LumberKings vs Cedar Rapids – Game 14

Gameday 4-22After rain cancelled the first game of this series last night, we get rolling tonight for the fifth game in the last eight against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Nick Wells goes for Clinton looking to improve on his last start against the Kernels, when he allowed five runs over five innings, including a home run to Sean Miller, the first of Miller’s career. Sam Gibbons goes for Cedar Rapids, and the last time out against the LumberKings, he got hit around, allowing four runs on 11 hits over 4.2 innings. However, the last time he was in Clinton, he threw eight scoreless innings, allowing one hit and striking out 12. That will not happen again tonight (At least that’s what we hope!). Now, time for links!

Tonight’s Media Notes

Pregame Interview With Former MLB Infielder Jeff Cirillo (This was a lot of fun to do, hope you like it!)

And now, the lineup!


Listen to the game on WCCI 100.3 FM or by clicking this stream link. Enjoy the game, and #LumberUp!

LumberKings at Chiefs – Game 13

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Not long after the LumberKings rallied to beat the Chiefs in ten innings, the two clubs meet for the rubber game of the series, an 11 AM start on a kids day. Kyle Wilcox goes for the LumberKings, looking to improve on his last start at Cedar Rapids, where have gave up four runs over 4.1 innings. Jake Woodford, the number 12 prospect in the Cardinals system according to MLB Pipeline, takes the ball for Peoria. He is 0-1 with a 4.63 ERA over his first two starts. On Thursday at Wisconsin, he gave up four runs in 5.2 innings, taking the loss. As it is a kids day, we had a very short turnaround from last night, so without further adieu, here are the links!

Pregame interview with outfielder Ricky Eusebio

Today’s Media Notes

No link here, but for the first time this season, every Mariners affiliate won!

And, today’s lineup!


I’ll have the call starting with the Iowa Pork Producers Pregame Show at 10:45 AM. Listen on WCCI 100.3 FM or online by clicking this stream link. Enjoy the game, and #LumberUp!


LumberKings at Chiefs – Game 12

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Oh dark clouds, please go away!

The LumberKings have had a case of the Mondays, allowing a combined 21 runs in their two Monday games. But today is Tuesday, which means it’s a fresh day! Clinton looks to even the series at a game apiece by sending righty Zack Littell (0-1, 5.40) to the hill. Littell gave up six runs on nine hits in his last start on Thursday at Cedar Rapids, but he has been historically good against Peoria, having posted a 2.91 ERA over four starts spanning 21.2 innings. The Chiefs counter with Venezuelan righty Derian Gonzalez (0-0, 1.80), making his second start of the season. Last year, Gonzalez went 3-5 with a 4.23 ERA with the GCL Cardinals, so starting him at full season A ball is a fairly aggressive assignment for him (considering the Cardinals have two rookie ball affiliates). There is some rain in the forecast, but hopefully it misses us entirely (praying to the baseball gods on that one!). Now, here are some links!

Pregame Interview With Manager Mitch Canham

Today’s Media Notes

Article on 2014 LumberKing Tyler O’Neill, who’s off to a hot start with AA Jackson

And of course, today’s lineup!


I’ll have the Iowa Pork Producers Pregame Show beginning at 6:15. Listen on WCCI 100.3 FM or stream the game online by clicking this link.


LumberKings at Chiefs – Game 11

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After a split in Cedar Rapids, the LumberKings head to central Illinois to take on the Peoria Chiefs. That photo you see was taken today, so you know it is absolutely gorgeous outside. Lukas Schiraldi goes for Clinton, looking to pick up his third win in as many starts. So far in 2016, Schiraldi has been dominant, allowing just one run over the course of ten innings. He has also not allowed a run in each of his last nine innings pitched. Brennan Leitao makes his second start of the season for Peoria, having come off a loss on Tuesday against Quad Cities. He gave up just two runs over five innings, but the Chiefs were shut out in that game. The last time the LumberKings were at Dozer Park, it was a game to forget, as three Chiefs pitchers, including Cardinals rehabber Jaime Garcia. Now for some links!

Pregame Interview With Chris Mariscal

Today’s Media Notes

In affiliate news, Tacoma’s Mike Zunino has homered for the fourth straight game. That’s pretty impressive!

And now, today’s lineup!


Listen to the game at 6:30 on WCCI 100.3 FM or by clicking this link!

LumberKings at Kernels – Game 9

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After the longest game of the season last night, Clinton looks to take command of the series on a gorgeous Saturday afternoon at Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids. The LumberKings posted season highs in both runs and hits (19) in the 11-5 victory over the Kernels. Today, it will be lefty Nick Wells going for Clinton, looking to improve on his first start, where he gave up seven runs in 3.1 innings. He is opposed by another lefty in former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket Sam Clay who allowed just one unearned run in his first start last Sunday against Quad Cities. Bit of an odd first pitch time today, but it helps those Kernels fans who want to hop across the parking lot to see the USHL playoff game between the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders and the Bloomington Thunder, which starts at 7. Now for some links!

Today’s Media Notes

Pregame Interview With Reliever Joey Strain

And, today’s lineup!


LumberKings At Kernels – Game 8

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Last night was not the ideal way to open the series, but despite a 7-3 loss, the LumberKings had a chance to tie the game in the eighth inning. Most importantly, Clinton has been competitive in pretty much every game, with last night being only the second time the LumberKings have allowed more than six runs in a game. Tonight, Kyle Wilcox goes for the LumberKings, looking to build upon his first career start, a five inning three run (two earned) performance on Sunday at home against Kane County. Cedar Rapids counters with Australian righty Sam Gibbons. Last year Gibbons was 7-4 with a 2.89 ERA over 15 starts, and that last time he faced the LumberKings, he limited them to one hit over eight scoreless innings, not issuing a walk and striking out a season high 12 hitters. Hopefully that doesn’t happen again tonight! Now for some links!

Tonight’s Media Notes (Good Info Here!)

Pregame Interview With First Baseman Dalton Kelly

ESPN Article about former Clinton Pilots and MLB manager Jim Leyland being selected to manage Team USA in 2017 World Baseball Classic

And of course, the lineup!


Broadcast will hit the air at 6:20 on WCCI 100.3 FM with the Iowa Pork Producers Pregame Show. Click here to stream the game online.



Game 7 – LumberKings At Kernels

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The LumberKings are rolling, having won their last two games by a combined score of 5-0. Today, Clinton hits the road for the first of seven straight games, starting with a four game series at Cedar Rapids, who currently sit just a half game above the LumberKings in the Western Division standings. . Righty Zack Littell makes his second start of the season for the LumberKings, having posted five scoreless innings in his first start against Kane County on April 9th. He is opposed by righty Andro Cutura, who picked up a win in his first start against Quad Cities. Cutura, a 7th round pick in 2014 out of Southeastern Louisiana, went 3-2 with a 1.34 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched last season for Elizabethton.

It’s a beautiful night here in Cedar Rapids. From what I can tell it’s scheduled to be 66 degrees at first pitch. Now, for some links and Neat-O facts!

Today’s Media Notes

Pregame Interview With Third Baseman Logan Taylor

And…your LumberKings Lineup!


Game 4 – LumberKings vs Snappers

After a tough loss last night in which they gave up a season high ten, the LumberKings (2-2) are back in action tonight against the Beloit Snappers (4-1). Art Warren makes his first professional start, having pitched out of relief all of last season. He is opposed by Beloit’s Dustin Driver making his first start of the season. Now, some media for you to consume

Link To Stream The Broadcast

LumberKings April 12th Media Notes

Pregame Interview With LumberKings Catcher James Alfonso

And your Lineup


Enjoy the game, and #LumberUp!

Home Opener Time!

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After a gritty 2-1 victory on a cold night in Kane County, the LumberKings were cancelled on Friday, making the home opener the second game of the season! We have a great pitching matchup on hand as Zack Littell (3-6, 3.91 in 112.2 IP in 2015) takes on Kane County lefty and Arizona’s 2nd round pick in 2015, Alex Young. Take a look at the links below to get you set for the LumberKings home opener. As always, LumberUp!


Pregame Interview With Manager Mitch Canham

April 9th Media Notes


LumberKings Starting Lineup


Opening Day Is Here – Let’s Cover It!

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Greetings LumberKings fans, yes I know its been awhile since I’ve been on here, but today is Opening Day, I am in Kane County, and the excitement is real. The hype is real. We have baseball just around the corner!

If by some chance you haven’t had a chance to look at the roster yet, here is a link to it. Top prospect Braden Bishop leads this year’s group, but there are a lot of guys that have the potential to be breakout players. Nick Wells who we wrote about a few weeks ago is going to start on Sunday. Rayder Ascanio, who played six games with the 2015 LumberKings and was then promoted to Bakersfield, is back in Clinton. Kyle Wilcox, who had nine saves last year in Everett, will be in the starting rotation to begin the season. Tonight though, its Lukas Schiraldi taking the hill against Taylor Clarke of Kane County. Tune into the broadcast tonight on WCCI 100.3 FM or by click this link to stream the game live if you want to catch all the action and catch my pregame interview with Lukas. He talks a lot about the organizational change in pitching philosophy, and it seems to have him feeling comfortable.

Tonight should be a lot of fun as the LumberKings seem to be in the right state of mind going into the season. Here is a link to tonight’s media notes which should help you get more oriented with the matchup. Weather is a bit on the cold side, but hey that’s par for the course in the Midwest in April! I will be back on the blog again tomorrow with a quick recap of tonight’s game and what to look for in Zack Littell’s first start of the season.


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