Tuesday Notes (7/5)
A tip of the cap is well deserved for Peoria left-hander Austin Kirk, who became the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter against the LumberKings since Burlington’s Jason Grote did it on August 5, 2000. Kirk struck out 10 batters on the outing and allowed just two baserunners, both on walks. Those walks kept him from becoming the first Midwest League hurler to throw a perfect game since Clinton’s own Scott Dunn did it against Lansing on August 3, 2000 (yes, just two days prior to Grote’s no-no).
Yesterday’s 2-0 loss is historic, but it’s still just one loss. The LumberKings are still 3-2 on this six-game road trip and are primed to take this series from the Chiefs, who are just 1-4 at home this half and 4-7 on the season. They’ll move forward with right-hander George Mieses (2-9, 5.57) on the mound, looking to win for the second-straight outing. Last time out, El Toro utilized seven runs of support and kept Quad Cities to four runs as the Kings won, 8-5.
No pregame interview today, but check out the Game Notes: 7.5.11 kingsnotes
The series finale gets underway at 7:00 PM here at O’Brien Field, listen to the broadcast at 1390kcln.com.