Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2012 Week 3

The Cardinals' Midwest League affiliate has a winning record home and away and is tied for first place.

The Quad Cities River Bandits are still in a tie for first place in the Western Division of the Midwest League, sharing a record of 10-7 with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. They are 4-2 at home, 6-5 on the road, as of Monday.

It has been another short week for home games for the River Bandits. They played just three games in Davenport and have been on the road to Dayton and Bowling Green the rest of the period. When the team returns for their next home stand on Thursday, they will have six nights at Modern Woodmen Park, including their first Sunday home game.

The team has posted a collective batting average of .261, fifth place in the league. After a scorching start, Juan Castillo is leading the team with a .356 average, also fifth in the league. David Medina is hitting .311 and Tyler Rahmatulla is at .300. The team has hit 11 home runs for a tie for fourth in the league and they have 77 RBIs, fourth in the league. One of the more impressive statistics for the team is their 120 strikeouts which is less than all but three teams in the league.

Team pitching is looking good as well. The pitching staff has a collective ERA of 3.05, third-best in the league. They have only allowed eight home runs through April 22 to put them in a tie for seventh. The hurlers have sent 135 batters back to the dugout on Ks (fifth in the league) and have only issued 46 walks in 17 games. That's better than 13 other teams. Hector Hernandez is leading the starters with an ERA of 1.04. He's throwing better than all but four pitchers in the MWL. Sam Gaviglio is second on the team with an ERA of 3.24.

Monday, April 16, Quad Cities 6, Clinton (Mariners) 3

After a long week of commuter games, the Bandits were geared up for a few nights at home. They only managed seven hits but made them count for six runs. Matt Williams' two hits were both for extra bases as he logged a double and a triple. David Medina had a second inning solo homer and added another hit as well.

Dail Villanueva threw the first six innings and gave up all three of Clinton's runs. He struck out six and allowed seven hits. Most of his pitches that are hit are for ground balls. Brandon Creath and Danny Miranda combined for the last three innings, all scoreless.

Tuesday, April 17, Quad Cities 2, Clinton 1

Robert Stock earned his first professional win as a pitcher in Tuesday's match-up. Tyrell Jenkins made his second start and looked a lot more comfortable on the mound. He was held to four innings as he is still on a short pitch count, but it was obvious from the stands that he was more confident on this outing. He was throwing with good control in the mid 90's. Bandits' pitchers struck out ten LumberKings.

It was a pitchers' duel all evening. Neither team scored until the seventh inning. Clinton struck first with a run that was the result of several miscues. The Bandits came back with two runs of their own to earn the win. Jeremy Patton hit a line drive to right field and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Roberto Reyes. Luis Mateo drove Patton in with a double that went deep to center field and then advanced to third on a wild pitch. Jesus Montero brought Mateo home with a sac fly to center field. That's all the team would need to close the books.

Wednesday, April 18, Quad Cities 5, Clinton 4 (10 innings)

In their first extra-innings game of the year, the Bandits put in extra work to gain their first series sweep of the year. In the end, the game was kind of anti-climatic as the winning run was walked in. It took five one-run innings, but the Bandits secured the win.

Tyler Rahmatulla hit one of the longest homers I've seen recently as he put one clear out of the park in the sixth inning. The ball was still going up as it crossed the fence at the top of the berm in left field. If it had traveled to right field like that, it would have easily gone all the way to the river. Unfortunately, Clinton's Jabari Blash sent a Hernandez pitch out of the park to start the seventh inning. It was a see-saw game the rest of the night until Wes Alsup loaded the bases on walks and then walked in the final run.

Thursday, April 19, Quad Cities 5 at Dayton (Reds) 4 (13 innings)

It was an early morning for the Bandits as the team bus left town at 5:00 am for the 450 mile trip to Dayton to face the Dragons. It turned into a late night as well. It was the second night in a row that required extra innings to get the win, but the Bandits extended their season-high winning streak to five games as they defeated the Dragons in front of almost 8400 fans.

David Medina came in for Rahmatulla when Tyler sprained his thumb while sliding into base. It was good for the Bandits to get David's bat into the game as he collected three hits. Roberto Reyes made the most of his only hit as he struck a two-run homer in the seventh inning. Todd McInnis delivered six solid innings as the starter but Danny Miranda picked up his second W on the season.

Friday, April 20, Quad Cities 7 at Dayton 12

For the third straight night, the Bandits had a long night at the stadium. This time, it was a rain delay that extended the game almost two hours. The Bandits were down by seven runs when the rain forced them off the field in the fourth inning.

Kyle Hald was pounded for nine runs (eight earned) on ten hits before he showered during the shower. Although it sounded like the Bandits made a good effort after the break, the deficit was too much to overcome. The offense had ten hits but the pitchers gave up fifteen in the loss.

Saturday, April 21, Quad Cities 1 at Dayton 5

It sounded like the Bandits' many road miles caught up with them on Saturday as they committed several mental blunders. They were charged with four errors in this loss. Sam Gaviglio threw six innings and gave up four runs. Although the team collected ten hits, they were only able to garner one run.

Catcher Adam Lewis made his playing debut as the designated hitter with a 2-for-3 showing. As I've mentioned before, it's frustrating to me to have to listen to the opponent's radio announcer since ours doesn't travel with the team. This game made it that much more frustrating.

Sunday, April 22, Quad Cities 3 at Bowling Green (Rays) 4

The Bandits extended their losing streak to three games - the longest of the season so far - as they played farther from Davenport than they will for the rest of the summer. They are almost 500 miles from Davenport as they face the future Rays. Nick Martini led the offense with three hits. All of the Bandits runs were scored in the fifth inning. The club held the lead until the bottom of the ninth but fell short in the end.

Next week, I'll finish the report on this series and cover the home stand. As always, I'm closing my column with an invitation to message me on the forum at sport61201 with any questions or suggestions that you have for this weekly column. I want this to be what you want and I'll do my best to accommodate your requests.

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