Cameron drives in 7 as Quad Cities routs Clinton 19-2

River Bandits CF Daz Cameron went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple and 7 RBI in Quad Cities’ 19-2 win over the Clinton LumberKings on Friday. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Quad Cities centerfielder Daz Cameron drove in a career-high seven runs and finished a double shy of the cycle Friday as the River Bandits unleashed an offensive assault on the LumberKings, winning 19-2 at Clinton’s Ashford University Field.

Cameron was one of five River Bandits who had at least three hits in the game. Third baseman Randy Cesar and first baseman Taylor Jones also were among those five, and each drove in three runs.

Quad Cities River Bandits 3B Randy Cesar (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

The River Bandits scored all they needed to win in the top of the 2nd inning, plating three runs in that frame, but they exploded for 10 more runs in the top of the 3rd inning to make it a 13-0 game. (Interestingly, the LumberKings scored nine runs in the 3rd inning a day earlier, in their 10-5 win over the River Bandits in the series opener Thursday.) Quad Cities scored four more runs in the top of the 5th before Clinton managed to tally one of their own in the bottom of the 6th. The River Bandits scored their last two runs in the 8th, and the LumberKings added one more in the bottom of the 9th on a solo shot by catcher Nick Thurman.

This was the fifth time the River Bandits posted a double-digits score in their 22 games this season.

River Bandits starting pitcher Forrest Whitley — the No. 6 Houston Astros prospect, according to Baseball America — pitched three scoreless innings. He gave up three hits and no walks, and struck out seven.

You can see the game’s box score here.

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Loons announce MWL All-Star Game-related events

The Great Lakes Loons have announced the full schedule of events surrounding this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game at Dow Diamond.

The festivities will take place Monday, June 19, and Tuesday, June 20, with the All-Star Game itself happening the night of the latter day. But things will kick off a day earlier with a tailgate on the front lawn of Dow Diamond, beginning at 3 p.m. Monday as the gates open for the area High School All-Star Game that starts an hour later. It is free to attend the tailgate event, which includes inflatables, promotional games and other activities for children, along with a beer garden for people over age 21. A ticket is required for the High School All-Star Game, which features graduating high school seniors from the surrounding area.

Tickets for the High School All-Star Game are also good for the Midwest League Home Run Derby later that night. They cost $7 (lawn) and $10 (reserved box seat).

The Midwest League Home Run Derby will feature eight sluggers from the MWL All-Star teams. The format for the derby will follow a shot-clock system with timed rounds through the finals.

After the Home Run Derby ends, a free concert by Nashville recording artist Chris Weaver will be held on the front lawn of Dow Diamond. According to the Chris Weaver Band’s website, the group mixes southern rock, soul and country blues. A ticket is not required to attend.

Fans will get the opportunity to meet players, take photos and get autographs from the All-Stars at two different times. Both teams will be on the concourse during the High School All-Star Game on Monday, and each team’s players will be available again as the other team takes batting practice prior to the Midwest League All-Star Game on Tuesday.

Tickets for the Midwest League All-Star Game cost $10 (lawn) and $16 (reserved box seat).

The managers and coaching staffs for the All-Star Game will be from the Great Lakes Loons and the Clinton LumberKings, respectively led by managers Jeremy Rodriguez and Pat Shine. Those two teams faced each other in last year’s Midwest League Championship Series, which the Loons won in four games.

Former MLB players Raul Ibanez and Charlie Hough will serve as honorary captains for the teams.

This will be the second time the Midwest League All-Star Game is held at Dow Diamond. The Loons hosted the 2008 game, which was won by the West All-Stars, 5-4 in 10 innings. Many future major-leaguers played in that game, including Kenley Jansen (who was a catcher then), Ben Revere, Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland and Mitch Moreland.

Here is the full schedule of events for Dow Diamond on June 19-20:

Monday, June 19

2 p.m. — Midwest League Home Run Derby batting practice begins (open only to media)

3 p.m. — Gates open for High School All-Star Game

3 p.m. — Tailgate activities begin on Dow Diamond front lawn

4:05 p.m. — High School All-Star Game begins

4:30 p.m. — Midwest League All-Stars autograph session begins on concourse

5 p.m. — Live music at tailgate begins

7:05 p.m. — Midwest League Home Run Derby begins

Chris Weaver Band will perform after the Home Run Derby ends.

Tuesday, June 20

4 p.m. — Gates open for Midwest League All-Star Game

4 p.m. — Live music in The Cove begins

4 p.m. —  Midwest League East Team batting practice begins

4 p.m. — Midwest League West Team autograph session begins on concourse

5 p.m. — Midwest League West Team batting practice begins

5:15 p.m. — Midwest League East Team autograph session begins on concourse

6 p.m. — In-park entertainment begins

7:05 p.m. — Midwest League All-Star Game begins

Fireworks will begin shortly after the All-Star Game concludes.

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Cougars win big in one-hitter vs. Timber Rattlers

Kane County Cougars LHP Cody Reed struck out 11 batters and walked one in six hitless innings against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Wednesday. (Photo by Donnell Collins)

The Kane County Cougars extended their Midwest League-best record to 14-6 as they scored 13 runs and held the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to a single hit in their series-ending shutout Wednesday.

Cougars starting pitcher Cody Reed earned his first win of the season by striking out 11 and walking only one batter in six hitless innings. Tucker Neuhaus was the only Wisconsin batter who got a hit, doubling off reliever Riley Smith to lead off the 7th inning.

Reed now has a 1.35 ERA with 27 strikeouts and six walks in 20 innings (four starts) this season.

All nine players in Kane County’s starting lineup got at least one hit. Marcus Wilson raised his batting average to .362 with a 2-for-4 performance that included a double, two walks, three RBI and one stolen base. Luis Silverio, Kyle Smith and Paxton De La Garza each drove in two runs.

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Whitecaps beat TinCaps 8-2, win 6th straight game

Blaise Salter led the Whitecaps offense Wednesday as West Michigan beat the Fort Wayne TinCaps 8-2 to win their sixth consecutive game.

Salter went 3-for-5 with a three-run double and an RBI single. Teammate Cam Gibson went 3-for-4 with a triple, a walk and a stolen base.

With identical 12-8 records, West Michigan and the South Bend Cubs remain tied for first place in the Eastern Division standings.

South Bend beat the Lansing Lugnuts 14-9 Wednesday. The Cubs offense was led by Vimael Machin, who went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer, an RBI double and an RBI single, and Kevonte Mitchell, who went 4-for-6 with a solo homer and an RBI single. Zack Short reached base five times, on a triple, a double and three walks. He scored four times.

Bo Bichette hit a solo homer and a double for the Lugnuts. He is batting .383 (23-for-60) with two homers, seven doubles and 13 RBI this season.

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Olivares hits for cycle as Lugnuts beat Cubs 11-5

Edward Olivares

Lansing Lugnuts outfielder Edward Olivares hit for the cycle against the South Bend Cubs on Monday. (Photo by Tyler Marcotte/Lansing Lugnuts)

Edward Olivares became the first Lugnuts player since 2010 to hit for the cycle as Lansing got to Cubs pitcher Dylan Cease and beat South Bend 11-5 Monday at Cooley Law School Stadium.

In addition to hitting for the cycle — Lansing’s first since Brad Glenn did it on July 26, 2010 — Olivares drove in four runs and scored twice. Other Lansing offensive highlights: J.B. Woodman hit a two-run homer, Ryan Hissey drove in three runs, and Bradley Jones reached base four times (triple, double, single, walk) and drove in a run.

Lansing’s offensive outburst began against Cease, who was named the Midwest League pitcher of the week earlier in the day. The top Chicago Cubs pitching prospect lasted only four innings, giving up three earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out five.

Cease’s counterpart, Lugnuts SP Patrick Murphy, didn’t fare well either, giving up four earned runs on nine hits and three walks while striking out five in 4.2 innings. The difference in the game came as Lansing’s bullpen gave up only one run in 5.1 innings, while South Bend’s bullpen gave up eight runs in four innings.

Cubs DH Wladimir Galindo had three hits and walked once, and teammate Isaac Paredes hit a two-run homer.

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