Saturday Notes (8/13)
It’s back to the road for your LumberKings tonight as they open a three-game series against the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field. Hitting the road might not be so bad after the Kings dropped two of three to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on a brief three-game homestand including an especially tough 2-1 loss last night. It took the Clinton offense seven innings to get their first run on the board (by way of a Carlos Ramirez sacrifice fly), and the Kernels went right back ahead shortly after on a double by Rolando Gomez scoring Travis Witherspoon. The Kings had a chance in the bottom of the ninth as pinch-runner Tim Morris took off from first base on a two-out 3-2 pitch that Matt Browning served into the right-center gap, but the Kernels held on for the win as Witherspoon fired in to first-baseman Ricky Alvarez, who then caught Morris at the plate. The loss came despite 7.0 innings of one-run baseball from defending MWL Pitcher of the Week Stephen Kohlscheen. Right-hander Matt Bischoff took the loss, his first since April 12.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.13.11 kingsnotes
Left-hander Anthony Fernandez, 3-1 with a 2.09 ERA and eight quality start in his last 10 outings, takes the hill for game one against the Chiefs. It’s hard to believe, but in 17 outings this season, Fernandez has not once faced Peoria this year. He’ll rely on experience against Chicago Cubs’ affiliate Boise (2-0, 2.84 in 2 starts with Everett last year) in his first match-up against the Chiefs tonight. They’ll counter with lefty Frank Del Valle, a Havana, Cuba native that is 2-2 with a 4.02 ERA in seven outings. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.
One other minor piece of news to pass your way…right-hander Carter Capps, Seattle’s third-round pick in 2011 and the newest LumberKing as of yesterday will make his pro debut in the starting role on Monday in Peoria. He’s on the roster as right-hander Taijuan Walker (who turns 19 today) heads to the Temporary Inactive List. He’s likely done for 2011 after going 6-5, 2.89 over 18 starts, 96.2 innings in his first full season.
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