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June 21, 2011 – River Bandits Host All-Star Game, Cardinals Have Rough Day

MWL All Star Game Logo

MWL All Star Game Logo

The Quad Cities River Bandits hosted the Midwest League All-Star Game in 2011. The day before they also hosted the home run derby. For the the derby, they randomly picked fans to come down on the field, and paired them with one of the players hitting in the derby. If the player they were paired with won, then the fan they were “hitting for” would win some kind of prize. My wife was picked and paired with Cody Stanley, and she also brought our son Owen down on the field. Cody did not win but it was still a memorable contest. Travis Witherspoon of the Cedar Rapids Kernels won the derby. It was more than a home run contest. They had all kinds of things on the field they could hit and win different prizes for the fans they were playing for. Here is a Quad City Times article about the Home Run Derby. It explains the format pretty well.

Cody Stanley, Starlin Rodriguez, and Trevor Rosenthal were the three River Bandits that made the West All-Star Team. Stanley went one for two in the game. Rodriguez went one for two with two RBI. Rosenthal started the game, and threw one inning, with one strikout and no hits or walks. The East won the game 8-3. A few other future MLB players appeared in this game as well: Matt Szczur, Jake Marisnick, Ender Inciarte, and Rymer Liriano. Here is an article from the Quad City Times about the All-Star Game, and here is the box score.

Here are my pictures from the Home Run Derby:

Here are my pictures from the All-Star Game:

Phillies Crush Cardinals 10-2, Bad News About Pujols’ Injury

Albert Pujols writhes after breaking his arm

Albert Pujols grabs his left wrist after a collision with Kansas City’s Wilson Betemit on Sunday. Pujols suffered a broken bone in his left arm and will be out four to six weeks. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

This was the day that we learned Albert Pujols had broken his arm. They initially thought he would be out 4-6 weeks. The injury actually occurred in the game on June 19 against the Royals. He collided with Wilson Betemit on a play at first base in the sixth inning, and left the game.

To add insult to injury, the Cardinals got crushed by the Phillies 10-2 on this same day. The Cardinals led the game 2-1 before the Phillies exploded for nine runs in the eighth inning. This is a day the Cardinals would probably want to forget. They dropped to 40-34 and one-half a game back of the Brewers.

Video Highlights:

Cardinals turn double play

Allen Craig bats vs Royals on 5/22/2011 (Tim Umphrey/Getty Images)

May 22, 2011 – Cardinals Win Wild Game, Rosenthal Wins For Bandits

On this date in 2011, the Cardinals beat the Royals in a wild game in Kansas City. The Cardinals actually led this game 7-1 after the top of the fifth inning. The Cards built that lead on a two-run home run by Allen Craig, and a two-run triple by Yadier Molina. It was a “Little League” home run for Molina, who scored from third base on an error. The Royals got a run back in the bottom of the fifth, then three more back in the sixth when Jaime Garcia allowed a solo homer to Jeff Franceour and a two-run homer to Wilson Betemit. Alex Gordon hit a solo shot in the bottom of the seventh before Betemit struck again for an RBI single to tie the game.

The game would stay tied 7-7 until the top of the 10th, when the Cardinals scored two runs without a hit. This was the sequence: walk, error, hit by pitch, flyout, walk, walk, groundout, strikeout. In the bottom of the 10th Billy Butler led off with a double. He was driven in on a double by Brayan Pena. Fernando Salas finally settled down and got a popout and a strikeout to end the game and secure a 9-8 Cardinals win. The Cardinals’ record improved to 28-20.

CBS Sports – Cardinals walk their way to wild extra-inning win

Somebody’s going to see Colby Rasmus had only one at-bat in St. Louis’ 9-8 victory over Kansas City and wonder how long he was in the game.

“I’ll tell them about 4 hours and 30 minutes worth,” deadpanned the weary center fielder.

St. Louis drew 13 walks in the 4 hour, 9 minute affair and Rasmus had five, each one off a different pitcher. In the 10th inning of the wacky afternoon affair with the bases loaded in a 7-7 tie, Tim Collins threw him four straight bad ones. That forced in the go-ahead run as the Cardinals took the always-lively interleague series between state rivals two games to one.

“A couple of [at-bats] they didn’t give me nothing, really,” Rasmus said. “And a couple of times I battled off some tough pitches. The threw me some good pitches and I battled them to a walk.”

Here are some video highlights:

Molina drives in two with triple

Craig jacks 2-run homer

Descalso’s RBI double puts Cardinals ahead

Rosenthal Strong In Start For River Bandits

While that was happening at the MLB level, I got to see Trevor Rosenthal make a start for the River Bandits against the Kernels. The Bandits won this game 4-1. Rosenthal pitched great, throwing 5 shutout innings. He allowed only one hit, struck out seven and walked none. He picked up the win to improve his record to 2-4. Ronny Gil went three for four with a run, and Colin Walsh drove in two runs.

I was also at the game the day before which the Bandits won 8-3 over the Kernels. In that game, Greg Garcia had two hits in three at bats with two runs and walk. Michael Swinson was two for three with a double and two walks. Victor Sanchez had two doubles and four RBI. Seth Blair pitched six innings, allowed three runs and struck out six. He improved his record to 2-3, and the River Bandits improved to 24-19.

Quad City Times – Rosenthal roasts Kernels

Trevor Rosenthal felt like he was making up for lost time Sunday when he took the mound at Modern Woodmen Park.

The Quad-Cities right-hander showed no lingering issues with the back soreness that forced him to miss his last start, allowing only one single over five innings in the River Bandits’ 4-1 Midwest League win over Cedar Rapids.

“Everything felt comfortable right from the start,” Rosenthal said. “I was locked in and focused on each pitch. The key thing for me today was to stay focused, and I was able to do that.”

Here are some pictures from the game on May 22. We got to sit in a luxury suite for this game.

Trevor Rosenthal warming up for the River Bandits

Trevor Rosenthal warming up for the River Bandits

Trevor Rosenthal pitching for the River Bandits

Trevor Rosenthal

Trevor Rosenthal

Trevor Rosenthal

Modern Woodmen Park

The view from our seats

Cody Stanley getting a hit

Cody Stanley getting a hit

River Bandit signing autographs

A River Bandit signing autographs

My son running the bases after the game at Modern Woodmen Park

My son running the bases after the game

Modern Woodmen Park Panorama

Modern Woodmen Park Panorama

Trevor Rosenthal

April 8, 2011: Rosenthal And River Bandits Combine To Strike Out 18 On Opening Day

This was Opening Night for the River Bandits. Well, Opening Night was supposed to be the night before but it got rained out. I’ve only missed two opening nights since Modern Woodmen Park was renovated in 2004, and in 2011 I had not missed one yet. So it was lucky that the game was rained out because I would not have been able to make that Thursday night game. About all I remember from this game was that it was frigid.

The River Bandits won this game 7-4. Trevor Rosenthal threw four innings, and struck out 11 batters. That’s right, 11 of the 12 outs he recorded were by strikeout. He walked one, and allowed two hits and two runs. In all, Bandits’ pitchers struck out 18 batters. Oscar Taveras went three for four and drove in three runs. He had a two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning to cap the scoring. Justin Wright threw two innings and allowed two runs but earned the save. Here is a link to the box score. Here is a link to the Quad City Times article:

Q-C pitchers fan 18 in opening win

Trevor Rosenthal wasn’t kidding.

The Quad-Cities right-hander, who relished an opening-night start for the River Bandits, backed up his words with actions Friday.

Rosenthal overcame a few early-inning jitters, but struck out 11 Beloit batters to send Quad-Cities on its way to a season-opening 7-4 Midwest League victory at Modern Woodmen Park.

“There were some nerves, but once I fought through them, once I got to the third inning and settled down, things felt good,” Rosenthal said.

Relying heavily on a fastball which topped out at 97 mph, Rosenthal surrendered a pair of hits in the first inning and hit a pair of batters in the second before stranding two Snappers in scoring position with consecutive strikeouts.

“He struggled a bit with his command, but he got people out with his fastball,” Quad-Cities manager Johnny Rodriguez said. “He dialed it up and took it to another level to get those last two outs in the second, and he was in control after that.”

Giants 5, Cardinals 4

On this date in the big leagues, the Cardinals lost to the Giants. It’s easy to forget how rough the start to the season was. Ryan Theriot and Colby Rasmus each had two hits. The Cardinals took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 9th when Ryan Theriot hit a two-run single off of Brian Wilson. In the bottom of the ninth Pablo Sandoval singled off of Ryan Franklin to tie the game. Aaron Rowand hit an RBI single off of Brian Tallet in the bottom of the twelfth to win the game for the Giants. Here is the MLB.com video recap for this game. The Cardinals’ record was 2-5 after this loss. Here is the AP article about the game:

Giants outlast Cardinals 5-4 in 12 innings

Aaron Rowand hit a game-winning single off the left-field wall with the bases loaded in the 12th inning and the San Francisco Giants celebrated raising the World Series flag with a 5-4 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday.

First baseman Albert Pujols dropped what would have been an inning-ending grounder by Andres Torres with two outs in the 12th.

Torres reached on the error and advanced to second on defensive indifference.

Brian Tallet (0-1), the sixth Cardinals pitcher, intentionally walked Freddy Sanchez to load the bases.

Rowand then drove a pitch to deep left-center, capping a long, festive home opener that lasted 4 hours, 24 minutes.