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Tonight’s Interview: Jon Hesketh

The LumberKings opened the six-game homestand with a wire-to-wire 5-3 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers last night.  Julio Morban, playing in his first game since June 26, connected on the first pitch he saw from right-hander Maverick Lasker in the first inning, belting a solo home run to the right-field Lumber Lounge (listen:  Morban Solo HR (#2) 7.27.11).  Two batters later, Stefen Romero dropped the back shoulder and lifted a two-run shot to left (listen:  Romero 2-R HR (#12) 7.27.11), putting the Kings ahead 3-0.

Winning left-hander Nate Reed held the Rattlers to a run over 5.0 innings and an RBI double by Kevin Rivers and solo homer by Kalian Sams raised the lead to 5-1.  Right-hander Jessie Nava yielded a run over 3.0 innings and left-hander Jon Hesketh worked past a run to lock down his first professional save, striking out T.J. Mittelstaedt as the potential tying run to end the game (listen: Hesketh Fans Mittelstaedt for First Pro Save 7.27.11).

My pregame interview tonight is with Hesketh, the veteran arm on the staff.  Seattle’s 20th round pick in 2009 out of the University of New Mexico, Hesketh has come back from a nearly two-month stint on the DL (was hit in the left thumb by a comebacker on May 22 at Peoria) and is back in the Clinton bullpen.  The Langley, BC, Canada native talks about his first pro save,

Listen Here:  Hesketh Interview 7.28.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  7.28.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineup:  7.28.11 lineup

The series with Wisconsin continues tonight with right-hander George Mieses (4-10, 5.00) on the mound for his team-leading 20th start.  Despite the season numbers, Mieses is actually pitching strong in the second half.  “El Toro” is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA so far in the second half.  He’ll go up against Milwaukee Brewers’ 2010 second-round pick, right-hander Jimmy Nelson (5-7, 4.19).  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen to the game online at


Stanley Cup Finals Preview with Jon Hesketh

You are reading the title of this post correctly, you have not stumbled upon the wrong blog.  We are talking hockey tonight, partially because of a less-than-thrilling 10-1 LumberKings’ loss at the hands of the Beloit Snappers last night, but primarily because of the presence of Langley, British Columbia, Canada native Jon Hesketh on the roster.  The left-handed Hesketh, currently on the disabled list with a left thumb injury, is a die-hard Vancouver Canucks fan.  For those of you who don’t pay attention to the NHL, the Canucks are headed to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1994.

Hesketh gives me his thoughts on Vancouver’s return to hockey’s biggest stage, breaks down the offensive match-ups (the Sedin brothers vs. Boston’s David Krejci), who has the edge in goal (Roberto Luongo vs. Tim Thomas), he and fellow Canadian James Paxton’s own clubhouse rivalry with Boston-area native Mickey Wiswall and more.

I do follow NHL hockey, although not as intently as pro baseball, so keep that in mind when listening tonight.  Still, it’s an enjoyable departure from the norm.  Listen Here:  Hesketh Stanley Cup Preview 5.28.11

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.28.11 kingsnotes

Baseball-wise, the Kings are back at it against the Snappers tonight at 6:00 PM.  Left-hander Edlando Seco makes his third start of the season, looking for better success than his previous two relief outings against Beloit this year (0-0, 11.57 ERA).  Listen to the game on


Tuesday Notes (5/24)

The 10-game road trip shifts to Cedar Rapids for the always-fun commuter series against the Kernels.  It’s good to have a change of scenery as the LumberKings were just swept in Peoria and are 1-6 at O’Brien Field this season.

That record includes another loss last night, 9-4 at the hands of the Chiefs.  The Kings showed plenty of mid-game moxy in recovering from a 3-0 deficit to take a 4-3 lead.  Kalian Sams belted a two-run homer completely over the batter’s eye (listen:  Sams 2-R HR (#2) 5.23.11), easily the deepest home run I’ve seen hit this season and ever at O’Brien Field.  My own unofficial estimate, given a 400-foot wall and batter’s eye of roughly a 30-foot height means Sams’ blast traveled at least 450 feet.  Kevin Rivers lifted a solo shot of his own to right-center to give the Kings a temporary 4-3 lead.

But that bullpen again, the one that has seen so many struggles on this trip, gave up six unanswered runs and the Chiefs won by a margin that didn’t really speak to the closeness of the game.  At this point, though, losses are losses.

This trip is still salvageable.  The LumberKings take on a Kernels’ club that is just 2-12 over their last 14 games, had an eight-game losing streak that included a no-hitter at the hands of Kane County and is hitting just .195 as a club over the last 10 games.  Clinton will roll out left-hander James Paxton (0-1, 2.42), right-handers Forrest Snow (1-6, 4.62) and Taijuan Walker (1-2, 5.19) on the series, all three due for some wins. 

It does look like rain will play a role in the series.  The Perfect Game Field tarp crew is assembling as we speak, and the forecast looks awful for tomorrow should this one get rained out tonight.  Keep your fingers crossed.

Tonight’s Game Notes:  5.24.11 kingsnotes

Your LumberKings Roster Move of the day:  left-hander Jon Hesketh was officially placed on the DL yesterday after getting hit in the left hand by a Kyung-Min Na liner the previous game.  He’s now replaced by right-hander Jessie Nava, up from the Everett roster.  Shortstop Jake Schlander has switched spots with infielder Anthony Phillips, meaning Phillips is again a LumberKing while Schlander is back with High Desert.

First pitch is at 6:35 PM (maybe), listen online at


It didn’t count, but it was still baseball

The LumberKings hit the field for batting practice and a simulated game this evening in front of a crowd of die-hard fans.  Seon Gi Kim and Edlando Seco got some work in against live hitters, two who already visited the Leinenkugel’s Lumber Lounge.  Both Kevin Rivers and Julio Morban hit home runs…home runs that don’t count for much other than pride.

Still, it was a fun first-time experience.  Probably not as fun as High Desert’s exhibition action against Victor Valley College last night.  Nine Mavs pitchers, including former LumberKings Jimmy Gillheeney (’10), Nick Czyz (’10), Jon Hesketh (’09-’10), Ogui Diaz (’09), Jose Jimenez (’09-’10), John Housey (’10) and Chris Kirkland (’09-’10) threw a no-hitter in a 12-0 win over the Rams.

I doubt we’ll see a nine-pitcher no-no tomorrow night in the 2011 Opener against Burlington, but we’ll get a good look at Forrest Snow and some other solid arms as well.  Here’s a look at the opening series rotation:

Thu:  RHP Forrest Snow vs. RHP Seth Frankoff

Fri:  LHP Anthony Fernandez vs. RHP Josh Bowman

Sat:  RHP George Mieses vs. RHP A.J. Griffin

Sun:  RHP Brandon Maurer vs. RHP Blake Hassebrock

Game notes will be up tomorrow along with an interview with likely interim manager Jesus Azuaje.  See you here at Alliant Energy Field tomorrow!


Hesketh Heads West, Gallagher Joins Kings

Left-hander Jon Hesketh earns promotion to High Desert, is replaced by right-hander Nolan Gallagher


Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners, have announced four player transactions affecting the Clinton 25-man roster today.  Left-hander Jon Hesketh has been promoted to high-A High Desert, effective today.  He is replaced on the roster by Seattle’s 2007 fourth-round pick, right-hander Nolan Gallagher.  Also, right-hander Ryan Moorer has been placed on the seven-day disabled list.  Right-hander Jorden Merry has been recalled from short-A Everett.


Hesketh, 24, went 3-5 with a 4.43 ERA over 14 starts with the LumberKings this season.  The Langley, British Columbia, Canada native struck out a team-high 82 batters over 67 innings for an 11.01 strikeouts-per-nine-innings ratio, second-best amongst all Midwest League starters.  He was in his second stint with Clinton after being drafted in the 20th round out of the University of New Mexico in 2009.


Gallagher, 24, comes to Clinton after a rehab stint in the Arizona League.  He went 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA over two starts, yielding six earned runs over 10.0 innings.  Seattle’s fourth-round pick in 2007 out of Stanford, Gallagher missed all of 2009 after undergoing Tommy John surgery on his right elbow on June 24.  He’s a career 3-5 with a 3.10 ERA over four professional seasons.


Moorer, 24, went 0-0 with a 3.00 ERA over two relief outings with the LumberKings, including a run over 2.0 innings in last night’s game against Kane County.  He exited in the midst of the sixth inning with an undisclosed injury.


Merry, 23, returns for his third stint with Clinton this year.  He’s 0-0 with a 6.75 ERA over four relief appearances and has one save in one opportunity.  Merry was 0-0 with a 5.40 ERA over two relief outings with the AquaSox.


With the moves, the active Clinton roster stands at 25 players with three on the disabled list.  Both Gallagher and Merry are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against Kane County.





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

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.


6/19 Notes

There’s no rain whatsoever expected for tonight, so twinbill baseball is a go for 5:00 PM.  Left-hander Jon Hesketh (3-4, 4.55) is expected to throw game one, with right-hander John Housey (4-2, 2.88) getting the game two start.

Check out the Game Notes here: 
6.19.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Listen to both games online on starting at 4:45 PM.


Off the Diamond: Erin Turner

turner.JPGWith not a lot of great things to talk about following Sunday’s 6-2 loss to the Fort Wayne TinCaps (aside from Jon Hesketh’s nine strikeouts over 6.0 innings), today seems like a good day to renew our “Off the Diamond” segment.

After talking Official Scoring and Groundskeeping, today we’ll talk on-field promotions with Administrative Assistant and Director of On-Field Promotions, Erin Turner.  A member of the LumberKings’ gameday staff since the 2008 season, Erin handles everything on-field from first pitches to between-inning promotions to assisting with post-game events. 

On the interview, we talk about her transition from media relations intern to her current role, the “nose goes” process of selecting first-pitch catchers, her rapport with the coaches and players, her goals for the future and more.

Listen Here: 
Erin Turner OTD Interview 6.15.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.15.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-2, 3.25) starts for the Kings in the opener of the three-game series against Wisconsin tonight.  Listen to the action on starting with the pregame show at 6:45 PM.


6/13 Game Notes

Well, it’s Sunday, it’s drizzling and the LumberKings are coming off a 10-4 loss.  Thus, I’ll keep it short today.

Today’s Game Notes: 
6.13.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Left-hander Jon Hesketh (3-4, 4.91) makes the start today at 2:00 PM (hopefully) vs. Fort Wayne.  Listen online at


Crossing Enemy Lines: Tom Gauthier

With a new opponent, ballpark and road city for your LumberKings, it’s a great time to renew the “Crossing Enemy Lines” segment to get you some background on the Bowling Green Hot Rods.  The subject of the interview is the Voice of the Hot Rods, Tom Gauthier.

Tom talks about the inception of the Hot Rods (formerly known as the Columbus Catfish), their quirky home in Bowling Green Ballpark, the speedsters (like Chris Murrill and Ty Morrison) that make up the Hot Rods’ roster, the move from the South Atlantic League and more.

Listen Here: 
Tom Gauthier (BG Broadcaster) CEL Interview 6.2.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.2.10 kingsnotes.pdf

We’ve got a serious storm over us at the present time, but if this game gets played as scheduled, it’s left-hander Jon Hesketh (2-4, 5.80) making his 10th start of the year.  He’ll go up against Hot Rods’ ace right-hander Alexander Colome (4-3, 1.91) with the first pitch scheduled (for now) at 7:05 PM.