Alternately titled, “How Sweep It Is” or some sort of Mary Poppins allusion that I can’t quite put my finger on right now.
The Quad Cities River Bandits did not lose a game in the postseason, sweeping Clinton in 2 games, Kane County in 2 games and Lansing in 3 games. They were in 2nd place for the 1st half of the season, but won the MID Western division in the 2nd half.
Quad Cities lead the league in OPS, lead by new official hyperventilator Oscar Taveras and 2011 first round draft pick Kolten Wong, who arrived after the June draft. They were also 4th in ERA and tied for 1st in WHIP on the pitching side.
The River Bandits called on Boone Whiting to start the playoffs against Clinton and he wasn’t perfect, but he was lifted to the win by Oscar Taveras’ 3 hits and John Rodriguez’s 5 RBIs for a 9-5 win.
Anthony Ferrara was the starter in game 2 and he did his part with 6 innings and 3 runs allowed. John Rodriguez and Colin Walsh lead the bats for a 5-3 win and the series sweep. Awesome River Bandits TV highlights here.
At this point, the River Bandits still had pitching hyperventilator Trevor Rosenthal waiting for his first taste of MWL playoff baseball and he delivered a complete game shutout over the Kane County Cougars. He only allowed 4 hits as the River Bandits won 7-0.
Quad Cities took the next game and punched their ticket to the Midwest League Championship after being down 5-0 in the 8th with 2 runs in the 8th and 4 runs in the 9th including a walk off 3 run HR by Nick Longmire. Bandit TV.
In the Championship series, the River Bandits won Game 1 with help from the same heroes as all season in starter Boone Whiting and Oscar Taveras. They took the game 4-2.
Anthony Ferrara got another game 2 start and another game 2 win with 6 innings, no walks and 6 Ks. Wong, Gil and Walsh were the heroes on the hitters side as the powered the River Bandits to a 5-3 win.
Not going out on a limb saying that the River Bandits have the best 3rd starter in the Midwest League in Trevor Rosenthal who struck out 7 in 6 innings, giving up 3 runs. Taveras, Wong and Klein each had 2 hits as the River Bandits clinched the championship with a 6-3 victory. Bandit TV.
Here’s the compilation video that played after the River Bandits won the league. Very nice tribute to a very nice season.
(Ever notice how JD Davis from Bandit TV is always wearing the same outfit in every video? I’m sure they recorded all the intros on the same day, but it is still a bit disconcerting.)