Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2011 Week 2

The River Bandits suffered through rising water, cold weather and cold bats this past week but still went 3-3.

It has been a cold, wet week for the Quad Cities River Bandits. Games were canceled because of rain on Friday and cold on Saturday. Saturday morning brought snow in Davenport! By Sunday's games, the stadium was surrounded with flood waters from the rising Mississippi River. The week included a 28-inning scoreless skid that extended over four games.

April 12: QC 5 at Kane County 3

In another afternoon game in Kane County, the River Bandits played like stars. They received 12 hits from seven batters - no one had more than two hits in the effort. Justin Wright earned his first win of the season with 1.2 innings of work. Virgil Hill made his QC debut, going 2 for 5.

April 13: QC 2 at Kane County 1

The Bandits continued to show a lot of balance. Seven players each recorded one hit in this winning effort. Virgil Hill and Jonathan Rodriguez each doubled. Trevor Rosenthal threw seven innings and had seven strikeouts in his quality start. Boone Whiting earned his first save of the season with two hitless innings to close.

April 14: QC 0 at Kane County 1 in 10 innings

The matinee series in Kane County ended with a loss in ten innings. With the last four innings of the game on April 13 and the 10 scoreless this day, the Bandits were in a 14-inning skid that would not end any time soon. The only mentionable highlight of the game was Jordan Swagerty's nine Ks in seven innings. The team only recorded three hits in the lackluster effort.

April 15: Burlington at QC was rained out.
April 16: Burlington at QC was frozen out.

April 17: QC 0, Burlington 6 (game 1)

An unusual afternoon in the Midwest League saw five double headers in the seven games played. The flood water of the Mississippi River had surrounded Modern Woodmen Park but the city of Davenport built a foot bridge for fans and players to access the park. In a surprisingly shaky start, Seth Blair gave up the first two runs of the game in only 2/3 of an inning, making his first decision of his career a loss. There were no highlights in this two-hit try at playing baseball.

April 17: QC 0, Burlington 4 (game 2)

The scoreless skid continued another seven innings in another shutout suffered by the Bandits. They were only able to find one hit in the disappointing loss. Anthony Ferrara gave up all four Burlington runs on six hits. Jonathan Rodriguez collected the only hit of the second game. It was a difficult afternoon to watch baseball in Davenport.

April 18: QC 4, Peoria 2

Monday was a cold night but the Bandits played better ball to snap the losing streak. Kevin Siegrist earned his second win of the year with a strong showing in five innings. Among six strong starters, he is the one that has impressed me the most. The offense seemed to come alive with nine hits. None of the batters is really standing out yet. The highest batting average on the team now belongs to Cody Stanley at .296.

Tickets for the River Bandits game at Busch Stadium on May 26 are now on sale. The Cardinals hare handling the sales through their website. All seats are $10 for the 7:15 P.M. contest.

My series of interviews will start next week with Zack Russell. This week, I'm featuring some pictures I took around the stadium this week with the flood. It really is a unique experience to walk over the flood waters and watch a game on a man-made island. Enjoy the photos.


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