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NO. 1 OVERALL PICK APPEL TO JOIN RIVER BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 15:07

Quad Cities set to become first-ever Minor League Baseball team with back-to-back No. 1 picks

DAVENPORT, Iowa (JULY 9, 2013) – Right-handed pitcher Mark Appel, the No. 1 overall pick by the Houston Astros in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, will join the Quad Cities River Bandits Wednesday before their six-game home stand at Modern Woodmen Park, the Astros announced on Tuesday. With 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa, the River Bandits are set to become the first team in Minor League Baseball history with consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the same roster.

The Houston Astros selected Appel out of Stanford University with the top pick of the draft on June 6. He signed with the Astros and was introduced at a press conference June 19 at Minute Maid Park. Appel made his professional debut July 5 with the short-season Class-A Tri-City ValleyCats of the New York-Penn League. In two starts July 5 and July 9, Appel pitched five total innings, allowed six hits, two earned runs and no walks while striking out six batters.

At Stanford for four seasons, Appel is the all-time Cardinal leader with 372 career strikeouts. He finished his career with the fourth-most innings pitched (377 2/3) and sixth-most wins (28) in program history. In 2012, he was named the National Pitcher of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. This year, he finished 10-4 with four complete games and a 2.12 ERA and was a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American. He was the Pac-12 Baseball Scholar Athlete of the Year and earned his degree in management science and engineering.

The 21-year-old Appel was a Houston-area native before moving to California at age 12. He graduated from Monte Vista (Calif.) High School. Previously selected by the Detroit Tigers (15th round, 2009) and Pittsburgh Pirates (first round, No. 8 overall, 2012), Appel was named the top prospect in the 2013 draft by MLB.com.

Since the June amateur draft began in 1965, four Minor League Baseball teams have had two No. 1 picks on their roster at the same time, but Quad Cities is the first to have consecutive No. 1 overall picks on the same roster.

Team League Level MLB Club Year Player (Year drafted No. 1 overall)

Tidewater Tides International League Triple-A New York Mets 1970 C Steven Chilcott (1966), SS Tim Foli (1968)

Hawaii Islanders Pacific Coast League Triple-A San Diego Padres 1975 3B Dave Roberts (1972), SS Bill Almon (1974)

Lynn Sailors Eastern League Double-A Seattle Mariners 1981 OF Al Chambers (1979), RHP Mike Moore (1981)

Quad Cities River Bandits Midwest League Class-A Houston Astros 2013 SS Carlos Correa (2012), RHP Mark Appel (2013)

The River Bandits open their six-game homestand at 7 p.m. Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park.

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. 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 HIT 3 HOMERS IN 12-5 WIN OVER COUGARS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:27

Brian Blasik hits second grand slam of the season, Rio Ruiz finishes a triple shy of the cycle

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 7, 2013) – For the first time this season, three Quad Cities River Bandits homered in the same game, as catcher Roberto Pena, second baseman Brian Blasik and third baseman Rio Ruiz each went deep among the visitors' 13 hits in a 12-5 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Sunday afternoon.

Quad Cities (12-5 second half, 50-36 overall) had its highest run total since a season-high 17 runs against Great Lakes on April 30 and won for the 13th time in 17 meetings with Kane County (4-13, 34-49). Left-hander Colton Cain (4-5) allowed a first-inning run but retired 13 of 14 batters in one stretch and posted a season-high six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings for his first second-half win.

Pena tied the game in the second inning on a one-out home run to the picnic deck in left field off right-hander Tayler Scott (4-4). The home run was Pena's fourth of the season and second against the Cougars. He is 20-for-49 (.408) in 12 games against Kane County.

Quad Cities took the lead in the third inning, as left fielder Dan Gulbransen and designated hitter Jesse Wierzbicki hit back-to-back RBI doubles for a 3-1 lead. Meanwhile, Cain held the Cougars off the board through the fifth inning, retiring 13 of 14 batters in one stretch and posting a season-high six strikeouts in 5 1/3 innings. He was charged with four runs, two earned, on five hits and three walks.

In the sixth inning, Ruiz hit a one-out single, and shortstop Austin Elkins drew a two-out walk to chase Scott. Right-hander Armando Rivero entered and walked first baseman Jobduan Morales to load the bases for Blasik, who hit his second home run – and second grand slam – of the season on a line drive over the left-field fence, extending the Quad Cities lead to 7-1.

The Cougars tallied three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning, with third baseman Jeimer Candelario hitting an RBI double, and two more runs scoring when center fielder Jordan Scott threw a ball into the third-base stands after catching a fly ball. Kane County closed within 7-5 in the seventh inning, as right-hander Gera Sanchez yielded a sacrifice fly to Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson got the final out of the inning and worked 1 1/3 scoreless frames.

Ruiz leading off the eighth inning and added an RBI double in the ninth inning to finish a triple shy of the cycle. Wierzbicki added a two-run double in the ninth inning. With a 12-5 lead, right-hander Chia-Jen Lo retired all three hitters he faced.

Sunday's victory lifted Quad Cities to match its season high of 14 games over .500 and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Monday, July 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 Monday, July 8. Quad Cities will face Kane County in the deciding game of the five-game series at noon Monday, when River Bandits right-hander Lance McCullers (4-4) faces Cougars left-hander Michael Heesch (3-7).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. 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.

 
HAUSCHILD, BANDITS SILENCE COUGARS IN 5-0 WIN PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:26

Quad Cities pitches second shutout in four games to snap four-game losing streak at Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 6, 2013) – Right-hander Mike Hauschild pitched a career-best seven shutout innings, and center fielder Teoscar Hernandez, left fielder Dan Gulbransen and first baseman Jobduan Morales each had two hits for the Quad Cities River Bandits in a 5-0 victory over the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Saturday night.

Hauschild (6-1) did not allow a baserunner until a third-inning, one-out single by Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar and faced just two batters over the minimum while limiting Kane County to three hits and never allowing a runner to reach second base. He worked four separate 1-2-3 innings Saturday and has pitched 12 consecutive scoreless innings in his last two starts.

Quad Cities (11-5 second half, 49-36 overall) scored in each of the second through fifth innings against Cougars right-hander Jose Rosario (0-5), who allowed all five runs on six hits and four walks with just one strikeout. The visitors took a second-inning lead after second baseman Austin “Catfish” Elkins worked a two-out walk, stole second base and scored on a double by Morales.

In the third inning, Hernandez hit a leadoff single, and right fielder Jordan Scott lined a double to left-center field. The throw to home plate was too late to get Hernandez and allowed Scott to move to third base, past which Cougars catcher Carlos Escobar threw the ball for an error, allowing Scott to score on the play for a 3-0 Quad Cities lead.

In the fourth inning, Elkins worked the second of his three walks with one out, and Rosario proceeded to walk Morales and second baseman Brian Blasik to load the bases. Hernandez then hit into a fielder's choice that brought home the run. In the next inning, Gulbransen, who earned his first Midwest League hit with a first-inning single, hit a leadoff triple to center field and scored two batters later on a sacrifice fly from third baseman Rio Ruiz that made it 5-0.

Kane County had its three singles scattered against Hauschild in the third, fourth and fifth innings. None advanced into scoring position, but the Cougars drew two eighth-inning walks against right-hander Daniel Minor, who moved the runners to second and third bases with a wild pitch but struck out the side his first inning of work since June 23. Right-hander Chia-Jen Lo had two strikeouts in a perfect ninth inning and was the final pitcher in the River Bandits' second shutout win in the last four games and first road shutout of the season.

Saturday's victory snapped the River Bandits' four-game losing streak in Kane County and also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount on Sunday, July 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 Sunday, July 7.

Quad Cities will face Kane County in Game 4 of the five-game series at 1 p.m. Sunday, when River Bandits left-hander Colton Cain (3-5) faces Cougars right-hander Tayler Scott (4-3).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. 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 CAN'T HOLD OFF COUGARS IN 8-7 LOSS PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 12:10

Roberto Pena ties a career high with four hits and leads Quad Cities with three RBIs

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 5, 2013) – Catcher Roberto Pena tied a career high with four hits, and right-hander Jordan Jankowski was the first Quad Cities River Bandits pitcher to toss seven innings in a start this season, but the team could not hold a lead for more than a half-inning in an 8-7 road loss to the Kane County Cougars at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark Friday night.

The River Bandits (10-5 second half, 48-36 overall) quickly lost a 1-0, first-inning lead and a 3-2, sixth-inning lead but took their largest advantage, 6-3, into the bottom of the eighth inning to put Jankowski in line for a win. Right-hander Juri Perez allowed two walks and a hit within the first four batters to load the bases with one out. Quad Cities right-hander John Neely entered and proceeded to allow all three inherited runners to score with a walk, hit batter, and a game-tying single by third baseman Giuseppe Pappacio.

In a 6-6 tie with one out and the bases loaded, Cougars second baseman Gioskar Amaya dropped a hit just past first base down the right-field line and reached second base for a two-run double that gave Kane County an 8-6 lead. Neely (2-5) got the next two batters but was charged with two earned runs on two hits in 2/3 of an inning.

Trailing, 8-6, in the ninth inning, Quad Cities assembled a two-out rally against right-hander Justin Amlung. Designated hitter Jesse Wierzbicki was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on defensive indifference and scored on Pena's third RBI and fourth single – matching his first career four-hit game Aug. 27, 2011 with Lexington. But left fielder Dan Gulbransen grounded to second base for the final out.

The River Bandits took their first lead when center fielder Teoscar Hernandez hit the team's first leadoff home run of the season against Cougars left-hander Brian Smith, who set down the next 10 batters in order. The Cougars answered against Jankowski with center fielder Albert Almora's one-out triple and first baseman Dan Vogelbach's two-run home run in the bottom of the inning.

The score remained 2-1 in favor of Kane County (4-11, 34-47) until the sixth inning, when River Bandits right fielder Jordan Scott drew a leadoff walk and scored on shortstop Carlos Correa's game-tying double to left-center field that chased Smith. Right-hander Lendy Castillo entered and allowed Pena's go-ahead single with one out to give Quad Cities a 3-2 lead. But Almora slapped a game-tying home run to left field on Jankowski's first pitch of the bottom of the sixth innning.

In a 3-3 tie starting the eighth inning, Castillo walked Correa, Wierzbicki singled, and Pena hit his second go-ahead RBI single of the night. Two batters later, first baseman Jobduan Morales grounded a two-run double up the first-base line. Castillo walked the next two batters to load the bases with one out, but Hernandez grounded into an inning-ending double play to keep the River Bandits' lead at 6-3.

Quad Cities has lost its last four games in Kane County after winning the first five meetings at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. River Bandits right-hander Mike Hauschild (5-1) will try to stop the skid against Cougars right-hander Jose Rosario (0-4) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. 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.

 
COUGARS HALT BANDITS' WINNING STREAK, 7-4 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 09 July 2013 09:52

Jesse Wierzbicki has three hits for Quad Cities in first loss in last seven games against Kane County

GENEVA, Ill. (JULY 4, 2013) – The Kane County Cougars were on the scoreboard before the Quad Cities River Bandits recorded an out in the bottom of the first inning Thursday night, and the home team never let the visitors closer than two runs the rest of the night in a 7-4 Independence Day victory at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark the snapped the River Bandits' five-game winning streak.

Quad Cities (10-4 second half, 48-34 overall) had won the last six meetings with Kane County (3-11 second half, 33-47 overall) to open an 11-2 lead in the season series, but the Cougars had the upper hand almost from the start.

After Cougars right-hander Felix Pena worked a 1-2-3 top of the first inning, River Bandits right-hander Juan Minaya (1-2) walked and hit the first two batters in order. After a wild pitch moved both runners into scoring position, Cougars first baseman Dan Vogelbach grounded a double down the third-base line that gave Kane County a 2-0 lead. A ground ball moved Vogelbach to third base, and shortstop Marco Hernandez had an infield single to second base that brought home Vogelbach for a 3-0 margin.

In the next half inning, the River Bandits got a leadoff single by first baseman Jesse Wierzbicki, followed walks to three of the next four batters to force in a run. But Pena struck out second baseman Austin Elkins and retired center fielder Teoscar Hernandez on a flyout to center field to strand the bases loaded with a 3-1 lead.

After Minaya allowed three runs on four hits, four walks and two hit batters in three innings, left-hander Mitchell Lambson started the bottom of the fourth inning. He gave up a one-out infield single and hit batter before Vogelbach and third baseman Jeimer Candelario hit consecutive RBI singles to make it 5-1. Lambson then retired seven straight batters to finish three innings of work.

Wierzbicki had a team-leading three hits – all singles in his first three at-bats – including an RBI single with two outs in the fifth inning to close the lead to 5-2. That set up the last time Quad Cities brought the tying run as far as home plate. Left-hander Nathan Dorris (3-3) walked left fielder Dan Gulbransen before getting third baseman Rio Ruiz to hit into a bases-loaded, inning-ending fielder's choice.

Cougars second baseman Gioskar Amaya finished a triple shy of the cycle and capped a three-hit game by hitting an eighth-inning, leadoff home run against right-hander Jamaine Cotton that extended the lead to 6-2. Left fielder Reggie Golden hit a double and scored on a ground-ball double play for a 7-2 Cougars advantage.

Right-hander Dillon Maples allowed a ninth-inning, two-run double by Teoscar Hernandez in the final three innings to earn his first save.

Quad Cities will continue its only scheduled five-game road series of the season on Friday night at Kane County. River Bandits right-hander Jordan Jankowski (3-1) will face Cougars left-hander Brain Smith (2-3).

UP NEXT: Golf Night and the John Deere Classic Celebration open the River Bandits' six-game homestand Wednesday against the Bowling Green Hot Rods at Modern Woodmen Park. Fans can also enter copies of the bills into a drawing to be one of the two paid up to $100 by the River Bandits on a Pay Your Bill Wednesday presented by U.S. Bank and Mix 96. 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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