Well, the offense has arrived. A 10-2 win last night over Burlington was a season-high for runs and hits (12) for the LumberKings. Last night was also the somewhat rare occurence where a Pregame Interview guest also has the Highlight of the Game. In this case, that man was Scott Savastano…
His Pregame Interview:
Savastano Interview 4.27.09.mp3
His Two-Run Homer:
Savastano 2-R HR 4.27 vs. Burlington.mp3
Some notes from last night…
Kings End Slide with Longball: The LumberKings slugged three home runs, plating a season-high 10 runs in a 10-2 thrashing of the Burlington Bees last night…the win put a halt to Clinton’s four-game losing streak. The Kings struck first with a three-run first inning on the strength of a two-run single by Nate Tenbrink and an RBI double by Travis Howell. Two innings later, it was Mario Martinez delivering his first double of the year, plating Howell in the process. The Kings started swinging for the fences in the fourth as Scott Savastano lifted off for a two-run blast over the wood wall in left-center, making it 7-0. Leading 7-2 in the eighth, Howell lead off with an opposite-field homer to right-center, and Terry Serrano belted his first of the year, a two-run shot to left-center. Emergency starter Blake Nation allowed two runs (one earned) over 4.0 innings, and lefty Bobby LaFromboise (W, 1-1) tossed 3.0 scoreless frames. Left-hander Brent Fisher (L, 0-1) lost the Bees.
That’s More Like It: After scoring just 10 runs combined in their previous four games (all losses), the Kings erupted for 10 runs on 12 hits, both season-highs. The three home runs were also the most posted in one game, eclipsing the previous record of two (Nate Tenbrink / Travis Howell on 4/17, Denny Almonte / Mario Martinez on 4/24). Clinton combined for a season-high seven extra-base hits, including four doubles.
Multi-Hit Men: The three-hit night by Nate Tenbrink was his second in as many games…he’s 7-for-10 (.700) in the series so far, including two runs scored and two RBI…he leads the team in both total hits (18) and RBI (8). The latest surge has bumped Tenbrink’s average from .256 to .340, ranking him 14th in the league in hitting. Equally hot is Scott Savastano…his 2-for-4 effort included his first home run of the year and is his team-leading fifth multi-hit game. Savastano is 5-for-12 (.417) over the last three games, raising his average from .333 to a team-high .356…that average is also 10th-best in the Midwest League. Travis Howell also posted a season-best 3-for-4 game (two doubles, HR)…he’s tied for second in the MWL with three home runs.
Nation(al) Emergency: Right-hander Blake Nation made his first career start last night, but wasn’t scheduled to be the starter. League ERA and wins leader Steven Hensley was scheduled to make his fourth start, but fell ill before game time…he is expected to make his next start. Nation performed well, tossing a career-high 4.0 innings. Last year, Nation converted 11 saves for Pulaski, second most in the Mariners’ system.
Roster Moves: The LumberKings added left-hander Greg Moviel to the roster today, replacing right-hander Keith Meyer, who has been released. Moviel, 23, was drafted in the 26th round by the Mariners in 2006 after a three-year career at Vanderbilt. With Peoria (AZL) in 2007, Moviel was 0-3 with a 24.00 ERA in 11 games.