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Odds and Ends for 8/27

The LumberKings split a doubleheader with Quad Cities last night, losing 5-4 in 10 innings in game one before rebounding for a 6-3 win in game two.  All 10 runs they scored in the game came in two innings, the fourth (game one) and the second (game two).

  • Vinnie Catricala went a combined 2-for-5 in the two games, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.  That’s the longest streak by a LumberKing since Luis Nunez’s 17-game streak last year.  Every long streak needs a bit of luck, and Vinnie received some in game two.  Nick Franklin and Mickey Wiswall each singled with two outs to extend the seventh, and Catricala legged out a bounding baseball up the third-base line for an infield single.
  • Speaking of streaks, Wiswall saw his nine-game streak snapped, while Matt Cerione saw his eight-game streak end as well.  Cerione’s still hitting .411 (23-for-56) in the month of August.
  • Left-hander Jason Markovitz tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in game two, making his first career start in a spot role.  Aside from two walks in his final frame, he looked fairly impressive with a well-controlled fastball and a sharp curveball.
  • Yes, Clinton had their chances to win game one.  Henry Contreras popped up a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Gabriel Noriega grounded out to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the 10th.  It’s a tough way for those chances to end, but you can’t blame either one for being aggressive at the plate.  You don’t want to see Contreras watch strike three in his situation, and you don’t want to see Noriega take good pitches either the way he’s been stinging the ball lately.
  • Outfielder Daniel Carroll was activated from the disabled list today and shipped up to high-A High Desert.  Seattle’s third-round pick in 2007, Carroll last played with the Mavs in 2008.  Here’s hoping he finishes the season strong and stays above the Midwest League.
  • Franklin remains just one homer shy of the single-season franchise record.  Maybe tonight’s the night to tie Dick Kenworthy.  As for the team, the Kings lead the league with 124 team home runs, surpassing (what we think is) the franchise record of 115, set by the 2008 LumberKings.
  • Erasmo Ramirez lowered his ERA to 2.70 yesterday, second in the Midwest League.  He’s closing in on Kane County lefty Ian Krol (2.65) for the ERA title and would be Clinton’s second-straight ERA champ (Kenn Kasparek, 2.41 ERA last year).
  • With 12 games remaining, the Kings remain ahead of Kane County by 2.0 games for the top playoff spot in the West.  Following tonight’s game, they finish the season with five games in Peoria, three at home against Beloit and three on the road at Burlington.

All those notes and more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.27.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (4-0, 2.74) makes his fifth start for the LumberKings as they wrap-up a four-game series against the Bandits.  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Cooper Heads West, Kings Receive Royster, Arias

Right-hander Daniel Cooper moves up to High Desert, Ryan Royster and Jonathan Arias join LumberKings

                                                         


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, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced four player transactions affecting the 25-man roster effective today.  Right-hander Daniel Cooper has been promoted to high-A High Desert and is replaced by right-hander Jonathan Arias, called up from short-A Everett.  Outfielder Daniel Carroll has been transferred to the seven-day disabled list and is replaced by outfielder Ryan Royster (pictured left), also in from Everett.

 

Cooper went 4-2 with a 3.81 ERA and one save in 40 relief appearances with the LumberKings this season.  Seattle’s 21st round selection in 2009 out of the University of Southern California, Cooper also pitched with Clinton last season, going 0-1 with a 9.28 ERA in eight outings. 

 

Carroll is placed on the disabled list retroactive to yesterday.  He’s hitting .282 with nine doubles, nine home runs, 34 RBI and a team-high 25 steals in 81 games this season.  It’s his second stint on the disabled list this year (also from May 8 to May 15).

 

Arias, 22, went 2-0 with a 2.28 ERA and two saves in 11 games with the AquaSox.  Originally signed as a catcher in 2006, he went 3-1 with a 5.14 ERA in nine games, three starts with Peoria (AZ) in 2009, his first year on the hill.  A native of Nizao, Dominican Republic, Arias hit .210 with two home runs and 30 RBI over 96 career games as a catcher, reaching as high as Wisconsin of the Midwest League in 2008.

 

Royster, 24, returns to the LumberKings after hitting .237 with 12 doubles, two home runs and 12 RBI in 35 games with the AquaSox.  Seattle’s 13th round pick in 2008 out of the University of California-Davis, Royster spent eight games with Clinton last season, hitting .333 with two homers and seven RBI.

 

Both Arias and Royster will join the LumberKings tonight at Alliant Energy Field as they open a four-game series against the Peoria Chiefs at 6:00 PM.

 

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7/18 Game Notes and Musings

The combination of limited time and a cancelled pregame show from last night means the Terry Pollreisz interview will air on today’s pregame show.  However, it’s not like there weren’t plenty of performers worth talking to in last night’s 6-0 win over South Bend.

In three starts heading into last night’s contest, left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney had already been impressive.  After a second-straight outing of 7.0 scoreless innings, it’s hard to categorize Gillheeney as anything but the hottest pitcher in the Midwest League.  He most likely won’t win the MWL Pitcher of the Week award as his previous scoreless start came last Sunday, but he certainly deserves to be the first 2010 King to capture a league award.  Consider this paragraph my “Gilly for Pitcher of the Week” campaign ploy.

The offense was efficient last night, producing six runs on nine hits, including three extra-base hits.  Vinnie Catricala was the star, aptly busting out as Pollreisz had predicted with a 2-for-3, double, HR, three-RBI game.  The home run came on a hit-and-run in the fifth as Tim Morris took off, then slowed up to watch Cat’s majestic ball land on the left-field berm.  Mario Martinez added a flare double to right but also struck out three times and stranded four on base, and the other two RBI belonged to Blake Ochoa and Gabriel Noriega.  It’s good to see production from multiple parts of the order on a night when Daniel Carroll, James Jones and Nick Franklin went a collective 1-for-12 in the 1-3 spots.

It’s tough to be a Silver Hawk right now…Mark Haley’s club hasn’t scored in 27 innings, spanning three games.  Part of me wants them to score today, but maybe on an unearned run after Clinton has already built an eight-run lead.

Getting to the payoff of this post, here’s today’s Game Notes and some highlights from last night:

It’s Kings-Hawks in game two of this three-game series today as left-hander Nick Czyz (1-1, 2.96) makes his fifth start of the season.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.  I promise we’ll have a pregame show today.

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Independence Day Comeback

In case you missed it amidst your holiday fun last night, the LumberKings stunned the Peoria Chiefs with a four-run ninth inning outburst to erase a two-run deficit in a 5-3 win at O’Brien Field.  James Jones and Vinnie Catricala each singled to start the inning, and after a walk to Tim Morris loaded the bases, Mario Martinez came through with a game-tying two-run double just inside the third-base bag.  Brandon Bantz plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly to left and Daniel Carroll added an RBI single for good measure, giving the Kings just their second win when trailing after eight innings this season.

Even if you missed it last night, you don’t have to miss the highlights today.  I’ve condensed them into a two-minute clip.

Listen Here: 
Independence Day Comeback.mp3

Today’s Game Notes: 
7.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

With a 6-4 record, the LumberKings are back into a three-team tie for first place in the West.  They’ll attempt to gain momentum from last night’s win as left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (5-6, 3.19) makes his team-leading 17th start today in Peoria.  Game time is set for 1:00 PM, tune in to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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No Interview, Plenty of Content

I’m airing part two of the Tony Blengino interview from yesterday on tonight’s pregame interview, so I will not be recording a new one tonight.  I do, however, have plenty to share with you.

First off, the LumberKings won the series with Kane County with a 4-2 victory in the finale last night.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney looked as impressive as we’ve seen this season, limiting the Cougars to two runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings and fanning six.  The Kings came back from a 2-1 deficit thanks to a three-run sixth as Vinnie Catricala, Tim Morris, Brandon Bantz and James Jones singled in succession off right-hander Rob Gilliam.  Mario Martinez recorded the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Read more about last night’s game in the Game Notes: 
7.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Check out some highlights here:

carroll family living.jpgIn other news, the LumberKings were recently featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Family Living” Magazine.  Daniel Carroll gets some face time on the issue’s cover, and there’s photos of various LumberKings’ players, fans and staff (myself included) in the feature. 

This feature is reprinted with permission from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Family Living.

Check it out: 
Clinton LumberKings Family Living Article.pdf

 

  

Third off, a former LumberKing has been included in a Major League trade today.  The Texas Rangers shipped former Kings lefty Michael Main along with reliever Chris Ray to San Francisco, acquiring catcher Bengie Molina.

Main, one of two first-round picks by the Rangers in 2007, went 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts for the LumberKings in 2008.

Finally, the LumberKings open a six-game road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Left-hander Nick Czyz (1-0, 0.68) will try and duplicate the success from his first start (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K vs. Beloit) tonight against the Kernels.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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The Sound of an Eight-Run Inning

In case you missed it, the LumberKings scored a season-best eight runs in the third inning last night en route to an 11-4 win over the Fort Wayne TinCaps.  Tim Morris singled home Daniel Carroll from second to get it started, Kalian Sams added a three-run double and scored on a single by Henry Contreras, and Carroll in his second at-bat of the inning lifted a three-run homer to left-center.

Listen Here: 
Eight-Run Inning 6.11.10 vs. Fort Wayne.mp3

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Morris Joins Clinton as Raben Advances

Dennis Raben gets the call to High Desert, Tim Morris replaces him on 25-man roster

                                                         

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have
announced three player moves affecting the 25-man roster.  First-baseman Dennis Raben has been called up to high-A High Desert.  Replacing him is first-baseman Tim Morris, joining the club from extended Spring Training.

 

Also announced today, right-hander Tyler Blandford has been reinstated from the disabled list in order to start game two of today’s doubleheader.  Right-hander Jorden Merry has been moved to the Pulaski roster to make room for Blandford.

 

Raben, 22, hit .221 with eight doubles, eight home runs and 23 RBI over 42 games with Clinton, his first professional action since 2008.  Seattle’s 2008 second-round pick out of the University of Miami had missed all of 2009 following knee surgery.

 

Morris, 22, was the 11th round selection by the Mariners last year out of St. John’s University.  In his first pro campaign at Pulaski, he hit .214 with four doubles, four home runs and 24 RBI in 50 games.

 

Blandford has been out of action since May 7.  He’s 1-2 with a 3.96 ERA over six starts so far this season, his first as a pro after being drafted in the fifth round out of Oklahoma State last year.

 

Merry pitched in one game for Clinton, yielding three runs over 1.0 inning and striking out one.

 

With the additions of Morris (no number yet chosen) and Blandford, the active Clinton roster stands at 25 players with none on the disabled list.

 

The LumberKings (24-20) take on the Burlington Bees (15-28) for doubleheader action at Alliant Energy Field tonight, first pitch of game one scheduled for 6:30 PM.  Listen to both games live on AM 1390 KCLN in Clinton or online at 1390kcln.com.

 

There’s no new interview this evening.  Yesterday’s unaired Daniel Carroll interview will be played for tonigh’ts pregame show.

 

Still, enjoy the Game Notes: 
5.26.10 kingsnotes.pdf

 

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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 1390kcln.com.  Now, let’s end this three-game losing streak!

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Franklin Homers Twice, Falls Short of Cycle

Shortstop Nick Franklin belts homers from both sides of the plate, goes 4-for-4 in 8-2 win

   


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Clinton, IA – Shortstop Nick Franklin homered twice and fell a single short of the cycle, leading the Clinton LumberKings to an impressive 8-2 victory over the Peoria Chiefs Saturday night at Alliant Energy Field.  Seattle’s first-round pick in 2009 tripled and scored in his first at-bat, doubled and scored his second time around and then homered from the left and right sides in his final two at-bats to finish 4-for-4.

 

Highlights Here:

 

Franklin would have been the first Clinton player to hit for the cycle since Josh Spoerl did it against Kane County on July 19, 2000, however, his final at-bat produced an opposite-field clout just over the wood wall in right.

 

The first blast by Franklin came back-to-back with Daniel Carroll, who himself lifted his second two-run homer in as many nights to push the Kings’ lead to 5-2.

 

Vinnie Catricala also chipped in two RBI, finishing 1-for-4.  Mario Martinez added an RBI single and James Jones registered his first hit with Clinton, an RBI triple scoring Dennis Raben in the seventh.

 

The big story heading into the game was the professional debut of Mariners’ fifth-round pick, right-hander Tyler Blandford.  The Oklahoma State product stifled the Chiefs to just a hit over 4.1 innings, but also issued five walks.  Blandford exited after allowing two runs, both earned.

 

Right-hander John Housey (W, 1-0) worked the next 3.2 innings, keeping Peoria off the scoreboard despite three more walks.  Left-hander Jose Jimenez pitched a scoreless non-save ninth.

 

Peoria right-hander Jonathan Nagel (L, 0-1) gave up three of the Clinton runs on six hits over 3.0 innings.  Right-hander Tim Clubb surrendered the Carroll and Franklin back-to-back blasts and lefty Jeff Beliveau gave up the second Franklin homer.  Righty Andres Quezada did not allow a run over the final 1.2 innings.

 

The LumberKings (2-1) begin their first road trip of the season at Time Warner Cable Field in Wisconsin tomorrow night against the Timber Rattlers.  Left-hander Jon Hesketh (0-0, 0.00) is slated to make his first start of the year beginning at 5:05 PM. Listen to the game on AM 1390 KCLN or www.lumberkings.com.

 

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Pre-Season Press Clippings

Yesterday was Media Day for the 2010 Clinton LumberKings, as well as the club’s first organized workout.  Rain and a bit of hail shortened the workout, but didn’t hold back headshots and interviews.

The first articles on John Tamargo’s team are out today.  Steve Batterson of the Quad City Times penned this article, including quotes from JT and catcher Steven Baron.  He also offers a rotation preview.  Read the article here:  http://qctimes.com/sports/baseball/professional/minor/midwest-league/article_607e60d6-418b-11df-b705-001cc4c03286.html

Of course, the Clinton Herald was there as well.  Assistant Sports Editor Jeff Bersch took a different angle with his story, covering the return of ’09 LumberKing Daniel Carroll.  Read his article here:  http://clintonherald.com/sports/x1612527229/Carroll-hoping-for-better-luck-in-third-trip-to-Midwest-League

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