Most of the starters are now throwing at least seven innings - a good sign for the long haul going to the end of the season. Since this is the first full-season of professional ball for most of the team, the six-man rotation should prove to be a valuable change from years past. The extra day of rest should extend the starters' arms for July and August.
Jonathan Rodriguez is shining brightly at the plate; so are Kolten Wong and Oscar Taveras. Packy Elkins has ignited a defensive spark that the team needed. After a week off, Cody Stanley has returned to his leadership spot at backstop - that's another plus for the team as he has recorded a couple more pickoffs this week.
July 5: Quad Cities 10 at Kane County 3
In a 12-hit blast, the Bandits closed out the series against Kane County with a decisive victory. Anthony Ferrara got the win, allowing five hits in 5.2 innings while recording seven strikeouts and walking only three. Victor Sanchez headed up the hitting effort with three hits (one of them was a double), two RBI and two runs scored. Wong, J Rodriguez, and Nick Longmire each added two hits. One of Jonathan's hits was a home run. Ronny Gil's only hit for the day was also a homer.
July 6: Quad Cities 3 at Burlington 4
This was a case of "it just wasn't meant to be" as Ryan Copeland was brilliant through seven innings, allowing only one hit and no runs, walking only one and striking out five. Unfortunately, Aidan Lucas couldn't hold the lead as he gave up a walk-off grand slam in the bottom of the ninth. It was a weak night offensively, too, as no one got more than two hits. Colin Walsh had two RBIs as the only highlight on the night for the offense.
July 7: Quad Cities 7 at Burlington 6
Seth Blair got the job done as the Bandits rebounded for the win after giving up the opening game of the series. Blair had a good night, even though he only went 5.2 innings. He allowed only three hits and two runs before turning the ball over to Dean Kiekhefer, followed by Hector Corpas and Angel DeJesus. Corpas was the weak link on the night as he nearly let the win slip away by allowing three runs on two hits in his 0.2 innings. Michael Swinson had three hits and scored twice to lead the effort from the plate.
July 8: Quad Cities 7 at Burlington 5
The Bandits closed the series with another win even though they were out-hit by Burlington 8-9. Trevor Rosenthal allowed seven hits in seven innings and let four Bees cross the plate but still had a strong outing with seven K's in seven innings. Justin Edwards picked up his first win of the season with the Bandits as he yielded only one hit and struck out four in two innings of work. Michael Swinson went 2-for-3 with two walks and two RBIs and Geoff Klein went 2-for-4 to earn the stars of the game.
July 9: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 0
It was good to welcome the Bandits back to Modern Woodmen Park after a long road trip. Zack Russell was impressive on the mound earning his fifth win of the year. He allowed only three hits in seven full innings and struck out six. There was a very balanced effort from the position players at the plate with eight batters getting nine hits. Cody Stanley and Packy Elkins had back to back homers in the second inning.
July 10: Quad Cities 6, Wisconsin 5 in 11 innings
Boone Whiting held the Timber Rattlers to three earned runs on two hits on this VERY hot and humid afternoon game. Cale Johnson allowed two more runs on three hits before Dean Kiekhefer came in for three hitless innings to take the win in extra innings. Only three Bandits played the same position for the entire game as Johnny Rodriguez shuffled the field trying to find the right combination for the win. Star of the day honors go to Geoff Klein who got the final sac fly to drive in the winning run in the bottom of the eleventh.
July 11: Quad Cities 4, Wisconsin 1
Anthony Ferrara (8-4) looked good through all six innings that he pitched and came away with the win. He put himself in a hole in the second inning and pitched out of it in good fashion, allowing only one run after loading the bases with no outs. Aidan Lucas got his sixth save since joining the team. Oscar Taveras took a hard pitch to his elbow but stayed in the game. Cody Stanley seems to come up with the big hit every time it is needed. This time, it was a two-RBI single in the first inning that set the pace for the game. This completed the Bandits' first series sweep in the second half and looks to be the beginning of a great turnaround.
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