Astros Minors Report: Quad Cities Report: April 9 -15
The Astros Low-A Quad Cities River Bandits are still searching for their first series win of the 2017 season.
After dropping two series to Peoria and Kane County, the club will travel to Burlington to take on the Bees. Here is a look at the Astros Low-A baseball club, the Quad Cities River Bandits.
This past week saw some very good play from a few of the Astros top prospects. Last year’s first round selection, P Forrest Whitley, made his debut for the River Bandits. He got the win while pitching five innings of one-hit baseball. Whitley struck out six and walked two allowing zero runs.
An 18-11 victory against Wisconsin on April 9 was fueled by two Quad Cities grand slams. First Baseman Stephen Wrenn led off the scoring hitting a first-inning grand slam. OF Daz Cameron hit the other and added a solo shot later in the game to account for 5 RBI’s. OF Stephen Wrenn also had a nice offensive performance in that game, going 2/3 with two RBI’s, a triple, and a homerun.
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The Quad Cities pitching staff delivered a nice game on Friday, allowing only one Kane County Cougar to cross the plate. Last year’s 4th Round pick Brett Adcock started the game and pitched 4.1 innings. He gave up one earned run on four hits and two walks while striking out eight batters.
Adcock, now in two starts this season, has pitched nine innings and allowed only one run. Adcock was relieved by Erasmo Pinales, who threw 3.2 innings of shutout baseball while striking out six. Derick Velazquez finished the game and earned the win by shutting out the opponent for the final three innings. The third baseman Randy Cesar drove in DH Jake Rogers to win the game in the 11th inning.
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On the year, Quad Cities is now in a three-way tie for the last place in the Midwest League-Western division with a 4-6 record. The upcoming week holds an away series at Burlington, followed by a four-game home series versus the Clinton Lumberkings.
**Statistics courtesy of MiLB.com**