Quad Cities River Bandits Notebook: Week 19

The Cardinals' Midwest League affiliate went 3-5 last week but shortstop Ronny Gil is batting .333 in August.

The River Bandits went 3-5 on the week with the extra game coming from the double header to make up for last week's rain out. I would have liked to have seen better results as the club is now within three weeks of the playoffs. I've heard many players talking about how many games are left until they get to go home. Although I truly understand how it feels to be tired and lonely and far from home, I do wish that these guys were talking more about winning the post-season.

With a trip to Wisconsin, then a series at home and another trip back to the land of cheese and beer, the week had some variety at least. Both teams in Wisconsin are far enough that they don't have to commute so it should have been some good "team time" for the Bandits.

Here is the way the week played out:

August 9: QC 6, Beloit 12 Game 1 at Beloit

Ryan Copeland took the loss as the Bandits lost this battle of the bats. Quad Cities had 13 hits but committed three errors and did not make their hits count. Copeland was charged with nine of the runs, eight earned. Kolten Wong and Jonathan Rodriguez each had three hits, Michael Swinson and Mike O'Neill each added two hits. J-Rod had a solo home run.

August 9: QC 6, Beloit 5 Game 2 at Beloit

Drew Benes took a no decision in his first start as a Bandit. He gave up two ER on four hits, two strike outs and two walks in three full innings. Justin Edwards relieved him and picked up the win. Wong went 3-for-4 with a two run homer and Oscar Taveras was blanked in four appearances at the plate. Geoff Klein also had a three-run bomb.

August 10: QC 12, Burlington 7 at home

It seemed like the team had been gone from Davenport for a month when they finally played on home turf again. Trevor Rosenthal earned his sixth win as he threw six innings and struck out seven Bees. My concerns with the bullpen continue as Angel DeJesus allowed 3 ER in just 1.1 innings. This team can't always depend on big innings to keep them ahead in these games. Ronny Gil stood out as the only big bat in this game as he hit 3-for-5. Chris Edmondson and Geoff Klein did each contribute three RBIs.

August 11: QC 6, Burlington 11 at home

Zack Russell was lit up in only two innings for five earned runs. Cale Johnson, Hector Corpas and Iden Nazario didn't fare any better as it just seemed to be a night that the pitchers couldn't get into the game. It was also this Thursday evening that Wong was lost to a tweaked hammy. Only time will tell when he can return to the line up. Everyone knew that something was seriously wrong when Cody Stanley went in as his pinch runner. Fans can only hope for a complete and speedy recovery.

August 12: QC 2, Burlington 5 at home

Colin Walsh was the only one able to get more than one hit as Boone Whiting held the Bees to only two runs in his seven innings. He struck out ten batters. Drew Benes allowed three unearned runs to take the loss as he faced five batters in just a third of an inning. This really wasn't the Bandits' night and there is very little else that can be said about it.

August 13: QC 6, Wisconsin 0 in Wisconsin

Any time a team can score six runs on eight hits, they must have done something right. Taveras went two for four. Klein and Joey Bergman each had two RBI and Jonathan Rodriguez hit his fifteenth home run of the year. Anthony Ferrara struck out six in his six shutout innings. Edwards and Dean Kiekhefer each had good outings in relief. That was the end of the good news for the Bandits this week.

August 14: QC 3, Wisconsin 12 in Wisconsin

Ryan Copeland had a rough outing and Angel DeJesus nailed the coffin shut on this Sunday game. It continues to baffle me as to why DeJesus and Corpas are being pitched with ERAs that are now approaching 8.0! DeJesus faced sixteen batters in just two innings. Corpas actually didn't look bad this day, but he's still a weak link. Nothing was even worth mentioning on offense.

August 15: QC 5 Wisconsin 7 in Wisconsin

Matinee games have never been very good for the QC team. This noon game was no different as Drew Benes took the loss. With Wong and Taveras both sidelined for the afternoon, it was hard to get any offense started. Maybe the guys were just looking forward to getting on the bus and getting back "home" before the day off on Tuesday.

So, the best highlight of the week came as Modern Woodmen Park, the Bandits' home stadium, was named as the second coolest minor league stadium in the country. Complex Magazine named our home as second only to Coca Cola Field, home of the AAA Buffalo Bisons in the NY Mets system. They cited the tiki bar on the right field berm and the cornfield near the home bullpen from which the players enter the field a la the ghost players from Field of Dreams. They did mention our rich history in a stadium that was originally built in 1931. It seems a shame that nobody has thought to recognize her 80th birthday this year!

Today is a day off, then the Bandits play three games in Clinton before coming home for the weekend. Let's hope that the team is gearing up for that playoff thrust.


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