Quad Cities Bandits Notebook: 2010 Week 16

Flood waters are rising around Modern Woodmen Park, the home of the St. Louis Cardinals' Midwest League affiliate.

The River Bandits spent this week on the road traveling to Bowling Green and Dayton. Considering mileage on the team bus, this is the longest road trip of the year. As I write this report on Monday evening, the Bandits are looking at a 5-1 trip as they are winning their final game of the week-long trip.


Congratulations this week to Ryde Rodriguez, Ryan Jackson, and Deryk Hooker on their promotions to Palm Beach!


In the last ten games the team is 8-2. The last time they lost a series was against the Lake County Captains on July 14-16 at home. They are currently 21 games over .500 on the season. They have won 24 of their 30 games so far in the second half, holding a 1.5 game lead over Cedar Rapids for the lead in the western division.


With the the team on the road again, I'm going to step out of my norm and report some interesting stats.


The Kane County Cougars are the only team with a winning record against the Bandits. They are 8-5. Matt Adams is the only Bandit with a five-hit game (July 8 in Clinton). Luis Mateo and C.J. Beatty have each hit grand slams. Beatty has two. Sunday at home is the best day for us to play—we have a 12-5 record for those games. Our largest margins of victory and defeat are 12 and 10. The longest home game of the season lasted one minute longer than the longest road game, (5:22 and 5:21) both were extra innings.


D'Marcus Ingram (now with Palm Beach) has scored four runs in one game. Ryan Jackson has a 29 game on-base streak. Eric Fornataro has gone 7.0 innings in a game—our longest start. Scott Schneider has the longest relief appearance at 5.0 innings. Justin Smith has pitched 13 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings.


To update our 2010 opening day roster, this is what it looked like. I've italicized the ones who are no longer here, either moved up, down, or out.


P-- Mike Blazek, Dan Calhoun,  Chris Corrigan,  Eric Fornataro,  Deryk Hooker, Joe Kelly,  LaCurtis Mayes, Shelby Miller, Chris Notti, Jorge Rondon, Scott Schneider, Jesse Simpson, Miguel Tapia (DL), Aaron Terry

C-- Ivan Castro, Robert Stock

INF-- Alan Ahmady, Matt Adams, Tyler Bighames, Ryan Jackson, Luis Mateo, Jonathan Rodriguez, Jason Stidham, Niko Vasquez

OF-- Kyle Conley, D'Marcus Ingram, Frederick Parejo, Ryde Rodriguez, Devin Shepherd


Added to the roster since opening day:


P-- Dean Kiekhefer, Jason Novak, Justin Smith

C-- Roberto Espinoza

INF-- Ted Obregon

OF—C.J. Beatty, Edgar Lara, Rainel Rosario, Ross Smith, Michael Swinson.


They should have used my name!


When the Bandits went through their last two name changes, I had suggested that they call the team the Quad Cities Flood. I had envisioned marketing themes like, "You can't turn back the Flood," and "The Flood is rising!" I thought that a big burlap bag named "Sandy" would make a good mascot—after all, who could be frightened by a sandbag?!


Well, if you have been watching national news this week, you have seen that we are dealing with another flood along the Mississippi River and at Modern Woodmen Park. There is a berm built that will keep water at bay up to a 25 foot flood level. As of Monday night the ones who know more about floods than I do say that the river will crest sometime Tuesday at about 17.5 feet. Since the flood will be surrounding the stadium for at least Wednesday's game, the city is building a walk-way protected on both sides by sandbag berms to get teams and fans to the stadium. This replaces the foot bridge that was built a couple of years ago. One way or another, there will be baseball on (or in) the river this week in Davenport.


With a few home games this week, I hope to get back on a schedule of player interviews.


Thanks for reading!



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