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K-Pax, All-Star

In case, like me, you weren’t there to see it first-hand last night, LumberKings’ left-hander and lone West Division All-Star James Paxton did his thing on the mound in the third inning of last night’s Midwest League All-Star Game in Davenport, IA.  K-Pax struck out West Michigan’s Hernan Perez on a fastball, struck out South Bend’s Ender Inciarte on a curveball and induced West Michigan’s Rob Brantly into an inning-ending line-out to left.  The West went on to beat the East 8-3 thanks to unlikely hero Nino Leyja of Burlington, who mashed a two-run homer to give the West the separation they’d need.

Read more on last night’s ASG and get a quote from Paxton as well in the MidwestLeague.com feature article:  http://midwest.league.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110622&content_id=20848206&vkey=news_l118&fext=.jsp&sid=l118

Special thanks to Official Scorer Ben Schlesselman for sending me the text updates from his seat at Modern Woodmen Park last night.  This is the first All-Star Game I’ve missed since joining the LumberKings, but it’s been good to get away for the last few days.

See you all on Friday.

-DL

Today’s Interview: James Paxton (Vol. 2)

I’m forced to keep it brief today with a 1:00 PM eastern time start closing in fast as the LumberKings finish off the series and road trip today in Lake County.  The LumberKings beat the Captains 7-2 last night behind a two-homer night from Mickey Wiswall (listen: Wiswall 2-R HR to Center, 2nd of game (#5) 6.4.11), another homer from Kalian Sams (listen: Sams 2-R HR (#7) 6.4.11) and five scoreless innings from left-hander James Paxton (listen: Paxton Strikes Out Gallas 6.4.11).

Paxton, just announced two days ago as Clinton’s lone All-Star representative, is 2-1 with a 1.39 ERA and 48 strikeouts over his last six outings dating back to his debut loss vs. Peoria.  He’s most deserving of the All-Star nod as he’s now 2-2 with a 2.11 ERA over his first seven starts as a pro.  “K-Pax” weighs in on last night’s outing including his hammer curveball that was the key to nine strikeouts, his thoughts on the All-Star selection and more.

Listen Here:  Paxton Interview 6.5.11

Today’s Game Notes: 6.5.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:

LumberKings (18-39):  Jorge Agudelo/2B, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, Stefen Romero/3B, Steven Baron/C, Matt Browning/DH, Robbie Anston/CF, Anthony Phillips/SS, Forrest Snow/RHP

Lake County Captains (26-30):  LeVon Washington/CF, Carlos Moncrief/RF, Giovanny Urshela/3B, Anthony Gallas/LF, Alex Monsalve/DH, Jesus Aguilar/1B, Alex Lavisky/C, Argenis Martinez/2B, Ronny Rodriguez/SS, Cole Cook/RHP

Forrest Snow starts for the 12th time today in search of some elusive run support and his second win.  Last time the Snowman pitched at Classic Park, he was getting the win in relief of Game 4 of the MWLCS, sending us to a decisive Game 5.  Today, he’ll be looking to secure Clinton’s second-straight series victory and a 5-1 road trip.

First pitch is at 12:00 PM central time, join me for the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Saturday Notes (6/4)

Well, there wasn’t nearly as much on the line this time around, but the LumberKings and Lake County Captains played another epic game at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio last night with Clinton erasing a 4-0 lead with seven runs after the fifth inning onlyto fall 8-7 on a walk-off infield single by Alex Monsalve scoring LeVon Washington.

Kalian Sams belted his second two-run homer in as many games (listen: Sams 2-R HR (#6) 6.3.11), Carlton Tanabe doubled in two runs to tie the game (listen: Tanabe Game Tying 2-R Double 6.3.11) and Kevin Rivers added a solo home run in the eighth inning (listen: Rivers Game Tying Solo HR (#3) 6.3.11), re-tying the action at 8-8.

The LumberKings had a chance to take the lead in the top of the ninth as Washington dropped Mickey Wiswall’s routine fly ball to center with two on and nobody out, but pinch-runner Robbie Anston was thrown out at the plate by Washington attempting to score all the way from second base.  That kept things tied for the Captains in the bottom of the ninth, and aided by one of seven Clinton errors, Washington singled and took second base.  Another error on right-hander Tyler Burgoon put runners at the corners and Monsalve’s one-out grounder up the third-base line to Carlos Ramirez was enough to get Washington home.

Frustrating way to lose, especially since the LumberKings have had the breaks going their way on this road trip.  It’s still a 3-1 trip so far and the series looks very winnable with All-Star left-hander James Paxton starting tonight and right-hander Forrest Snow starting on Sunday.

Yes, I said “All-Star”.  In case you missed it, Paxton was named Clinton’s lone 2011 Midwest League All-Star yesterday by the league.  Read my story on it here:  http://clinton.lumberkings.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20110604&content_id=20014772&vkey=news_t500&fext=.jsp&sid=t500.

More on K-Pax and the rest of the Cardiac Kings in today’s Game Notes:  6.4.11 kingsnotes

The Daily Roster Move:  None for three days in a row.  Maybe this is beginning to be a misnomer.

Starting Lineups:

LumberKings (17-39):  Jorge Agudelo/2B, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, Stefen Romero/3B, Steven Baron/C, Kevin Rivers/LF, Jabari Blash/CF, Anthony Phillips/SS, James Paxton/LHP

Lake County Captains (26-29):  LeVon Washington/CF, Carlos Moncrief/RF, Giovanny Urshela/3B, Anthony Gallas/LF, Alex Monsalve/C, Jesus Aguilar/1B, Alex Lavisky/DH, Argenis Martinez/2B, Nick Bartolone/SS, Jordan Cooper/RHP

First pitch is again at 6:00 PM central time, join me for the broadcast at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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