Quad Cities River Bandits Notebook: Week 15

Outfielder Oscar Taveras earned selection as Midwest League Player of the Week after batting .600 during a 4-2 week by the Bandits.

The Quad Cities River Bandits again went 4-2 for the week of July 12-18, winning both series but missing a sweep in each. In the coming week we'll see once and for all if this is a hot weather team as temperatures across the Midwest are predicted to be near 100 degrees.

This seems to be the summer of the phantom disabled list. It seems that every week 1-2 more Bandits rotate onto and off of the DL with "unspecified injuries." I'm not opposed to the idea of carrying a couple of extra guys on the roster by using this technique; it just seems that it's being used more this year than in years past. This week it was Nick Longmire and Jonathan Rodriguez going on the DL. I believe that both of these moves are designed to keep the team rested for the August stretch.

The Bandits welcomed some new players this week, too. Drew Benes and Mike O'Neill were promoted from Batavia. Luis Mateo joined the team from Palm Beach.

Wednesday, July 13: Quad Cities 7, Dayton 5 at home
After a league-wide day off for the MLB All-Star Game, the Bandits came back with thirteen hits to re-establish their second half winning ways. Kolten Wong 3-for-4, Oscar Taveras 3-for-4, Victor Sanchez 2-for-4, and Michael Swinson 2-for-3 spearheaded the offense. Wong and Cody Stanley had home runs, each with two RBI on the evening. Packy Elkins and Geoff Klein struggled at the plate taking two K's each with no hits for either of them. Wong and Chris Edmondson had great hits to start the first and sixth innings respectively to set the pace for the scoring drives. Ryan Copeland got his first win with the team, throwing seven strong innings, striking out nine and allowing only two runs. Justin Edwards had a rough outing giving up three runs on two hits in just 1.2 innings. Aidan Lucas closed out the final out of the game for the save.

Thursday, July 14: Quad Cities 8, Dayton 12 at home
In front of more than 5,000 fans, the Bandits came up with thirteen hits for the second night in a row. That just wasn't enough this time, though, as the bullpen disappointed again. I'll keep saying it - if the Bandits are going to make it past the first round of the playoffs, they'll need to improve the bullpen. Once again, Wong and Taveras headed up the batting with three hits each, Stanley and Sanchez each had two. Stanley got his sixth homer. Seth Blair had a start similar to most of his starts, not bad, but he doesn't go as deep into the game as he should be. Cale Johnson started the bullpen slide, allowing two runs on three hits in the fifth inning. After a decent inning from Iden Nazario, Angel DeJesus yielded six ER on six hits and three walks in 1.2 innings to take the loss. . Dean Kiekhefer came in for the final out in this losing effort.

Friday, July 15: Quad Cities 6, Dayton 4 at home
In the rubber game of the series, the Bandits allowed more hits than they collected, but scored more runs. Trevor Rosenthal faced 25 batters in six innings and gave up seven hits. Kiekhefer held the Dragons to two hits and no runs in two innings for the win and Lucas finished the game for the save. Michael Swinson was the star of the game with two hits (one double), one RBI and a stolen base.

Saturday, July 16: Quad Cites 8, Bowling Green 7 at home
It was a night for big bats as the Bandits hosted the Rays' affiliate for the first time in that team's history. With fifteen hits in twelve innings, there were fireworks before the end of the game. In a strange twist for a game with so many hits, Wong was 0-for-6 and Ronny Gil was 0-for-5, and Colin Walsh was 0-for-4. Taveras went 4-for-7 and Packy Elkins had a good night with three hits on five at bats. Geoff Klein had a perfect 4-for-4 night. The Bandits had two pitchers come from the bullpen to the plate as Justin Edwards and Iden Nazario each recorded plate appearances in this extended game. Zack Russell, Adam Benes, Cale Johnson, Justin Edwards, and Iden Nazario combined to allow eleven hits but were able to hold off the Hot Rods when it was needed. Nazario got his first win.

Sunday, July 17: Quad Cities 8, Bowling Green 4 at home
The Bandits logged another double digit day for hits in support of Boone Whiting's second win of the year. It was a horribly hot, humid afternoon game with a starting temperature of 91 degrees and a gentle wind blowing out, all blocked by the stadium. Gil redeemed himself from the Saturday miss with a 2-for-5 effort. Walsh, Klein, O'Neill, and Sanchez each had two hits. My new puppy accompanied me to the field for the pre-game anthem and then demanded that I take him home so I didn't get to see this game. Whiting allowed only three hits in 7.0 innings as he struck out eight. Once again, Angel DeJesus allowed two ER in his two innings.

Monday, July 18: Quad Cities 0, Bowling Green 6 at home
For the second day in a row, the Bandits had an afternoon game in the sweltering heat. This was just their second shutout since June 9. Anthony Ferrara (8-5) only allowed 3 runs in his six innings but the offensive support just wasn't there today. Wong had two of the team's four hits. Luis Mateo made his return to the team with a 1-3 effort. The heat index during the game varied between 110 and 115 degrees; sometimes it's not a great thing to be right on the river.

The team has another Tuesday off but will use it as a travel day to get to Lake County for a three game series and then they face Fort Wayne before returning home next week. This team is still looking like they want to win the post-season. I hope that continues.


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