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It was a Sunday for celebration for your LumberKings as they defeated Beloit 5-2 yesterday, extending their winning streak to eight-straight games and clinching a second-half playoff spot. Mike McGee singled home a run in the first inning (listen: McGee RBI single 8.28.11) and Stefen Romero added a sacrifice fly to put the Kings ahead 2-0, but the Snappers came back to tie the game against right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen on a solo home run by Lance Ray and RBI single by Nate Roberts.
The game stayed tied 2-2 until the seventh, when the Kings scored three runs with just one hit off the combination of Snappers’ right-handers Manuel Soliman and Adrian Salcedo. Mickey Wiswall reached first on an error by Ray in left and took second as Kalian Sams walked. Kevin Rivers bunted both over into scoring position, setting up the winning play. Anthony Phillips sent a chopper to Jairo Perez at third base and Perez threw home on Wiswall, but catcher Tobias Streich put a high tag down after Wiswall’s foot had crossed the plate. Carlos Ramirez added a safety squeeze bunt to score Sams and Julio Morban lined the only hit of the inning to score Phillips (listen: Morban RBI single 8.28.11).
Right-hander Matt Bischoff won for the fourth time in relief with 3.0 scoreless innings after Kohlscheen’s exit. Right-hander John Taylor finished off the game with his first Midwest League save, striking out Roberts on a 3-2 pitch (listen: Taylor First Save, Playoffs Clinched 8.28.11).
Weighing in on yesterday’s clincher is McGee, a pivotal contributor to the most-recent two wins. The Kings’ center-fielder talks about his home run to beat the Snappers on Saturday, the importance of scoring runs early during this tremendous two-week run, the team’s focus for the final eight regular-season games, the new-found confidence of the offense and more.
Listen Here: McGee Interview 8.29.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.29.11 kingsnotes
Starting Lineups: 8.29.11 lineup
As McGee indicated, there’s still work to be done in these final eight games. The LumberKings lead Kane County by 4.0 games for the West Division’s top playoff spot and have a magic number of five to edge the Cougars. Left-hander Anthony Fernandez (7-3, 2.86) gets the start in game three of this four-game set against Beloit tonight, while the Snappers counter with right-hander A.J. Achter (4-7, 4.63). First pitch on “Ashford University and Clinton Community College Back to College Night” is scheduled for 6:30 PM. Listen online at 1390kcln.com.
The win streak is seven and the magic number is one after the LumberKings’ 6-2 win over the Beloit Snappers last night. Mike McGee had a huge performance in the three hole, going 3-for-4 with a game-winning solo home run in the fifth inning off left-hander Ryan O’Rourke (listen: McGee Solo HR (#4) 8.27.11). John Hicks extended his hitting streak to nine-straight games with a 2-for-4 game including a two-run triple off lefty Nelvin Fuentes that broke the game open (listen: Hicks 2-R triple 8.27.11). Left-hander Tony Butler allowed two runs over 5.2 innings and pulled off a nifty double play to help his cause (listen: Butler Double Play 8.27.11). Left-hander Ryan Kiel tossed 2.1 scoreless innings and right-hander Tyler Burgoon worked a scoreless non-save ninth to give Butler his third win of the year. O’Rourke fell to 5-4 with the loss.
The math today is simple, beat Beloit and a playoff spot is secured. The Kings also have a 3.0 game lead on Kane County for the top playoff spot in the West and are tied with Quad Cities for first place in the division, just their second day with a share of first all season (the other being June 24, the second day of this half).
Read more in today’s Game Notes: 8.28.11 kingsnotes
Today’s Lineups: 8.28.11 lineup
Usually I don’t do an interview on Sundays, but I caught up with Kings’ right-hander John Taylor (pictured) yesterday. Taylor, Seattle’s 22nd round pick out of the University of South Carolina in 2011, worked his third hold in the finale of the series at Cedar Rapids. He talks about his unique submarine-style delivery and when he picked it up, the pitches he throws from the drop-down angle, his experience with the two-time College World Series Champion USC Gamecocks, the playoff push with Clinton and more.
Listen Here: Taylor Interview 8.27.11
Taylor and the LumberKings go for the playoff berth today, first pitch at 2:00 PM. Right-hander Stephen Kohlscheen, 4-0 with a 1.86 ERA in five starts, gets the call for Clinton today. Beloit has right-hander Manuel Soliman (7-10, 4.08 ERA) slated to start. Listen to the broadcast online at 1390kcln.com.
And yet it was almost still four as the LumberKings watched a 4-1 lead suddenly turn into a 4-4 tie heading into the 10th last night in Cedar Rapids. A pair of two-out hits from Julio Morban and another from Kevin Rivers helped the Kings establish the early lead behind right-hander Carter Capps, who gave up just one run over 5.0 innings and struck out seven. Right-handers John Taylor and Ben Versnik combined on 3.0 scoreless innings, but right-hander Jonathan Arias allowed a two-run single to Brian Hernandez in the ninth and issued a wild pitch on what was supposed to be the final strike of the game on Jean Almanzar.
Instead of Almanzar going down swinging and Arias locking down his 10th save, the ball kicked to the left of catcher John Hicks for a wild pitch, scoring Ricky Alvarez to tie the game. Arias recovered to strand runners at second and third, and in the 10th, Hicks lifted a sacrifice fly scoring Morban to put the Kings back ahead (listen: Hicks GW sac fly 8.26.11). Right-hander Jessie Nava then worked the Kernels 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th to secure Clinton’s sixth-straight win (listen: Nava Strikes out Cruz for 3rd Save 8.26.11).
Hicks saw a string of three-straight three-hit games come to an end as he went a mere 1-f0r-4 last night, but he still extended his hitting streak to eight games and notched the game-winning RBI in the latest “must-win game” for the LumberKings. Now, he joins me for the pregame interview for the second time this season. We talk about the wild pitch that scored the tying run in the ninth, his game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th, his recent offensive hot-streak (which he credits to work with hitting coordinator Jose Castro and Terry Pollreisz), catching Capps last night and more.
Listen Here: Hicks Interview 8.27.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.27.11 kingsnotes
Starting Lineups: 8.27.11 lineup
It’s an action-packed opening night of the final homestand of the year as the LumberKings take on the Beloit Snappers. Once the nearest challenger to the Kings for the Wild Card spot, the Snappers are now fighting to catch up to Kane County as they trail the Cougars by 6.0 games for the West’s final playoff spot. Clinton can secure their trip to the postseason with two wins against the Snappers in this four-game set.
Left-hander Tony Butler (2-3, 3.16), 1-0 with a 0.57 ERA against the Snappers back in 2007, gets the game-one nod tonight. He’ll take on Beloit left-hander Ryan O’Rourke (5-3, 3.05). First pitch is scheduled for 6:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com. And, if you’re coming to the game, we’ve got post-game fireworks sponsored by WQAD-TV and post-game karaoke by Fat Dawgs Productions. Should be a good time on this final regular-season Saturday.
After dropping the opener 7-1 to Kane County on Saturday night, the LumberKings completely flipped the script on the Cougars yesterday, winning 7-1. Carlos Ramirez ensured the Kings would not trail from the game’s first at-bat onward as he slugged a leadoff home run (listen: Ramirez Leadoff HR (#5) 8.21.11), Clinton’s second of the series. Kevin Rivers added a two-out RBI single to center in the second to open a 3-0 lead (listen: Rivers RBI single 8.21.11), and after right-hander Carter Capps allowed his only run of the day in the third, Kalian Sams homered for his team-lead-tying 16th time and Stefen Romero doubled home a pair (listen: Romero 2-R double (#20) 8.21.11) to break open a six-run advantage. Right-handers John Taylor and Tyler Burgoon combined for 4.0 scoreless innings to help Capps secure his first professional victory.
Capps, Seattle’s supplemental third-round pick, has seemingly always been ahead of the curve. After starting out his college career as a catcher, Capps made a conversion to the mound as a red-shirt freshman at Mount Olive College (NC), learned a slider and went 10-0 in his first season. This past year, he went 14-1 with a 1.75 ERA for the #2 ranked Trojans, taking home the NCAA Division II Pitcher of the Year award while leading his team to the National Semifinals. While waiting to sign with the Mariners, he prepared for the pros with a 4-1, 0.60 stint for Harwich of the Cape Cod League. Now, just two games into his pro career, he’s 1-0 with a 3.72 ERA for the playoff-hungry LumberKings.
Capps talks about his first professional win, the catcher-to-pitcher conversion, early work with pitching coach Rich Dorman, stepping in to Taijuan Walker’s rotation spot, his fantastic 2011 season at Mount Olive College, pitching in the Cape and more on tonight’s interview.
Listen Here: Capps Interview 8.22.11
Tonight’s Game Notes: 8.22.11 kingsnotes
Starting Lineups: 8.22.11 lineup
The four-game series with the Cougars continues with the pivotal game three tonight. Left-hander Tony Butler (1-3, 3.38) faces Kane County for the first time since May 24, 2007 when they were still an Oakland affiliate. He’s countered by Midwest League ERA leader, Cougars’ right-hander Greg Billo (9-3, 1.56). First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM, listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.
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.
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