Tonight’s Interview: Anthony Phillips (Vol. 2)
The LumberKings secured their first series split of the season last night in Wisconsin, scoring six runs over the first four innings and getting another impressive outing from right-hander Taijuan Walker in a 6-1 win over the Timber Rattlers. John Hicks connected on his first-career home run in the second inning (listen: Hicks 2-R HR (First of Career) 8.5.11), Stefen Romero added his 14th blast in the fourth and Anthony Phillips provided a spark with a 3-for-4, tw0-run, three-steal game including a heist of home plate (listen: Phillips Steals Home (3rd Steal of Inning) 8.5.11). Walker allowed a run over 5.0 innings and struck out six for his fifth win, ending his night with an athletic play off the mound on an attempted squeeze bunt by T.J. Mittelstaedt (listen: Walker Defends Squeeze Bunt 8.5.11). Right-handers John Taylor and Jonathan Arias combined on eight strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings with Arias picking up his fifth save.
Tonight, I catch up with Phillips for the second time to talk about his career-high-tying three hits, three-steal second inning including the daring sprint to the dish, his defense behind Walker and more.
Listen Here: Phillips Interview 8.6.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.6.11 kingsnotes
The eight-game road trip continues with the second leg beginning tonight as your LumberKings take on the Burlington Bees at Community Field. Left-hander Tony Butler (1-1, 2.41), pushed back from the Wisconsin series, starts tonight. Last time Butler pitched here on August 26, 2007, he shut down then-Kansas City-affiliated Burlington to four hits in his first (and only) career complete-game shutout. Butler is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in three outings against Oakland affiliates. The Bees throw right-hander Jonathan Joseph (2-4, 6.52) tonight, he’s a career 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against Clinton.
Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com beginning with the pregame show at 6:15 PM, first pitch at 6:30.
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