June 2010

Kings, Snappers Postponed in Beloit

Rain forces doubleheader for Saturday at 5:00 PM at Pohlman Field


Beloit, WI – Heavy storms and the threat of more severe weather put an early end to tonight’s scheduled game between the Clinton LumberKings (36-30) and Beloit Snappers (35-31) at Pohlman Field.  The game will be made up tomorrow night as part of a doubleheader beginning at 5:00 PM.


Both games will last seven innings each with a half-hour break separating the two.  Starting pitchers for both contests have yet to be announced.  Listen to both games online at 1390kcln.com.




On the Bright Side (June 17 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgLast night’s 7-2 loss to the seventh-place Wisconsin Timber Rattlers did many negative things for the LumberKings.  They’ve lost four-straight for the first time all year, have slipped behind Peoria to fourth in the West Division, and most importantly, have been eliminated from first-half playoff contention.

The Kings could finish 39-30 at best, while second-place Quad Cities could finish with the same record at worst.  However, the River Bandits hold the tiebreaker, head-to-head record, with a 4-2 mark against Clinton.

That means it’s time for another edition of “On the Bright Side”.

While the LumberKings were officially eliminated from the playoff picture last night…

  • At least we start fresh in the second half.  The LumberKings open up against Beloit at home on June 25 at 7:00 PM.
  • At least we have the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game to get excited about.  It was announced the other day that Nick Franklin will take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday night in Fort Wayne.
  • At least we get to watch Erasmo Ramirez (5-2, 2.43) go to work tonight.  He’s 5-0 over his last six starts and has still walked just three batters while striking out 40 over 59.1 innings.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    6.17.10 kingsnotes.pdf

And that’s all for now.  I don’t plan on doing a pregame interview tonight, but if I come up with anything, it will certainly be posted here.


In-Game Interview: Charlie Kimball

In case you missed it on the air, here’s the in-game interview with the driver of the #26 Levemir FlexPen car for AFS Andretti Autosport and our guest on Novo Nordisk Diabetes Awareness Night, Charlie Kimball.

Listen Here: 
Charlie Kimball (IRL Driver) In-Game Interview 6.16.10.mp3



Crossing Enemy Lines: Jeff Isom

The LumberKings have lost three-straight games and are now on the ropes in a playoff sense
isom.jpg (the next Quad Cities win or LumberKings’ loss knocks them out of first-half playoff contention), but we’ll stay upbeat tonight with another Crossing Enemy Lines segment.

Tonight, I’m joined by a man very familiar to the first-base-side clubhouse, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ manager Jeff Isom.  A former 18th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993, Isom found his way to the San Diego system and was a left-handed pitcher with the 1995 Clinton LumberKings.  He went 8-8 with a 3.40 ERA over 35 games, 15 starts that season, the best of his minor league career.

On tonight’s pregame interview, Isom reflects on his ’95 season in the Gateway City, playing alongside Gary Matthews, Jr. and under manager Ed Romero, finding his way to the Milwaukee Brewers’ system, going to the South Atlantic League Championship Series in 2008 with West Virginia, the prospect-loaded Rattlers roster and more.

Listen Here: 
Jeff Isom (Rattlers Manager) CEL Interview 6.16.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.16.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (4-4, 2.82 ERA) makes his 14th start of the year tonight in game two against the Timber Rattlers.  I’ll be joined by a special guest in the booth at some point tonight as IRL driver Charlie Kimball stops up to promote diabetes awareness.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM.


Off the Diamond: Erin Turner

turner.JPGWith not a lot of great things to talk about following Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (aside from Jon Hesketh’s nine strikeouts over 6.0 innings), today seems like a good day to renew our “Off the Diamond” segment.

After talking Official Scoring and Groundskeeping, today we’ll talk on-field promotions with Administrative Assistant and Director of On-Field Promotions, Erin Turner.  A member of the LumberKings’ gameday staff since the 2008 season, Erin handles everything on-field from first pitches to between-inning promotions to assisting with post-game events. 

On the interview, we talk about her transition from media relations intern to her current role, the “nose goes” process of selecting first-pitch catchers, her rapport with the coaches and players, her goals for the future and more.

Listen Here: 
Erin Turner OTD Interview 6.15.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.15.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-2, 3.25) starts for the Kings in the opener of the three-game series against Wisconsin tonight.  Listen to the action on 1390kcln.com starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM.


6/13 Game Notes

Well, it’s Sunday, it’s drizzling and the LumberKings are coming off a 10-4 loss.  Thus, I’ll keep it short today.

Today’s Game Notes: 
6.13.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Jon Hesketh (3-4, 4.91) makes the start today at 2:00 PM (hopefully) vs. Fort Wayne.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.


The Sound of an Eight-Run Inning

In case you missed it, the LumberKings scored a season-best eight runs in the third inning last night en route to an 11-4 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.  Tim Morris singled home Daniel Carroll from second to get it started, Kalian Sams added a three-run double and scored on a single by Henry Contreras, and Carroll in his second at-bat of the inning lifted a three-run homer to left-center.

Listen Here: 
Eight-Run Inning 6.11.10 vs. Fort Wayne.mp3


Beltre in the Not Top 10

beltre08.JPGFormer LumberKing Engel Beltre (’08) has made the Sportscenter highlight reel in a somewhat less-than-desireable way as his walk-off homer-turned-bench clearing brawl has shown up as #1 on the “Not Top 10” this week.

Beltre hit a walk-off solo homer for Bakersfield (high-A, Texas Rangers) in a 2-1 win in 10 innings over the Visalia Rawhide.  Engel being Engel, he had a few words to say as he rounded the bases that, needless to say, were not well-received by the Rawhide players.

Watch the video here:  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=5275532

Not exactly good exposure for Beltre, one of the up-and-coming prospects in the Rangers system, but if the video is now on ESPN, maybe that means we can all laugh about it just a little bit.  Unless you’re from Visalia.


Crossing Enemy Lines: Brian Lariche

The LumberKings came undone in the sixth inning last night, losing their first-ever meeting with the Lake County Captains 8-2 at Alliant Energy Field.  The Kings had taken a 2-1 lead on Welington Dotel’s RBI single in the fourth, but right-hander John Housey had uncharacteristic struggles with control and a crucial error by Nick Franklin at short opened the door for five unearned runs in the sixth.

On a positive note, the Quad Cities River Bandits also lost last night, keeping the Kings just 2.0 games out of the Wild Card spot with 11 left to play in the first half. 

More on last night’s game, tonight’s match-up with the Captains and other facts in tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.9.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Tonight, it’s time to learn more about the Captains, the other team that has made the move from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League here in 2010.  The Captains are the low-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.

I catch up with the road voice of the Captains, Brian Lariche.  We’ll talk about the history of the franchise, the close proximity to Cleveland, the first-place club under manager Ted Kubiak, tonight’s starting pitcher Vidal Nuno and more.

Listen Here: 
Brian Lariche (LC Broadcaster) CEL Interview 6.9.10.mp3

The LumberKings look to get back on track (and hopefully a game closer to second place) with right-hander Taylor Stanton (5-2, 3.44) on the hill.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.


My Buddy, Jack

100_1817.JPGI was visited by the most knowledgeable LumberKings’ fan in Kansas City, Jack Weafer today as he and his family made their yearly journey to Alliant Energy Field tonight.  Jack and I talked about all things LumberKings, including Nick Franklin’s impressive season, my thoughts on John Tamargo’s wealth of experience, the funniest guy on the team (my pick is James Jones), what life is like on the road and more.

I want to thank Jack and his family once again for listening every night to the broadcasts online from their home in Kansas City.  Hope you enjoyed tonight’s game (aside from the loss) and I hope to see you again next year!