Thursday Notes (6/30)
Eyeing a second-straight series win to start the second half, the LumberKings instead suffered one of their worst defeats of the season last night as the Beloit Snappers, led by Michael Gonzales’s 3-for-5, two-homer, five-RBI performance, routed the Kings 14-5 last night at Alliant Energy Field. Jairo Perez also capped a monster series going 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBI for the Snappers.
There were bright spots in the form of the first back-to-back home runs hit by LumberKings this season, as Carlos Ramirez and Mickey Wiswall each lifted solo homers off Beloit left-hander Ryan O’Rourke in the fourth (listen: Ramirez and Wiswall Go Back-to-Back 6.29.11). Wiswall added another RBI single in the eighth inning, while Matt Browning singled home a run and then scored on an RBI triple by Mike McGee to make the score more respectable. Still, right-hander Jandy Sena suffered his worst performance of the year with 10 runs, six earned over just 2.2 innings and lefty Edlando Seco took another step backwards with three runs allowed on two homers.
It’s back to the road for the first time this half now for Eddie Menchaca’s Kings, but they’ll only have to travel to neighboring Quad Cities for the next three games. The Bandits swept the series here at Modern Woodmen Park back in early May, but the LumberKings are 10-8 on the road since then.
Right-hander George Mieses (1-9, 5.58) hasn’t won since April 30 but hasn’t been as bad as the numbers look over his last three starts…he’s gone at least five innings all three times with fewer than three earned runs, but the offense has not scored him a run of support that entire time (17.0 innings). Quite simply, it’s time to start putting up some runs behind Mieses.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 6.30.11 kingsnotes
No pregame interview tonight as I will be airing the second part of my Tony Blengino conversation at long last. The broadcast begins at 6:45 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.