Cooke’s return, McGovern’s road power, Moyers streaking, & A skid ends — Game Notes
Today’s Preview: The Clinton LumberKings (A, Mariners) meet the Peoria Chiefs (A, Cardinals) for the fourth and final time this season with the second game of a four-game series. In their last meeting, the LumberKings dropped the first two games before walking off the Chiefs in back-to-back nights for the first time this season. This will be just the second time the LumberKings come to Peoria this year. The two teams last met in Peoria May 14th through the 17th with the LumberKings dropping three out of the for games. In the head-to-head meetings going back to 1983 the LumberKings lead the head-to-head series 243 to 218. Since becoming a Seattle Mariners affiliate in 2009, the LumberKings lead the head-to-head meetings 82 to 59.
LumberKings Starter: Ray Kerr, 23, makes his 22nd appearance and start of the season for the Clinton LumberKings. The California native, earned the win his last time out for a dominant six shutout innings of work against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. He held Wisconsin to just two Eddie Silva infield singles during his time out while walking two and striking out a season high eight. Kerr has faced the Peoria Chiefs twice before this season and have combined to go 0–2 with a 5.40 ERA allowing six runs, four earned, over 6.2 innings of work while walking four and striking out five. The Seattle Mariners signed Kerr as a nondrafted free agent out of Lassen Community College on August 24th, 2017. An avid fisherman, Kerr has said if he were not playing professional baseball he would be a professional fisherman.
Chiefs Starter: Angel Rondon, 20, makes his seventh appearance and start of the season for the Peoria Chiefs. The Dominican native, received a no decision for his last start despite throwing the ball well over six innings of work against the Quad Cities River Bandits in Peoria. He did not allow a run while allowing just three hits while walking two and striking out eight. The St. Louis Cardinal signed Rondon as an international free agent on January 6th, 2016 and then assigned him to the Dominican Summer League. He made his state side debut in 2017 with the Johnson City Cardinals of the Appalachian League. Rondon opened his 2018 season in the New York-Penn League with the State College Spikes and then earned a call up to the Peoria Chiefs on June 11th. In his Chiefs debut he worked 7.2 innings against the Lake County Captains allowing one run on five hits while walking none and striking out six.
Last Time Out: Keegan McGovern homered for the ninth time this season and Clinton LumberKings pitching held on for a 5–2 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday night at Dozer Park. Three LumberKings (23–25, 62–56) pitchers combined to hold the Chiefs (28–18, 67–49) to just two runs. Clinton staked themselves to an early lead against Peoria’s starting pitcher Alvero Seijas. Billy Cooke was hit by a pitch to open the game, moved to second on a wild pitch, and scored on a Connor Hoover RBI single through the right side of the infield. McGovern then walked and Eugene Helder doubled home Hoover. The scoring was capped in the inning on a Seijas (4–7) throwing error down the line in right. In the top of the third inning, the LumberKings added their final runs of the night. McGovern opened the frame with a solo home run to right and Dimas Ojeda followed two batters later with a double to left center field. Steven Moyers did not allow a base runner to reach over his three-shutout innings of relief and was awarded his first hold of the season. Kyle Wilcox came on in the bottom of the ninth and set down the Chiefs 1–2–3 to earn his sixth save of the year.
Billy’s Return: Billy Cooke opened the season with the Clinton LumberKings but was sent down to the Arizona League Mariners to rehab an injury and work on a new offensive approach at the plate. At the time of the demotion he was batting just .155. Since returning to the LumberKings on July 31st he risen his average to .177 by hitting .303 (10/33) with four runs scored, two doubles, a triple, three walks, and two hit-by-pitches.
Moyers Streaking: LumberKings pitching was sharp in Saturday night’s win over the Peoria Chiefs and perhaps none sharper then Steven Moyers who was perfect over his three innings of relief. This season Moyers has been the emergency spot starter and had last worked as a starter throwing six shutout innings against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Moyers work on Saturday night ran his scoreless innings streak to 9.1 innings dating back to August 1st.
Road Warrior: Keegan McGovern continued his success on the road this season with a home run and two walks in Saturday night’s win. The LumberKings everyday left fielder has played in 20 games away from Ashford University Field this season and is batting .319, highest average on the team, with six home runs while driving in 16 runs. This is his first time playing in Peoria this season.
Scott to Return: LumberKings infielder Zach Scott was taken out in the third inning of the series opener between the LumberKings and Kernels on Wednesday night at Ashford University Field. The issue for Scott was a tight hamstring that sidelined him for the remainder of the series with Cedar Rapids. Scott is available for the series opener and could see a return to the LumberKings starting lineup for game two on Sunday afternoon.
A Skid Snapped: The Clinton LumberKings win on Saturday night over the Peoria Chiefs was their first win to come on the road since Sunday, July 22nd at Parkview Field against the Fort Wayne TinCaps. Over the stretch, the LumberKings had been swept in a three-game series twice, once by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, and once by the Quad Cities River Bandits, to bring their road losing streak to seven games, the longest road losing streak of the season.
This date in baseball history: On this date in 1927, the PCL’s Oakland Oaks trade infielders Lyn Lary and Jimmie Reese to the New York Yankees for $125,000. Reese will become Babe Ruth’s roommate, famously quipping he really “roomed with Ruth’s suitcase.”
Broadcast Information: Erik Oas returns for his second season as the “voice” of LumberKings baseball. All games will be broadcast live on 100.3 FM WCCI and online at LumberKings.com via the TuneIn Radio App.