The Quad Cities River Bandits take the field today to take on the Clinton LumberKings at Ashford University Field in Clinton for the last game of their 4-game series. The River Bandits have the advantage, so far, taking 2 of the first 3 games. The double-header game scheduled last Friday had the LumberKings winning a pitchers’ duel 1-0, while the River Bandits came back in the nightcap 6-5. The next night, the River Bandits were the first and the last to score in a 5-2 victory. Starting pitchers today are Vincent Velasquez (3-2, 3.80) for the River Bandits against Matt Anderson (2-4, 5.58) for the LumberJack.
With the cool temperatures and wet weather, I have not been able to head to the ball park to watch the River Bandits this summer. As June nears, I hope that will change, but until then, let’s take a look at how the new River Bandits, under the affiliation of the Houston Astros, are doing.
Leading the team in batting average is catcher Roberto Pena with .302. Pena has 35 hits and 13 runs batted in. Pena also leads the team in slugging percentage with .422. Here are some of the others:
Hits – Teoscar Hernandez (OF), 48
Runs – Hernandez, 35 (Tied for 2nd in Midwest League)
Runs Batted In – Jesse Wierzbicki (1B), 28
Home Runs – Wierzbicki, Terrell Joyce (LF), and Carlos Correa (SS) with 3
Stolen Bases – Hernandez, 14 (Tied for 7th in Midwest League)
The Quad Cities River Bandits are 12th in team batting, although they are 3rd in runs scored among the Midwest League teams. Team pitching has the River Bandits at 6th in earned runs and runs scored against to help the below average offense. Here are some of the pitching leaders for the River Bandits:
Wins – Michael Dimock (reliever), 5 (Tied for 3rd in Midwest League)
ERA – Lance McCullers (starter), 1.94 (4th in Midwest League)
Innings Pitched – Velasquez (today’s starter), 45.0
Strikeouts – Velasquez, 57 (2nd in Midwest League)
WHIP – Jordan Jankowski (both reliever and starter), 1.08 (tied for 10th in Midwest League)
Saves – John Neeley (reliever), 7 (5th in Midwest League)
As mentioned before, I plan on watching the Quad Cities River Bandits in person, soon, so please subscribe to follow my summer coverage of the River Bandits and other Davenport area sport teams. After the rain moves on and the field dries, the River Bandits look to take another one from the LumberKings to catch the Midwest League Western leader Cedar Rapids Kernels. Go River Bandits!