Tonight’s Interview: Robbie Anston
The LumberKings recorded just their second “walk-off” win of the season yesterday afternoon, knocking off the Burlington Bees and winning the series with a 5-4 win at Alliant Energy Field. Tied at 4-4 in the bottom of the ninth, Carlos Ramirez singled to center and advanced to third on an Anthony Phillips sacrifice bunt and subsequent throwing error by Bees’ catcher Juan Nunez in an attempt to force out Ramirez at second base. After falling behind 0-2 to right-hander Zack Thonrton, Robbie Anston (who replaced injured Julio Morban midway through the game, more on that below) singled up the middle past the drawn-in infield to score Ramirez (listen: Anston Walk-Off Single 6.26.11).
Anston’s hit made him my Espresso, Cigars & More Player of the Game yesterday, but a huge honorable mention has to go to Kalian Sams. The Swinging Dutchman went 2-for-4 with a game-changing three-run homer (surprisingly the first three-run blast by a LumberKing this season) in the fourth inning (listen: Sams 3-R HR (#8) 6.26.11) and drove in a season-high four runs. On the mound, left-hander Anthony Fernandez looked less than sharp with solo homers allowed to Nino Leyja and Tony Thompson, but he kept the game tied and so too did the relief combo of right-handers Jessie Nava and Tyler Burgoon. As a result, the Kings are now 2-1 and tied for third in the West Division this half.
My interview guest tonight is Anston, Seattle’s 26th round pick in 2010 out of Boston College. We talk about yesterday’s walk-off hit, his time at BC along with Mickey Wiswall, staying ready in a crowded outfield, his 2010 season in Everett and more.
Listen Here: Anston Interview 6.27.11
Roster Move: Back to Morban…he’s headed to the disabled list for the third time this season after coming out of the game yesterday. No official word on what the issue is or what the timetable is for his return, but we do have his roster replacement. The Mariners’ 15th round pick in 2011, outfielder Mike McGee comes to the club after hitting .556 with three triples and four RBI in two AZL games. McGee was a standout in both the outfield and on the mound at Florida State University.
Read more about Anston, Sams, McGee and others in today’s Game Notes: 6.27.11 kingsnotes
Today’s Starting Lineups: 6.27.11 lineup
Right-hander Taijuan Walker, 2-1 with a 1.16 ERA over his last seven starts, gets the call in game one against the Beloit Snappers tonight. He’ll go up against Masonville, IA native, right-hander B.J. Hermsen of the Snappers. The game begins at 7:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.