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The LumberKings have lost three-straight games and are now on the ropes in a playoff sense
(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.
Tonight’s Game Notes:
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 1390kcln.com starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM.
An update on former LumberKings in the MLB Playoffs:
Jason Bay (’01) was a disappointing 1-for-8 with three walks and three strikeouts for the Red Sox as they were swept by Mike Scioscia’s (’77) Angels. Gary Matthews (’95) went 0-for-1 in the series.
If the Phillies get by Jim Tracy’s Colorado Rockies and on to an NLCS matchup with the Dodgers, it still looks like it will be without John Mayberry, Jr. (’06). Matt Stairs and Ben Francisco probably have the reserve outfield spots on lockdown barring injury despite going a combined 0-for-2.
That’s it and that’s all for now.
When the 2009 MLB Playoffs officially kick off this evening, the Midwest League will be well-represented. Rather than dig up every Postseason participant that ever spent a day in the league, I’ll focus on former LumberKings (or Clinton players in general) that will vie for the World Series trophy this year:
Red Sox: Jason Bay (’01)
Angels: Manager Mike Scioscia (Clinton catcher in ’77), Gary Matthews, Jr. (’95)
That appears to be it. I won’t do a full playoff prediction for the big leagues like I did the Midwest League, but my support will be behind the Colorado Rockies. Manager Jim Tracy never played for a Clinton squad, but his son Chad Tracy was a LumberKing in ’07.