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RUIZ'S EARLY SLAM, MINAYA'S 9 K'S CARRY BANDITS PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Friday, 30 August 2013 12:20

With eighth win in last 10 games, Quad Cities seals first-round playoff matchup with Cedar Rapids

 

BURLINGTON, Iowa (AUG. 27, 2013) – Quad Cities River Bandits third baseman Rio Ruiz hit his first career grand slam in the first inning and had a career-high five RBIs, and right-hander Juan Minaya struck out nine Burlington Bees in four shutout relief innings for a 6-5 victory at Community Field Tuesday night.

 

Two days after clinching a playoff spot, Quad Cities (38-25 second half, 76-56 overall) determined its first-round opponent with a win Tuesday. The River Bandits will face the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a best-of-three Midwest League Western Division semifinal beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4, at 7 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park. Games 2 and 3 – if necessary – will be in Cedar Rapids Sept. 5 and Sept. 6.

 

Quad Cities started quickly against Bees left-hander Brandon Love (4-7), who hit second baseman Tony Kemp with the game's second pitch before walking shortstop Austin Elkins. Center fielder Teoscar Hernandez then beat out a bunt to the first-base side to extend his season-high nine-game hitting streak. Love struck out first baseman Bobby Borchering before Ruiz blasted a 3-2 pitch out to left-center field for his first career grand slam and 12th home run of the season. Ruiz finished a triple shy of the cycle.

 

River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor started with a 4-0 lead but allowed hits to the first three Bees batters, including an RBI single by shortstop Angel Rosa, who had seven hits in the four-game series. But Minor induced the first of a River Bandits season-high four double plays to hold Burlington to two runs in the first inning. He also got help from a double play in the second and third innings.

 

Quad Cities briefly extended the lead in the third inning, as Hernandez hit a leadoff double and scored on Ruiz's RBI single for a 5-2 lead. But Rosa hit an RBI double to keep the Bees within 5-3. Quad Cities answered in the fourth, as catcher Jobduan Morales led off with his first triple – and the River Bandits' first triple – in more than a year and scored on a sacrifice fly by left fielder Jordan Scott – who was the first in a stretch of 18 of 19 batters retired by Bees pitchers. Love lasted six innings, allowing all six runs on seven hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. He combined with right-handers Austin Adams and Jake Boyd to retired the final 13 River Bandits.

 

After Minor gave up a home run to catcher Zach Wright to make it 6-4 in the fourth, Minaya started the fifth inning and struck out the side in the fifth, sixth and eighth innings. First baseman Wade Hinkle's eighth-inning solo home run was the last run of the game, pulling the Bees (26-38, 52-77) within 6-5. Right-hander Andrew Walter pitched a perfect ninth inning for his first Midwest League save.

 

Tuesday's victory also means The Captain's Table at 4801 River Drive in Moline will offer The Captain's Table Victory Discount Wednesday, Aug. 28. 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 Wednesday, Aug. 28.


Quad Cities plays its final regular season road series in Wisconsin, beginning at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday in Appleton, Wis. River Bandits right-hander Chris Devenski (3-3) will start the opener against Timber Rattlers right-hander Austin Ross (2-0, 2.97).

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow 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.

 

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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Walk & Run for Wishes Moline Early Registration Deadline Nearing PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Amy Lane   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 15:09
Early Registration for Costumed Walk and Run Ends September 1st

 

PEORIA – Come as your favorite character to the Make-A-Wish Illinois Walk & Run for Wishes on Saturday, September 28 at Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline, and you can make wishes come true for local children with life-threatening medical conditions. Individuals and teams can participate and raise funds while enjoying the whimsical nature of the event. General Registration is $25 for adults, and $10 for children ages 12 and under. Following September 1st, an additional $5 will be added to each registration fee. Early registration prior to September 23rd also guarantees that participants will receive a custom event t-shirt.

Stepping off from Green Valley Sports Complex in Moline at 9:30 a.m., the event includes a 5K fun run and a leisurely 1 mile walk around the riverfront area. Refreshments, music and other entertainment will round out the celebration, with prizes awarded for top fundraisers as well as best youth and adult costumes. Additional details and registration are available online at www.walkrunwish.org. There is also an opportunity for “Virtual Walkers,” participants who do not plan to attend the walk event but want to fundraise to help make wishes come true. “Virtual Walkers” who fundraise over $100 for Make-A-Wish will receive a free Make-A-Wish t-shirt! Presented by Unity Point Health Trinity and Tennant Truck Lines, Inc, all funds raised at Walk & Run for Wishes will benefit Make-A-Wish Illinois.

“We’re excited to present this community event that is not only fun for people of all ages and abilities, but one that really makes a difference for the courageous kids we work with every day,” said Janet Bantz Glavin, Community Relations Manager for Make-A-Wish Illinois.

This year, Make-A-Wish Illinois will grant wishes to more than 700 kids in Illinois who are living with life-threatening medical conditions such as cancer, renal disease, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Wishes can be a turning point in a child’s battle against illness and help children feel stronger, more energetic and more willing and able to comply with treatment protocols. Additionally, wishes empower children to take control over an aspect of their lives while helping them feel less isolated and more self-confident.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish® Illinois grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich their lives with hope, strength and joy. Since being founded locally in 1985, the chapter has granted more than 11,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with special children across the state with help from dedicated volunteers and generous community members.

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BEES COME BACK TO STING BANDITS IN EXTRAS, 3-2 PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:49

Quad Cities loses first extra-inning road game on Burlington's two-out, 10th-inning rally


BURLINGTON, Iowa (AUG. 26, 2013) – The Quad Cities River Bandits were twice within an out of a one-run victory Monday night, but the Burlington Bees had a ninth-inning, two-out, game-tying double by Wade Hinkle, and following a 10th-inning dropped third strike, an eventual walk-off single by Pedro Toribio in a 3-2 Bees win at Community Field.

Quad Cities (37-25 second half, 75-56 overall) had its four-game winning streak snapped one day after clinching a second-half playoff berth. With a loss by Clinton (31-32, 64-68) Monday in Beloit, a Quad Cities win or Clinton loss in the final week of the season will seal a first-round match-up for the River Bandits with Cedar Rapids (42-20, 82-48), with Quad Cities hosting Game 1 at 7 p.m. Sept. 4.

Monday's game started as a pitchers' duel between Bees left-hander Ryan Crowley and River Bandits left-hander Josh Hader. Quad Cities got to the scoreboard in the second inning, as left fielder Danry Vasquez hit a leadoff single, and third baseman Rio Ruiz lined an RBI single down the right-field line for a 1-0 lead. Crowley then set down 12 batters in a row and only allowed one more runner to reach second base as he went on to match a season high with eight innings pitched. He allowed four hits and one walk with seven strikeouts.

Hader made the lead hold through six shutout innings. He retired the first six batters before a leadoff single from third baseman Garrett Cannizaro in the third. But Hader induced a double play and later picked off a runner in the fourth inning. He struck out six batters – his most with the River Bandits – and only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.

Right-hander Zach Morton started the seventh inning and worked around two hits to keep the 1-0 lead into the ninth. Right fielder Riley Good led off the ninth with a single and went to second base on a sacrifice. Hinkle lifted a two-out fly ball down the left field line just beyond Vasquez's reach to bring in the tying run. Morton yielded four hits and one earned run with one strikeout in three innings.

In the River Bandits' first extra-inning road game since May 31, Ruiz and second baseman Austin Elkins each doubled in the 10th inning on consecutive one-out pitches from right-hander Kurt Spomer for a 2-1 lead.

In the bottom of the 10th, right-hander Patrick Christensen got the first two batters before Bees center fielder Chevy Clarke reached first base on a slow grounder between the pitcher's mound and home plate. Clarke stole second with designated hitter Matt Scioscia batting, and when Scioscia swung at strike three that got away from catcher Jobduan Morales, Clarke came around to score, because Morales' throw got away from first baseman Bobby Borchering. Right fielder Riley Good then beat out a ground ball to the right side of the infield, and Toribio followed by slapping a single through the left side to bring home pinch runner Julio Concepcion for the winning run.

Quad Cities plays its series finale in Burlington at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. River Bandits right-hander Daniel Minor (7-3) will start against Bees left-hander Brandon Love (4-6).

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow 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.

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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NFL fans Have Spoken: The Greatest Running Backs of All Time PDF Print E-mail
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Written by E.J. Linehan   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 14:48

As of Aug 2013, These are “The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time” According to Over 4,600 Voters at Ranker.com

Barry Sanders has been named the greatest running back in NFL history, ahead of Jim Brown and Walter Payton, according to a recent poll by Ranker.com.  The popular rankings site reached this verdict after collecting the aggregated opinion of over 4,600 voters on the topic of "The Best Running Backs of All Time.”

The top 10 is comprised of all retired players with the exception of Adrian Peterson. Despite his highly publicized criminal history, OJ Simpson made it to the number eight position on the list.

The Top 10 Greatest Running Backs Are:

1.     Barry Sanders

2.     Jim Brown

3.     Walter Payton

4.     Earl Campbell

5.     Adrian Peterson

6.     Eric Dickerson

7.     Bo Jackson

8.     O.J. Simpson

9.     Marcus Allen

10. Gale Sayers

Football fanatic Brad Linehan finds the ever-changing aspect of the list amazing. Says Linehan, “What I love about this list is that it will keep changing. Adrian Peterson is in the top five now, but in a few more years he may earn enough votes to hit number one.”

See the full list of The Best Running Backs of All Time, as well as 1000s of other opinion-based lists at Ranker.com

About Ranker

Ranker is a crowdsourced platform that consumers visit over 9 million times a month to view, rank, and vote on broad opinion-based questions ranging from the best soccer players of all time to the greatest US presidents. With “The Best Running Backs of All Time” and other lists, Ranker hopes to provide the best possible answer to any question that can be answered in list form. These answers can inform consumers’ decisions, influence business choices or stoke an old-fashioned debate. Ranker is backed by Draper Associates, Rincon Venture Partners, Siemer Ventures, Data Collective, Gil Elbaz, Tech Coast Angels and Pasadena Angels

 
BANDITS PLAYOFF TICKETS GO ON SALE PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Marco LaNave   
Thursday, 29 August 2013 08:21

All regular individual seats will be just $5; team to give away a truck at the game

 

DAVENPORT, Iowa (AUG. 26, 2013) – All regular individual tickets for the Quad Cities River Bandits' home playoff game at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Modern Woodmen Park will be $5 each. Ticket sales will open to the general public at noon on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the River Bandits box office, by phone at 563-324-3000 and online at www.riverbandits.com.

 

The River Bandits will offer $1 beers and $1 pops, as well as $1 hot dogs, peanuts, popcorn and nachos for the Sept. 4 playoff game as part of the continuing celebration of the Bandits' successful season and the Quad Cities' own Modern Woodmen Park being recently voted No. 1 in the USA Today/10Best.com Readers' Choice Best Minor League Ballparks. The River Bandits will also give away a used pick-up truck during the game.

 

“We wanted to make this season’s playoff game a truly special event for the people of the Quad Cities,” said River Bandits co-owner Dave Heller. “So we thought we’d celebrate our ranking as the nation’s number one ballpark by having one dollar food and drink specials, discounting all tickets and, best of all, giving away a really great pickup truck!”

 

River Bandits season-ticket holders for 2013 may purchase playoff tickets in advance of the general public sale during a special pre-sale window that lasts until noon Tuesday at the River Bandits box office or by calling 563-324-3000.

 

Groups may call the River Bandits box office at 563-324-3000 to book a group area or suite for the Wednesday, Sept. 4, game.

 

The River Bandits clinched a playoff berth with their win Sunday in Burlington, and Quad Cities will play Game 1 of the Midwest League Western Division semifinals at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 against either Cedar Rapids or Beloit – both first-half qualifiers. The River Bandits will play on the road in Game 2 Thursday, Sept. 5, and Game 3 (if necessary) Friday, Sept. 6, in the best-of-three first round.

 

Quad Cities is in the playoffs for the third time in the last four years. The club has made the playoffs in four of seven seasons as a Houston Astros affiliate and 25 times in 54 seasons in the Midwest League. Quad Cities has won five Midwest League Championships: 1968, 1971, 1979, 1990 and 2011.

 

Tickets are still available for the River Bandits' final three regular season games Saturday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 2, against the Beloit Snappers at Modern Woodmen Park.

 

UP NEXT: The River Bandits' final homestand of the regular season kicks off Saturday, Aug. 31, with a Dallas Clark Bobblehead Giveaway presented by Barrel House 211 and CBS4 when gates open at 5:30 p.m. for a 7 p.m. game. Fireworks will also follow 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.

 

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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