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7/18 Game Notes and Musings

The combination of limited time and a cancelled pregame show from last night means the Terry Pollreisz interview will air on today’s pregame show.  However, it’s not like there weren’t plenty of performers worth talking to in last night’s 6-0 win over South Bend.

In three starts heading into last night’s contest, left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney had already been impressive.  After a second-straight outing of 7.0 scoreless innings, it’s hard to categorize Gillheeney as anything but the hottest pitcher in the Midwest League.  He most likely won’t win the MWL Pitcher of the Week award as his previous scoreless start came last Sunday, but he certainly deserves to be the first 2010 King to capture a league award.  Consider this paragraph my “Gilly for Pitcher of the Week” campaign ploy.

The offense was efficient last night, producing six runs on nine hits, including three extra-base hits.  Vinnie Catricala was the star, aptly busting out as Pollreisz had predicted with a 2-for-3, double, HR, three-RBI game.  The home run came on a hit-and-run in the fifth as Tim Morris took off, then slowed up to watch Cat’s majestic ball land on the left-field berm.  Mario Martinez added a flare double to right but also struck out three times and stranded four on base, and the other two RBI belonged to Blake Ochoa and Gabriel Noriega.  It’s good to see production from multiple parts of the order on a night when Daniel Carroll, James Jones and Nick Franklin went a collective 1-for-12 in the 1-3 spots.

It’s tough to be a Silver Hawk right now…Mark Haley’s club hasn’t scored in 27 innings, spanning three games.  Part of me wants them to score today, but maybe on an unearned run after Clinton has already built an eight-run lead.

Getting to the payoff of this post, here’s today’s Game Notes and some highlights from last night:

It’s Kings-Hawks in game two of this three-game series today as left-hander Nick Czyz (1-1, 2.96) makes his fifth start of the season.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.  I promise we’ll have a pregame show today.

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Independence Day Comeback

In case you missed it amidst your holiday fun last night, the LumberKings stunned the Peoria Chiefs with a four-run ninth inning outburst to erase a two-run deficit in a 5-3 win at O’Brien Field.  James Jones and Vinnie Catricala each singled to start the inning, and after a walk to Tim Morris loaded the bases, Mario Martinez came through with a game-tying two-run double just inside the third-base bag.  Brandon Bantz plated the game-winner with a sacrifice fly to left and Daniel Carroll added an RBI single for good measure, giving the Kings just their second win when trailing after eight innings this season.

Even if you missed it last night, you don’t have to miss the highlights today.  I’ve condensed them into a two-minute clip.

Listen Here: 
Independence Day Comeback.mp3

Today’s Game Notes: 
7.5.10 kingsnotes.pdf

With a 6-4 record, the LumberKings are back into a three-team tie for first place in the West.  They’ll attempt to gain momentum from last night’s win as left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney (5-6, 3.19) makes his team-leading 17th start today in Peoria.  Game time is set for 1:00 PM, tune in to the broadcast on 1390kcln.com.

-DL

No Interview, Plenty of Content

I’m airing part two of the Tony Blengino interview from yesterday on tonight’s pregame interview, so I will not be recording a new one tonight.  I do, however, have plenty to share with you.

First off, the LumberKings won the series with Kane County with a 4-2 victory in the finale last night.  Left-hander Jimmy Gillheeney looked as impressive as we’ve seen this season, limiting the Cougars to two runs (one earned) over 7.0 innings and fanning six.  The Kings came back from a 2-1 deficit thanks to a three-run sixth as Vinnie Catricala, Tim Morris, Brandon Bantz and James Jones singled in succession off right-hander Rob Gilliam.  Mario Martinez recorded the game-winning RBI on a sacrifice fly.

Read more about last night’s game in the Game Notes: 
7.1.10 kingsnotes.pdf

Check out some highlights here:

carroll family living.jpgIn other news, the LumberKings were recently featured in the Iowa Farm Bureau’s “Family Living” Magazine.  Daniel Carroll gets some face time on the issue’s cover, and there’s photos of various LumberKings’ players, fans and staff (myself included) in the feature. 

This feature is reprinted with permission from Iowa Farm Bureau’s Family Living.

Check it out: 
Clinton LumberKings Family Living Article.pdf

 

  

Third off, a former LumberKing has been included in a Major League trade today.  The Texas Rangers shipped former Kings lefty Michael Main along with reliever Chris Ray to San Francisco, acquiring catcher Bengie Molina.

Main, one of two first-round picks by the Rangers in 2007, went 2-2 with a 2.58 ERA in 10 starts for the LumberKings in 2008.

Finally, the LumberKings open a six-game road trip tonight starting with a three-game series against the Cedar Rapids Kernels.  Left-hander Nick Czyz (1-0, 0.68) will try and duplicate the success from his first start (5.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 6 K vs. Beloit) tonight against the Kernels.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 PM, listen online at 1390kcln.com.

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Odds and Ends from the All-Star Game

parkview entrance.jpgThe 2010 Midwest League All-Star Game took place at Parkview Field in Fort Wayne, Indiana last night, and in case you missed it, the East continued its run of dominance with a 6-2 win over the West.  Great Lakes’ Jerry Sands – the league home run leader – belted a first-inning opposite-field shot that proved to be the difference, helping him earn the “Star of Stars” award.  You can read plenty more about the game and also check out the final box score here:  Sands Powers East to All-Star Win

I spent part of the game shooting video from Press Row in the luxury suites, part of it on the radio with Mike Maahs of the Fort Wayne TinCaps (I might have audio of my sixth inning play-by-play, including Nick Franklin’s infield single to post in the near future) and part of it down in the seats behind home plate.  I must say, the TinCaps put on an excellent show and impressed a lot of folks.

I captured some video on your Kings in action, but it’s going to take some time to edit before it’s ready.  In the meantime, enjoy some photos and a pre-All-Star interview with the derby rep himself, Nick Franklin.

Listen Here: 
Franklin ASG Interview 6.22.10.mp3

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Vinnie Catricala takes some cuts during the optional West Division batting practice.

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Franklin gets in some BP as well.

Erasmo Ramirez, Brian Moran, Catricala and Franklin

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More video (hopefully) to follow in the next few days.  Oh yeah, and the LumberKings start the second half on Friday.  No rest for the weary.

-DL

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.


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, 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.


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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

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.

 

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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

 

A Doubleheader to Remember

In case you missed it today, the LumberKings took both ends of a doubleheader against the Peoria Chiefs at O’Brien Field.  The twinbill sweep is the first for Clinton since they did it on April 12, 2008 against West Michigan.  That itself is great news, but here’s the better news…they did it with six home runs and outscored Peoria 24-5 in the two games.

Mario Martinez went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer and six RBI in the 13-3 victory in game one, becoming the first LumberKing to drive in a half-dozen since Ian Gac did it on May 4, 2008 at Kane County.  Henry Contreras, making his first start of the year (1-for-3 as a pinch hitter/reserve) went 3-for-3 with three runs scored, a solo home run and two RBI as well.  And that was only the beginning.

Rather than hold back all the highlights until tomorrow, here’s the audio from today’s games.

As you can see, it was a fun day of baseball.  Hopefully it continues tomorrow as we close out the series in Peoria.

-DL

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