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2010 Midwest League Home Run Derby

I had the fortune (and media credential) of enjoying last night’s Midwest League Home Run Derby from the West Division dugout at Parkview Field, and what a show it was.  Clinton’s own Nick Franklin hit a combined six home runs while lasting into the second round, but ultimately it was the smooth right-handed strokes of Wisconsin’s Khris Davis and Fort Wayne’s own Nate Freiman that produced the most clouts last night.

Davis ended up winning in a pretty impressive final round over Freiman.  Both launched several to deep left field that seemed to get completely over the back wall of the stadium.  I have video to prove it, which you will see within the next few days (or later today if I get the time to edit).

For now, here’s some pictures from last night:

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Parkview Field, home of the Fort Wayne TinCaps.

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Brian Moran (seated on the very end) of your LumberKings takes part in the pregame autograph session.

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Inside the West Division dugout during the Skills Contest.

franklin derby 1.jpgNick Franklin prepares for the Home Run Derby.

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Erasmo Ramirez, Vinnie Catricala and Brian Moran of your LumberKings.


franklin derby 2.jpgMike Trout
, Franklin, Davis and Matt Adams represent the West.

Thumbnail image for franklin derby 3.jpgFranklin swings in the first round.  He had four blasts and moved on to the second round.

franklin derby 4.jpgFranklin watches the flight of one of his two second-round homers.


freiman derby.jpgNate Freiman
of the East puts on a display for his home fans.  While he didn’t win, his home runs easily traveled the furthest to left.

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Wisconsin’s Khris Davis talks to reporters following his derby victory.

 

 More to come after tonight!

-DL

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 1390kcln.com.

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.

-DL

On the Bright Side (June 17 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgLast night’s 7-2 loss to the seventh-place Wisconsin Timber Rattlers did many negative things for the LumberKings.  They’ve lost four-straight for the first time all year, have slipped behind Peoria to fourth in the West Division, and most importantly, have been eliminated from first-half playoff contention.

The Kings could finish 39-30 at best, while second-place Quad Cities could finish with the same record at worst.  However, the River Bandits hold the tiebreaker, head-to-head record, with a 4-2 mark against Clinton.

That means it’s time for another edition of “On the Bright Side”.

While the LumberKings were officially eliminated from the playoff picture last night…

  • At least we start fresh in the second half.  The LumberKings open up against Beloit at home on June 25 at 7:00 PM.
  • At least we have the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game to get excited about.  It was announced the other day that Nick Franklin will take part in the Home Run Derby on Monday night in Fort Wayne.
  • At least we get to watch Erasmo Ramirez (5-2, 2.43) go to work tonight.  He’s 5-0 over his last six starts and has still walked just three batters while striking out 40 over 59.1 innings.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    6.17.10 kingsnotes.pdf

And that’s all for now.  I don’t plan on doing a pregame interview tonight, but if I come up with anything, it will certainly be posted here.

-DL

Crossing Enemy Lines: Brian Lariche

The LumberKings came undone in the sixth inning last night, losing their first-ever meeting with the Lake County Captains 8-2 at Alliant Energy Field.  The Kings had taken a 2-1 lead on Welington Dotel’s RBI single in the fourth, but right-hander John Housey had uncharacteristic struggles with control and a crucial error by Nick Franklin at short opened the door for five unearned runs in the sixth.

On a positive note, the Quad Cities River Bandits also lost last night, keeping the Kings just 2.0 games out of the Wild Card spot with 11 left to play in the first half. 

More on last night’s game, tonight’s match-up with the Captains and other facts in tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.9.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Tonight, it’s time to learn more about the Captains, the other team that has made the move from the South Atlantic League to the Midwest League here in 2010.  The Captains are the low-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians and play their home games at Classic Park in Eastlake, Ohio, just outside of Cleveland.

I catch up with the road voice of the Captains, Brian Lariche.  We’ll talk about the history of the franchise, the close proximity to Cleveland, the first-place club under manager Ted Kubiak, tonight’s starting pitcher Vidal Nuno and more.

Listen Here: 
Brian Lariche (LC Broadcaster) CEL Interview 6.9.10.mp3

The LumberKings look to get back on track (and hopefully a game closer to second place) with right-hander Taylor Stanton (5-2, 3.44) on the hill.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Four LumberKings Headed to All-Star Game

Vinnie Catricala, Nick Franklin, Brian Moran and Erasmo Ramirez all headed to Fort Wayne on June 22

                                                         

Clinton, IA – Four members of the Clinton LumberKings will suit up for the West Division All-
Midwest League All Star Game copy.jpgStars on Tuesday, June 22 at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, IN.  Vinnie Catricala (starting designated hitter), Nick Franklin (reserve shortstop), Brian Moran (left-handed pitcher) and Erasmo Ramirez (right-handed pitcher) have all been included on the West roster, released by the Midwest League today.

 

Catricala , 21, will be Clinton’s only starter in the game.  Seattle’s 10th round pick out of the University of Hawaii and the Offensive MVP of short-season Pulaski a year ago, Catricala is hitting .286 with 17 doubles, four home runs, 34 runs scored and 28 RBI over 56 games this season.  The Sacramento, CA native is currently tied for third in the league in doubles.

 

Franklin has been named a reserve, edged out for the starting shortstop spot by Peoria’s Hak-Ju Lee.  Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) in 2009, Franklin is amidst league leaders in total bases (2nd with 128), extra-base hits (2nd with 28), home runs (T-2nd with 12), slugging percentage (3rd at .577), total hits (4th with 70), OPS (5th at .936) and batting average (9th at .315).  The 19-year-old leads the LumberKings with 20 multi-hit games, including six three-hit games this season.

 

Moran, 21, is 2-1 with a 1.86 ERA over 16 relief appearances this season and has converted on two of three save chances.  Seattle’s seventh-round pick in 2009 out of the University of North Carolina, Moran has walked just three batters while striking out 36 over 29.0 innings and leads all Midwest League relievers in lowest walks per nine innings (0.93).

 

Ramirez, 20, is 4-2 with a 2.19 ERA over 10 appearances, seven starts in his first season in the United States.  Seattle’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009 while with Aguirre of the Venezuelan Summer League, Ramirez currently ranks eighth in the league in ERA.  He’s also walked just three batters while striking out 36 over 53.1 innings.

 

This year marks the fourth-straight season in which the LumberKings have sent four-or-more players to the All-Star Game.  The 2007 club sent eight players, while the 2008 and 2008 teams were represented by nine All-Stars each.  Clinton’s last player to win the “Star of Stars” award was outfielder Tim Smith, who helped the West to a 5-4 win in 10 innings with a solo home run on June 17, 2008 at Dow Diamond in Midland, MI.

 

For more information on the Clinton LumberKings, call 563-242-0727 or visit www.lumberkings.com.  For more information on the 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game and festivities, visit www.midwestleague.com or www.tincaps.com.

 

-DL

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.

Highlights:

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 1390kcln.com.

-DL

 

Greetings from Dayton

As you can probably tell by the lack of content from yesterday, the LumberKings were rained out in Bowling Green and will not play the finale of the series against the Hot Rods.  That is, unless we schedule a doubleheader for 2011.  The two teams won’t play again till then, and the Kings won’t return to Bowling Green Ballpark until 2012.

100_1816.JPGThus, the 10-game, three-city trip moves into its final leg here in scenic Dayton.  Still the “big leagues” of Midwest League parks, Fifth Third Field is home to the Dayton Dragons, the only club in A ball that continually sells out every game.  There’s additional excitement this season with former Big Red Machine right-fielder Ken Griffey on the staff as the hitting coach.  I’m keeping my fingers crossed for an interview sometime in the next three games.  I know some of you are probably wondering why I haven’t weighed in on Ken Griffey Jr.’s retirement yet, but I’m holding out in case I get the chance to talk to his dad.

One storyline to follow in this series.  Fifth Third Field is usually a power-hitter’s haven most seasons as the ball really jumps to left for right-handed sluggers and also gets out to right equally well.  I’ve done some checking in on Clinton’s home run numbers here over the past four seasons:

  • 2006:  6 HR in 4 games (including five in one game, two by John Whittleman)
  • 2007:  2 HR in 4 games (both by Mauro Gomez)
  • 2008:  3 HR in 3 games (two by Ian Gac, including a Grand Slam)
  • 2009:  8 HR in 3 games (Denny Almonte’s coming-out party, he hit 4 of them)

How will this year’s club fare?  The LumberKings have a league-best 57 home runs as a team and are coming off a six-HR game in pitcher-friendly Bowling Green Ballpark.  Will the likes of Kalian Sams, Nick Franklin, James Jones and Mario Martinez tee off?

One more thing to consider.  Dayton pitchers have allowed just 15 homers in 29 home games this year.  Also, don’t rule out the Dragons’ sluggers.  Chris Richburg has belted six homers (four at home) from the right side, while left-handed hitting Josh Garton has six also (three at home).   Kings’ pitchers have allowed 24 road homers this season and 35 total.

For those who regularly listen to my pregame interviews, you didn’t miss it last night, I decided not to post it with the impending rain in Bowling Green.  I sat down with James Jones to talk about his three home runs on the road trip, the six-homer game against the Hot Rods and more.

Listen Here: 
Jones Interview 6.3.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
6.4.10 kingsnotes.pdf 

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (5-2, 3.31), pushed back by last night’s rainout, will make the start tonight against the Dragons.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:07 PM central time, listen in on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

The Sound of Six Homers

In case you missed it, the LumberKings won for the first time ever in Bowling Green tonight thanks to a season-best six homer game. 

The blasts, in order:  Nick Franklin (leadoff to right-center), Mario Martinez (solo, opposite-field), Brandon Bantz (completely out of the park in right), Hawkins Gebbers (just over the wall in left, back-to-back with Bantz), James Jones (laser to right-center, off the scoreboard) and Franklin again (into the bullpen in right).  Tim Morris would have had #7 if his double off the wall had been a few feet to the right.

Enjoy a whole lot of “Start your Trot”: 
Six Homer Night in Bowling Green (6.2.10).mp3

-DL

Have Yourself a Day, Nick Franklin

 

qWOOJTUE.jpegTwo home runs, a walk-off double and three RBI in a 4-3 win.  That’s Nick Franklin’s stat-line today against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Enough said.

Enjoy the highlights:

It feels so good to be back to .500.

-DL

Cardiac Kings Win on Franklin Walk-Off Shot

Nick Franklin belts solo homer in 10th, LumberKings edge Burlington 4-3

                       

Clinton, IA – The “Cardiac Kings” did it again on Tuesday night at Alliant Energy Field, rebounding from watching their three-run lead disappear in the ninth to win in walk-off fashion, 4-3 over the Burlington Bees in 10 innings.  Clinton’s third walk-off home run of the year was the difference, this time coming from the bat of Nick Franklin.

 

HIGHLIGHTS:

 

Leading off the bottom of the 10th with a 3-3 score, Franklin crushed a Brendan Lafferty pitch over the wood wall in left-center for his third clout with Clinton, his first walk-off.  Franklin (2-for-4, RBI) was mobbed by teammates at the plate as he became the second LumberKing to deliver a walk-off homer, joining Kalian Sams (twice, April 9 vs. Peoria and April 16 vs. Quad Cities).

 

The LumberKings built a 3-0 lead thanks in part to a Sams’ RBI double in the fourth, but could not hold it in the ninth.  Right-hander Daniel Cooper (H, 1) yielded back-to-back doubles for a Burlington run and left the bases loaded for closer Brandon Josselyn.  Josselyn couldn’t shut the door, issuing a bases-loaded walk and a game-tying single to Joey Lewis.

 

Right-hander John Housey worked out of a jam in the 10th to keep the game tied, leaving runners at second and third as he fanned Hilton Richardson.  Housey (W, 2-0) struck out three over his inning of work.

 

Clinton starter Tyler Blandford enjoyed his best professional start, striking out a career-high eight batters over 5.0 scoreless innings.  Righty Chris Kirkland (H, 1) also turned in 2.1 scoreless frames before Burlington was able to score a run.

 

Burlington starter Tyler Sample gave up three runs, two earned on six hits over 5.2 innings.  Lafferty (L, 1-1) allowed one run on two hits over the final 3.1 innings.

 

Dennis Raben went 3-for-4 with a double and a run scored to lead all hitters.  Richardson (2-for-6) and Rene Oriental (2-for-5) led the attack for Burlington.

 

The LumberKings (6-7) continue the series against Burlington (3-10) tomorrow night, first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM. Left-hander Jon Hesketh (0-1, 17.18) makes his third start of the season against the Bees.  Listen to the game on AM 1390 KCLN or online at www.lumberkings.com.

 

-DL

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