Today’s Interview: John Taylor
The win streak is seven and the magic number is one after the LumberKings’ 6-2 win over the Beloit Snappers last night. Mike McGee had a huge performance in the three hole, going 3-for-4 with a game-winning solo home run in the fifth inning off left-hander Ryan O’Rourke (listen: McGee Solo HR (#4) 8.27.11). John Hicks extended his hitting streak to nine-straight games with a 2-for-4 game including a two-run triple off lefty Nelvin Fuentes that broke the game open (listen: Hicks 2-R triple 8.27.11). Left-hander Tony Butler allowed two runs over 5.2 innings and pulled off a nifty double play to help his cause (listen: Butler Double Play 8.27.11). Left-hander Ryan Kiel tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and right-hander Tyler Burgoon worked a scoreless non-save ninth to give Butler his third win of the year. O’Rourke fell to 5-4 with the loss.
The math today is simple, beat Beloit and a playoff spot is secured. The Kings also have a 3.0 game lead on Kane County for the top playoff spot in the West and are tied with Quad Cities for first place in the division, just their second day with a share of first all season (the other being June 24, the second day of this half).
Read more in today’s Game Notes: 8.28.11 kingsnotes
Today’s Lineups: 8.28.11 lineup
Usually I don’t do an interview on Sundays, but I caught up with Kings’ right-hander John Taylor (pictured) yesterday. Taylor, Seattle’s 22nd round pick out of the University of South Carolina in 2011, worked his third hold in the finale of the series at Cedar Rapids. He talks about his unique submarine-style delivery and when he picked it up, the pitches he throws from the drop-down angle, his experience with the two-time College World Series Champion USC Gamecocks, the playoff push with Clinton and more.
Listen Here: Taylor Interview 8.27.11
Taylor and the LumberKings go for the playoff berth today, first pitch at 2:00 PM. Right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five starts, gets the call for Clinton today. Beloit has right-hander Manuel Soliman (7-10, 4.08 ERA) slated to start. Listen to the broadcast online at 1390kcln.com.