Category: River Bandits

The River Bandits scored twice in the eighth to force the game into extras, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods spoiled the comeback with a 4-3 victory in 12 innings and three hours and 41 minutes to a crowd of 4,624 fans at Modern Woodmen Park for Pro Wrestling Night on Thursday with special guest Mick Foley. Andrew Toles knocked in the game-winning run on a single to score Brandon Martin on River Bandits’ reliever Juan Minaya with no outs in the 12th. Martin led off the inning by slicing a double down the right field line. Vincent Velasquez gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and fanned five in five innings and did not get a decision. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson, making his 28th appearance out of the Quad Cities bullpen, struck out four in three shutout frames after starting the sixth. Juan Minaya (1-3) tossed three scoreless innings before allowing the run in the 12th and suffered the loss. Bowling Green starter Dylan Floro allowed one unearned run in six innings, but did not get a decision. Ryan Garton (1-3) tossed three and two-thirds innings to earn the win, while Stone Speer collected his first save of the season after throwing the 12th.

-Bob

St. Louis Cardinals starting  pitcher Jake Westbrook tossed seven shutout innings in his rehab start with the Peoria Chiefs to lead the squad to a 9-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits Sunday evening at Dozer Park before 3,633 fans. Westbrook has been on the Cardinals’ disabled list since May 9 with elbow inflammation. Jake retired the first 14 River Bandits he faced and overall allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk while throwing 76 pitches, 53 for strikes. Westbrook got eight groundouts and three strikeouts in his first 11 batters faced before a foul pop up ended the fourth. He induced two more groundouts to start the fifth before allowing a single, double and a run. All told Westbrook struck out five, got 14 groundball outs, picked a runner off first and just one out in the air.

-Bob


It was a warm and beautiful evening Friday night, with start of the second half of the Class A Midwest League. With long time MLB rivals the Cubs and the Cardinals getting ready to battle. A huge crowd of 5,513 baseball fans at O’Brien Field were treated to a pre-game appearance by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Once the game got underway the Famous Chicken entertained fans of all ages.

-Bob

The Quad Cities River Bandits scored three first-inning runs but were held scoreless the rest of the way as the Peoria Chiefs, aided by a go-ahead, three-run home run from first baseman Ryan Cuneo, came from behind for a 5-3 Wednesday night victory to avoid being swept at home in the opening series of the Rivertown Showdown before 1,161 fans. The Chiefs were shut out for two innings by River Bandits left-hander Dail Villanueva (0-1), but they loaded the bases in the third inning with a walk, a double by Paul Hoilman and a hit batter. An error by David Medina and a groundout by catcher Taylor Davis then brought in the Chiefs’ first two runs. Michael Jensen retired 17 of the final 19 batters he faced to finish with five strikeouts in six innings pitched, and right-hander Yao-Lin Wang pitched two perfect innings following Jensen. Click Here for Game Stats.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs opened there 30th consecutive baseball campaign against the Quad City River Bandits before 3,273 fans at O’Brien Field. Quad Cities scored five runs in the top of the ninth as the Chiefs gave away the home opener 8-3. The loss spoiled two excellent outings by starter Benjamin Wells and reliever Kyler Burke. The Chiefs left 10 runners on base and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Click here for the Box Score.

-Bob

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