Saturday Notes (9/3)
Things have been admittedly quiet over here at the LumberBlog as the LumberKings have dropped four-straight games since clinching a playoff berth last Sunday. The last series against Quad Cities, the team they’re likely to face in the first round of the postseason, saw the River Bandits sweep by a combined score of 34-16.
Last night, Stefen Romero beat out an infield single to score Brad Miller in the first inning, but the Bandits scored four unanswered runs — three coming against left-hander Tony Butler in an otherwise-quality outing — to take the game, 4-1.
The last regular-season series begins tonight for Eddie Menchaca’s crew as they take on the Kane County Cougars at Elfstrom Stadium. These two teams met up at the conclusion of the first half with nothing on the line as they finished fifth and sixth in the West. This time around, the Kings are looking to clinch the top playoff spot with a win in one of the three games. The Cougars, also headed to the playoffs, would need to sweep the series to move ahead of Clinton in the standings. Thus, if the Kings win tonight, they’re assured a first-round match-up with rival Quad Cities.
Tonight’s Game Notes: 9.3.11 kingsnotes
Right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen (4-3, 4.70) started the last time the LumberKings won, but took a no-decision against Beloit. Still, he’s 4-0 with a 2.12 ERA in six starts with Clinton this season. He’ll be opposed by Cougars’ right-hander Jason Adam (6-8, 4.22), a loser at the hands of the Kings back on June 19 when they finished the first half with a 1-0 victory on a Julio Morban home run to right field. Morban is in the lineup batting second tonight.
First pitch is at 6:00 PM, listen to the broadcast at 1390kcln.com. Hopefully the rain holds off tonight.