Results tagged ‘ George Mieses ’

Tonight’s Interview: Stephen Kohlscheen

It’s been quite the two days for LumberKings’ right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen.  Yesterday, making his first appearance with Clinton since June 14 and just his second start in the black and green, he pitched 6.0 scoreless, three-hit innings to guide the Kings to a 4-1 win in Burlington.  Today, he was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week on the strength of that outing.

After going 3-0 with a 2.51 ERA in seven games, five starts for Eddie Menchaca’s Pulaski Mariners in 2010, Kohlscheen took a decided step back with the LumberKings as a reliever in the first half this year.  He went 1-3 with a 7.39 ERA in 16 games, with his lone highlight being a win in a spot start on May 2 vs. Beloit in which he worked 5.0 scoreless innings in a 13-6 victory.  Kohlscheen was shipped down to short-A Everett just before the All-Star Break and the move, while difficult, just may have revitalized him.  The 6’6″ righty went 2-0 with a 3.03 ERA in nine games, seven starts with the AquaSox and earned the call to the Clinton rotation after right-hander George Mieses went on the DL.

Kohlscheen is my pregame interview guest tonight.  We talk about yesterday’s outing against the Bees, the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week award, his difficult first half, working with Everett pitching coach Andrew Lorraine, his experience in the 2009 Junior College World Series, his transfer to Auburn and more.

Listen Here:  Kohlscheen Interview 8.8.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.8.11 kingsnotes

Including Kohlscheen’s outing yesterday, the Clinton starting rotation is 6-3 with a 2.65 ERA (28 ER in 95.0 IP) and nine quality starts over the last 16 games.  Tonight’s starter, left-hander Anthony Fernandez, is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA (3 ER in 22.0 IP) and three quality starts in that span.  He’ll face off against Bees’ right-hander Josh Bowman (7-4, 3.64 for the season, 0-0, 3.86 vs. Clinton).  First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Wednesday Notes (8/3)

It’s day baseball today as the LumberKings continue a four-game series at Wisconsin.  The Kings’ offense produced just one run on five hits last night, not enough to overcome a two-run homer by Jason Rogers as the Timber Rattlers took the opener, 2-1 at Time Warner Cable Field.  Right-hander George Mieses was stellar over 7.0 innings, allowing just two runs for his team-leading eighth quality start.  Still, “El Toro” fell to 4-11, tying him for second in the Midwest League in losses.

Read more on Mieses, Stefen Romero (who is now in the midst of a seven-game hitting streak after going 2-for-4 last night) and the rest of the Kings in today’s Game Notes:  8.3.11 kingsnotes 

The Kings will try and get the bats going today against Wisconsin right-hander Brooks Hall (5-3, 3.96), who struck out 10 in a no-decision at Clinton his last time out on July 29.  Lefty Anthony Fernandez (4-3, 3.27) will oppose Hall again today…he defeated the Rattlers that same game with three runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings.  The game begins at 12:05 PM CT, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Jon Hesketh

The LumberKings opened the six-game homestand with a wire-to-wire 5-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last night.  Julio Morban, playing in his first game since June 26, connected on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Maverick Lasker in the first inning, belting a solo home run to the right-field Lumber Lounge (listen:  Morban Solo HR (#2) 7.27.11).  Two batters later, Stefen Romero dropped the back shoulder and lifted a two-run shot to left (listen:  Romero 2-R HR (#12) 7.27.11), putting the Kings ahead 3-0.

Winning left-hander Nate Reed held the Rattlers to a run over 5.0 innings and an RBI double by Kevin Rivers and solo homer by Kalian Sams raised the lead to 5-1.  Right-hander Jessie Nava yielded a run over 3.0 innings and left-hander Jon Hesketh worked past a run to lock down his first professional save, striking out T.J. Mittelstaedt as the potential tying run to end the game (listen: Hesketh Fans Mittelstaedt for First Pro Save 7.27.11).

My pregame interview tonight is with Hesketh, the veteran arm on the staff.  Seattle’s 20th round pick in 2009 out of the University of New Mexico, Hesketh has come back from a nearly two-month stint on the DL (was hit in the left thumb by a comebacker on May 22 at Peoria) and is back in the Clinton bullpen.  The Langley, BC, Canada native talks about his first pro save,

Listen Here:  Hesketh Interview 7.28.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.28.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.28.11 lineup

The series with Wisconsin continues tonight with right-hander George Mieses (4-10, 5.00) on the mound for his team-leading 20th start.  Despite the season numbers, Mieses is actually pitching strong in the second half.  “El Toro” is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA so far in the second half.  He’ll go up against Milwaukee Brewers’ 2010 second-round pick, right-hander Jimmy Nelson (5-7, 4.19).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: George Mieses

The LumberKings salvaged the series with a 6-1 win over South Bend last night thanks to co-Espresso, Cigars & More Players of the Game, Kevin Rivers and George Mieses.  Rivers finished the three-game series 9-for-13 after going 3-for-4 with a two-run single (listen: Rivers 2-R single 7.22.11) and another solo home run (listen: Rivers Solo HR (#7) 7.22.11)…he even chipped in with his fourth outfield assist (Rivers Throws Out Inciarte 7.22.11).  Mieses allowed an unearned run in the first but nothing more on five hits over 7.0 innings, working his team-lead-tying seventh quality start while improving to 4-10.

After catching Rivers yesterday, it’s high time to get to Mieses for the first time today.  We talk about last night’s outing including his use of the curveball (his best bender all year), being more comfortable with run support, his nickname of “El Toro” and more.

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Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.23.11 kingsnotes

Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (3-3, 3.69) looks to rebound from his last start against Lansing in which he allowed a season-high five earned runs over 5.0 innings.  He’ll face a West Michigan Whitecaps’ offense that ranks third in the Midwest League in team batting average (.257).  The ‘Caps counter with former Wichita State lefty Brian Flynn (2-1, 3.90) in game one of the three-game series, first pitch scheduled for 6:00 PM CT.  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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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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Tonight’s Interview: Eddie Menchaca (Vol. 6)

Following Monday’s no-hitter at the hands of Peoria, the LumberKings regrouped and found a way to win the series over the Chiefs with a 5-3 victory last night at O’Brien Field.  Stefen Romero ended right-hander Starling Peralta’s bid for another no-hitter with one out in the fourth, launching a solo home run to the berm in left (listen: Romero Solo HR (#7) 7.5.11).  He’d add a two-run triple (listen: Romero 2-R Triple 7.5.11) as part of a four-run sixth inning that gave the Kings a 5-0 lead.  Right-hander George Mieses pitched 7.0 scoreless innings but ran into trouble in the eighth, yielding three runs (two on Micah Gibbs’ single off Tyler Burgoon after his exit) to cut the lead to 5-3.  Burgoon retired the final four batters in a row, recording his ninth save as Mieses won back-to-back starts for the first time to improve to 3-9.

Clinton finished the trip 4-2 and are now 7-5 and in a three-way tie for second in the West Division.  Manager Eddie Menchaca is my interview guest tonight, and he weighs in on the rebound win after Austin Kirk’s no-no, the red-hot Romero (3 HR, 10 RBI on the trip), Mieses, catcher Carlton Tanabe (he calls him the team’s MVP right now) and more.

Listen Here:  Menchaca Interview 7.6.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.6.11 kingsnotes

Tonight’s Starting Lineup:  7.6.11 lineup

The LumberKings take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels for the first time since taking two of three on the road at the end of May.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (2-2, 3.81) makes the start for Clinton tonight looking for his third quality start in four outings since coming back from High Desert.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Tuesday Notes (7/5)

A tip of the cap is well deserved for Peoria left-hander Austin Kirk, who became the first pitcher to throw a nine-inning no-hitter against the LumberKings since Burlington’s Jason Grote did it on August 5, 2000.  Kirk struck out 10 batters on the outing and allowed just two baserunners, both on walks.  Those walks kept him from becoming the first Midwest League hurler to throw a perfect game since Clinton’s own Scott Dunn did it against Lansing on August 3, 2000 (yes, just two days prior to Grote’s no-no).

Yesterday’s 2-0 loss is historic, but it’s still just one loss.  The LumberKings are still 3-2 on this six-game road trip and are primed to take this series from the Chiefs, who are just 1-4 at home this half and 4-7 on the season.  They’ll move forward with right-hander George Mieses (2-9, 5.57) on the mound, looking to win for the second-straight outing.  Last time out, El Toro utilized seven runs of support and kept Quad Cities to four runs as the Kings won, 8-5. 

No pregame interview today, but check out the Game Notes:  7.5.11 kingsnotes

The series finale gets underway at 7:00 PM here at O’Brien Field, listen to the broadcast at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Rich Dorman (Vol. 3)

The LumberKings are 2-0 in the “show-and-go” after last night’s 5-3 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits at Modern Woodmen Park.  Clinton took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a two-out double by Tim Morris (listen: Morris 2-R double 7.1.11) and raised the lead back to two in the sixth on a two-out RBI single by Carlton Tanabe.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez dealt over 7.0 innings, limiting the Bandits to a run on four hits and turning in a highlight-reel-worthy 1-6-3 double play on a line drive back to the mound in the sixth inning (listen: Fernandez 1-6-3 DP 7.1.11).  The 3-1 lead wouldn’t last in the eighth as right-hander Keli’i Zablan loaded the bases and yielded a run on a wild pitch, but right-hander Tyler Burgoon gave up just one run in a bases-loaded no-out situation, keeping the game tied at 3-3.  In the ninth, the Kings went right back ahead as Kevin Rivers was hit by a pitch and scored on a Mickey Wiswall single to center (listen: Wiswall Go-Ahead RBI single 7.1.11).  Stefen Romero executed a safety squeeze bunt scoring Matt Browning in the ninth as well, and Burgoon worked a perfect bottom of the ninth to improve to 5-3.

With the outstanding outing from Fernandez, a seven-game losing streak snapped by George Mieses, the double-A promotion of James Paxton, the addition of left-hander Tony Butler and the three-win run by Burgoon, it’s high time to catch up with pitching coach Rich Dorman again.  Dor talks about those pitchers plus tonight’s starter Taijuan Walker on tonight’s pregame interview.

Listen Here:  Dorman Interview 7.2.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.2.11 kingsnotes

Walker and the Kings go looking for the sweep of the Bandits tonight, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Friday Notes (7/1)

It’s a “show-and-go” day here in the Quad Cities for your LumberKings, so please excuse the lateness and briefness of this post.  The Kings earned their first win in the QC this season by scoring at least a run in six-straight innings and pitching well in relief last night, defeating the River Bandits 8-5.  Stefen Romero’s 2-for-3, three-RBI performance included a much-debated two-run homer down the left-field line in the third inning (from the press box angle it appeared to be foul, but home plate umpire Garrett Patterson indicated it had hooked fair) that gave the Kings a lead they would not relinquish.  Seven runs backed 5.0 decent innings from right-hander George Mieses (4 runs, 3 earned on 8  hits), who won for the first time since April 30 at Wisconsin.  Right-hander Tyler Blandford yielded a run over 2.0 innings, lefty Nate Reed turned in a scoreless eighth and righty Jonathan Arias worked out of a bases-loaded jam for his second save in the ninth.

Highlights:  Romero Debated 2-R HR (#5) 6.30.11  |  Arias Strikes Out Klein for 2nd Save 6.30.11

Obviously, the huge news today is the promotion of James Paxton to double-A Jackson.  I’ll likely be talking with pitching coach Rich Dorman on this subject and others in an upcoming interview segment, but as for tonight, no new interview for you. 

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.1.11 kingsnotes

Ground ball artist Anthony Fernandez (2-2, 4.22) starts against Rock Falls native Seth Blair (4-3, 4.65) in the middle game of this series tonight, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM at Modern Woodmen Park.  Listen to the broadcast online at 1390kcln.com.

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