An announced Quad Cities crowd of 8,207 — the largest one at John O’Donnell Stadium/Modern Woodmen Park in at least 14 years — watched the River Bandits beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 7-1 for their fifth straight win Friday night.
Third baseman Nick Tanielu led the Quad Cities offense by going 3-for-4 with two doubles and three runs batted in. Starting pitcher Elieser Hernandez got the win after scattering four hits and a walk while striking out eight batters in 6.2 innings.
Wisconsin’s starting pitcher, Angel Ventura, gave up five runs (two earned) on six hits and a walk in in five innings. He struck out seven batters.
The win improved QC’s record to 22-13 in the second half and 67-36 overall. They are now 31 games over .500, possibly for the first time since 1992, when the River Bandits finished the season 45 games over .500 with a 91-46 record. (Record books don’t list whether any QC team since then was 31 games over .500 during the season, but the team believes the 2015 squad is the first to do so since the 1992 team.)
Maddon name-drops Quad Cities
With the Chicago Cubs battling for a wild-card playoff spot, manager Joe Maddon was asked Friday night if he was scoreboard-watching to see how the San Francisco Giants did. This was his answer, per the Chicago Tribune:
“I (did), but I didn’t see the final (score). I see that Quad Cities won, which made me feel good. That’s my alma mater, my first pro team. I was really happy that Quad Cities won.”
As I’ve written on this blog previously, Maddon was a catcher for the Quad City Angels in 1976 (not 1975 as erroneously reported by some sources). He batted .294 with 22 RBI in 50 games. His teammates included future major-leaguers Carney Lansford (.287, 14 HR, 86 RBI, 26 SB in 121 games) and Dickie Thon (.276, 1 HR, 32 RBI, 19 SB in 69 games).
Don Doxsie of the Quad-City Times recently wrote about Maddon’s start in the Quad Cities — you can read the entire column, which is about several other subjects in addition to Maddon, here. He quoted Harry Pells — QC’s general manager in 1976 — as saying this about the future big-league skipper:
“He was a great kid, that’s probably the thing I remember the most. He was the type of guy who would stop in the office every day to say ‘Hi’ and see how the day was going, a real personable, upbeat guy.”
Maddon never made it past Class A as a player, but finally made it to Double-A as a manager in 1985 — one year after he managed the Peoria Chiefs to a 66-73 record in his first full-season assignment as a manager.