Today’s Interview: Jeff Hem

As you’ve probably gathered already, last night’s game between the LumberKings and the Kane County Cougars was postponed by rain.  We’ll play yet another doubleheader today (our fourth this season) starting at 2:30 PM.  Clinton will be looking to snap another five-game losing streak after falling 8-4 in the opener of the series on Thursday.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.23.11 kingsnotes

For today’s pregame interview, I decided to do my first “crossing enemy lines” segment of the 2011 season, although I’m not sure I like sticking with that name all the time.  I talked with my esteemed colleague in the Kane County broadcast booth, the seventh-year voice of the Cougars, Jeff Hem.  Much of our discussion revolves around their new affiliate, the Kansas City Royals, their first-time coaches (all MLB vets) Vance Wilson, Jim Brower and Damon Hollins, prospects like Alex Llanos and the injured Brett Eibner and more.

Listen Here:  Jeff Hem Interview 4.23.11

The Kings have swept Kane County in a doubleheader once this season, that back on April 16 at Alliant Energy Field.  They’ll attempt to sweep them again and win their second series of the season with right-hander Forrest Snow (0-1, 3.86) on the hill in game one and left-hander Anthony Fernandez (0-o, 5.40) starting in game two.  Matt Cerione is back in the lineup today after missing the last 10 games.

Today’s Game 1 Lineups:

LumberKings (4-11):  Matt Cerione/DH, Carlos Ramirez/2B, Julio Morban/CF, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Steven Baron/C, Kevin Rivers/RF, Forrest Snow/RHP

Kane County (6-9):  Alex Llanos/DH, Yowill Espinal/2B, Brian Fletcher/LF, Lane Adams/CF, Murray Watts/1B, Geulin Beltre/RF, Ryan Stovall/3B, Travis Jones/C, Gerard Hall/SS, Leonel Santiago/RHP

The pregame show starts at 2:15 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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