Down 3-0 as late as the 6th inning, the Quad Cities River Bandits rallied three times to beat the Kane County Cougars 6-5 in a back-and-forth game at Modern Woodmen Park.
The win also keeps alive the River Bandits’ hopes of making it to the playoffs, though it is unlikely they will reach the postseason because they trail the Burlington Bees by five games and the Cougars by two games with five games left to play. One Quad Cities loss or one Burlington win eliminates the River Bandits from playoff contention.
In Wednesday’s game, the River Bandits took the lead for good in the bottom of the 8th inning when Colin Walsh rounded the bases on a triple and a relay throw error. Walsh and teammate Jordan Walton each had two hits. Walton drove in 3 runs.
For Kane County, Alex Llanos went 3-for-4 while Jack Lopez and Dean Espy each had a pair of hits.
You may recall from previous posts that I like bobblehead giveaways, so I was excited that for the second time this season, the River Bandits gave away Barack Obama and Mitt Romney bobbleheads. They promoted the event as a “Presidential Bobblehead Election Recount.” Fans chose which bobblehead they wanted — at least until there were no more Obama bobbleheads left. There were only Romney bobbleheads left when I arrived — almost an entire table of them — so apparently President Obama won the Quad Cities “recount.”
Wednesday also was Gluttony Night at Modern Woodmen Park. For $15, fans got a berm seat and all-you-can-eat hot dogs, nachos, peanuts and popcorn from the Moline Market foodstand on the third-base side of the concourse.
Taveras wins Texas League’s top honor
Former Quad Cities River Bandits OF Oscar Taveras, 20, was named the Texas League’s Player of the Year. The St. Louis Cardinals prospect is batting .319 with 23 HR and 91 RBI in 120 games with the Double-A Springfield Cardinals.
In 78 games with the River Bandits last year, Taveras batted .386 with 8 HR and 62 RBI. He won the Midwest League batting title with the highest average since Deacon Jones hit .409 in 100 games with the Dubuque Packers in 1956.
Corrigan pitches perfect game
Palm Beach Cardinals RHP Chris Corrigan pitched a perfect game Wednesday — only the ninth perfecto hurled in the Florida State League’s 93-year history.
Corrigan pitched in 18 games with the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2010-11, going 3-0 with a 3.67 ERA and 33 strikeouts in 34.1 IP. All of his Quad Cities appearances were as a relief pitcher.