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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.

-DL

Tonight’s Interview: Mike McGee

The LumberKings put the finishing touches on their fourth series win in five attempts this second half, scoring six times in the first inning and five more in the eighth to rout the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 11-3 at Alliant Energy Field last night.  An RBI single by Mike McGee (listen:  McGee RBI single 7.8.11) and two-run double by Kevin Rivers (listen: Rivers 2-R double 7.8.11 ) highlighted the opening frame against right-hander Brian Diemer, while a two-run single by Carlton Tanabe (listen: Tanabe 2-R single 7.8.11 ) put the icing on the cake in the final inning against Kernels’ right-handers Justin La Tempa and Donn Roach.  All that offense supported left-hander Tony Butler, who won with three runs over 5.1 innings and seven strikeouts in his second start with Clinton.  Left-hander Edlando Seco stranded two inherited runners and worked 1.2 scoreless frames and right-hander Tyler Burgoon earned his 10th save of the season as he struck out five of the seven batters he faced.

For today’s interview, I chose to catch up with center-fielder McGee for the first time.  Seattle’s 15th round pick out of Florida State University is hitting .306 with four extra-base hits and seven RBI over his first 10 games with Clinton.  He talks about being the first 2011 draft pick to reach the LumberKings (he’ll be joined by fourth-round catcher John Hicks today), his time at FSU including the 2010 College World Series, winning the inaugural John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award in ’10 (Olerud himself called with congrats) and much more.

Listen Here:  McGee Interview 7.9.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.9.11 kingsnotes

The LumberKings open a three-game road series against the one team that they have not won a series against this half, the Beloit Snappers.  Both teams come into the action with 9-6 records, tied for second in the West behind Kane County (10-5).  We’ll see a new-look battery for the Kings tonight as Hicks starts behind the plate for left-hander Nate Reed, who moves to the rotation to replace right-hander Jandy Sena.  Reed went 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA as a reliever and started in both the AZL and High Desert last season.

LumberKings (9-6):  Kevin Rivers/LF, Mike McGee/CF, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Stefen Romero/2B, Tim Morris/1B, Kalian Sams/RF, John Hicks/C, Matt Browning/3B, Anthony Phillips/SS, Nate Reed/LHP

Beloit Snappers (9-6):  Wang-Wei Lin/CF, Adam Bryant/3B, Jairo Perez/DH, Michael Gonzales/1B, Daniel Ortiz/LF, Lance Ray/RF, Tyler Grimes/2B, Tobias Streich/C, Daniel Santana/SS, Blayne Weller/RHP

The game begins at 7:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Fourth-Round Catcher Hicks Joins Kings

The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the addition of catcher John Hicks, the fourth-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Virginia, to the Clinton 25-man roster.  The LumberKings have also promoted right-hander Jandy Sena to high-A High Desert and have received left-hander Ryan Kiel from the Peoria Mariners (AZL).

 Hicks was a three-year starter at Virginia, hitting .316 (245-for-775) with 54 doubles, four triples, 24 home runs and 146 RBI in 195 career games with the Cavaliers.  Defensively, he threw out over 42% of attempting base stealers (37-for-87).

 The 21-year-old Sandy Hook, VAnative hit .332 (92-for-277) with 21 doubles, eight home runs and 59 RBI in his junior season at Virginia.  He and fellow Cavaliers left-hander Danny Hultzen (Seattle’s first-round pick, second overall selection) and third-baseman Steven Proscia (7th round) were all drafted by the Mariners this past June.  Hicks joins outfielder Mike McGee (15th round out of Florida State) as 2011 draftees to reach Clinton this season. 

 Sena, 21, was 4-5 with a 4.56 ERA over 14 games, five starts with the LumberKings this season.  Seattle’s 23rd round pick in 2010 out of Marion Military Institute, Sena walked 17, struck out 19 and limited Midwest League opponents to a .279 average.  His move to High Desert is his second promotion this season.  Sena also pitched twice for double-A Jackson in late May, going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and a save.

Kiel, 24, joins Clinton after going 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA over two outings (2.0 innings) in the AZL.  Seattle’s 37th round pick in 2010 out of Marshall University went 1-1 with a 3.97 ERA and one save for the Pulaski Mariners of the Appalachian League last year.

Hicks and Kiel join the LumberKings in time for the final game of a three-game set againstCedar Rapidsscheduled for 7:00 PM tonight at Alliant Energy Field.  Their additions give the LumberKings a total of 25 active players with two on the disabled list.  Neither player has yet selected a uniform number.

-DL

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