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On the Bright Side (July 16 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgI didn’t want to have to do another one of these this year, but I guess it’s time.  The LumberKings fell 7-1 to the East Division’s last-place team, the West Michigan Whitecaps last night.

The game was closer than the six-run deficit leads on.  Heading into the seventh, the Kings trailed 2-1, but the bullpen surrendered five runs over the final three innings as the ‘Caps put the game away.

There wasn’t much to cheer about in the loss (Clinton’s fourth in the last six games), but at least we have the following to be happy about:

  • Right-hander Nolan Gallagher, despite the one run of offensive support he’s received in three starts, has been fairly impressive.  Over his last two outings (11.1 IP), he’s limited opponents to three runs on 12 hits for an ERA of 2.38.  Now, if only the former fourth-round pick out of Stanford could just get a few runs.
  • Following an 11-game homer drought, Nick Franklin has lifted off twice in the last three games.  His solo homer in the first inning off right-hander Victor Larez was all of Clinton’s offense last night (listen:
    Franklin Solo HR (#16) 7.15.10.mp3)…he’s now tied for second in the MWL in blasts alongside Wisconsin’s Khris Davis.  Oh, and don’t worry about that early exit after a hit-by-pitch last night, Franklin is back in the starting nine this evening.
  • James Jones saw his hitting streak snapped at six games last night, but still played a role in the outcome.  He recorded two outfield assists (and now leads the club with 10), including the start of a 9-3-2 play at the plate to get Jamie Johnson in the eighth (listen: 
    Jones-Morris-Ochoa play at plate 7.15.10.mp3).
  • Even with the downswing, the Kings are still just 1.5 games behind the first-place duo of Quad Cities and Kane County.  There’s plenty of second half to go.
  • As always, you still get LumberKings Game Notes
    7.16.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Taylor Stanton (6-4, 3.63) makes his 15th start of the year in the series finale against the Whitecaps tonight, first pitch scheduled for 7:00 PM.  Listen online at


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.


On the Bright Side (June 6 Edition)

Thumbnail image for brightside.jpgIt’s certainly been a while since I’ve had to roll out the OTBS segment here on the LumberBlog, but I think the events of the last two nights qualify.  In case you’ve missed it, the LumberKings lost 7-6 on a walk-off single in Dayton on Friday night, then saw leads of 2-0 and 5-3 erased in a 7-5 loss to the Dragons again last night.

While the LumberKings have slipped to 4-4 on this road trip and now 3.0 games behind second-place Quad Cities for the West Division Wild Card spot…

  1. At least there’s still 13 games remaining (including nine at home) to get it together.  It doesn’t sound like a lot of time, but a win today and a River Bandits loss would put the Kings just 2.0 games out.
  2. At least James Jones has stayed red-hot.  Jones drove in three runs last night, including two on a bases-loaded single (highlight: 
    Jones 2-R single 6.5.10 at Dayton.mp3).  So far on this trip, Jones is hitting .300 (6-for-20) with three HR and nine RBI.
  3. At least we have right-hander Erasmo Ramirez on the mound today.  Ramirez is 3-0 with a 1.33 ERA over his last four starts and is now fifth in the league in ERA (1.90).
  4. At least you can still read LumberKings’ Game Notes: 
    6.6.10 kingsnotes.pdf
  5. At least we have our first off-day since May 17 coming up tomorrow.  We’re going to need it after the nine-hour ride home from Dayton.

That’s all for now.  As mentioned, Ramirez gets the start today as this 10-game, three-city road trip finally draws to a close.  The broadcast gets underway at 12:45 PM central time on


On the Bright Side (May 5 Edition)

brightside.jpgI didn’t want to do this again so quickly, but it’s time for my second edition of “On the Bright Side”, the segment all about feeling good after a tough loss.

In case you missed it, the LumberKings fell 2-0 to the Beloit Snappers at Alliant Energy Field last night, failing to put anything together against the combination of Tom Stuifbergen and three Snapper relievers.  While the Kings haven’t scored against Beloit pitching over the last three meetings (30.0 innings)…

  • At least Jimmy Gillheeney bounced back from his rocky outing at Cedar Rapids.  Gillheeney gave up a run on four hits over 6.0 innings, lowering his ERA from 3.20 to 2.78.  Still, he’s 1-3 on the season and has been given just 10 runs of support over six starts.  Listen to Gilly strike out Aaron Hicks
    Gillheeney strikes out Hicks 5.4.10.mp3
  • At least the bullpen is still outstanding.  Right-hander John Housey worked 3.0 scoreless innings last night and has allowed just two earned runs over his last five outings (9.2 IP).  The pen as a whole has an ERA of 2.41.
  • At least there’s no rain expected for the second start for Erasmo Ramirez (0-1, 3.07) tonight.  Ramirez had his last one shortened to 4.0 innings by rain in Peoria.  At least that was considered a complete game by the MLBAM folks (I disagree).
  • At least the new Deftones album is pretty good.  “Diamond Eyes” came out yesterday.  This has nothing to do with baseball, I know.  Check it out on iTunes.
  • At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    5.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

No more of this tomorrow!  Game time against Beloit is 6:30 tonight.  Listen online at


On the Bright Side (May 1 Edition)

The pregame interview is taking a hiatus tonight following last night’s 4-0 rain-shortened, no-hit loss to the Peoria Chiefs.  I hope to be back with something that’s enlightening, stimulating and positive prior to our 1:00 PM game at O’Brien Field tomorrow.

Instead, I’d like to introduce the first volume of “On the Bright Side”, the newest entrant to the LumberBlog’s jam-packed lineup.  “On the Bright Side” is my way of presenting something positive instead of dwelling on a tough loss.  I hope this is the only volume, but we’ve still got 117 games to go.

Here we go…

While the LumberKings lost, 4-0 and were no-hit by the combination of Peoria’s Nick Struck, his middle reliever Rain Storm and his closer W.F. Conditions…

  1. At least we weren’t the Kane County Cougars last night.  They were no-hit over the traditional nine innings by three Cedar Rapids pitchers at Perfect Game Field.
  2. At least we aren’t Tiger Woods.  He missed the cut for just the sixth time in his career yesterday at the Quail Hollow Championship.
  3. At least we’re staying at a cool hotel in Peoria.  I was running short on time this afternoon and I was able to buy two burritos from the front desk store area.  That’s right, my lunch consisted of hotel burritos.  Maybe that’s not a bright side.
  4. At least the O’Brien Field infield is now drier than Churchill Downs.
  5. At least you still get LumberKings Game Notes: 
    5.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf
  6. At least we’ve got Anthony Vasquez (0-2, 1.25) on the mound tonight.
  7. At least today’s another day in professional baseball, where even your bad days consist of watching the greatest game in the world.

Feeling better?  Me too.  This was very constructive.  Let’s not do it again tomorrow.

Game time is at 6:30 PM.  Tune in to the pregame show at 6:15 on