch scheduled for Sunday, June 16. Check out www.riverbandits.com for details or call 563-324-3000. 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.

 
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