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6/5 Notes, Highlights

The pregame interview is on hiatus tonight with some afternoon rain chasing away batting practice.  No luck so far on catching Ken Griffey, Sr.  I hope to have a new interview prior to the 2:00 PM game tomorrow with someone interesting, hopefully following a LumberKings’ win tonight.

For now, enjoy some highlights from a thrilling 7-6 loss to the Dragons last night.  Vinnie Catricala homered twice as did Nick Franklin, with Franklin’s two-run clout coming on a 3-2 pitch with two out in the ninth to tie the game.  Dayton would ultimately win in the bottom of the ninth on a walk-off single by Cameron Satterwhite.


Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (3-3, 2.34) gets the start tonight, he’ll try and pitch the Kings to a win in game two of the three-game series against the Dragons.  There’s 14 games left in this half, and every one is a must-win with Clinton now 2.0 games behind Quad Cities for the Wild Card spot.  Listen to the game starting at 5:45 PM central time on



Happy Memorial Day!

100_1791.JPGIt’s not the most picturesque day here in Geneva, IL after a pretty strong (yet brief) storm came through, but it looks like we’ll have baseball here on this Memorial Day.

It’s another “show-and-go” for your LumberKings, meaning an 11:00 AM bus and no batting practice.  That also means that the pregame interview is on one-day hiatus.

Still, enjoy the highlights from last night’s 6-1 win over the Kane County Cougars, Clinton’s 14th in their last 16 games.  Today’s red, white and blue Game Notes are also below.

Memorial Day baseball begins at 1:00 PM, it’s lefty Jimmy Gillheeney (3-3, 2.22) on the mound in search of the four-game sweep in his 11th start of the year.  Listen online at starting at 12:45 PM.


Crossing Enemy Lines: Tommy Thrall

100_1754.JPGHappy Mother’s Day from Modern Woodmen Park in the Quad Cities.  The LumberKings close out a three-game series against the Quad Cities River Bandits this afternoon.  The Kings dropped last night’s game, 7-1 to fall to 1-1 on the current series.  Read more about the game as well as today’s action in the Game Notes: 
5.9.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Today, it’s another edition of “Crossing Enemy Lines” as I’m joined by the Director of Broadcasting and Media Relations for the Bandits, Tommy Thrall.  He talks about his path to the QC, his relationship with manager Johnny Rodriguez, his thoughts on the prospect-heavy roster including Shelby Miller and more.

Listen Here: 
Tommy Thrall (QC Media) CEL Interview 5.9.10.mp3

As you can tell, I’m keeping things short today with the 1:00 start fast approaching.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (1-3, 2.87) makes his seventh start as the Kings hope to take the series against the rival River Bandits.  Listen to the broadcast starting at 12:45 PM on


On the Bright Side (May 5 Edition)

brightside.jpgI didn’t want to do this again so quickly, but it’s time for my second edition of “On the Bright Side”, the segment all about feeling good after a tough loss.

In case you missed it, the LumberKings fell 2-0 to the Beloit Snappers at Alliant Energy Field last night, failing to put anything together against the combination of Tom Stuifbergen and three Snapper relievers.  While the Kings haven’t scored against Beloit pitching over the last three meetings (30.0 innings)…

  • At least Jimmy Gillheeney bounced back from his rocky outing at Cedar Rapids.  Gillheeney gave up a run on four hits over 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA from 3.20 to 2.78.  Still, he’s 1-3 on the season and has been given just 10 runs of support over six starts.  Listen to Gilly strike out Aaron Hicks
    Gillheeney strikes out Hicks 5.4.10.mp3
  • At least the bullpen is still outstanding.  Right-hander John Housey worked 3.0 scoreless innings last night and has allowed just two earned runs over his last five outings (9.2 IP).  The pen as a whole has an ERA of 2.41.
  • At least there’s no rain expected for the second start for Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 3.07) tonight.  Ramirez had his last one shortened to 4.0 innings by rain in Peoria.  At least that was considered a complete game by the MLBAM folks (I disagree).
  • At least the new Deftones album is pretty good.  “Diamond Eyes” came out yesterday.  This has nothing to do with baseball, I know.  Check it out on iTunes.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    5.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

No more of this tomorrow!  Game time against Beloit is 6:30 tonight.  Listen online at


Off the Diamond: Dusty Krogman

100_1753.JPGIt’s time for my second installment of the “Off the Diamond” segment, highlighting the staff and people behind-the-scenes of Clinton LumberKings baseball.  “Off the Diamond” is a bit of a misnomer today as we’ll actually be talking with the man who keeps it up, Head Groundskeeper Dusty Krogman.

Dusty assisted former Head Groundskeeper Mitch Langstaff in 2008 and now takes over the reigns of Alliant Energy Field himself after graduating from Kirkwood College.  We talk about how he got the position, his full schedule when the team is out of town, dealing with a dry Spring and more.

Listen Here: 
Dusty Krogman OTD Interview 5.4.10.mp3

The LumberKings open a three-game home series against the Beloit Snappers tonight.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (1-2, 3.20) takes the hill in game one, first pitch scheduled at 6:30 PM.  Listen to all the action on

Oh yeah, tonight’s Game Notes can be found here: 
5.4.10 kingsnotes.pdf


April 24 Game Notes

100_1745.JPGWell, due to some technical difficulties that shortened yesterday’s LumberKings Pregame Show, my interview with Seattle Mariners’ Field Coordinator Andy Stankiewicz will be airing tonight instead.  You, the loyal LumberBlog visitors, have probably already listened to it.  My apologies on having nothing new today.

However, you do get a fresh set of LumberKings Game Notes, jam-packed with notes on yesterday’s rough 5-4 loss to Kane County, the Major League debut of former LumberKing Justin Smoak, the outstanding outing of left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney and more.

4.24.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Tonight, the LumberKings look to snap a two-game losing streak with left-hander Anthony Vasquez (0-2, 1.49) on the hill.  Game time is 6:30 PM.  I promise we’ll be on the air at 6:15 this time around.


Views from Wisconsin

100_1734.JPGThings are looking a little different around Time Warner Cable Field this season.  The Timber Rattlers have constructed a new boardwalk area around the back of their ballpark, including an actual beach and Major League-like bullpens.  I took my first walk out there today:





Nice views from the boardwalk.  Although tonight doesn’t feel like beach weather.

Tonight’s Notes: 
4.13.10 kingsnotes.pdf

First pitch is at 6:35 PM tonight.  The Kings look to take the series behind left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (0-1, 7.36), who is looking to bounce back from his Opening Night loss to Peoria.  Listen in on


Opening Day is Here

100_1730.JPGReady or not, here it is.  The LumberKings open the 2010 season against the Peoria Chiefs tonight at Alliant Energy Field, game time slated for 6:30 PM.  If you’re coming down, prepare for some chilly, windy weather.

To help get your baseball brain churning, here’s the first edition of LumberKings Game Notes: 
4.8.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Lefty Jimmy Gillheeney gets the starting nod against right-hander Robert Whitenack of the Chiefs.  You can listen online at starting with the Pregame Show at 6:15 PM.  I’ll have my interview (it’s probably going to be manager John Tamargo) posted on here in case you miss it!