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WONG WOWS IN DEBUT
06/27/2011 11:32 PM ET
Zach Russell went a season-high 6.1 innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out six.
Zach Russell went a season-high 6.1 innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out six. 
Cardinals 2011 first-round pick Kolten Wong went 2-for-2 with two RBI in his professional debut, helping the Bandits win 8-3 against Cedar Rapids Monday night.

Wong started at second base for the River Bandits and turned one double play on the night in addition to his offensive performance.

Bandit starter Zach Russell (4-6) went a season-high 6.1 innings allowing one run on six hits while striking out six. Russell also walked two in the game and the starter won his third game in a row. Russell was relieved by Cale Johnson. The right-hander went 1.2 innings allowing one run on two hits while walking one. Justin Edwards made his Bandit debut, and went one hitless allowing one run while walking two and striking out one.

Along with Wong, the Bandits were led offensively by Jonathan Rodriguez , who went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and two runs scored. Oscar Taveras went 2-for-3 with two RBI in the game and extended his home hitting streak to 13 games.

Russell was opposed by Kernels starter Max Russell (4-7). The left-hander went five innings allowing five runs while striking out seven. The Bandits continue the series tomorrow with the Kernels on Blood Center Week. The Bandits will send Boone Whiting (1-0, 1.75) to oppose Kernels starter Brian Diemer (6-5, 3.28). First pitch is set for 7 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park.

UP NEXT: Now is the perfect time to lock-in your group outing for the 2011 season. Group packages start for groups as small as just 10 people. It's also not too late to pick out the ticket package that fits your schedule. Ticket plans start as low as $40 per seat. Ticket plans are a great way to ensure a seat for the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game at Modern Woodmen Park on Tuesday, June 21.

ABOUT THE BANDITS: The Quad Cities River Bandits opened the 2010 season by unveiling their brand new state-of-the-art field, and over the course of the season added a number of new improvements, including a new children's playground, new concession stands for both adults and children in the team's Picnic Plaza, a new "triple-suite" for small groups on the suite level, and a new group area just beyond the right-field fence. The 2011 season not only features the Midwest League All-Star Game right here in the Quad Cities, but also a number of spectacular new improvements to the ballpark that fans will not want to miss. Season and group ticket deposits for 2011 are currently being accepted, for more information call (563) 3-BANDIT or logon to RiverBandits.com.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.
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