Tonight’s Interview: Eddie Menchaca (Vol. 7)
The six-game East Division swing wraps up tonight in West Michigan, and your LumberKings are again looking to avert a sweep after a close loss. The Whitecaps scored five runs over the first two innings against a struggling Taijuan Walker and the Kings never fully recovered, scoring four times to keep it close but ultimately falling, 6-4. John Hicks had a breakout offensive game, going 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles and an RBI (listen: Hicks RBI double 7.24.11) and Kevin Rivers sealed his Midwest League Offensive Player of the Week award with a solo home run (listen: Rivers Solo HR (#8) 7.24.11).
For tonight’s pregame interview, I check in with LumberKings’ manager Eddie Menchaca. We talk about the tough trip so far, Rivers’ offensive breakout, Hicks’ season-best performance, Walker’s setback outing, the promotion of Tim Morris and addition of Julio Morban off the DL, tonight’s starter Tony Butler and more.
Listen Here: Menchaca Interview 7.25.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 7.25.11 kingsnotes
Butler (1-1, 2.61) starts against West Michigan for the second time in his career, first time since April 22, 2007 while he was with Wisconsin. The Whitecaps counter with right-hander Kevin Eichhorn (7-3, 3.65). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM CT, listen to the broadcast online at 1390kcln.com.