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Tonight’s Interview: Eddie Menchaca (Vol. 6)

Following Monday’s no-hitter at the hands of Peoria, the LumberKings regrouped and found a way to win the series over the Chiefs with a 5-3 victory last night at O’Brien Field.  Stefen Romero ended right-hander Starling Peralta’s bid for another no-hitter with one out in the fourth, launching a solo home run to the berm in left (listen: Romero Solo HR (#7) 7.5.11).  He’d add a two-run triple (listen: Romero 2-R Triple 7.5.11) as part of a four-run sixth inning that gave the Kings a 5-0 lead.  Right-hander George Mieses pitched 7.0 scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the eighth, yielding three runs (two on Micah Gibbs’ single off Tyler Burgoon after his exit) to cut the lead to 5-3.  Burgoon retired the final four batters in a row, recording his ninth save as Mieses won back-to-back starts for the first time to improve to 3-9.

Clinton finished the trip 4-2 and are now 7-5 and in a three-way tie for second in the West Division.  Manager Eddie Menchaca is my interview guest tonight, and he weighs in on the rebound win after Austin Kirk’s no-no, the red-hot Romero (3 HR, 10 RBI on the trip), Mieses, catcher Carlton Tanabe (he calls him the team’s MVP right now) and more.

Listen Here:  Menchaca Interview 7.6.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.6.11 kingsnotes

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:  7.6.11 lineup

The LumberKings take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels for the first time since taking two of three on the road at the end of May.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (2-2, 3.81) makes the start for Clinton tonight looking for his third quality start in four outings since coming back from High Desert.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen to the broadcast 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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Tonight’s Interview: Carlton Tanabe

The LumberKings fell 9-5 last night as Quad Cities scored five times in the ninth to break a 5-5 tie.  The winning run scored as Michael Swinson came home on a two-out bases-loaded wild pitch by Jonathan Arias.  Cody Stanley followed with a three-run double to put the game out of reach.

Clinton had overcome a 5-2 deficit with a three-run fourth inning after a 38-minute rain delay.  Carlton Tanabe started the two-out rally with an RBI double to left-center off Rock Falls, IL native Seth Blair.  He’d later score on a single by Julio Morban, who would in turn score on a single to center by Mickey Wiswall (listen: Wiswall RBI single 6.15.11).  The Kings scored five total runs against Blair, including two on a first-inning homer by Stefen Romero (listen: Romero 2-R HR (#4) 6.15.11), his first since April 30.

My interview tonight is with Tanabe, fresh off his 2-for-4 game.  The 24th round pick out of Pearl City, Hawaii has been Steven Baron’s back-up this season but is now getting a chance to play with Baron on the DL.  We talk about last night’s double, staying productive despite playing sparingly, getting an opportunity to start, his experience with former Mariners’ catcher Dan Wilson earlier this year, being the other half of the Hawaiian battery with Keli’i Zablan and more.

Listen Here:  Tanabe Interview 6.16.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  6.16.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:

Quad Cities River Bandits (37-28):  Michael Swinson/LF, Ronny Gil/SS, Oscar Taveras/RF, Starlin Rodriguez/2B, Cody Stanley/C, Nick Longmire/CF, Victor Sanchez/DH, Jonathan Rodriguez/3B, Geoff Klein/1B, Trevor Rosenthal/RHP

LumberKings (21-45):  Julio Morban/CF, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Tim Morris/1B, Matt Browning/3B, Kevin Rivers/RF, Jorge Agudelo/2B, Carlos Ramirez/SS, Robbie Anston/LF, Carlton Tanabe/C, James Paxton/LHP

Lefty James Paxton makes his final start before the 2011 Midwest League All-Star Game tonight and is looking to snap Clinton’s five-game losing streak.  Paxton gave up a career-high five earned runs over 5.1 innings in his last start against Bowling Green, but is still 2-2 with a 2.63 ERA and 54 strikeouts over his last seven starts.

The broadcast begins at 6:45 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Special Guest: Dan Wilson

Tonight’s pregame interview features 12-year Seattle Mariners’ catcher Dan Wilson, who is currently in Clinton working with catchers Steven Baron and Carlton Tanabe and also aiding manager Eddie Menchaca and his staff.  Wilson, the 1996 A.L. All-Star, regular backstop for the likes of Randy Johnson and Jamie Moyer and permanent Mariners’ fan-favorite joins me to talk about his post-retirement role with the Mariners, the Clinton catching corps, his insights on catching and handling a pitching staff, the current-day Mariners, memories of the ’95 season and more on this nearly eight-minute conversation.

Listen Here:  Dan Wilson Interview 5.14.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.14.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:

Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (17-15):  Nick Shaw/2B, Greg Hopkins/3B, Cody Hawn/1B, Chris Dennis/LF, Mike Walker/DH, Reggie Keen/CF, TJ Mittlestaedt/RF, Tony Pechek/C, Yadiel Rivera/SS, Matt Miller/RHP

LumberKings (9-27):  Shaver Hansen/2B, Carlos Ramirez/SS, Tim Morris/1B, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Stefen Romero/3B, Matt Browning/DH, Kalian Sams/RF, Jabari Blash/CF, Steven Baron/C, Forrest Snow/RHP

First pitch for “75th Anniversary Night” featuring the LumberKings in old Clinton Pilots uniforms is scheduled for 6:00 PM.  Listen to the game on 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Forrest Snow

How’s right-hander Forrest Snow’s transition from closer to frontline starter going?  Judging by last night’s start, just the second of his career, better than even he could have expected.  Snow struck out the first four Beloit Snappers in succession, retired the first 13 batters he faced and did not allow a single hit over 6.0 innings while striking out a career-high eight.  His only blemish was two walks as he and right-handers Matt Bischoff and Tyler Burgoon combined on a one-hitter.

Unfortunately, that one hit set up the game-winning run for the Snappers, who handed the LumberKings a most frustrating 1-0 loss.  Rather than focus in on the negative (15 strikeouts for the offense against the Beloit staff last night), today’s interview is all about Snow’s amazing peformance.

We talk about mixing speeds with catcher Carlton Tanabe and how important the changeup was last night, his transition from closer to starting pitcher, memories from the 2010 Playoffs including his West Division-clinching putout at first base, his goals for 2011 and more.

Listen Here:  Snow Interview 4.13.11.mp3 

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.13.11 kingsnotes

Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (0-0, 4.50) was the starter for Clinton’s only win thus far this season, we’ll see if he’s up to the task of halting a four-game losing streak in his second start tonight.  Beloit counters with 2010 holdover B.J. Hermsen, who went 0-1 with an ERA of 6.00 in his one outing against the Kings last year.

Today’s Lineups:

Beloit (4-2):  Daniel Santana/SS, Gunner Glad/2B, Lance Ray/RF, Oswaldo Arcia/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/CF, Josmil Pinto/C, Reggie Williams/LF, Andrew Leer/3B, B.J. Hermsen/RHP

LumberKings (1-5):  Marcus Littlewood/DH, Julio Morban/CF, Kevin Rivers/RF, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Steven Baron/C, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Carlos Ramirez/2B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Anthony Fernandez/LHP

On a programming note, tonight marks my 500th career solo broadcast of LumberKings Baseball.  I don’t have any special guests (Tom Hanks and musical guest the Wu Tang Clan cancelled), but it still should be a fun time.  Listen beginning at 6:15 PM on 1390kcln.com.

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