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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

MWLCS Game Two – Notes and Lineups

Well, here we are once again.  A game down in a playoff series, this time the best-of-five Midwest League Championship Series.  The LumberKings had a 6-3 lead through six innings thanks to a two-run single from Tim Morris, a two-run homer from James Jones and another RBI single from Jones.  However, Lake County scored six runs over the seventh and eighth innings to stun the Clinton faithful with a 9-6 game one victory.

Highlights from the loss:

It’s the final home game for the Kings at Alliant Energy Field tonight as they look to even the series with the Captains.  Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 1.29 during the playoffs) makes his second post-season start for the Kings.  He goes up against right-hander Trey Haley (5-11, 5.97 during the regular-season) of the Captains.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.16.10 kingsnotes _mwlcs.gametwo_.pdf

Lineups:

LumberKings:

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

RHP Erasmo Ramirez

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)

RHP Trey Haley

The first pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com!

-DL

Game Three in Cedar Rapids

Momentum is on Clinton’s side after the LumberKings evened the best-of-three first-round playoff series with an 8-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field last night.  Right-hander Yoervis Medina played the role of stopper with two runs over 6.0 innings in the victory and received support from James Jones (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI), Vinnie Catricala (1-for-5, HR, RBI), Mario Martinez (3-for-5, RBI), Henry Contreras (1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) amongst others.

Highlights:

One of these two teams begins their offseason tonight.  The LumberKings have kept Midwest League post-season All-Star Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 2.97) waiting in the wings for this pivotal start, he will take the hill for the second time against the Kernels.  Cedar Rapids originally planned to start left-hander Stephen Locke tonight, but have now opted to go with left-hander Tyler Kehrer (6-5, 4.56) instead.  We’ll see if that move works or backfires for them.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.10.10 kingsnotes _quarterfinals.gamethree_.pdf

Game three lineups:

LumberKings:

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

RHP Erasmo Ramirez

Kernels:

  1. Jean Segura (2B)
  2. Matt Long (CF)
  3. Michael Wing (3B)
  4. Casey Haerther (DH)
  5. Jeremy Cruz (RF)
  6. Jose Jimenez (1B)
  7. Jon Karcich (SS)
  8. Justin Bass (LF)
  9. Carlos Ramirez (C)

LHP Tyler Kehrer

The first pitch is scheduled for around 6:35 PM, tune in for the broadcast on 1390kcln.com at about 6:20 PM for the LumberKings’ Pregame Show.

-DL

Blasting Their Way to Six-Straight

Three more homers tonight.  James Jones, Vinnie Catricala, Matt Cerione.  Mix in 6.0 innings of three-run baseball from right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen and 3.0 scoreless relief innings from Daniel Cooper and you have…

…six-straight wins.  This team is extremely fun to watch right now, and a big crowd at Alliant Energy Field saw that tonight.  Hopefully they’re back six more times this homestand.

Highlights:

Goodnight!

-DL

A Crazy Night in the QC

In case you missed it last night, the LumberKings rallied from 6-0, 7-5 and 10-9 deficits to beat the rival Quad Cities River Bandits 12-11 in 11 innings last night at Modern Woodmen Park. 

Everybody played a role last night, but Henry Contreras was especially clutch with a game-tying RBI single in the fifth and game-tying sacrifice fly with one out in the ninth.  Vinnie Catricala got the game-winning RBI with his second hit of the game, an infield single off the mound that scored Nick FranklinMario Martinez ended up with the RBI single that provided the all-important insurance, driving home Catricala with a grounder to left.

The Kings also played amazing defense.  I counted at least five highlight-reel plays, from Matt Cerione’s leaping catch at the wall to rob Devin Goodwin of a homer in the first to his sliding grab in the sixth to take the bat out of the hands of Matt Adams, to Martinez’s lunging stab to take away a two-run single from Edgar Lara in the fourth to a James Jones-Franklin-Martinez relay to get greedy Luis Mateo at third base in the 10th.  Without those key outs, the LumberKings do not win last night’s game.

Highlights from a night’s worth of clutch:

A fun night in the QC, let’s do it again tonight.

-DL

7/18 Game Notes and Musings

The combination of limited time and a cancelled pregame show from last night means the Terry Pollreisz interview will air on today’s pregame show.  However, it’s not like there weren’t plenty of performers worth talking to in last night’s 6-0 win over South Bend.

In three starts heading into last night’s contest, left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney had already been impressive.  After a second-straight outing of 7.0 scoreless innings, it’s hard to categorize Gillheeney as anything but the hottest pitcher in the Midwest League.  He most likely won’t win the MWL Pitcher of the Week award as his previous scoreless start came last Sunday, but he certainly deserves to be the first 2010 King to capture a league award.  Consider this paragraph my “Gilly for Pitcher of the Week” campaign ploy.

The offense was efficient last night, producing six runs on nine hits, including three extra-base hits.  Vinnie Catricala was the star, aptly busting out as Pollreisz had predicted with a 2-for-3, double, HR, three-RBI game.  The home run came on a hit-and-run in the fifth as Tim Morris took off, then slowed up to watch Cat’s majestic ball land on the left-field berm.  Mario Martinez added a flare double to right but also struck out three times and stranded four on base, and the other two RBI belonged to Blake Ochoa and Gabriel Noriega.  It’s good to see production from multiple parts of the order on a night when Daniel Carroll, James Jones and Nick Franklin went a collective 1-for-12 in the 1-3 spots.

It’s tough to be a Silver Hawk right now…Mark Haley’s club hasn’t scored in 27 innings, spanning three games.  Part of me wants them to score today, but maybe on an unearned run after Clinton has already built an eight-run lead.

Getting to the payoff of this post, here’s today’s Game Notes and some highlights from last night:

It’s Kings-Hawks in game two of this three-game series today as left-hander Nick Czyz (1-1, 2.96) makes his fifth start of the season.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.  I promise we’ll have a pregame show today.

-DL

On the Bright Side (July 16 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgI didn’t want to have to do another one of these this year, but I guess it’s time.  The LumberKings fell 7-1 to the East Division’s last-place team, the West Michigan Whitecaps last night.

The game was closer than the six-run deficit leads on.  Heading into the seventh, the Kings trailed 2-1, but the bullpen surrendered five runs over the final three innings as the ‘Caps put the game away.

There wasn’t much to cheer about in the loss (Clinton’s fourth in the last six games), but at least we have the following to be happy about:

  • Right-hander Nolan Gallagher, despite the one run of offensive support he’s received in three starts, has been fairly impressive.  Over his last two outings (11.1 IP), he’s limited opponents to three runs on 12 hits for an ERA of 2.38.  Now, if only the former fourth-round pick out of Stanford could just get a few runs.
  • Following an 11-game homer drought, Nick Franklin has lifted off twice in the last three games.  His solo homer in the first inning off right-hander Victor Larez was all of Clinton’s offense last night (listen:
    Franklin Solo HR (#16) 7.15.10.mp3)…he’s now tied for second in the MWL in blasts alongside Wisconsin’s Khris Davis.  Oh, and don’t worry about that early exit after a hit-by-pitch last night, Franklin is back in the starting nine this evening.
  • James Jones saw his hitting streak snapped at six games last night, but still played a role in the outcome.  He recorded two outfield assists (and now leads the club with 10), including the start of a 9-3-2 play at the plate to get Jamie Johnson in the eighth (listen: 
    Jones-Morris-Ochoa play at plate 7.15.10.mp3).
  • Even with the downswing, the Kings are still just 1.5 games behind the first-place duo of Quad Cities and Kane County.  There’s plenty of second half to go.
  • As always, you still get LumberKings Game Notes
    7.16.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-4, 3.63) makes his 15th start of the year in the series finale against the Whitecaps tonight, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Independence Day Comeback

In case you missed it amidst your holiday fun last night, the LumberKings stunned the Peoria Chiefs with a four-run ninth inning outburst to erase a two-run deficit in a 5-3 win at O’Brien Field.  James Jones and Vinnie Catricala each singled to start the inning, and after a walk to Tim Morris loaded the bases, Mario Martinez came through with a game-tying two-run double just inside the third-base bag.  Brandon Bantz plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly to left and Daniel Carroll added an RBI single for good measure, giving the Kings just their second win when trailing after eight innings this season.

Even if you missed it last night, you don’t have to miss the highlights today.  I’ve condensed them into a two-minute clip.

Listen Here: 
Independence Day Comeback.mp3

Today’s Game Notes: 
7.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

With a 6-4 record, the LumberKings are back into a three-team tie for first place in the West.  They’ll attempt to gain momentum from last night’s win as left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (5-6, 3.19) makes his team-leading 17th start today in Peoria.  Game time is set for 1:00 PM, tune in to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

No Interview, Plenty of Content

I’m airing part two of the Tony Blengino interview from yesterday on tonight’s pregame interview, so I will not be recording a new one tonight.  I do, however, have plenty to share with you.

First off, the LumberKings won the series with Kane County with a 4-2 victory in the finale last night.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney looked as impressive as we’ve seen this season, limiting the Cougars to two runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings and fanning six.  The Kings came back from a 2-1 deficit thanks to a three-run sixth as Vinnie Catricala, Tim Morris, Brandon Bantz and James Jones singled in succession off right-hander Rob Gilliam.  Mario Martinez recorded the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Read more about last night’s game in the Game Notes: 
7.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Check out some highlights here:

carroll family living.jpgIn other news, the LumberKings were recently featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Family Living” Magazine.  Daniel Carroll gets some face time on the issue’s cover, and there’s photos of various LumberKings’ players, fans and staff (myself included) in the feature. 

This feature is reprinted with permission from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Family Living.

Check it out: 
Clinton LumberKings Family Living Article.pdf

 

  

Third off, a former LumberKing has been included in a Major League trade today.  The Texas Rangers shipped former Kings lefty Michael Main along with reliever Chris Ray to San Francisco, acquiring catcher Bengie Molina.

Main, one of two first-round picks by the Rangers in 2007, went 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts for the LumberKings in 2008.

Finally, the LumberKings open a six-game road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Left-hander Nick Czyz (1-0, 0.68) will try and duplicate the success from his first start (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K vs. Beloit) tonight against the Kernels.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

2010 First-Half Finale

Happy Father’s Day from the LumberBlog!

Believe it or not, the first half comes to an end today for your Clinton LumberKings.  There’s no playoff spot on the line, only a shot at sole posession of third place and some momentum going into the second half.  If the Kings beat Beloit and Peoria loses to Quad Cities, Clinton’s 38-31 record would put them alone in third.  That’s what we play for this afternoon.

A tradition continues today as we reflect on the year so far with the 2010 First-Half Highlight Reel.  From Kalian Sams’ dramatic home runs to Nick Franklin’s amazing first full season to unbelievable plays in right field by James Jones to the strikeout artistry of Jon Hesketh and more, hear it all (and then some).

Listen Here: 
2010 First Half Highlight Reel.mp3

Today’s Game Notes: 
6.20.10 kingsnotes.pdf

The half ends with right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-3, 3.51) on the mound for his 11th start.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.

After today, check back the next two days for coverage of the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  I’ll be there alongside Franklin, Vinnie Catricala, Brian Moran and Erasmo Ramirez.  It should be a great time.

-DL

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