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Today’s Interview: Stefen Romero

The LumberKings split last night’s doubleheader in Wisconsin after falling 5-0 in game one.  Stefen Romero powered the offense with a 2-for-4 performance including his second home run in the last three games and a career-high three RBI.  That was more than enough to back right-hander Forrest Snow, who bounced back from his eight-run debacle at Kane County to toss his first career complete game.  Snow earned his first professional win with a run on five hits over 7.0 innings, and the Kings won, 6-1.

Highlights from Game 2:

I’ve already chatted with Snow about a six-inning no-hit bid this season, so it’s time to talk with Romero for the first time.  Seattle’s 12th round pick out of Oregon State University has had a somewhat long road to his first professional season, having missed last year with right elbow issues.  He’s back to 100% now and is swinging the bat well in the middle of the Clinton order. 

Listen Here:  Romero Interview 4.30.11

Starting Lineups:

LumberKings (6-16):  Shaver Hansen/2B, Julio Morban/RF, Tim Morris/DH, Stefen Romero/LF, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Matt Cerione/CF, Ramon Morla/3B, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Steven Baron/C, George Mieses/RHP

Wisconsin (7-11):  Nick Shaw/2B, Reggie Keen/CF, Cody Hawn/1B, Mike Walker/DH, Greg Hopkins/3B, TJ Mittlestaedt/LF, Tyler Roberts/C, Carlos George/SS, Franklin Romero/RF, Jimmy Nelson/RHP

The LumberKings will try and secure just their second series victory in a Saturday afternoon game against the Timber Rattlers.  First pitch is at 1:05 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Today’s Interview: Jeff Hem

As you’ve probably gathered already, last night’s game between the LumberKings and the Kane County Cougars was postponed by rain.  We’ll play yet another doubleheader today (our fourth this season) starting at 2:30 PM.  Clinton will be looking to snap another five-game losing streak after falling 8-4 in the opener of the series on Thursday.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.23.11 kingsnotes

For today’s pregame interview, I decided to do my first “crossing enemy lines” segment of the 2011 season, although I’m not sure I like sticking with that name all the time.  I talked with my esteemed colleague in the Kane County broadcast booth, the seventh-year voice of the Cougars, Jeff Hem.  Much of our discussion revolves around their new affiliate, the Kansas City Royals, their first-time coaches (all MLB vets) Vance Wilson, Jim Brower and Damon Hollins, prospects like Alex Llanos and the injured Brett Eibner and more.

Listen Here:  Jeff Hem Interview 4.23.11

The Kings have swept Kane County in a doubleheader once this season, that back on April 16 at Alliant Energy Field.  They’ll attempt to sweep them again and win their second series of the season with right-hander Forrest Snow (0-1, 3.86) on the hill in game one and left-hander Anthony Fernandez (0-o, 5.40) starting in game two.  Matt Cerione is back in the lineup today after missing the last 10 games.

Today’s Game 1 Lineups:

LumberKings (4-11):  Matt Cerione/DH, Carlos Ramirez/2B, Julio Morban/CF, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Steven Baron/C, Kevin Rivers/RF, Forrest Snow/RHP

Kane County (6-9):  Alex Llanos/DH, Yowill Espinal/2B, Brian Fletcher/LF, Lane Adams/CF, Murray Watts/1B, Geulin Beltre/RF, Ryan Stovall/3B, Travis Jones/C, Gerard Hall/SS, Leonel Santiago/RHP

The pregame show starts at 2:15 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Tonight’s Interview: Rich Dorman

As I said on air after the 13th inning last night, it wasn’t pretty, they’ll get no style points for it, but the LumberKings finally secured their second win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 victory in Beloit.  A one-out triple by Ramon Morla and RBI fielder’s choice by Tim Morris plated the only run Clinton would need, and Julio Morban (bases-loaded HBP) and Kevin Rivers (RBI groundout) added two insurance runs.  Meanwhile, on the mound, right-hander George Mieses (7.0 IP, 2 H, 3 K), left-hander Jason Markovitz (2.0 IP, 3 H) and right-handers Matt Bischoff (2.0 IP, 1 H, 4 K) and Tyler Burgoon (win, 2.0 IP, 2 K) combined on a six-hit shutout.

Following Clinton’s first shutout win, I figured it was prime time to talk with the new pitching coach of the LumberKings, Rich Dorman.  We discuss last night’s gritty effort from his staff, his observations of Mieses through two starts, Forrest Snow’s six-inning no-no three games prior, tonight’s first start from right-hander Fray Martinez and more.

Listen Here:  Dorman Interview 4.15.11.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.15.11 kingsnotes

We’re getting a decent amount of rain currently in Clinton, but should that subside, here’s tonight’s lineups:

Kane County (3-5):  Alex Llanos/CF, Yowill Espinal/2B, Brian Fletcher/LF, Murray Watts/1B, Lance Adams/DH, Geulin Beltre/RF, Ryan Jenkins/C, Angel Franco/3B, Gerard Hall/SS, Keaton Hayenga/RHP

LumberKings (2-6):  Carlos Ramirez/2B, Julio Morban/CF, Kevin Rivers/RF, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/LF, Steven Baron/C, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Fray Martinez/RHP

First pitch is still scheduled for 6:30 PM as of now, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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.

-DL

Tuesday Notes (4/12)

Usually when I don’t post an interview, that means the LumberKings played a rather uneventful game and probably lost.  By the very title of this post, you can already tell how last night’s game went without reading any further.

For the third time in three games, the LumberKings scored first, failed to widen the gap, let a costly error put the opponent back into the game and lost.  This time, it was a 7-2 decision at the hands of the Beloit Snappers in Clinton’s first road action of the season.  The Kings scored twice off left-hander Andrei Lobanov thanks to four-straight singles including an RBI single by Marcus Littlewood, but never scored again after the second inning.  Beloit scored on a pair of errors in the bottom of the second, then plated four runs over the 4th and 5th innings to send right-hander Seon Gi Kim to the loss in his LumberKings debut.

A 1-4 start isn’t exactly what we all envisioned, but it’s nowhere near time to be worried.  Especially since the top of the rotation comes around again tonight with right-hander Forrest Snow (0-0, 9.00) looking to bounce back from an abnormally-shaky Opening Night outing.  The offense, too, has not been as bad as it looks…the LumberKings pounded out 10 hits total last night — including 2-for-4 performances from Matt Cerione and Stefen Romero – but also left 10 on base.  They’ve been getting on, now it’s just time to get them in.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  4.12.11 kingsnotes

Manager Jesus Azuaje has shaken up the lineup today, we’ll see if that turns the tide of this three-game losing streak.

Lineups:

Beloit (3-2):  Daniel Santana/SS, Derek McCallum/2B, Lance Ray/RF, Oswaldo Arcia/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/LF, Tobias Streich/C, Wang-Wei Lin/CF, Andrew Leer/3B, Manuel Soliman/RHP

LumberKings (1-4):  Julio Morban/CF, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/LF, Tim Morris/1B, Ramon Morla/3B, Kevin Rivers/RF, Carlton Tanabe/C, Anthony Phillips/2B, Forrest Snow/RHP

Hopefully the pregame interview will return for tomorrow.  Listen in tonight starting with the pregame show at 6:15 PM on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Tonight’s Interview: Ted Tornow

Rain wouldn’t allow us to complete last night’s season opener against Burlington, so we’re finishing it tonight.  The LumberKings and Bees stand tied, 4-4 heading into the fourth thanks to an early comeback effort against right-hander Seth Frankoff.  Kings’ Opening Night starter Forrest Snow was touched up for four runs — three earned — over three innings, but was starting to settle in when the tarp went on.  An RBI triple by Julio Morban, RBI single by Marcus Littlewood (pictured right), RBI sac fly by Stefen Romero and RBI single by Steven Baron brought Clinton back from 3-0 and 4-2 deficits.  Littlewood singled again to left with two outs in the bottom of the third, but Tim Morris was thrown out trying to score by Bees’ left-fielder Douglas Landaeta to keep the game tied.

A lot of game left to go tonight, and it’s only the opening act.  We’ll also have a seven-inning game afterwards, in which 2010 Everett Pitcher of the Year and Northwest League All-Star left-hander Anthony Fernandez will make his first start in black and green.  It sounds like we’ll see right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, the 45th round pick out of Aubur in 2010, in the resumption of the first game.  Those two will alternate starts anyways to begin the year, so the twinbill setup works perfect for them.

Read more about the action in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.8.11 kingsnotes

As for the interview, I caught LumberKings’ General Manager Ted Tornow tonight.  We talked about the beginning of the 75th anniversary of the franchise and what that means to everyone involved, improvements to Alliant Energy Field that fans will see this season, building stability with the Seattle Mariners and more.

Listen Here:  Tornow Interview 4.8.11.mp3

First pitch of inning #4 will be at 6:00 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

It didn’t count, but it was still baseball

The LumberKings hit the field for batting practice and a simulated game this evening in front of a crowd of die-hard fans.  Seon Gi Kim and Edlando Seco got some work in against live hitters, two who already visited the Leinenkugel’s Lumber Lounge.  Both Kevin Rivers and Julio Morban hit home runs…home runs that don’t count for much other than pride.

Still, it was a fun first-time experience.  Probably not as fun as High Desert’s exhibition action against Victor Valley College last night.  Nine Mavs pitchers, including former LumberKings Jimmy Gillheeney (’10), Nick Czyz (’10), Jon Hesketh (’09-’10), Ogui Diaz (’09), Jose Jimenez (’09-’10), John Housey (’10) and Chris Kirkland (’09-’10) threw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over the Rams.

I doubt we’ll see a nine-pitcher no-no tomorrow night in the 2011 Opener against Burlington, but we’ll get a good look at Forrest Snow and some other solid arms as well.  Here’s a look at the opening series rotation:

Thu:  RHP Forrest Snow vs. RHP Seth Frankoff

Fri:  LHP Anthony Fernandez vs. RHP Josh Bowman

Sat:  RHP George Mieses vs. RHP A.J. Griffin

Sun:  RHP Brandon Maurer vs. RHP Blake Hassebrock

Game notes will be up tomorrow along with an interview with likely interim manager Jesus Azuaje.  See you here at Alliant Energy Field tomorrow!

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Opening Night Roster Released

The 25 players that will comprise the 2011 Clinton LumberKings’ Opening Night roster have now been announced over at LumberKings.com.  Here’s a few things to note for the coming days:

  • Jesus Azuaje will be the interim manager for Clinton while Eddie Menchaca and wife Lacy prepare for the birth of their second son in Phoenix.  When the youngest Menchaca is born, I’ll post  about it here.  Azuaje, of course, is an old friend — he was our hitting coach in 2009.
  • Right-hander Forrest Snow will make the switch from lockdown closer to frontline starter.  Pitching coach Rich Dorman is giving him the baseball for the Opening Night start against Burlington on Thursday.  Word from the Bees is that right-hander Seth Frankoff will start opposite Snow.
  • The LumberKings will be taking the field for an intrasquad game on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:00 PM.  It is free to the public!  Come on down, get your first look at the Kings, grab some 75th Anniversary Season souvenir items and get your baseball fix.

More to come, including some photos from tomorrow’s 9 AM workout.  Also, I’ll begin crafting the initial set of LumberKings’ Game Notes.  Tis the season.

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MWLCS Game Five – Notes and Lineups

Tonight is the 150th game for the LumberKings in 2010.  The previous 149 were just a prelude to tonight.  I’ll spare you further dramatics and give you the goods this evening.

The Kings forced tonight’s decisive game five with a 3-2 comeback win over the Lake County Captains in Eastlake last night, looking all but dead on a go-ahead RBI single by Greg Folgia in the seventh.  However, James Jones would start the rally with a single to center in the eighth, and RBI hits by Mickey Wiswall (listen:
Wiswall Game-Tying RBI Single 9.19.10.mp3) and Blake Ochoa (listen:
Ochoa Go-Ahead RBI Double 9.19.10.mp3).

Right-hander Taylor Stanton struck out nine over 6.2 brilliant innings, but it turned out to be right-hander Forrest Snow that earned the win in relief.  Snow yielded Folgia’s hit but just about nothing more over the final 2.1 innings.  He ended the game against Folgia, inducing him into a groundout to Gabriel Noriega (listen:
Snow Induces Folgia into Groundout, Kings Force Game Five 9.19.10.mp3).

The biggest game in Clinton franchise history since 1991 is tonight, and right-hander Yoervis Medina (1-0, 2.19 in 2 playoff starts) will be on the mound for the Kings against Captains’ lefty Giovanni Soto (0-2, 6.00 in 2 playoff games).

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.20.10 kingsnotes _mwlcs.gamefive_.pdf

Lineups:

LumberKings: 

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Nick Franklin (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Blake Ochoa (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS)

RHP Yoervis Medina

Lake County:

  1. Delvi Cid (CF)
  2. Tyler Holt (DH)
  3. Casey Frawley (SS)
  4. Adam Abraham (3B)
  5. Chase Burnette (LF)
  6. Roberto Perez (C)
  7. Jason Smit (1B)
  8. Greg Folgia (RF)
  9. Argenis Martinez (2B)

LHP Giovanni Soto

The biggest game of the year starts at 5:30 PM central time, listen online at 1390kcln.com!

-DL

Franklin, Ramirez Named Post-Season All-Stars

In case you didn’t see it via LumberKings.com…

Clinton, IA – Clinton LumberKings shortstop Nick Franklin and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez have been named Midwest League Post-Season All-Stars by the Field Managers of the league’s 16 teams.  The entire list was announced today by president George Spelius from the Midwest League office in Beloit, WI.

 

Both Franklin and Ramirez were voted as mid-season All-Stars and join the likes of Matt Adams (Quad Cities), Scooter Gennett (Wisconsin), Ian Krol (Kane County) and league Prospect of the Year and MVP Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids) on the list of the league’s best.

 

The 19-year-old Franklin, Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) out of Lake Brantley High School (FL) has enjoyed a memorable first full season in professional baseball.  Ranked the ninth-best prospect in the entire Mariners’ organization prior to the season by Baseball America, Franklin has gone on to hit .284 (129-for-454) with 20 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs (2nd most in the MWL) and 57 RBI and has stolen 23 bases in 34 attempts.  The Longwood, FL native is just two homers shy of tying Clinton’s own single-season franchise record of 22, set back in 1961.

 

Ramirez, 20, came to the LumberKings in mid-April after an award-winning 2009 campaign.  He was the Mariners’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, going 11-1 with a 0.51 ERA with Aguirre of the Venezuela Summer League.  In 2010, Ramirez has proved worthy of All-Star status as the league’s top right-handed starter.  He’s 10-4 with the league’s second-best ERA of 2.75 and also ranks amongst league leaders in WHIP (2nd at 1.04), fewest walks per 9.0 innings for starters (2nd at 1.17) and fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings for starters (3rd at 10.36).

 

Great Lakes Loons’ manager Juan Bustabad took home the Manager of the Year award.  A full list of the All-Star selections can be viewed at http://www.MidwestLeague.com.

I’ll be talking about the All-Star selections on tonight’s pregame show in lieu of an interview (I’ve interviewed both Franklin and Ramirez recently, as well as their manager John Tamargo).  One thing I MIGHT bring up is the double selection of South Bend’s Matt Davidson as both the third-baseman and DH.  He’s certainly deserving of ONE selection, but what about the now-forgotten Jerry Sands of the Loons for DH?  Or Clinton’s own Vinnie Catricala?  It’s worth thinking about.

There’s plenty to catch up on in tonight’s Game Notes following last night’s 3-1 win over Peoria.  Left-hander Nick Czyz tossed seven innings of one-run baseball and Catricala went 3-for-4 with the game-tying home run and an RBI single for insurance.  Mickey Wiswall had the game-winner on a seeing-eye single, and the bullpen combo of right-hander Jonathan Arias (H, 1) and Forrest Snow (S, 4) held on to the slim margin.

The Notes: 
8.24.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen (3-1, 2.55) has a key fifth start tonight as he looks to prove that the 4.2-inning, six-run blowup from his last outing is only a brief misstep in his magical 2010 season.  He’s on the hill for the finale against the Chiefs tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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