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Tonight’s Interview: Rich Dorman (Vol. 4)

The LumberKings won the series and kept a 4.0-game Wild Card lead on Beloit in-tact with a 5-2 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits last night.  Kalian Sams went 2-for-4 with a double (listen:  Sams RBI double 8.19.11) and a solo home run (listen:  Sams Solo HR (#15) 8.19.11), but it was Anthony Phillips’ two-out infield single scoring Mickey Wiswall in the fourth inning that stood as the winning run (listen: Phillips RBI infield single 8.19.11).  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez had a short 5.0-inning outing by his usual standards, but struck out a career-high 10 batters in that time and allowed just two runs to the Bandits (listen:  Fernandez Career-High 10th K, 8.19.11).  Relievers Jessie Nava, Ryan Kiel and Jonathan Arias combined on 4.0 scoreless innings in relief of Fernandez, with Arias picking up his eighth save.

With another great outing by Fernandez, more lock-down relief from Kiel and Arias and a host of new arms to talk about, it’s time to catch up with LumberKings’ pitching coach Rich Dorman for tonight’s interview.  He gives plenty of insight on Fernandez, right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, Mariners’ third-round right-hander Carter Capps, tonight’s starter Roenis Elias, Arias and his dominant second half and more.

Listen to the 11-minute-long full interview here:  Dorman Interview 8.20.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.20.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:  8.20.11 lineup

Mariners’ second-round pick, Brad Miller makes his professional debut tonight at shortstop, batting seventh.  Elias (2-0, 2.89) makes his fourth start for the Kings as he goes up against Kane County right-hander Leondy Perez (6-11, 3.35).  The game begins at 6:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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OTD Interview: Kirby Rock

You know him as one half of our on-field emcee duo for the Chicken George Fling, the John Deere Tractor Race, The Oaks Chip Shot and more, he’s Kirby Rock, second-year Administrative Assistant for the LumberKings.  It’s Kirby’s last day working for the LumberKings prior to heading back to school at Central College in Pella, IA, so now’s the time to get him for tonight’s “Off the Diamond” segment.

Learn more about Kirby’s outstanding High School baseball career at Calamus-Wheatland, what he’s learned in two seasons working for Director of Operations Mitch Butz, which promotion he enjoys the most, his aspirations to be a personal trainer and more.

Listen Here:  Kirby Rock OTD Interview 8.18.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.18.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:  8.18.11 lineup

The LumberKings will try and rebound from last night’s shocking 12-10 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits in game two of the series tonight.  Right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen (2-3, 4.94), 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA in three starts for the Kings, takes the hill against Bandits’ right-hander Zach Russell (6-9, 4.24).  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Mickey Wiswall (Vol. 2)

Prior to yesterday’s off-day, the LumberKings completed a three-game sweep of the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field, posting a three-run eighth and winning 9-5.  Mickey Wiswall led the way with a 2-for-4 game including a two-run homer (listen:  Wiswall 2-R HR (#10) 8.15.11) and game-winning RBI double (listen:  Wiswall go-ahead RBI double, 50th RBI 8.15.11), driving in three.  Carlos Ramirez fell a triple shy of the cycle in a 3-for-5 game that included his second home run as well.  Right-hander Carter Capps worked four scoreless innings to start his pro debut but then was touched for three runs over his final 0.2 innings in a no-decision.  Right-hander Jessie Nava twice gave up tying runs, but also left the bases loaded with a huge strikeout of Arismendy Alcantara (listen: Nava Leaves them Loaded 8.15.11 ).  Nava improved to 2-4 with the win in relief and lefty Ryan Kiel locked down his first save with two scoreless innings.

Wiswall joins me for the first time since early June for tonight’s pregame interview.  We talk about his game-winning performance on Monday, his growth as both a hitter and a first-baseman in his first full year in the Mariners’ system, the offense beginning to turn a corner, being part of playoff runs both last year and this year, his goals for the remainder of the season and more.

Listen Here:  Wiswall Interview 8.17.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.17.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  8.17.11 lineup

With the regular-season’s final off-day behind us, the LumberKings begin a challenging seven-game homestand against Quad Cities and Kane County, the top two teams in the West Division.  The Kings trail Kane County by 3.0 games for the top playoff spot, yet still lead Beloit by 4.0 games for the Wild Card.  Left-hander Tony Butler (1-3, 3.43) faces Quad Cities for the first time since June 5, 2007 when they were still known as the Swing.  Meanwhile, the offense will attempt to stay hot against River Bandits’ right-hander Trevor Rosenthal (6-7, 3.61).  Game time is 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Tim Morris (Vol. 2)

The Kings made it back-to-back wins in Peoria on a sunny Sunday afternoon yesterday, scoring eight runs (their most in one game since an 8-4 win vs. Wisconsin on July 28) to defeat the Chiefs, 8-2.  Tim Morris went 2-for-5 with a season-high four RBI on the day, driving in the game’s first run with an RBI smash scored an error on first-baseman Richard Jones and adding a “nail in the coffin” three-run homer inside the right-field foul pole (listen: Morris 3-R HR (#5) 8.14.11).  Anthony Phillips, Julio Morban and Stefen Romero all added an RBI each, supporting 6.2 innings of two-run ball from left-hander Roenis Elias in his second win of the year.  Right-hander Jonathan Arias picked up save #6 with three strikeouts over 2.1 innings.

Coupled with Beloit’s 3-0 loss to Burlington yesterday, the LumberKings are back to 3.0 games ahead of the Snappers for the West Division Wild Card spot.  A glance back in the history books to a year ago and Clinton is in relatively the same spot as the 2010 club through 119 games.  John Tamargo’s team was 27-22, tied for third (along with Kane County for the top playoff spot) and holding a 2.0 game lead on Beloit for the Wild Card.

Given yesterday’s breakout performance and his presence on both the 2010 and 2011 teams, it’s a good time to catch up with Tim Morris.  Seattle’s 11th round pick out of St. John’s University in 2009 is hitting .257 with five HR, 40 RBI and 18 steals in his sophomore year with Clinton.  He talks about yesterday’s game and the home run, his week-long stint with high-A High Desert, coming back into a different role with the LumberKings, this year’s pursuit of a playoff spot and more.

Listen Here:  Morris Interview 8.15.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.15.11 kingsnotes

In a season that has already seen shortstop Marcus Littlewood, INF/OF Stefen Romero, left-hander James Paxton, right-hander Keli’i Zablan and catcher John Hicks make their affiliated professional debuts with Clinton, we’ll see another highly-anticipated debut tonight.  Right-hander Carter Capps, the supplemental third-round pick (121st overall) by Seattle this year, makes his first start in the black-and-green tonight.  Capps went 14-1, 1.75 in 20 games at Mount Olive College (NC) this year, then dominated in the Cape Cod League to the tune of 4-1, 0.60 in 16 games with Harwich.  He’ll be opposed by notorious LumberKings-Killer, Chiefs’ left-hander Austin Kirk.  Kirk is a pretty average 5-8, 3.43 on the season, but 3-0, 1.11 against the Kings including that nine-inning no-no on July 4. 

The Kings owe Kirk some payback, and it begins with the first pitch at 7:00 PM here from O’Brien Field.  Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Today’s Interview: Eddie Menchaca (Vol. 8)

Still working hard in August. Sunday road BP in Peoria.

Every game is a must-win when you’re only up 2.0 games for the Wild Card spot, and the LumberKings earned a hard-fought 3-1 victory over the Peoria Chiefs in 10 innings here at O’Brien Field last night to maintain that lead.  The Kings had just two hits over the first seven innings, but pinch-runner Julio Morban scored on a two-out double by Robbie Anston in the eighth and Carlos Ramirez snapped the 1-1 tie in the 10th, ripping a 3-2 pitch from Chiefs’ right-hander Luis Liria to the picnic tables in right for a two-run home run (listen:  Ramirez GW 2-R HR (#3) 8.13.11).  Right-hander Tyler Burgoon gave up a pair of singles to start the bottom of the 10th before slamming the door shut for his 13th save (listen:  Burgoon Strikes Out Klafczynski for 13th Save 8.13.11).  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez, behind 1-0 much of the night, earned his much-deserved fifth win with just a run on five hits over a career-high 9.0 innings.

LumberKings’ Manager Eddie Menchaca joins me for today’s pregame interview.  We discuss the clutch performance of Ramirez, Fernandez’s development into the staff ace, Burgoon’s tough save, the still-struggling offense and more.

Listen Here:  Menchaca Interview 8.14.11

Today’s Game Notes:  8.14.11 kingsnotes

Last night’s win means the Kings can secure a series victory today in Peoria.  Left-hander Roenis Elias (1-0, 3.00) makes his third start for Clinton today as he matches up against Chiefs’ right-hander Brett Wallach (0-2, 4.70 with Peoria, 3-5, 5.74 in high-A Daytona).  First pitch is at 1:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Nate Kreinbrink

It’s one of the biggest nights of the year at Alliant Energy Field tonight, the Casey’s General Stores and KWQC-TV Bobblehead Giveaway and also the 5th Annual Scout Sleepover.  This year’s bobblehead is 2008 LumberKings’ right-hander and 2010 A.L. Rookie of the Year, current Texas Rangers’ closer Neftali Feliz.  Joining me to talk about the busy evening is the man instrumental in both promotions, LumberKings’ Assistant General Manager, Nate Kreinbrink.

We talk about Nate’s opportunity to watch Feliz save Game 3 of the 2010 World Series in Arlington, TX, the success of “Stay Late Saturdays” this season, the upcoming appearance by the “Ghostriders” Monkeys on August 19, his memories of the 2010 MWLCS in his home state of Ohio, this year’s playoff push and more.

Listen Here:  Kreinbrink OTD Interview 8.12.11

The LumberKings nearly erased a five-run deficit last night over the final three innings, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels prevailed, 6-5.  Right-hander John Taylor allowed a three-run homer to Ricky Alvarez in the seventh that broke open a 6-1 lead for the Kernels, but Julio Morban tripled home two runs (listen:  Morban 2-R Triple 8.11.11) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Stefen Romero to make it a one-run game.  Unfortunately, the Kernels closed the door from there as right-hander Daniel Tillman earned save #11.  Lefty Tony Butler fell to 1-3 with the loss despite a quality start (6.0 IP, 3 ER) while Cedar Rapids’ right-hander A.J. Schugel improved to 4-3 with just a run on one hit over 6.0 innings.

Tonight’s Game Notes:   8.12.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  8.12.11 lineup

The Kings see their lead on Beloit for the Wild Card spot knocked back to 3.0 games as a result of last night’s loss.  They’ll try and capture the series with the Kernels in the rubber match tonight with defending MWL Pitcher of the Week, right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen (2-3, 5.52) makes his third start tonight.  He’s 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his two starts with Clinton this year and faces the Kernels for the second time.  Cedar Rapids counters with right-hander P.J. Jang (1-4, 4.38).  The game begins at 7:00 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Ryan Kiel

For the fourth time this season, LumberKings’ right-hander Taijuan Walker started a game that would end in a shutout victory.  For the third time amongst those four starts, he faced the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Walker improved to 3-0, 0.00 (0 ER in 16.o IP) against Clinton’s rivals to the West with 5.0 scoreless, f0ur-hit innings last night to lead the Kings to a 2-0 win.  Three of those four hits occurred in the first inning, but Walker picked Travis Witherspoon off of first base and induced an inning-ending double play from Jeremy Cruz.  A two-out RBI single by Mickey Wiswall in the third inning and solo home run by Anthony Phillips in the fourth inning (listen: Phillips Solo HR (#4) 8.10.11) provided the offense.  Left-hander Ryan Kiel retired all nine batters he faced over 3.0 scoreless innings and right-hander Tyler Burgoon picked up save #12 with a perfect ninth inning.

August is usually time for me to get through the bullpen in regards to interviews, and tonight’s outing for Kiel provides perfect timing to catch up with him.  Seattle’s 37th round pick in 2010 out of Marshall University, Kiel has lowered his ERA from 4.63 to 3.24 over his last two outings totaling 5.0 scoreless innings.  The Los Gatos, CA native talks about his role as the bullpen’s lone lefty, his fastball/slider/change arsenal, his time with the Thundering Herd, his 2010 debut in Pulaski and more on tonight’s pregame interview.

Listen Here:  Kiel Interview 8.11.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.11.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  8.11.11 lineup

Game two with the Kernels is tonight at 7:00 PM.  Left-hander Tony Butler (1-2, 3.26) gets the start tonight looking to right the ship after his last outing (loss at Burlington, 5 ER in 5.0 IP).  He’ll be opposed by right-hander A.J. Schugel of the Kernels (3-3, 2.77).  Listen to the broadcast online at 1390kcln.com.

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Tonight’s Interview: Matt Bischoff

The LumberKings improved to 4-3 on this eight-game road trip last night with a 5-2 win in Burlington.  Left-hander Anthony Fernandez pitched his fourth-straight quality start (2 R, 1 ER over 6.0 IP) and a solo homer by Stefen Romero (listen: Romero Solo HR (#15), 13 game hit streak 8.8.11) and two-out RBI single by Kalian Sams had the Kings tied with the Bees, 2-2 entering the seventh.  Right-hander Matt Bischoff came on for the top of the seventh and was immediately greeted by Nino Leyja’s line double into the left-field corner.  A passed ball later and Leyja stood at third base with nobody out.

Somehow, Bischoff got out of it unscathed.  He battled back to strike out Tyreace House and induced a chopper from Beau Taylor that reached drawn-in third-baseman Carlos Ramirez.  Ramirez started and finished one of the crazier plays on the basepaths this season, beginning a 5-2-6-2-5-1-5 rundown to get Leyja and then firing back to second-baseman Romero to catch Taylor over-rounding the bag.  The ripple effect of that momentum swing was a three-run eighth inning put together by the Kings to snap the 2-2 tie.  Mickey Wiswall’s liner to right-center scored Mike McGee for the winning run (listen: Wiswall RBI single 8.8.11), while Tim Morris and Sams added insurance RBI.  Bischoff secured his third win in relief by tossing 3.0 innings, striking out two (listen:  Bischoff Strikes Out Kirkland 8.8.11).

Today, I talk with Bischoff for the first time on the pregame interview.  The Decatur, Indiana native has already been well-traveled in the year since his 20th round selection out of the University of Purdue.  He started his pro career in Pulaski last season, but jumped to Clinton just in time to make a playoff debut for the Kings.  He turned in a memorable game three performance in the opening round at Cedar Rapids, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings and striking out four in relief of Erasmo Ramirez in Clinton’s series-clinching 6-2 win over the Kernels.  Bischoff endured a rocky start with the LumberKings this year and a minor arm injury, battling back to go 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and five saves in Everett before making his return to the Midwest League.  In his last seven outings, the 5’11” hurler is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA.

Bischoff talks about the wild seventh inning, coming back strong from the injury, playing baseball at New Haven High School for his father (legendary head coach Dave Bischoff, who reached 500 wins this past season as he guided the Bulldogs to the 3A Semi-State finals), his Big Ten rivalry with Tyler Burgoon (who pitched at Michigan), his “into the fire” playoff debut last year and more.

Listen Here:  Bischoff Interview 8.9.11

Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.9.11 kingsnotes

The road trip comes to a close tonight in Burlington, and it’s left-hander Roenis Elias on the hill for the LumberKings looking to secure a series win.  We’ll see if the Cuban defector Elias can duplicate his debut outing, a 6.1-inning, one-run (unearned) effort at Wisconsin last Thursday.  He’ll be opposed by Bees’ right-hander Jose Macias (4-3, 5.01).  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

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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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Tonight’s Interview: Anthony Phillips (Vol. 2)

The LumberKings secured their first series split of the season last night in Wisconsin, scoring six runs over the first four innings and getting another impressive outing from right-hander Taijuan Walker in a 6-1 win over the Timber Rattlers.  John Hicks connected on his first-career home run in the second inning (listen: Hicks 2-R HR (First of Career) 8.5.11), Stefen Romero added his 14th blast in the fourth and Anthony Phillips provided a spark with a 3-for-4, tw0-run, three-steal game including a heist of home plate (listen:  Phillips Steals Home (3rd Steal of Inning) 8.5.11).  Walker allowed a run over 5.0 innings and struck out six for his fifth win, ending his night with an athletic play off the mound on an attempted squeeze bunt by T.J. Mittelstaedt (listen:  Walker Defends Squeeze Bunt 8.5.11).  Right-handers John Taylor and Jonathan Arias combined on eight strikeouts over the final 4.0 innings with Arias picking up his fifth save.

Tonight, I catch up with Phillips for the second time to talk about his career-high-tying three hits, three-steal second inning including the daring sprint to the dish, his defense behind Walker and more.

Listen Here:  Phillips Interview 8.6.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  8.6.11 kingsnotes

The eight-game road trip continues with the second leg beginning tonight as your LumberKings take on the Burlington Bees at Community Field.  Left-hander Tony Butler (1-1, 2.41), pushed back from the Wisconsin series, starts tonight.  Last time Butler pitched here on August 26, 2007, he shut down then-Kansas City-affiliated Burlington to four hits in his first (and only) career complete-game shutout.  Butler is 1-1 with a 2.93 ERA in three outings against Oakland affiliates.  The Bees throw right-hander Jonathan Joseph (2-4, 6.52) tonight, he’s a career 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA in one start against Clinton.

Listen to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com beginning with the pregame show at 6:15 PM, first pitch at 6:30.

-DL

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