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2010 First-Half Finale

Happy Father’s Day from the LumberBlog!

Believe it or not, the first half comes to an end today for your Clinton LumberKings.  There’s no playoff spot on the line, only a shot at sole posession of third place and some momentum going into the second half.  If the Kings beat Beloit and Peoria loses to Quad Cities, Clinton’s 38-31 record would put them alone in third.  That’s what we play for this afternoon.

A tradition continues today as we reflect on the year so far with the 2010 First-Half Highlight Reel.  From Kalian Sams’ dramatic home runs to Nick Franklin’s amazing first full season to unbelievable plays in right field by James Jones to the strikeout artistry of Jon Hesketh and more, hear it all (and then some).

Listen Here: 
2010 First Half Highlight Reel.mp3

Today’s Game Notes: 
6.20.10 kingsnotes.pdf

The half ends with right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-3, 3.51) on the mound for his 11th start.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen to the game online at

After today, check back the next two days for coverage of the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I’ll be there alongside Franklin, Vinnie Catricala, Brian Moran and Erasmo Ramirez.  It should be a great time.


On the Bright Side (June 17 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgLast night’s 7-2 loss to the seventh-place Wisconsin Timber Rattlers did many negative things for the LumberKings.  They’ve lost four-straight for the first time all year, have slipped behind Peoria to fourth in the West Division, and most importantly, have been eliminated from first-half playoff contention.

The Kings could finish 39-30 at best, while second-place Quad Cities could finish with the same record at worst.  However, the River Bandits hold the tiebreaker, head-to-head record, with a 4-2 mark against Clinton.

That means it’s time for another edition of “On the Bright Side”.

While the LumberKings were officially eliminated from the playoff picture last night…

  • At least we start fresh in the second half.  The LumberKings open up against Beloit at home on June 25 at 7:00 PM.
  • At least we have the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game to get excited about.  It was announced the other day that Nick Franklin will take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday night in Fort Wayne.
  • At least we get to watch Erasmo Ramirez (5-2, 2.43) go to work tonight.  He’s 5-0 over his last six starts and has still walked just three batters while striking out 40 over 59.1 innings.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    6.17.10 kingsnotes.pdf

And that’s all for now.  I don’t plan on doing a pregame interview tonight, but if I come up with anything, it will certainly be posted here.


Four LumberKings Headed to All-Star Game

Vinnie Catricala, Nick Franklin, Brian Moran and Erasmo Ramirez all headed to Fort Wayne on June 22


Clinton, IA – Four members of the Clinton LumberKings will suit up for the West Division All-
Midwest League All Star Game copy.jpgStars on Tuesday, June 22 at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.  Vinnie Catricala (starting designated hitter), Nick Franklin (reserve shortstop), Brian Moran (left-handed pitcher) and Erasmo Ramirez (right-handed pitcher) have all been included on the West roster, released by the Midwest League today.


Catricala , 21, will be Clinton’s only starter in the game.  Seattle’s 10th round pick out of the University of Hawaii and the Offensive MVP of short-season Pulaski a year ago, Catricala is hitting .286 with 17 doubles, four home runs, 34 runs scored and 28 RBI over 56 games this season.  The Sacramento, CA native is currently tied for third in the league in doubles.


Franklin has been named a reserve, edged out for the starting shortstop spot by Peoria’s Hak-Ju Lee.  Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) in 2009, Franklin is amidst league leaders in total bases (2nd with 128), extra-base hits (2nd with 28), home runs (T-2nd with 12), slugging percentage (3rd at .577), total hits (4th with 70), OPS (5th at .936) and batting average (9th at .315).  The 19-year-old leads the LumberKings with 20 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games this season.


Moran, 21, is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA over 16 relief appearances this season and has converted on two of three save chances.  Seattle’s seventh-round pick in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina, Moran has walked just three batters while striking out 36 over 29.0 innings and leads all Midwest League relievers in lowest walks per nine innings (0.93).


Ramirez, 20, is 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA over 10 appearances, seven starts in his first season in the United States.  Seattle’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 while with Aguirre of the Venezuelan Summer League, Ramirez currently ranks eighth in the league in ERA.  He’s also walked just three batters while striking out 36 over 53.1 innings.


This year marks the fourth-straight season in which the LumberKings have sent four-or-more players to the All-Star Game.  The 2007 club sent eight players, while the 2008 and 2008 teams were represented by nine All-Stars each.  Clinton’s last player to win the “Star of Stars” award was outfielder Tim Smith, who helped the West to a 5-4 win in 10 innings with a solo home run on June 17, 2008 at Dow Diamond in Midland, MI.


For more information on the Clinton LumberKings, call 563-242-0727 or visit  For more information on the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game and festivities, visit or



On the Bright Side (June 6 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgIt’s certainly been a while since I’ve had to roll out the OTBS segment here on the LumberBlog, but I think the events of the last two nights qualify.  In case you’ve missed it, the LumberKings lost 7-6 on a walk-off single in Dayton on Friday night, then saw leads of 2-0 and 5-3 erased in a 7-5 loss to the Dragons again last night.

While the LumberKings have slipped to 4-4 on this road trip and now 3.0 games behind second-place Quad Cities for the West Division Wild Card spot…

  1. At least there’s still 13 games remaining (including nine at home) to get it together.  It doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but a win today and a River Bandits loss would put the Kings just 2.0 games out.
  2. At least James Jones has stayed red-hot.  Jones drove in three runs last night, including two on a bases-loaded single (highlight: 
    Jones 2-R single 6.5.10 at Dayton.mp3).  So far on this trip, Jones is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with three HR and nine RBI.
  3. At least we have right-hander Erasmo Ramirez on the mound today.  Ramirez is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts and is now fifth in the league in ERA (1.90).
  4. At least you can still read LumberKings’ Game Notes: 
    6.6.10 kingsnotes.pdf
  5. At least we have our first off-day since May 17 coming up tomorrow.  We’re going to need it after the nine-hour ride home from Dayton.

That’s all for now.  As mentioned, Ramirez gets the start today as this 10-game, three-city road trip finally draws to a close.  The broadcast gets underway at 12:45 PM central time on


On the Bright Side (May 5 Edition)

brightside.jpgI didn’t want to do this again so quickly, but it’s time for my second edition of “On the Bright Side”, the segment all about feeling good after a tough loss.

In case you missed it, the LumberKings fell 2-0 to the Beloit Snappers at Alliant Energy Field last night, failing to put anything together against the combination of Tom Stuifbergen and three Snapper relievers.  While the Kings haven’t scored against Beloit pitching over the last three meetings (30.0 innings)…

  • At least Jimmy Gillheeney bounced back from his rocky outing at Cedar Rapids.  Gillheeney gave up a run on four hits over 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA from 3.20 to 2.78.  Still, he’s 1-3 on the season and has been given just 10 runs of support over six starts.  Listen to Gilly strike out Aaron Hicks
    Gillheeney strikes out Hicks 5.4.10.mp3
  • At least the bullpen is still outstanding.  Right-hander John Housey worked 3.0 scoreless innings last night and has allowed just two earned runs over his last five outings (9.2 IP).  The pen as a whole has an ERA of 2.41.
  • At least there’s no rain expected for the second start for Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 3.07) tonight.  Ramirez had his last one shortened to 4.0 innings by rain in Peoria.  At least that was considered a complete game by the MLBAM folks (I disagree).
  • At least the new Deftones album is pretty good.  “Diamond Eyes” came out yesterday.  This has nothing to do with baseball, I know.  Check it out on iTunes.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    5.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

No more of this tomorrow!  Game time against Beloit is 6:30 tonight.  Listen online at


Pitcher of the Year Ramirez Heads to Clinton

Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez, Mariners’ Pitcher of the Year in ’09, joins LumberKings


Beloit, WI – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced that right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has joined the club’s 25-man roster from extended Spring Training.  Left-hander Nick Czyz has been promoted to high-A High Desert to make room for Ramirez.


The 19-year-old Ramirez was Seattle’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, going 11-1 with a 0.51 ERA in 14 games, 13 starts with the Venezuelan Summer League Mariners.  The Nicaraguan walked only five batters over 88.0 innings and struck out 80 while allowing opponents to hit just .174.


Czyz heads to the Mavericks after going 0-0, 0.00 over three relief appearances.  The lefty walked three while striking out 10 over 7.2 innings and allowed only one hit.


With the moves, the LumberKings’ active roster stands at 25 players with none on the disabled list.  No number has been announced for Ramirez, who will join the club in Beloit tonight.


The LumberKings (5-4) open a road series with the Beloit Snappers tonight at Pohlman Field, first pitch scheduled for 4:00 PM.  Right-hander Taylor Stanton (1-0, 4.50) makes his second start of the season. Listen to the game on AM 1390 KCLN or