Results tagged ‘ Anthony Fernandez ’

Tonight’s Interview: Matt Bischoff

The LumberKings improved to 4-3 on this eight-game road trip last night with a 5-2 win in Burlington.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez pitched his fourth-straight quality start (2 R, 1 ER over 6.0 IP) and a solo homer by Stefen Romero (listen: Romero Solo HR (#15), 13 game hit streak 8.8.11) and two-out RBI single by Kalian Sams had the Kings tied with the Bees, 2-2 entering the seventh.  Right-hander Matt Bischoff came on for the top of the seventh and was immediately greeted by Nino Leyja’s line double into the left-field corner.  A passed ball later and Leyja stood at third base with nobody out.

Somehow, Bischoff got out of it unscathed.  He battled back to strike out Tyreace House and induced a chopper from Beau Taylor that reached drawn-in third-baseman Carlos Ramirez.  Ramirez started and finished one of the crazier plays on the basepaths this season, beginning a 5-2-6-2-5-1-5 rundown to get Leyja and then firing back to second-baseman Romero to catch Taylor over-rounding the bag.  The ripple effect of that momentum swing was a three-run eighth inning put together by the Kings to snap the 2-2 tie.  Mickey Wiswall’s liner to right-center scored Mike McGee for the winning run (listen: Wiswall RBI single 8.8.11), while Tim Morris and Sams added insurance RBI.  Bischoff secured his third win in relief by tossing 3.0 innings, striking out two (listen:  Bischoff Strikes Out Kirkland 8.8.11).

Today, I talk with Bischoff for the first time on the pregame interview.  The Decatur, Indiana native has already been well-traveled in the year since his 20th round selection out of the University of Purdue.  He started his pro career in Pulaski last season, but jumped to Clinton just in time to make a playoff debut for the Kings.  He turned in a memorable game three performance in the opening round at Cedar Rapids, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and striking out four in relief of Erasmo Ramirez in Clinton’s series-clinching 6-2 win over the Kernels.  Bischoff endured a rocky start with the LumberKings this year and a minor arm injury, battling back to go 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five saves in Everett before making his return to the Midwest League.  In his last seven outings, the 5’11” hurler is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Bischoff talks about the wild seventh inning, coming back strong from the injury, playing baseball at New Haven High School for his father (legendary head coach Dave Bischoff, who reached 500 wins this past season as he guided the Bulldogs to the 3A Semi-State finals), his Big Ten rivalry with Tyler Burgoon (who pitched at Michigan), his “into the fire” playoff debut last year and more.

Listen Here:  Bischoff Interview 8.9.11

Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.9.11 kingsnotes

The road trip comes to a close tonight in Burlington, and it’s left-hander Roenis Elias on the hill for the LumberKings looking to secure a series win.  We’ll see if the Cuban defector Elias can duplicate his debut outing, a 6.1-inning, one-run (unearned) effort at Wisconsin last Thursday.  He’ll be opposed by Bees’ right-hander Jose Macias (4-3, 5.01).  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Stephen Kohlscheen

It’s been quite the two days for LumberKings’ right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen.  Yesterday, making his first appearance with Clinton since June 14 and just his second start in the black and green, he pitched 6.0 scoreless, three-hit innings to guide the Kings to a 4-1 win in Burlington.  Today, he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week on the strength of that outing.

After going 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in seven games, five starts for Eddie Menchaca’s Pulaski Mariners in 2010, Kohlscheen took a decided step back with the LumberKings as a reliever in the first half this year.  He went 1-3 with a 7.39 ERA in 16 games, with his lone highlight being a win in a spot start on May 2 vs. Beloit in which he worked 5.0 scoreless innings in a 13-6 victory.  Kohlscheen was shipped down to short-A Everett just before the All-Star Break and the move, while difficult, just may have revitalized him.  The 6’6″ righty went 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in nine games, seven starts with the AquaSox and earned the call to the Clinton rotation after right-hander George Mieses went on the DL.

Kohlscheen is my pregame interview guest tonight.  We talk about yesterday’s outing against the Bees, the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week award, his difficult first half, working with Everett pitching coach Andrew Lorraine, his experience in the 2009 Junior College World Series, his transfer to Auburn and more.

Listen Here:  Kohlscheen Interview 8.8.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.8.11 kingsnotes

Including Kohlscheen’s outing yesterday, the Clinton starting rotation is 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA (28 ER in 95.0 IP) and nine quality starts over the last 16 games.  Tonight’s starter, left-hander Anthony Fernandez, is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA (3 ER in 22.0 IP) and three quality starts in that span.  He’ll face off against Bees’ right-hander Josh Bowman (7-4, 3.64 for the season, 0-0, 3.86 vs. Clinton).  First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Wednesday Notes (8/3)

It’s day baseball today as the LumberKings continue a four-game series at Wisconsin.  The Kings’ offense produced just one run on five hits last night, not enough to overcome a two-run homer by Jason Rogers as the Timber Rattlers took the opener, 2-1 at Time Warner Cable Field.  Right-hander George Mieses was stellar over 7.0 innings, allowing just two runs for his team-leading eighth quality start.  Still, “El Toro” fell to 4-11, tying him for second in the Midwest League in losses.

Read more on Mieses, Stefen Romero (who is now in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 last night) and the rest of the Kings in today’s Game Notes:  8.3.11 kingsnotes 

The Kings will try and get the bats going today against Wisconsin right-hander Brooks Hall (5-3, 3.96), who struck out 10 in a no-decision at Clinton his last time out on July 29.  Lefty Anthony Fernandez (4-3, 3.27) will oppose Hall again today…he defeated the Rattlers that same game with three runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings.  The game begins at 12:05 PM CT, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Kalian Sams (Vol. 2)

The Kings secured their first home series sweep and extended their winning streak to a season-best four games last night, defeating Wisconsin 5-3.  Mike McGee, Kevin Rivers and Matt Browning all walked with one out against left-hander Alan Williams in the seventh.  Timber Rattlers’ right-hander Casey Medlen worked 2-2 to Kalian Sams and fired a wild pitch scoring McGee for the tying run, and Sams followed up with a two-run single to left putting Clinton ahead for good (listen: Sams 2-R single 7.29.11).

Left-hander Anthony Fernandez turned in his sixth quality start in his last eight outings with three runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings to improve to 4-3.  Left-hander Ryan Kiel (H, 2) and right-hander Jonathan Arias (S, 4) closed down the final two innings.

Sams joins me on the pregame interview for the second time this year to talk about the game-winning hit and other topics.

Listen Here:  Sams Interview 7.30.11

Tonight’s Game Notes: 7.30.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.30.11 lineup

Right-hander Taijuan Walker looks for a bounce-back start in the opener of a three-game set against Peoria (10-23) tonight.  Walker is 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA (10 ER in 10.1 IP) in his last two outings and is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA in two starts against the Chiefs, but will look to reverse both trends against Casey Kopitzke’s struggling club.  The Chiefs counter with right-hander Matt Loosen (2-1, 1.73).  First pitch is at 6:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Ed Randall

It’s officially a three-game winning streak for your LumberKings after an 8-4 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last night at Alliant Energy Field.  The Kings erased a 3-0 deficit on an RBI double by Mickey Wiswall, two-run single by Julio Morban (who also helped out with an outfield assist, listen:  Morban To Tanabe Play at Plate 7.28.11) and RBI groundout by Kevin Rivers.  Wisconsin tied the score at 4-4 against right-hander Matt Bischoff in the top of the seventh, but Clinton rallied for four runs with two outs in the bottom of the seventh.  Rivers singled home Mike McGee (listen:  Rivers Go-Ahead RBI single 7.28.11), Stefen Romero added a two-run double (listen: Romero 2-R double 7.28.11) and Kalian Sams finished the job with an RBI single.  Bischoff (W, 2-2) ended up with the win despite a blown save, while right-handers Tyler Blandford and Tyler Burgoon closed things down in the eighth and ninth.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.29.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.29.11 lineup 

While there’s many suitable interview subjects from your LumberKings based on last night’s win, tonight’s interview is all about our Prostate Cancer Awareness night, taking place tonight.  Ed Randall, the founder of “Bat for the Cure”, joins me on tonight’s pregame interview via phone.  The host of Ed Randall’s Talking Baseball on Sirius/XM Radio’s MLB Home Plate channel, Randall talks about the importance of early detection in the fight against prostate cancer, his own personal experience with the disease, the 2011 Minor League Road Trip for “Bat for the Cure” and more.

Listen Here:  Ed Randall Interview 7.29.11

The LumberKings look for their first sweep since late May/early June at Fort Wayne tonight as they close the series with Wisconsin.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (3-3, 3.45) is 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA in his last seven games, he’ll start for Clinton tonight against Rattlers’ right-hander Brooks Hall (5-3, 4.19).  Listen to the 7 PM game on 1390kcln.com.

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Sunday Notes (7/24)

The LumberKings and Whitecaps dueled to a 1-1 tie over the first eight and a half innings at Fifth Third Ballpark last night, and it was the home team that earned the victory in the bottom of the ninth as Hernan Perez led off with a walk against left-hander Ryan Kiel (L, 0-1), took second on a sacrifice bunt by Ryan Hamme and scored on a walk-off single to right by James Robbins.  The last-inning loss marrred what had been a tremendous pitching performance by the Kings, specifically left-hander Anthony Fernandez.  Fernandez limited the ‘Caps to a run on three hits over 7.2 innings and struck out six, but received only one run of support on a game-tying solo home run by Anthony Phillips (listen:  Phillips Solo HR (#3) 7.23.11).

Both clubs get set for game two action today at 12:00 PM CT as right-hander Taijuan Walker (4-4, 2.84) takes the mound for the Kings against Whitecaps’ right-hander Victor Larez (0-1, 13.50).  Walker is 2-0 with a 2.42 ERA, 30 strikeouts and an astounding .151 opponent average in his four July starts.  Clinton will be without first-baseman Tim Morris, who was promoted today to high-A High Desert.  Outfielder Julio Morban has returned from the disabled list to fill the open roster spot.

Today’s Game Notes:  7.24.11 kingsnotes

As always, tune in to the broadcast on 1390KCLN.com, beginning with the pregame show at 11:45 AM.

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Tonight’s Interview: George Mieses

The LumberKings salvaged the series with a 6-1 win over South Bend last night thanks to co-Espresso, Cigars & More Players of the Game, Kevin Rivers and George Mieses.  Rivers finished the three-game series 9-for-13 after going 3-for-4 with a two-run single (listen: Rivers 2-R single 7.22.11) and another solo home run (listen: Rivers Solo HR (#7) 7.22.11)…he even chipped in with his fourth outfield assist (Rivers Throws Out Inciarte 7.22.11).  Mieses allowed an unearned run in the first but nothing more on five hits over 7.0 innings, working his team-lead-tying seventh quality start while improving to 4-10.

After catching Rivers yesterday, it’s high time to get to Mieses for the first time today.  We talk about last night’s outing including his use of the curveball (his best bender all year), being more comfortable with run support, his nickname of “El Toro” and more.

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Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.23.11 kingsnotes

Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (3-3, 3.69) looks to rebound from his last start against Lansing in which he allowed a season-high five earned runs over 5.0 innings.  He’ll face a West Michigan Whitecaps’ offense that ranks third in the Midwest League in team batting average (.257).  The ‘Caps counter with former Wichita State lefty Brian Flynn (2-1, 3.90) in game one of the three-game series, first pitch scheduled for 6:00 PM CT.  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Monday Notes (7/11)

The LumberKings lost 5-0 to Beloit yesterday afternoon despite 2-for-4 efforts from both Mickey Wiswall and Stefen Romero and a near-quality outing from right-hander George Mieses (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K).  The Snappers scored four of their five runs in one quick burst in the fourth against Mieses, and the Kings couldn’t touch right-hander Manuel Soliman over 7.0 innings.  As a result, both teams are now tied for second in the West with 10-7 records heading into tonight’s rubber match.

Also found in today’s notes, a brief recap of former LumberKings LHP James Paxton’s performance in yesterday’s Futures Game.  Chances are you’ve seen this already, but K-Pax retired the U.S. side in order in the third inning, including getting Washington’s Bryce Harper to ground out to first .  Unfortunately, he’s still going back to double-A Jackson, so I won’t be able to do the Futures follow-up interview as I had hoped.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.11.11 kingsnotes

LumberKings (10-7):  Robbie Anston/LF, Carlos Ramirez/3B, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/2B, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, Mike McGee/CF, Anthony Phillips/SS, Carlton Tanabe/C, Anthony Fernandez/LHP

Beloit Snappers (10-7):  Daniel Santana/SS, Wang-Wei Lin/CF, Jairo Perez/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/RF, Adam Bryant/2B, Andrew Leer/3B, Tobias Streich/C, Derek McCallum/LF, A.J. Achter/RHP

Lefty Anthony Fernandez is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last four starts for the LumberKings, he’ll look for his third win in the finale of this three-game series in Beloit.  First pitch is at 7:00 PM here at Pohlman Field, listen to the game on 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Rich Dorman (Vol. 3)

The LumberKings are 2-0 in the “show-and-go” after last night’s 5-3 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park.  Clinton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Tim Morris (listen: Morris 2-R double 7.1.11) and raised the lead back to two in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Carlton Tanabe.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez dealt over 7.0 innings, limiting the Bandits to a run on four hits and turning in a highlight-reel-worthy 1-6-3 double play on a line drive back to the mound in the sixth inning (listen: Fernandez 1-6-3 DP 7.1.11).  The 3-1 lead wouldn’t last in the eighth as right-hander Keli’i Zablan loaded the bases and yielded a run on a wild pitch, but right-hander Tyler Burgoon gave up just one run in a bases-loaded no-out situation, keeping the game tied at 3-3.  In the ninth, the Kings went right back ahead as Kevin Rivers was hit by a pitch and scored on a Mickey Wiswall single to center (listen: Wiswall Go-Ahead RBI single 7.1.11).  Stefen Romero executed a safety squeeze bunt scoring Matt Browning in the ninth as well, and Burgoon worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to improve to 5-3.

With the outstanding outing from Fernandez, a seven-game losing streak snapped by George Mieses, the double-A promotion of James Paxton, the addition of left-hander Tony Butler and the three-win run by Burgoon, it’s high time to catch up with pitching coach Rich Dorman again.  Dor talks about those pitchers plus tonight’s starter Taijuan Walker on tonight’s pregame interview.

Listen Here:  Dorman Interview 7.2.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.2.11 kingsnotes

Walker and the Kings go looking for the sweep of the Bandits tonight, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Today’s Interview: James Paxton (Vol. 3)

I recorded this interview with LumberKings’ left-hander James Paxton two days ago, covering his stellar one-inning performance in this year’s Midwest League All-Star Game and his reaction to being named to the XM Satellite Radio 2011 All-Star Futures Game.  I saved it for today as Sundays are usually tight on time to get interviews.

Enjoy my third interview installment with K-Pax:  Paxton ASG, Futures Game Interview 6.24.11

As for last night’s game, the LumberKings dropped the middle game of the series with Burlington by a 5-1 score.  Kevin Rivers singled home Julio Morban to cut the deficit to 2-1 in the sixth inning, but the Bees scored three times against the pen combo of Jonathan Arias and Keli’i Zablan to put the game out of reach.  Right-hander George Mieses looked sharp, limiting the Bees to two runs — both unearned — on four hits over 5.1 innings, but he received no help from the offense while on the mound for the third-straight start (no runs for El Toro over his last 17.2 innings) and fell for the Midwest League-high tying ninth time.

More on Mieses and the rest of the Kings in today’s Game Notes:  6.26.11 kingsnotes

Here’s a different look at the Starting Lineups:  6.26.11 lineup

Ground ball artist, left-hander Anthony Fernandez looks to build upon his tremendous first-half finale (7.0 IP, 4 hits, no runs in 1-0 win at Kane County) in his first second-half start today.  First pitch is at 2:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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