Adell, Marsh lead Bees to 28-7 win over River Bandits

Seven runs is often enough to win a ballgame, or at least come close. But that certainly wasn’t the case when Quad Cities scored seven in Friday’s matinee contest at Burlington’s Community Field.

The Bees scored four times that many runs, beating the River Bandits 28-7 in the opening contest of a five-game series that includes doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday. Interestingly, seven of the nine players in Burlington’s starting lineup also played for the Bees when they were no-hit by the Beloit Snappers eight days earlier.

But one of the two players who weren’t in the April 12 lineup was one of the biggest hitters for Burlington on Friday. Brandon Marsh had two hits (a grand slam and a double), two walks, and drove in seven runs for the Bees. Jo Adell did even better, collecting four hits (including a grand slam and a double), eight RBI, and a stolen base. ( writer Sam Dykstra talked to Adell after the game. You can read his story here.)

Other notable hitting performances for the Bees included Gleyvin Pineda going 5-for-5 with a walk and two RBI; and Spencer Griffin and David MacKinnon each going 4-for-5 with a double, a walk, and two RBI. Harrison Wenson hit a solo homer and drove in two runs.

Quad Cities scored first, plating a run in the top of the 1st inning. Burlington responded with eight runs in the bottom half, and added two more in the 2nd inning. The River Bandits scored two runs in the top of the 4th before the Bees scored three in the bottom half, followed by 15 more Burlington runs in the next four innings. Quad Cities scored four runs in their final frame, three of which came on a home run by former Iowa Hawkeyes star Jake Adams.

You can see the game’s box score here.

From the record book

You may be wondering what the Midwest League record is for most runs scored by a team in a single game. The 1951 Danville Dans once scored 40 runs in a game — the first half of a doubleheader! That team had no future major-leaguers and finished the season with a 51-67 record and 32 games behind the first-place Paris Lakers.

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BG’s Linares pitches 7 no-hit innings in Hot Rods loss

Bowling Green Hot Rods LHP Resly Linares threw seven no-hit innings in the first game of a doubleheader against the West Michigan Whitecaps on Wednesday, but his team lost the contest 2-1.

Minor-league doubleheaders consist of two seven-inning games. Linares would have pitched a no-hitter if the Hot Rods scored during the first seven innings; neither team scored until the eighth inning, and RHP Nicholas Padilla pitched that frame for the Hot Rods. Linares — who allowed only two baserunners, on a hit batter in the 3rd and an error in the 7th — still had a chance to get the win, however, as the Hot Rods scored a run in the top of the 8th before Padilla took the mound. But the Whitecaps scored twice in the bottom of the 8th inning to win the game, with Joey Morgan providing the walk-off hit.

Each team started its half of the 8th inning with a runner on second base, per Minor League Baseball’s new pace-of-play rules announced in March.

The Hot Rods liked the final result of the second game better, as Bowling Green beat West Michigan 6-2 in seven innings. Seven of the nine batters in BG’s starting lineup got at least one hit, with Taylor Walls’ three knocks leading the way. Zacrey Law had two hits, including a two-run homer, for the Hot Rods.

In other Midwest League action Wednesday:

The Fort Wayne TinCaps beat the Great Lakes Loons 7-2. TinCaps LHP Aaron Leasher got the win after striking out seven while scattering two hits and two walks in six scoreless innings. Luis Campusano had two hits and three RBI for the TinCaps.

The Dayton Dragons beat the South Bend Cubs 4-1. Dayton’s John Sansone and South Bend’s Chris Singleton homered. RHP Hunter Greene started the game for the Dragons, but did not return to the mound after a lengthy rain delay that interrupted the 3rd inning. Greene struck out three, gave up three hits and a walk, and hit a batter in 2.1 scoreless innings.

The Lansing Lugnuts beat the Lake County Captains 7-2. Lugnuts first baseman Kacy Clemens went 2-for-2 with a triple, two walks, three RBI and a stolen base.

The Kane County Cougars beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 13-2 thanks to a 12-run outburst in the first five innings. KC’s Luis Silverio went 3-for-5 with a triple, four RBI, and a stolen base. Eudy Ramos drove in three runs for the Cougars, and teammate Jazz Chisholm walked three times and stole two bases.

Eudy Ramos drove in three runs for the Cougars in Kane County’s 13-2 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

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Yepez, Conley named MWL players of the week

Peoria Chiefs infielder Juan Yepez was named the Midwest League offensive player of the week for April 5-15. (Photo by Allison Rhoades)

Peoria Chiefs infielder Juan Yepez and Beloit Snappers RHP Bryce Conley respectively were named the Midwest League’s offensive player and pitcher of the week for the period of April 5-15.

Yepez leads the Midwest League with a .500 batting average, 15 hits, 11 runs batted in, and 25 total bases. He ranks second in on-base percentage (.543) and slugging percentage (.833). He’s gotten some big hits for the Chiefs in his nine games this season, including a grand slam Friday and a walk-off double in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader.

The Venezuela native turned 20 in February. This is his second season with the Chiefs, having batted .260 with seven homers, 16 doubles and 47 RBI in 80 MWL games last year.

Conley was the starting pitcher in Beloit’s combined no-hitter in Burlington on Thursday. He walked one and struck out four in six innings of that game. In his only other appearance this season, he also walked one, struck out four, and allowed no hits, in a four-inning save vs. the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on April 7. His 0.20 WHIP leads the Midwest League.

Beloit is the first full-season assignment for the 23-year-old Georgia native, who pitched 25 innings in the short-season New York-Penn League last year.

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Mother Nature causes weekend of postponements – and a series relocation

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers shared this photo of snowbound Fox Cities Stadium on social media Sunday evening.

It’s been a rough start to the Midwest League season, weather-wise, and this past weekend was a prime example of that. Inclement weather caused most scheduled games to be postponed, and a heavy snowstorm prompted relocation of an upcoming series.

All eight MWL games scheduled for Saturday were postponed, and only four teams were able to play Sunday. The Peoria Chiefs swept their doubleheader with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, and the Bowling Green Hot Rods won both games of their twinbill with the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

Meanwhile, a severe storm with blizzard conditions dumped over 20 inches of snow on the Appleton area, burying Fox Cities Stadium and making it unsafe for the Timber Rattlers to return home after they finished playing Sunday. This prompted the team to move their upcoming Tuesday-Thursday series with the Kane County Cougars to Peoria’s Dozer Park. The Timber Rattlers are scheduled to play another series in Peoria next weekend, so they will stay in the Illinois city through next Sunday.

“This is a tough situation for everyone in the area and it would have been impossible to play any games at Neuroscience Group Field this week,” Timber Rattlers president Rob Zerjav said in a press release. “You have to get creative when one of the worst snowstorms in the history of Wisconsin hammers you before the start of a homestand. This was the best option.

“We want to thank Peoria general manager Jason Mott and his staff for being open to hosting these games,” Zerjav added. “It is incredible to be part of a league where teams step up to help out in situations like this.”

Tuesday’s game begins at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday’s game at noon, and Thursday’s game at noon. Admission to all three games is free, though fans are encouraged to give donations of any amount to United Way.

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Links to all my Midwest League team previews

Wondering which prospects to keep an eye on during the early weeks of the Midwest League season? Here are links to my previews for all 16 MWL teams:

Beloit Snappers

Bowling Green Hot Rods

Burlington Bees

Cedar Rapids Kernels

Clinton LumberKings

Dayton Dragons

Fort Wayne TinCaps

Great Lakes Loons

Kane County Cougars

Lake County Captains

Lansing Lugnuts

Peoria Chiefs

Quad Cities River Bandits

South Bend Cubs

West Michigan Whitecaps

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

These previews appeared first on my Patreon site, where I am providing occasional first-look and exclusive content to those who support my Midwest League coverage by making a minimal monthly pledge of $1 here.

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