July 2010

The Fourth from Peoria

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Amidst all the fireworks, grill outs, parades and parties, July 4 is just another day of baseball on the 140-game Midwest League schedule.  Your LumberKings will be spending the holiday at O’Brien Field in Peoria, hoping to liberate themselves from a two-game losing streak. 

Rather than writing an “On the Bright Side” posting, I’ll just say this…there were three great things to note in an otherwise dismal 13-3 loss in Cedar Rapids last night:

  1. Tim Morris extended his hitting streak to 12 games, going 1-for-4 with a single.  He’s hitting .409 during the streak.
  2. Mario Martinez went 3-for-4 with a triple and a run scored.  Mario has a pair of three-hit games over his last three starts.
  3. Right-hander Brandon Josselyn tossed another scoreless inning (the only Clinton pitcher to do so), extending his streak to seven games, 9.0 innings.

All those notes and more in tonight’s very festive-looking edition of the LumberKings Game Notes:  7.4.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-4, 3.61) gets the game one start tonight against the Chiefs.  While you’re waiting for your fireworks display or your hot dogs to finish grilling, listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com starting at 5:45 PM.


Crossing Enemy Lines: John Rodgers

The LumberKings saw their three-game winning streak and their two-day run in first place come to an abrupt end as a result of five errors last night, losing 5-3 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Luis Nunez (2-for-4, RBI) and Tim Morris (1-for-4) kept hitting streaks alive at nine games and 11 games, respectively.  Matt Cerione also lifted a solo home run (highlight: 
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More useful factoids in tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.3.10 kingsnotes.pdf

On the interview, I’ve decided to point the mic at the legendary voice of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, John Rodgers.  He’s watched a club fronted by All-Star center-fielder Mike Trout capture the first half West Division title, the first by a Kernels’ club since 1992.

We’ll talk about Trout, one of several 2009 first-round picks of the Los Angeles Angels currently comprising the Cedar Rapids’ roster.  Mr. Rodgers also weighs in on the likes of Matt Long, Jean Segura and Casey Haerther of the offense, plus Fabio Martinez, Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs of the pitching staff.  Get ready for a long one, the interview clocks in at just over nine minutes.

Listen Here:  John Rodgers CEL Interview 7.3.10.mp3

Tonight, it’s the Midwest League debut (sort of…ok, so he made four starts with Wisconsin in 2007) of right-hander Nolan Gallagher.  Seattle’s fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2007 is back from Tommy John surgery and faces the Kernels tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM.  Listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.


The LumberBlog: 35th in June

Another edition of the “Latest Leaders” is out at the MLBlogosphere and behold, this blog is now #35 amongst the ProBlogs Top 50, its highest-ever ranking (up one spot from last month).

You can check out the full list here:  http://mlblogs.mlblogs.com/archives/2010/07/latest_leaders_-_june_2010.html

Thanks again for reading!


No Interview, Plenty of Content

I’m airing part two of the Tony Blengino interview from yesterday on tonight’s pregame interview, so I will not be recording a new one tonight.  I do, however, have plenty to share with you.

First off, the LumberKings won the series with Kane County with a 4-2 victory in the finale last night.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney looked as impressive as we’ve seen this season, limiting the Cougars to two runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings and fanning six.  The Kings came back from a 2-1 deficit thanks to a three-run sixth as Vinnie Catricala, Tim Morris, Brandon Bantz and James Jones singled in succession off right-hander Rob Gilliam.  Mario Martinez recorded the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Read more about last night’s game in the Game Notes: 
7.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Check out some highlights here:

carroll family living.jpgIn other news, the LumberKings were recently featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Family Living” Magazine.  Daniel Carroll gets some face time on the issue’s cover, and there’s photos of various LumberKings’ players, fans and staff (myself included) in the feature. 

This feature is reprinted with permission from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Family Living.

Check it out: 
Clinton LumberKings Family Living Article.pdf



Third off, a former LumberKing has been included in a Major League trade today.  The Texas Rangers shipped former Kings lefty Michael Main along with reliever Chris Ray to San Francisco, acquiring catcher Bengie Molina.

Main, one of two first-round picks by the Rangers in 2007, went 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts for the LumberKings in 2008.

Finally, the LumberKings open a six-game road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Left-hander Nick Czyz (1-0, 0.68) will try and duplicate the success from his first start (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K vs. Beloit) tonight against the Kernels.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.