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Tonight’s Interview: Nathan Baliva

I’ve seen some crazy games over the past seasons here at O’Brien Field in Peoria, especially last season.  From Chiefs’ right-hander Nick Struck’s 4.0-inning rain-shortened no-hitter, to Matt Cerda’s walk-off grand slam, to Vinnie Catricala and Mario Martinez belting solo home runs to overcome a 9th inning deficit, to Clinton’s double-digit doubleheader sweep, to the Chiefs’ huge ninth-inning comeback, we saw a little of everything at this place in 2010.

Last night, a new chapter was written…and not in a good way for the Kings.  Peoria left-hander Cam Greathouse tossed 7.0 one-hit innings and received help from a triple play started by shortstop Elliot Soto in the seventh as the Chiefs blanked Clinton, 3-0 to start the series.  The lone hit in the game belonged to Tim Morris, who singled to right with one out in the sixth inning.  That was the only support for right-hander Forrest Snow, who fell to 1-3 despite his team-best third quality start.

Chatting with Peoria Chiefs’ voice Nathan Baliva following Struck’s no-no last year seemed to provide better luck for the Kings, so I renew that interview today with my broadcast counterpart.  We cover Greathouse’s performance last night, manager Casey Kopitzke’s second season at the helm of the Chiefs, tonight’s all-first-round mound matchup and more.

Listen Here:  Nathan Baliva Interview 5.5.11

There’s rain clouds brewing just outside Peoria that could put a serious damper on tonight’s game, but if they hold off, we’re in for one heck of a pitcher’s duel.  Right-hander Taijuan Walker, Seattle’s first-round pick (43rd overall) out of Yucaipa High School will make his first pro start and fifth appearance tonight for the LumberKings.  The Chiefs counter with Chicago Cubs’ first-round pick, right-hander Hayden Simpson.

Read more about Walker’s first start in tonight’s Game Notes:  5.5.11 kingsnotes 

Tonight’s Starting Lineups:

LumberKings (8-19):  Julio Morban/LF, Matt Cerione/CF, Tim Morris/D, Stefen Romero/2B, Mickey Wiswall/1B, Ramon Morla/3B, Jabari Blash/RF, Marcus Littlewood/SS, Carlton Tanabe/C, Taijuan Walker/RHP

Peoria Chiefs (13-13):  Pierre LePage/2B, Elliot Soto/DH, Rubi Silva/CF, Richard Jones/1B, Micah Gibbs/C, Smaily Borges/RF, Arismendy Alcantara/SS, DJ Fitzgerald/LF, Anthony Giansanti/3B, Hayden Simpson/RHP

First pitch, as far as I know, is still scheduled for 6:30 PM.  You’ll want to be listening to this one, so tune me in online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Game Three in Cedar Rapids

Momentum is on Clinton’s side after the LumberKings evened the best-of-three first-round playoff series with an 8-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field last night.  Right-hander Yoervis Medina played the role of stopper with two runs over 6.0 innings in the victory and received support from James Jones (3-for-4, HR, 2 RBI), Vinnie Catricala (1-for-5, HR, RBI), Mario Martinez (3-for-5, RBI), Henry Contreras (1-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI) amongst others.

Highlights:

One of these two teams begins their offseason tonight.  The LumberKings have kept Midwest League post-season All-Star Erasmo Ramirez (10-4, 2.97) waiting in the wings for this pivotal start, he will take the hill for the second time against the Kernels.  Cedar Rapids originally planned to start left-hander Stephen Locke tonight, but have now opted to go with left-hander Tyler Kehrer (6-5, 4.56) instead.  We’ll see if that move works or backfires for them.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.10.10 kingsnotes _quarterfinals.gamethree_.pdf

Game three lineups:

LumberKings:

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Kevin Mailloux (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Henry Contreras (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS)

RHP Erasmo Ramirez

Kernels:

  1. Jean Segura (2B)
  2. Matt Long (CF)
  3. Michael Wing (3B)
  4. Casey Haerther (DH)
  5. Jeremy Cruz (RF)
  6. Jose Jimenez (1B)
  7. Jon Karcich (SS)
  8. Justin Bass (LF)
  9. Carlos Ramirez (C)

LHP Tyler Kehrer

The first pitch is scheduled for around 6:35 PM, tune in for the broadcast on 1390kcln.com at about 6:20 PM for the LumberKings’ Pregame Show.

-DL

Game Two in Cedar Rapids

The West Division Quarterfinals shift to Perfect Game Field in Cedar Rapids with the Kernels leading the best-of-three series, 1-0.  Despite an RBI double by Vinnie Catricala (listen: 
Catricala Game Tying RBI double 9.8.10.mp3) and a solo homer by Mario Martinez (listen: 
Martinez Solo HR 9.8.10.mp3), the LumberKings fell, 3-2 last night and now officially have their backs against the wall.

It’s the simplest of baseball math all season long:  win and we play tomorrow, lose and that’s all.  With that being said, I think this is the night we make our statement.  Hopefully I’m right.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
9.9.10 kingsnotes _quarterfinals.gametwo_.pdf

Tonight’s lineups:

LumberKings:

  1. James Jones (RF)
  2. Kevin Mailloux (2B)
  3. Vinnie Catricala (LF)
  4. Mickey Wiswall (DH)
  5. Henry Contreras (C)
  6. Tim Morris (1B)
  7. Mario Martinez (3B)
  8. Matt Cerione (CF)
  9. Gabriel Noriega (SS)

RHP Yoervis Medina (5-0, 2.50)

Kernels:

  1. Jean Segura (2B)
  2. Matt Long (CF)
  3. Michael Wing (3B)
  4. Casey Haerther (1B)
  5. Jeremy Cruz (RF)
  6. Jose Jimenez (C)
  7. Jon Karcich (SS)
  8. Justin Bass (LF)
  9. Mitch Blackburn (DH)

LHP Buddy Boshers (3-0, 4.31)

First pitch is at 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.  Let’s get this one and force game three.

-DL

Awards and Moves for 8/30

In case you’re not a regular viewer of LumberKings.com, there’s a couple of important stories now on there as of a few minutes ago.

Vinnie Catricala is the Offensive Player of the Week for the Midwest League.  Read more about Vinnie’s monster week here:  http://clinton.lumberkings.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100830&content_id=14108716&vkey=news_t500&fext=.jsp&sid=t500

Also, left-hander Jose Jimenez and infielder Luis Nunez were both promoted to high-A High Desert as well today.  Right-hander Brandon Maurer and infielder Carlos Ramirez have been added from the AZL.  Read more here:  http://clinton.lumberkings.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100830&content_id=14108722&vkey=news_t500&fext=.jsp&sid=t500

That’s all for now.  Full game notes and an interview (hopefully) coming up before tonight’s 6:30 PM start in Peoria.

 

-DL

8/28 Game Notes

With no pregame interview lined up yet again today (yeah I know, you’re disappointed), I’m going to keep things brief.

Right-hander Yoervis Medina improved to 5-0 and didn’t allow a run on two hits while striking out nine against Quad Cities last night.  The surprising part about the outing was not Medina’s dominance (we’ve seen it now for five-straight outings), but the fact that he survived six walks, a season-high for himself and by a LumberKings’ pitcher this season.  In all, Medina stranded 11 men on base over his 6.0 innings.

Mario Martinez homered for the first time since August 7 (listen: 
Martinez 2-R HR (#11) 8.27.10.mp3) to help the Kings open up a 4-0 lead over the Bandits and Vinnie Catricala tallied the final run on an RBI double (listen:
Catricala RBI double 8.27.10.mp3) as part of a 2-for-4 game (extending his hitting streak to 16 games).

Left-hander Jose Jimenez contributed two scoreless innings on zero day’s rest and right-hander Brandon Josselyn pitched a perfect non-save ninth, also on no rest whatsoever.

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.28.10 kingsnotes.pdf

The Kings are 2.0 games up on Kane County for the top playoff spot in the West with 11 games to go, 4.0 games up on Beloit for a postseason berth as well.  Left-hander Nick Czyz (4-4, 4.71) gets the game-one start against the Peoria Chiefs tonight as a pivotal five-game, four-day series starts up at O’Brien Field, first pitch is scheduled for 6:30 PM.  Listen to the game online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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.

-DL

Franklin, Ramirez Named Post-Season All-Stars

In case you didn’t see it via LumberKings.com…

Clinton, IA – Clinton LumberKings shortstop Nick Franklin and right-hander Erasmo Ramirez have been named Midwest League Post-Season All-Stars by the Field Managers of the league’s 16 teams.  The entire list was announced today by president George Spelius from the Midwest League office in Beloit, WI.

 

Both Franklin and Ramirez were voted as mid-season All-Stars and join the likes of Matt Adams (Quad Cities), Scooter Gennett (Wisconsin), Ian Krol (Kane County) and league Prospect of the Year and MVP Mike Trout (Cedar Rapids) on the list of the league’s best.

 

The 19-year-old Franklin, Seattle’s first-round pick (27th overall) out of Lake Brantley High School (FL) has enjoyed a memorable first full season in professional baseball.  Ranked the ninth-best prospect in the entire Mariners’ organization prior to the season by Baseball America, Franklin has gone on to hit .284 (129-for-454) with 20 doubles, seven triples, 20 home runs (2nd most in the MWL) and 57 RBI and has stolen 23 bases in 34 attempts.  The Longwood, FL native is just two homers shy of tying Clinton’s own single-season franchise record of 22, set back in 1961.

 

Ramirez, 20, came to the LumberKings in mid-April after an award-winning 2009 campaign.  He was the Mariners’ Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2009, going 11-1 with a 0.51 ERA with Aguirre of the Venezuela Summer League.  In 2010, Ramirez has proved worthy of All-Star status as the league’s top right-handed starter.  He’s 10-4 with the league’s second-best ERA of 2.75 and also ranks amongst league leaders in WHIP (2nd at 1.04), fewest walks per 9.0 innings for starters (2nd at 1.17) and fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings for starters (3rd at 10.36).

 

Great Lakes Loons’ manager Juan Bustabad took home the Manager of the Year award.  A full list of the All-Star selections can be viewed at http://www.MidwestLeague.com.

I’ll be talking about the All-Star selections on tonight’s pregame show in lieu of an interview (I’ve interviewed both Franklin and Ramirez recently, as well as their manager John Tamargo).  One thing I MIGHT bring up is the double selection of South Bend’s Matt Davidson as both the third-baseman and DH.  He’s certainly deserving of ONE selection, but what about the now-forgotten Jerry Sands of the Loons for DH?  Or Clinton’s own Vinnie Catricala?  It’s worth thinking about.

There’s plenty to catch up on in tonight’s Game Notes following last night’s 3-1 win over Peoria.  Left-hander Nick Czyz tossed seven innings of one-run baseball and Catricala went 3-for-4 with the game-tying home run and an RBI single for insurance.  Mickey Wiswall had the game-winner on a seeing-eye single, and the bullpen combo of right-hander Jonathan Arias (H, 1) and Forrest Snow (S, 4) held on to the slim margin.

The Notes: 
8.24.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Right-hander Tom Wilhelmsen (3-1, 2.55) has a key fifth start tonight as he looks to prove that the 4.2-inning, six-run blowup from his last outing is only a brief misstep in his magical 2010 season.  He’s on the hill for the finale against the Chiefs tonight, first pitch scheduled for 6:30 PM.  Listen online at 1390kcln.com.

-DL

Special Guest: Bowen Hobbs

The seven-game winning streak saw its end last night as the LumberKings fell behind 7-3 and ultimately lost 9-6 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.  Mickey Wiswall, Blake Ochoa and Vinnie Catricala all homered in the losing cause for the Kings, who remain 1.5 games ahead of Beloit for the West Division Wild Card.

For tonight’s interview, I’ve decided to air and post a conversation I recorded recently with
bowenhobbsrattlerlogo.jpggraphic designer Bowen Hobbs.  You’ve probably seen his work if you follow the Midwest League, as Bowen was the artist who created the 2009 Midwest League All-Star Game logo when we hosted the event last season.  He also designed both logos for the LumberBlog.

In addition to those designs, Hobbs has also been working on creating new logos and uniform schemes for all kinds of professional teams.  He’s redesigned many of the logos of teams in our league, including tonight’s series opponent, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (pictured). 

My personal favorite logo is the one he recently posted on the Erie SeaWolves.  For more of Bowen’s original designs and critiques of existing logos and uniforms, visit his blog at http://44thandgoal.blogspot.com/

Listen to our conversation here: 
Bowen Hobbs Interview 8.1.10.mp3

Tonight’s Game Notes: 
8.10.10 kingsnotes.pdf

The series ends with Wisconsin tonight as right-hander Erasmo Ramirez (9-4, 2.54) makes his 18th start of the season looking for the series win.  Listen beginning at 6:45 PM on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

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!

-DL

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.

-DL

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