Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2012 Week 6

A 2-5 record and roster changes this week for the St. Louis Cardinals' Midwest League affiliate.

The Quad Cities River Bandits struggled this week, losing five of seven games and are currently in third place at 19-18. The first half of the 2012 season is now more than halfway through.

After beating Peoria soundly on Saturday and Sunday last week, Tyrell Jenkins received a Monday matinee start. He had a solid outing but said he wasn't satisfied with allowing four walks in six innings, even though he struck out ten and only allowed four hits. The right-hander has been throwing in the mid- to upper-90's recently and is showing better control on his off pitches. I'm looking forward to seeing him when it gets even warmer outside. Unfortunately, Willy Paulino followed and gave up the two-run lead in 2/3 inning. Willy has been struggling for the last few weeks; I hope he finds his groove soon. Pitching wasn't the only problem on Monday as the team only came up with three hits. The highlight of the game was Matt Williams' first homer of the year.

The struggle continued Tuesday evening as the Bandits let another game go to the Chiefs. Jonathan Cornelius took the hard-luck loss as he allowed five runs in three innings and the Bandits scored only two runs on eleven hits. Casey Rasmus really impressed me as he went 2-for-4 on the evening. He hits the ball very hard and really has good speed on the bases. Each time the team seemed to be getting a rhythm going, someone committed an error and everything fell apart again. I spoke with Cornelius for a few minutes after the game - he's realistically cautious about his chances that this will be a long term stay for him. He said, "It's hard to justify seven starters!" This week will be big for him, no matter what the outcome.

The series in Wisconsin wasn't supposed to be a walk in the park since they are in first place. Coming out of there with one win was an acceptable result for the trip. Again, see Leonda Markee's daily notebook for those game recaps.

Coming back to Davenport for Saturday's game was a boost for the team. Modern Woodmen Park had more fans than any time this year as the Quad Cities honored our military. There were about 5,400 in attendance as the Bandits beat the Cedar Rapids Kernels 6-2 on the strength of Hector Hernandez's pitching. He logged 7.1 innings and didn't allow any runs until the seventh inning. Willy Paulino finally had the game he needed as he pitched the last 1 2/3 innings without giving up any runs. Roberto Reyes had a good night at the plate with three hits. Garrett Wittels struggled and went 0-for-3.

Sunday brought Jenkins back to the mound for 6.0 innings and the loss as the offense fell flat on the afternoon game. They only had two hits. Catcher Juan Castillo collected the only RBI in a very lackluster effort by the entire team. Robert Stock finally had a strong outing. He threw well, in the low 90's, and didn't waste any time between pitches. He simply stepped up, toed the rubber, and fired the pitch. I think I see what the Cardinals saw when they asked him to pitch.

Update as of Monday night: The highlight of the week is the promotion of Todd McInnis to Palm Beach. He left Davenport Tuesday morning. Jonathan Cornelius took his place in the rotation. Monday night's game was an umpiring disaster but the left-hander had a good outing. It has been a big week for Jon! I'm looking forward to seeing more of what he can do.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please let me know on the Insider forum or by private message. I think I'll be able to talk to a few players this week and include some interviews starting next week.

Thanks for reading!

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