Tonight’s Interview: Tyler Burgoon

After all the close losses that have been accumulating for the LumberKings in this month of May, it was high time for the team to get a win in close fashion.  The time was right last night as the Kings snapped a 3-3 tie in the seventh on Mickey Wiswall’s sacrifice fly scoring Tim Morris and right-hander Tyler Burgoon navigated through jams in the eighth and ninth, leaving the bases loaded in the final frame for the save and the 4-3 win.

Jake Schlander belted a two-run homer and Kevin Rivers added an RBI double to give the Kings a 3-0 lead in the second, but left-hander Edlando Seco allowed two runs over 3.1 innings in his first start and lefty Nate Reed yielded the tying run in the sixth.  Right-hander Jandy Sena and Burgoon combined for 3.1 scoreless innings to finish out the game.

Tonight, I check in with Burgoon, Seattle’s 10th-round pick out of the University of Michigan a year ago.  After saving a school-record 10 games with the Wolverines in 2010 and going 1-1 with a 4.40 ERA in eight outings for Everett last year, Burgoon is now settling in as the man at the back end of the Clinton pen.  The Defiance, OH native is 1-1 with a pen-best 1.23 ERA and four saves in five chances.  He talks about last night’s outing, his approach to two-inning saves, being the holdover amongst a new group of relievers and the confidence of the new group and more.

Listen Here:  Burgoon Interview 5.19.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.19.11 kingsnotes

Starting lineups:

LumberKings (11-29):  Shaver Hansen/2B, Carlos Ramirez/3B, Stefen Romero/LF, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Matt Browning/DH, Jabari Blash/CF, Kalian Sams/RF, Jake Schlander/SS, Steven Baron/C, James Paxton/LHP

Burlington Bees (28-10):  Royce Consigli/RF, Nino Leyja/2B, Josh Whitaker/1B, Douglas Landaeta/LF, Jose Rivero/CF, AJ Kirby-Jones/D, Wade Kirkland/SS, John Nester/C, Ryan Pineda/3B, Jacob Brown/LHP

It’s the Paxton-Brown rematch as the two face off for the first time since dueling on May 8 at Alliant Energy Field.  Paxton yielded two runs, one earned over 5.0 innings in a no-decision while Brown ended up with the win, allowing two unearned runs over 6.0 innings in the Bees’ 5-2 victory.  Brown has the league’s second-best ERA of 1.06, hopefully the resurgent LumberKings’ bats can tack a few runs to that tonight.

First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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