Tonight’s Interview: Nathan Baliva
I’ve seen some crazy games over the past seasons here at O’Brien Field in Peoria, especially last season. From Chiefs’ right-hander Nick Struck’s 4.0-inning rain-shortened no-hitter, to Matt Cerda’s walk-off grand slam, to Vinnie Catricala and Mario Martinez belting solo home runs to overcome a 9th inning deficit, to Clinton’s double-digit doubleheader sweep, to the Chiefs’ huge ninth-inning comeback, we saw a little of everything at this place in 2010.
Last night, a new chapter was written…and not in a good way for the Kings. Peoria left-hander Cam Greathouse tossed 7.0 one-hit innings and received help from a triple play started by shortstop Elliot Soto in the seventh as the Chiefs blanked Clinton, 3-0 to start the series. The lone hit in the game belonged to Tim Morris, who singled to right with one out in the sixth inning. That was the only support for right-hander Forrest Snow, who fell to 1-3 despite his team-best third quality start.
Chatting with Peoria Chiefs’ voice Nathan Baliva following Struck’s no-no last year seemed to provide better luck for the Kings, so I renew that interview today with my broadcast counterpart. We cover Greathouse’s performance last night, manager Casey Kopitzke’s second season at the helm of the Chiefs, tonight’s all-first-round mound matchup and more.
Listen Here: Nathan Baliva Interview 5.5.11
There’s rain clouds brewing just outside Peoria that could put a serious damper on tonight’s game, but if they hold off, we’re in for one heck of a pitcher’s duel. Right-hander Taijuan Walker, Seattle’s first-round pick (43rd overall) out of Yucaipa High School will make his first pro start and fifth appearance tonight for the LumberKings. The Chiefs counter with Chicago Cubs’ first-round pick, right-hander Hayden Simpson.
Read more about Walker’s first start in tonight’s Game Notes: 5.5.11 kingsnotes
Tonight’s Starting Lineups:
LumberKings (8-19): Julio Morban/LF, Matt Cerione/CF, Tim Morris/D, Stefen Romero/2B, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Ramon Morla/3B, Jabari Blash/RF, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Carlton Tanabe/C, Taijuan Walker/RHP
Peoria Chiefs (13-13): Pierre LePage/2B, Elliot Soto/DH, Rubi Silva/CF, Richard Jones/1B, Micah Gibbs/C, Smaily Borges/RF, Arismendy Alcantara/SS, DJ Fitzgerald/LF, Anthony Giansanti/3B, Hayden Simpson/RHP
First pitch, as far as I know, is still scheduled for 6:30 PM. You’ll want to be listening to this one, so tune me in online at 1390kcln.com.