Results tagged ‘ Crossing Enemy Lines ’

Crossing Enemy Lines: Nick Devlin

The LumberKings lost a tough one last night, 6-5 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on a two-out RBI double by Kentrail Davis in the ninth.  The seven-game homestand continues tonight as the Kings start a three-game series with the struggling Burlington Bees.

For tonight’s pregame segment, I’ve decided to renew the “Crossing Enemy Lines” segment and catch up with the broadcast voice of the Bees, Nick Devlin.  While the Bees have the West Division’s worst record of 37-73, they aren’t without their share of interesting stories.  Currently on the club is College World Series hero Whit Merrifield, the man who delivered the NCAA title to South Carolina via a walk-off single, right-hander Elisaul Pimentel, the former Great Lakes Loons ace and centerpiece of the Scott Podsednik-to-L.A. deal and former White Sox/Red Sox outfielder Brian Anderson, who is working his way back to the Majors as a right-handed pitcher.

Plenty to talk about with Nick, who also was a former broadcast intern with the Quad Cities River Bandits before getting the job in Burlington this season.

Listen Here:  
Nick Devlin CEL Interview 8.11.10.mp3 

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.11.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (1-0, 6.00) makes his second start and his home debut tonight against the Bees at 7:00 PM, listen to the game online at


Crossing Enemy Lines: Brad Golder

IMG00142-20100721-1814.jpgAfter a 4-2 homestand, the LumberKings are back on the road to conclude the East Division portion of their 2010 schedule.  They begin a three-game series tonight against the Great Lakes Loons, low-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the best team record-wise in affiliated baseball.

Simply put, the Loons are good.  Following a 43-26 first half that qualified them for the East Wild Card, Juan Bustabad’s club is off to a league-best 19-5 start int he second half.  They’ve replaced the league’s best player Jerry Sands with increased production from Blake Smith, Brian Cavazos-Galvez, Rafael Ynoa, Christian Lara and others.  Oh, and they also lead the league in team ERA. 

To deconstruct the powerhouse that is the Loons, I’ve decided to renew the “Crossing Enemy Lines” feature and chat with their fourth-year voice, Brad Golder.  We’ll talk about their record-setting season, get a scouting report on tonight’s starter Allen Webster and even learn a little about the (very few) weaknesses of the Loons.

Listen Here: 
Brad Golder CEL Interview 7.21.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.21.10 kingsnotes.pdf

The LumberKings will try and give right-hander Nolan Gallagher (0-3, 3.52) some actual run support (he’s been given just one run over three starts so far) in his fourth start tonight against the red-hot Loons.  First pitch is at 6:05 PM central time, listen online at


Crossing Enemy Lines: John Rodgers

The LumberKings saw their three-game winning streak and their two-day run in first place come to an abrupt end as a result of five errors last night, losing 5-3 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Luis Nunez (2-for-4, RBI) and Tim Morris (1-for-4) kept hitting streaks alive at nine games and 11 games, respectively.  Matt Cerione also lifted a solo home run (highlight: 
Cerione Solo HR 7.2.10.mp3) and is hitting .321 over his last eight games.

More useful factoids in tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.3.10 kingsnotes.pdf

On the interview, I’ve decided to point the mic at the legendary voice of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, John Rodgers.  He’s watched a club fronted by All-Star center-fielder Mike Trout capture the first half West Division title, the first by a Kernels’ club since 1992.

We’ll talk about Trout, one of several 2009 first-round picks of the Los Angeles Angels currently comprising the Cedar Rapids’ roster.  Mr. Rodgers also weighs in on the likes of Matt Long, Jean Segura and Casey Haerther of the offense, plus Fabio Martinez, Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs of the pitching staff.  Get ready for a long one, the interview clocks in at just over nine minutes.

Listen Here:  John Rodgers CEL Interview 7.3.10.mp3

Tonight, it’s the Midwest League debut (sort of…ok, so he made four starts with Wisconsin in 2007) of right-hander Nolan Gallagher.  Seattle’s fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2007 is back from Tommy John surgery and faces the Kernels tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM.  Listen to the game online at


Crossing Enemy Lines: Jeff Isom

The LumberKings have lost three-straight games and are now on the ropes in a playoff sense
isom.jpg (the next Quad Cities win or LumberKings’ loss knocks them out of first-half playoff contention), but we’ll stay upbeat tonight with another Crossing Enemy Lines segment.

Tonight, I’m joined by a man very familiar to the first-base-side clubhouse, Wisconsin Timber Rattlers’ manager Jeff Isom.  A former 18th round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1993, Isom found his way to the San Diego system and was a left-handed pitcher with the 1995 Clinton LumberKings.  He went 8-8 with a 3.40 ERA over 35 games, 15 starts that season, the best of his minor league career.

On tonight’s pregame interview, Isom reflects on his ’95 season in the Gateway City, playing alongside Gary Matthews, Jr. and under manager Ed Romero, finding his way to the Milwaukee Brewers’ system, going to the South Atlantic League Championship Series in 2008 with West Virginia, the prospect-loaded Rattlers roster and more.

Listen Here: 
Jeff Isom (Rattlers Manager) CEL Interview 6.16.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.16.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (4-4, 2.82 ERA) makes his 14th start of the year tonight in game two against the Timber Rattlers.  I’ll be joined by a special guest in the booth at some point tonight as IRL driver Charlie Kimball stops up to promote diabetes awareness.  Listen online at starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM.


Crossing Enemy Lines: Brian Lariche

The LumberKings came undone in the sixth inning last night, losing their first-ever meeting with the Lake County Captains 8-2 at Alliant Energy Field.  The Kings had taken a 2-1 lead on Welington Dotel’s RBI single in the fourth, but right-hander John Housey had uncharacteristic struggles with control and a crucial error by Nick Franklin at short opened the door for five unearned runs in the sixth.

On a positive note, the Quad Cities River Bandits also lost last night, keeping the Kings just 2.0 games out of the Wild Card spot with 11 left to play in the first half. 

More on last night’s game, tonight’s match-up with the Captains and other facts in tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.9.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Tonight, it’s time to learn more about the Captains, the other team that has made the move from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League here in 2010.  The Captains are the low-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.

I catch up with the road voice of the Captains, Brian Lariche.  We’ll talk about the history of the franchise, the close proximity to Cleveland, the first-place club under manager Ted Kubiak, tonight’s starting pitcher Vidal Nuno and more.

Listen Here: 
Brian Lariche (LC Broadcaster) CEL Interview 6.9.10.mp3

The LumberKings look to get back on track (and hopefully a game closer to second place) with right-hander Taylor Stanton (5-2, 3.44) on the hill.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen online at


Crossing Enemy Lines: Tom Gauthier

With a new opponent, ballpark and road city for your LumberKings, it’s a great time to renew the “Crossing Enemy Lines” segment to get you some background on the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  The subject of the interview is the Voice of the Hot Rods, Tom Gauthier.

Tom talks about the inception of the Hot Rods (formerly known as the Columbus Catfish), their quirky home in Bowling Green Ballpark, the speedsters (like Chris Murrill and Ty Morrison) that make up the Hot Rods’ roster, the move from the South Atlantic League and more.

Listen Here: 
Tom Gauthier (BG Broadcaster) CEL Interview 6.2.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.2.10 kingsnotes.pdf

We’ve got a serious storm over us at the present time, but if this game gets played as scheduled, it’s left-hander Jon Hesketh (2-4, 5.80) making his 10th start of the year.  He’ll go up against Hot Rods’ ace right-hander Alexander Colome (4-3, 1.91) with the first pitch scheduled (for now) at 7:05 PM.



Crossing Enemy Lines: Tommy Thrall

100_1754.JPGHappy Mother’s Day from Modern Woodmen Park in the Quad Cities.  The LumberKings close out a three-game series against the Quad Cities River Bandits this afternoon.  The Kings dropped last night’s game, 7-1 to fall to 1-1 on the current series.  Read more about the game as well as today’s action in the Game Notes: 
5.9.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Today, it’s another edition of “Crossing Enemy Lines” as I’m joined by the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Bandits, Tommy Thrall.  He talks about his path to the QC, his relationship with manager Johnny Rodriguez, his thoughts on the prospect-heavy roster including Shelby Miller and more.

Listen Here: 
Tommy Thrall (QC Media) CEL Interview 5.9.10.mp3

As you can tell, I’m keeping things short today with the 1:00 start fast approaching.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (1-3, 2.87) makes his seventh start as the Kings hope to take the series against the rival River Bandits.  Listen to the broadcast starting at 12:45 PM on


Crossing Enemy Lines: Nathan Baliva

With back-to-back tough losses to the Peoria Chiefs the last two days, I figured it was time to revisit our “Crossing Enemy Lines” feature.  Today, I catch up with the broadcaster for the Chiefs, Nathan Baliva

The longtime voice of Chiefs baseball talks about a few painful, yet relevant topics (Nick Struck’s no-hitter, last night’s 3-2 Peoria win), Peoria’s 11-game home winning streak, the bunt-and-run “Peoria Kernels”, international prospects like Hak-Ju Lee and Su-Min Jung and gives us a scouting report on today’s starter Trey McNutt

Listen Here: 
Nathan Baliva (PEO Broadcaster) Interview 5.2.10.mp3

That was fun.  Now, let’s end with three positive things for the LumberKings…

  1. Mario Martinez hit his first home run of the season last night.  He’s batting .313 (5-for-16) over his last five games after hitting just .164 over the first 16 games.  Listen to the HR here: 
    Martinez solo HR (1) 5.1.10.mp3
  2. Daniel Carroll went 3-for-4 atop the order to raise his average to .258.  Carroll has four multi-hit games in his last six starts.  One of his hits was a game-tying single in the eighth…listen here: 
    Carroll game-tying 8th inning single 5.1.10.mp3
  3. Left-hander Anthony Vasquez, despite getting a no-decision, lowered his ERA from 1.25 to 0.94 and is now third in the Midwest League in ERA.  Read more about Vasquez in today’s Game Notes: 
    5.2.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Tyler Blandford (0-2, 4.11) makes his fifth start of the year today in Peoria.  Game time is scheduled for 1:00 PM.  You can listen on line at  Now, let’s end this three-game losing streak!


Crossing Enemy Lines: Johnny Rodriguez

On tonight’s pregame interview, I venture into the visiting clubhouse to interview Quad Cities River Bandits’ manager Johnny Rodriguez.  Why?  Because the rival skipper was on the Clinton staff in 2001, the year that produced stars Jason Bay and Grady Sizemore.

Not enough for you?  Rodriguez has his Bandits at 6-1 after last night’s unfortunate 4-2 loss for the LumberKings (more about that in tonight’s notes:
4.15.10 kingsnotes.pdf).

One more reason to listen to the interview.
Rodriguez’s son Sean is a three-year Major League infielder, currently playing with the Tampa Bay Rays. 
We’ll talk about all of that on the interview with the former LumberKings coach this evening.

Listen Here: 
Johnny Rodriguez (QC Manager) Interview 4.15.10.mp3

The LumberKings will attempt to draw even in the series against Rodriguez’s Bandits behind right-hander Tyler Blandford (0-0, 4.15), making his second career start.  The broadcast begins at 6:15 PM on!