Results tagged ‘ Game Notes ’

Tonight’s Interview: Kevin Rivers (Vol. 2)

Last night’s game in South Bend featured a season-high four home runs hit by LumberKings, but Clinton still fell 8-6 to the Silver Hawks as a result of Matt Helm’s four-RBI night.  Kevin Rivers homered twice, lifting a leadoff home run to right in the first inning (first King to do that since Daniel Carroll on July 28, 2010) and adding another in his second at-bat off right-hander Jeff Shields (listen: Rivers Solo HR (#6), 2nd of Game 7.21.11).  Mike McGee belted his first-career home run off Shields in the fifth inning (listen:  McGee Solo HR (First of Career) 7.21.11) and Stefen Romero tied the team lead with his 11th in the fifth as well to give Clinton a 5-4 lead.

Still, left-hander Nate Reed struggled through 5.0 innings as he allowed seven runs, four earned.  Helm’s three-run double in the bottom of the fifth put the Silver Hawks ahead 7-5.  Despite the sixth loss in the last seven games, the LumberKings are still 13-13 and just 3.0 games behind first place, 1.0 game out of the Wild Card. 

I catch up with Rivers for a quick chat about last night for tonight’s pregame interview.

Listen Here:  Rivers Interview 7.22.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.22.11 kingsnotes

Right-hander George Mieses (3-10, 5.36) looks to salvage the series with a win at The Cove tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM CT.  Listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Owen Serey

The LumberKings struggled offensively in their first-ever game on turf, falling 6-2 in South Bend last night.  A Kalian Sams solo home run underneath the gigantic Coveleski Stadium scoreboard in right-center field cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the eighth and Kevin Rivers doubled with one out, but a 1-for-9 trend with runners in scoring position continued as Rivers was left stranded.  Right-hander Tyler Burgoon allowed a season-high three earned runs in the bottom of the eighth as the Silver Hawks gained separation and won by four.  Left-hander Tony Butler took the loss with three runs over 4.0 innings. 

The focus of my interview tonight is on the newly-renovated “Cove” here in South Bend, and so I cover that topic with the voice of the Silver Hawks, Owen Serey.  He gives me the background of the ballpark improvements (which bare a not-so-coincidental likeness to Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field) and the Midwest League’s first-ever all-turf field, talks about the South Bend offense including league HR and RBI leader Yazy Arbelo, weighs in on former Hawks’ left-hander David Holmberg’s incredible 34-inning scoreless streak and more.  For more from Owen, check out his blog for the Silver Hawks.

Listen Here:  Serey Interview 7.21.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.21.11 kingsnotes

Lefty Nate Reed, 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA in his first two starts, takes the hill in game two of the series tonight.  The game begins at 6:00 PM CT, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Terry Pollreisz

After yesterday’s off-day, the LumberKings return to action on a six-game East Division trip, starting with a three-game set at South Bend.  It’ll be a historic night at newly renovated Coveleski Stadium (pictured left) as the Kings play on an artificial turf surface for the first time ever.

Clinton’s last game was equally historic as they closed out a three-game series with Lansing by overcoming a 5-2 deficit with a nine-run seventh inning.  Bases-loaded walks to Anthony Phillips and Carlton Tanabe helped tie the game, and a two-run double by Robbie Anston (listen: Anston 2-R double 7.18.11), two-run single by Mike McGee (listen: McGee 2-R single 7.18.11) and two-run homer by Subway Slugger of the Game Mickey Wiswall (listen: Wiswall 2-R HR (#8) 7.18.11) gave the Kings an insurmountable six-run lead.  Most astoundingly, all nine runs scored before Lansing right-handers Dayton Marze and Shawn Griffith could record a single out.  It’s the only time in my six seasons the LumberKings have posted a nine-run frame, and might very well be the franchise’s record (I don’t have accurate records on such things prior to 2006).

LumberKings’ hitting coach Terry Pollreisz has been around the game for a long time, and he’s never seen anything like it either.  Polls weighs in on the monster inning, the offense’s recent ability to score in bunches, the progression of the hitters from April until now, a philosophy change in batting practice, maintaining a positive attitude with his hitters and more.

Listen Here:  Pollreisz Interview 7.20.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.20.11 kingsnotes

Left-hander Tony Butler, coming off a 6.0-inning, nine-strikeout game against Great Lakes, makes his fourth start for the LumberKings in the opener of this three-game series against the Silver Hawks.  Manager Mark Haley’s club is 9-15 this half and is hitting just .218 in the last 10 games, but does feature the Midwest League’s top home run hitter and RBI producer, Yazy Arbelo (23 HR, 74 RBI).  First pitch of game one is set for 6:00 PM CT, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Monday Morning Notes (7/18)

If you’re wondering why I’m up so early, it’s because we have our 10 AM “Pack the Park with Kids Day” today.  The LumberKings close out the three-game set with Lansing with right-hander Taijuan Walker (4-4, 2.66) looking to halt a four-game losing streak.

Today’s Game Notes:  7.18.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.18.11 lineup

Join me this morning for the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Sunday Notes (7/17)

In the immortal words of Denny Green, “we had ‘em, and we let ‘em off the hook”.  That rings true for last night’s 8-5 loss to the Lansing Lugnuts.  The LumberKings held leads of 4-3 and 5-4, then had the bases loaded in the bottom of the 10th but still fell in 11 innings.

Tim Morris tripled home three runs and scored on a Kalian Sams single in the fourth to give Clinton a 4-3 lead, but right-hander Jonathan Arias served up a game-tying home run to Marcus Knecht.  Stefen Romero belted a thrilling solo home run with two outs in the bottom of the eighth, but the Lugnuts capitalized on third-baseman Matt Browning’s throwing error to again tie the game.  The Kings loaded the bases with two outs in the 10th and Kalian Sams fisted a 3-2 pitch towards second-baseman Matt Nuzzo, whose throw appeared to have been late.  Rather than a game-ending infield single, Sams was punched out by base umpire Dustin Klinghagen, and the game went on.

In the 11th, left-hander Jon Hesketh came on for the first time since May 22 (had been activated from the DL a day prior).  Hesketh struggled and allowed three runs, and the Kings couldn’t recover in the bottom of the inning.

Yet, Eddie Menchaca’s club is still 1.0 game out of first place, still tied with Beloit for what is now third in the West.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (3-2, 3.32), fresh off a career-high 8.0-inning win at Beloit his last time out, starts for the LumberKings, while Lansing throws right-hander Casey Lawrence (6-8, 3.78).  The first pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

Today’s Game Notes:  7.17.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.17.11 lineup

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Tonight’s Interview: Going Green with Brad Seward

The LumberKings led 1-0 on a Carlos Ramirez solo home run heading into the seventh inning last night, but the bullpen combination of Edlando Seco, Tyler Burgoon and Jessie Nava surrendered three late runs as the Great Lakes Loons came back for a 3-1 win last night.  Left-hander Tony Butler had his most impressive start to date, striking out a career-high-tying nine batters while limiting the Loons to four hits over 6.0 scoreless innings, but Seco tied the game on a bases-loaded walk in the seventh and Burgoon allowed the game-winning run on a walk and two singles in the eighth.

Read more in tonight’s Game Notes:  7.15.11 kingsnotes

Tonight is not only the rubber match as Eddie Menchaca’s Kings look for their sixth series win in seven tries this half, it’s also “Going Green Night” at the ballpark sponsored by the Clinton County Area Solid Waste Agency and WQAD-TV.  Thus, it’s time for my yearly chat with Brad Seward, the Director of Operations and Education for the CCASWA and the veteran Public Address voice for the LumberKings.

Brad and I talk about the annual “Going Green” event, the expanded efforts by the LumberKings to recycle at Alliant Energy Field, the Enviro-Kids program and baseball topics such as the memorable 2010 season and this year’s second-half turnaround.

Listen Here:  Brad Seward Interview 7.15.11

Starting Lineup:  7.15.11 lineup

Left-hander Nate Reed, a winner in his first start of the year his last time out on July 9 at Beloit (5.0 IP, 3 ER), makes his second start and 16th appearance for the LumberKings in the series finale tonight against the Loons.  He’ll have a tough challenge as he tries to outduel Los Angeles’ Dodgers’ first-round pick, right-hander Zach Lee (5-3, 3.32).  First pitch is at 7:00 PM, listen to the broadcast at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Matt Browning

Right-hander Taijuan Walker’s nine-inning complete game effort might have stolen the show last night, but the LumberKings also put together their third six-run inning (tying a season-high for most runs in one frame) in the last week, scoring six times in the third inning to beat Great Lakes, 6-2.  Mike McGee doubled home a run, Mickey Wiswall added an RBI double (listen:  Wiswall RBI double 7.13.11) and Stefen Romero launched a two-run homer (listen:  Romero 2-R HR (#9) 7.13.11), but it was Matt Browning’s clutch two-run single to center (listen:  Browning 2-R single 7.13.11) that actually produced the tying and game-winning runs.

And so, it’s time to chat with Browning for the first time.  Seattle’s 43rd round pick out of James Madison University enjoyed success in Pulaski last season (.330, 4 HR, 24 RBI in 34 games) and is making an impact both defensively and offensively as Clinton’s third baseman in 2011.  Browning is 3-for-8 with three RBI over his last two games, just over 10 days removed from being struck in the helmet by a pitch from Quad Cities’ right-hander Trevor Rosenthal.  He talks about last night’s performance, coming back quickly from the injury, his time at James Madison University, his hot start in Pulaski last season and more.

Listen Here:  Browning Interview 7.14.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.14.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.14.11 lineup

Left-hander Tony Butler, a career 0-0 with a 1.80 ERA in two starts against the Loons (both with Wisconsin in 2007), makes his third start for the LumberKings in game two tonight…he’s 1-0 with a 2.53 ERA over the first two outings.  First pitch is at 7:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Wednesday Notes (7/13)

I’ll have a special pregame interview tonight with Clinton, IA’s own Krista Voda, a host/reporter for NASCAR and other motorsports on the SPEED Network and also an NFL/BCS sideline reporter for FOX Sports.  I will post the interview either later tonight or tomorrow.

As for your LumberKings content for tonight, the Kings open a six-game homestand against the East Division tonight starting with a three-game set against the Great Lakes Loons (10-8, T-2nd in East).  Right-hander Taijuan Walker (3-4, 2.76) makes his 13 start tonight following an outing against Cedar Rapids on July 7 in which he allowed just one hit and struck out 11 over 6.0 innings.  First pitch is at 7:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.13.11 kingsnotes

Starting  Lineups:  7.13.11 lineup

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Monday Notes (7/11)

The LumberKings lost 5-0 to Beloit yesterday afternoon despite 2-for-4 efforts from both Mickey Wiswall and Stefen Romero and a near-quality outing from right-hander George Mieses (6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 K).  The Snappers scored four of their five runs in one quick burst in the fourth against Mieses, and the Kings couldn’t touch right-hander Manuel Soliman over 7.0 innings.  As a result, both teams are now tied for second in the West with 10-7 records heading into tonight’s rubber match.

Also found in today’s notes, a brief recap of former LumberKings LHP James Paxton’s performance in yesterday’s Futures Game.  Chances are you’ve seen this already, but K-Pax retired the U.S. side in order in the third inning, including getting Washington’s Bryce Harper to ground out to first .  Unfortunately, he’s still going back to double-A Jackson, so I won’t be able to do the Futures follow-up interview as I had hoped.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.11.11 kingsnotes

LumberKings (10-7):  Robbie Anston/LF, Carlos Ramirez/3B, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/2B, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, Mike McGee/CF, Anthony Phillips/SS, Carlton Tanabe/C, Anthony Fernandez/LHP

Beloit Snappers (10-7):  Daniel Santana/SS, Wang-Wei Lin/CF, Jairo Perez/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/RF, Adam Bryant/2B, Andrew Leer/3B, Tobias Streich/C, Derek McCallum/LF, A.J. Achter/RHP

Lefty Anthony Fernandez is 1-0 with a 1.98 ERA over his last four starts for the LumberKings, he’ll look for his third win in the finale of this three-game series in Beloit.  First pitch is at 7:00 PM here at Pohlman Field, listen to the game on 1390kcln.com.

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Sunday Notes (7/10)

The ball was jumping in the humid Beloit air last night, evidenced by a combined six home runs hit by the LumberKings and Snappers.  Fortunately, the back-to-back blasts by Anthony Phillips (listen:  Phillips Solo HR (#2) 7.9.11) and Kevin Rivers (listen:  Rivers Solo HR (#4) Back-to-Back with Phillips 7.9.11) in the fifth inning pulled the Kings back from a 3-2 deficit and a towering drive to left by Stefen Romero in the seventh (listen:  Romero 2-R HR (#8) 7.9.11) gave Clinton a healthy cushion as they took game one in Beloit, 8-5. 

Left-hander Nate Reed served up home runs to Jairo Perez and Tobias Streich, allowing a total of three earned runs over 5.0 innings in his first start since September 4, 2010 while with High Desert.  Reed earned the win with help from the bullpen, including left-hander Ryan Kiel and right-hander Jessie Nava.  Kiel, making his Kings’ debut, struck out six over 1.2 innings including four in the sixth inning alone (a wild pitch on strike three allowed Daniel Ortiz to reach base) to pick up a hold.  Nava worked in and out of jams in the eighth and ninth, inducing Perez into a game-ending force out at third base as he represented the tying run.

Not to be lost in the mix was a decent pro debut for catcher John Hicks, Seattle’s fourth-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Virginia.  Hicks reached on an infield single in his first at-bat (listen: Hicks First Pro Hit (Infield Single) 7.9.11 ), threw out his first attempting base-stealer in the second inning (caught Daniel Santana at second) and recorded his first RBI on a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

It’s day baseball today as the LumberKings, now alone in second place in the West and just a game behind first-place Kane County, look to secure their fifth series win of the second half against the Snappers.  Right-hander George Mieses (3-9, 5.38) looks to run his winning streak to three-straight games after a seven-game losing streak.  Mieses has pitched well against Beloit this season, he’s 0-1 with a 4.22 ERA in two outings. 

Today’s Game Notes:  7.10.11 kingsnotes

LumberKings (10-6):  Kevin Rivers/DH, Jetsy Extrano/3B, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Stefen Romero/2B, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, John Hicks/C, Robbie Anston/CF, Anthony Phillips/SS, George Mieses/RHP

Beloit Snappers (9-7):  Wang-Wei Lin/LF, Daniel Santana/CF, Jairo Perez/3B, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/RF, Lance Ray/DH, Tyler Grimes/SS, Jhonatan Arias/C, Andrew Leer/2B, Manuel Soliman/RHP

First pitch is at 2:00 PM on this muggy Sunday, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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