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Kings Revamp Roster with Five New Players

Sams returns to Clinton from High Desert, Anston, Browning, Reed and Schlander join from Arizona

Clinton, IA – The Clinton LumberKings, in conjunction with the Seattle Mariners have announced the following changes to the Clinton 25-man roster, effective today:  outfielder Matt Cerione and right-hander Willy Kesler have been promoted to high-A High Desert, while shortstop Marcus Littlewood and third-baseman Ramon Morla have been transferred to extended Spring Training.  Outfielder Kalian Sams has joined the Kings from high-A High Desert, while infielders Matt Browning and Jake Schlander, outfielder Robbie Anston and left-hander Nathan Reed have been called up from extended Spring Training.

Cerione, 23, hit .200 with a double, six runs scored and five RBI in his second season as a LumberKing.  Seattle’s 13th round pick in 2009 out of theUniversity ofGeorgia, Cerione hit .287 with 12 HR and 42 RBI in 87 games withClinton in 2010.

Kesler, 23, went 1-0 with a 1.45 ERA and one save in eight relief appearances with the LumberKings this season.

Littlewood, 19,Seattle’s second-round pick out of Pine View (UT) High School in 2010 hit .158 with a triple, HR and six RBI in 27 games withClintonthis season, his first as a professional.

Morla, 21, hit .170 with three doubles, three triples and seven RBI in 28 games with the LumberKings this season.  TheDominican Republicnative had no home runs in that span after launching 17 for rookie-level Pulaski in 2010.

Anston, 23, hit .292 with 13 doubles, two HR and 24 RBI and also stole 15 bases in 24 attempts with short-A Everett last season.  Seattle’s 26th round pick in 2010 out ofBostonCollege also hit .333 with three doubles and three RBI for the AquaSox in the playoffs, helping them to the Northwest League title.

Browning, 23, hit .222 (4-for-18) with a triple and six RBI in five games with HighDesertthis season.  Seattle’s 43rd round pick out of James Madison University in 2010 hit .311 with four HR and 32 RBI in 47 games between the Peoria Mariners (AZL) and rookie-level Pulaski last season.

Reed, 23, was the Mariners’ 40th round pick out ofKutztownUniversity in 2010.  TheTemple,PA native pitched with both the Peoria Mariners of the AZL and high-A High Desert, going a combined 2-6 with a 4.95 ERA over 14 games, 12 starts. 

Sams, 24, hit .200 with six HR and 10 RBI in 20 games for the Mavericks this season after splitting last year betweenClintonand short-A Everett.  A native ofThe Hague,South Holland,Netherlands, Sams hit .180 with 15 HR and 46 RBI in 79 games with the LumberKings last year before finishing up the year with the AquaSox.  He hit .193 with five HR and 12 RBI withEverett.

Schlander, 22, hit .200 with six runs scored in 11 games with HighDesertthis season.  Seattle’s 31st round pick out ofStanfordUniversity in 2010, Schlander started his pro career in Pulaski last season and hit .259 with seven doubles, a HR and 25 RBI in 54 games.

The moves give the LumberKings a total of 25 active players with four listed on the disabled list.  The five new players are expected to be in uniform for tonight’s game against the Burlington Bees, but none have yet chosen uniform numbers.

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Tuesday Notes (4/26)

Hidden deep within last night’s 14-3 loss to Peoria were a few bright spots.  Shortstop Marcus Littlewood hit his first professional home run in the second inning, taking Chicago Cubs’ first-round pick Hayden Simpson deep to the Lumber Lounge in right for a solo shot.  Right-hander Willy Kesler lowered his ERA to 1.38 with 4.0 scoreless innings of relief including two strikeouts.  Matt Cerione went 3-for-4 with his first RBI of the season and is now 5-for-8 over his last two games.   Tim Morris recorded his third multi-hit game in the last four games, going 2-for-4 with a run scored.

Listen to the not-so-little blast: Littlewood solo HR (first of career) 4.25.11

Aside from that, last night was tough to watch.  The Chiefs batted around and then some on right-handers George Mieses and Jonathan Arias during an eight-run second inning, the second eight-run frame Clinton pitchers have allowed in the last three games.  The offense went just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position and have scored Mieses just three runs of support in four starts.

But, there’s more new blood on the roster today with the addition of outfielder Jabari Blash.  He and fellow new arrival Shaver Hansen are both in the lineup tonight for the middle game of this three-game set against Peoria.  Right-hander Brandon Maurer (1-1, 3.00) has lost his “tandem” tag and is now a full-time starter…he lost his last time out against Cedar Rapids on 4/20 despite giving up just three runs over 5.0 innings.  Maurer will be on the hill tonight for start #3.

Read more in tonight’s Game Notes:  4.26.11 kingsnotes

Starting Lineups:

Peoria (9-8):  Matt Szczur/CF, Rubi Silva/RF, Greg Rohan/3B, Richard Jones/1B, Micah Gibbs/C, Elliot Soto/2B, DJ Fitzgerald/LF, Anthony Giansanti/DH, Arismendy Alcantara/SS, Austin Kirk/LHP

LumberKings (5-13):  Matt Cerione/CF, Shaver Hansen/2B, Julio Morban/LF, Mickey Wiswall/DH, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Jabari Blash/RF, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Steven Baron/C, Brandon Maurer/RHP

First pitch is once again at 6:30 PM, tune in online at 1390kcln.com.

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Today’s Interview: Jeff Hem

As you’ve probably gathered already, last night’s game between the LumberKings and the Kane County Cougars was postponed by rain.  We’ll play yet another doubleheader today (our fourth this season) starting at 2:30 PM.  Clinton will be looking to snap another five-game losing streak after falling 8-4 in the opener of the series on Thursday.

Today’s Game Notes:  4.23.11 kingsnotes

For today’s pregame interview, I decided to do my first “crossing enemy lines” segment of the 2011 season, although I’m not sure I like sticking with that name all the time.  I talked with my esteemed colleague in the Kane County broadcast booth, the seventh-year voice of the Cougars, Jeff Hem.  Much of our discussion revolves around their new affiliate, the Kansas City Royals, their first-time coaches (all MLB vets) Vance Wilson, Jim Brower and Damon Hollins, prospects like Alex Llanos and the injured Brett Eibner and more.

Listen Here:  Jeff Hem Interview 4.23.11

The Kings have swept Kane County in a doubleheader once this season, that back on April 16 at Alliant Energy Field.  They’ll attempt to sweep them again and win their second series of the season with right-hander Forrest Snow (0-1, 3.86) on the hill in game one and left-hander Anthony Fernandez (0-o, 5.40) starting in game two.  Matt Cerione is back in the lineup today after missing the last 10 games.

Today’s Game 1 Lineups:

LumberKings (4-11):  Matt Cerione/DH, Carlos Ramirez/2B, Julio Morban/CF, Mickey Wiswall/LF, Ramon Morla/3B, Tim Morris/1B, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Steven Baron/C, Kevin Rivers/RF, Forrest Snow/RHP

Kane County (6-9):  Alex Llanos/DH, Yowill Espinal/2B, Brian Fletcher/LF, Lane Adams/CF, Murray Watts/1B, Geulin Beltre/RF, Ryan Stovall/3B, Travis Jones/C, Gerard Hall/SS, Leonel Santiago/RHP

The pregame show starts at 2:15 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Odds and Ends for 8/27

The LumberKings split a doubleheader with Quad Cities last night, losing 5-4 in 10 innings in game one before rebounding for a 6-3 win in game two.  All 10 runs they scored in the game came in two innings, the fourth (game one) and the second (game two).

  • Vinnie Catricala went a combined 2-for-5 in the two games, extending his hitting streak to 15 games.  That’s the longest streak by a LumberKing since Luis Nunez’s 17-game streak last year.  Every long streak needs a bit of luck, and Vinnie received some in game two.  Nick Franklin and Mickey Wiswall each singled with two outs to extend the seventh, and Catricala legged out a bounding baseball up the third-base line for an infield single.
  • Speaking of streaks, Wiswall saw his nine-game streak snapped, while Matt Cerione saw his eight-game streak end as well.  Cerione’s still hitting .411 (23-for-56) in the month of August.
  • Left-hander Jason Markovitz tossed 3.0 scoreless innings in game two, making his first career start in a spot role.  Aside from two walks in his final frame, he looked fairly impressive with a well-controlled fastball and a sharp curveball.
  • Yes, Clinton had their chances to win game one.  Henry Contreras popped up a 3-2 pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the seventh, and Gabriel Noriega grounded out to end the game with the tying and game-winning runs in scoring position in the bottom of the 10th.  It’s a tough way for those chances to end, but you can’t blame either one for being aggressive at the plate.  You don’t want to see Contreras watch strike three in his situation, and you don’t want to see Noriega take good pitches either the way he’s been stinging the ball lately.
  • Outfielder Daniel Carroll was activated from the disabled list today and shipped up to high-A High Desert.  Seattle’s third-round pick in 2007, Carroll last played with the Mavs in 2008.  Here’s hoping he finishes the season strong and stays above the Midwest League.
  • Franklin remains just one homer shy of the single-season franchise record.  Maybe tonight’s the night to tie Dick Kenworthy.  As for the team, the Kings lead the league with 124 team home runs, surpassing (what we think is) the franchise record of 115, set by the 2008 LumberKings.
  • Erasmo Ramirez lowered his ERA to 2.70 yesterday, second in the Midwest League.  He’s closing in on Kane County lefty Ian Krol (2.65) for the ERA title and would be Clinton’s second-straight ERA champ (Kenn Kasparek, 2.41 ERA last year).
  • With 12 games remaining, the Kings remain ahead of Kane County by 2.0 games for the top playoff spot in the West.  Following tonight’s game, they finish the season with five games in Peoria, three at home against Beloit and three on the road at Burlington.

All those notes and more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.27.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Yoervis Medina (4-0, 2.74) makes his fifth start for the LumberKings as they wrap-up a four-game series against the Bandits.  First pitch is at 6:30 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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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!

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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.

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A Busy Start to August

100_1952.JPGThe final full month of the 2010 season begins today as your LumberKings continue the series in Wisconsin.  The Kings beat up Rattlers’ right-hander Eric Arnett for seven runs last night, cruising to the 10-0 win.  Matt Cerione homered for the fourth time and fell a triple shy of the cycle, while Blake Ochoa victimized his old team with a towering drive to left for his fourth home run as well.

Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez fired 6.2 scoreless innings to extend his scoreless streak to 14.2 and the bullpen kept the shutout in-tact.

I would love to have caught either Cerione or Ramirez prior to today’s 1:05 PM game, but a lot of other things have kept me busy.  For one, the LumberKings’ roster has been changing.  Ace lefty Jimmy Gillheeney and right-hander Ryan Moorer were both promoted to high-A High Desert yesterday, but the move had not been announced until today.

Furthermore, the Kings have received 26-year-old right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen, who is expected to start in the series finale in Wisconsin tomorrow night.  Wilhelmsen’s story is an intriguing one, and I will get to that in another post/interview.

The moves haven’t stopped there.  After tossing 5.2 scoreless innings in triple-A Tacoma’s 8-2 win over Reno last night, right-hander Yoervis Medina was sent down three levels and will join Clinton today.  I doubt he’ll be available to pitch, but you never know.

Plenty of things to read about in today’s Game Notes: 
8.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Lewis (3-1, 6.37) makes a spot start in place of injured righty Nolan Gallagher today, first pitch scheduled for 1:05 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com!

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7/10 Game Notes

100_1907.JPGThe pregame interview is on hiatus tonight after last night’s 1-0 loss to the Quad Cities River Bandits.  The LumberKings saw a chance to tie the game slip through their grasp in the ninth as Tim Morris singled and made it to third base with one out, but was left stranded as Bandits’ closer Aaron Terry struck out Kalian Sams and Matt Cerione to end the game.

It was another night of zeroes against right-hander Deryk Hooker, who now has worked 11.0 scoreless innings against the Kings this season.  Right-hander Nolan Gallagher pitched 5.2 outstanding innings, yielding only a run on six hits to lower his ERA to 3.72…however, he also lost as a result of that run, falling to 0-2.

I contemplated interviewing Gallagher tonight, but I’ve decided that I’d much rather talk to him following a win than a frustrating 1-0 loss.  So, keep waiting for that interview for now.  I also pondered writing another edition of “On the Bright Side”, but those make my blood boil rather than cheering me up (their intended purpose).  Instead, let’s just forget about yesterday and move on.

It’s on to Kane County this evening to start a three-game series with the Cougars, a team the LumberKings have owned this season.  Clinton is 10-4 against the low-A Oakland affiliate, including 3-1 here at Elfstrom Stadium.

Those facts and more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.10.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-4, 3.52) makes his 14th start, 17th appearance tonight in the opener of this three-game series against the Cougars.  He’s 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA against them this season, numbers that bode well as the Kings attempt to get back to the first-place spot in the West.  First pitch is at 6:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Crossing Enemy Lines: John Rodgers

The LumberKings saw their three-game winning streak and their two-day run in first place come to an abrupt end as a result of five errors last night, losing 5-3 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Luis Nunez (2-for-4, RBI) and Tim Morris (1-for-4) kept hitting streaks alive at nine games and 11 games, respectively.  Matt Cerione also lifted a solo home run (highlight: 
Cerione Solo HR 7.2.10.mp3) and is hitting .321 over his last eight games.

More useful factoids in tonight’s Game Notes: 
7.3.10 kingsnotes.pdf

On the interview, I’ve decided to point the mic at the legendary voice of the Cedar Rapids Kernels, John Rodgers.  He’s watched a club fronted by All-Star center-fielder Mike Trout capture the first half West Division title, the first by a Kernels’ club since 1992.

We’ll talk about Trout, one of several 2009 first-round picks of the Los Angeles Angels currently comprising the Cedar Rapids’ roster.  Mr. Rodgers also weighs in on the likes of Matt Long, Jean Segura and Casey Haerther of the offense, plus Fabio Martinez, Garrett Richards and Tyler Skaggs of the pitching staff.  Get ready for a long one, the interview clocks in at just over nine minutes.

Listen Here:  John Rodgers CEL Interview 7.3.10.mp3

Tonight, it’s the Midwest League debut (sort of…ok, so he made four starts with Wisconsin in 2007) of right-hander Nolan Gallagher.  Seattle’s fourth-round pick out of Stanford in 2007 is back from Tommy John surgery and faces the Kernels tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:35 PM.  Listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.

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6/26 Game Notes

Well, the first game of the second half didn’t exactly go as hoped for your LumberKings as they were stifled by right-hander Brad Stillings of the Beloit Snappers in a 6-1 loss.  Stillings scattered three hits over 7.0 innings.  Clinton finally scored in the ninth inning on a bases-loaded walk to Matt Cerione to end the shutout.

Read more in tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.26.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Tonight, it’s left-hander Nick Czyz (0-0, 0.00) making his first start, fourth appearance for the LumberKings.  It’s also his first outing in the Midwest League since returning from High Desert over the All-Star Break.  Listen to all the action beginning at 6:00 PM on 1390kcln.com.

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