April 2010

Sunday Lineup and Game Notes

Here is today’s lineup:

Lee dh
Valdez cf
Watkins ss
Rohan 3b
Bour 1b
Rosa C
Jones lf
Matheus 2b
Morelli rf
SP Struck RHP


And game notes from Saturday, sorry I didnt get yesterday’s up in time it was a low-sleep night and a busy day for the home opener.

Lineup, Game Notes and Ted Lilly

First the big news pf the day and that is the Monday rehab appearance of Cubs All-Star left hander Ted Lilly!! Ted will start on Monday at O’Brien Field against Burlington, the same team he beat 11-1 with five innings of work in a rehab stint last August. Tickets are available and are Half-Price as part of the season long Half-Price Monday Promotion.

Gonna be good to get home tonight as well. Been a long nine days on the road. The Lilly rehab has also juggled the rotation which will now go as follows:

Tonight RH Trey McNutt
Saturday RH Su-Min  Jung
Sunday RH Nick Struck
Monday LH Ted Lilly

Rob Whitenack will either follow Lilly on Monday or start Tuesday. McNutt and Jung have been split up for the time being to get through the first couple of weeks.

Tonight’s Lineup:
Lee SS
Valdez CF
Cerda 3B
Bour DH
Rosa C
Jones 1B
Ramirez RF
Matheus 2B
Morelli LF

Logan Watkins misses his second straight day with a sore hand and he hopes to be back in the lineup Saturday.

Game Notes:

Game Notes

Thursday Game Notes:


On the air at 6:20 with a 6:35 game time. Another tough started in Lefty Pat Corbin.

Thursday Lineup & Home Opener Video

Chiefs are facing a lefty tonight in #12 prospect Pat Corbin so its a night off for Watkins and Jones.

1. Lee SS
2. Valdez CF
3. Cerda 3B
4. Rohan DH
5. Bour 1B
6. Mercedes C
7. Matheus 2B
8. Ramirez RF
9. Morelli LF
SP Nagel RHP

Nagel will be followed by Clubb. Games notes hopefully coming soon. Been a hectic afternoon. Check out our new Opening Day Commercial. Great job by our video intern Dustin Elkin!

Wednesday Lineup, Game Notes & Interview

Pretty quick bus ride last night. Russ can really put it down and get us from point A to point B better than any bus driver I’ve been with. I didn’t get any reading done as Casey put in 2012 which was much more enjoyable than I had expected so I watched it. John Cusack was very good. Then we watched the first 30 minutes of Office Space and you can never pass that up!

The hotel at Cedar Rapids is by far the best of the three we have been to this season and the Coopers Mill restaurant on the ground floor is finally back in business after the tragic 2008 floods that ravaged downtown Cedar Rapids. And that’s super good news cause there are no other places to eat near the hotel and they stay open til after midnight so we can get dinner after the game.

This could be quite the series…Cedar Rapids just allowed 5 runs in 3 games total at Quad Cities…and got swept 1-0, 2-1 and 2-0. They have scored 14 runs in 6 games this season, have not homered and are batting .223. The Chiefs of course have their own problems offensively batting .210 as a team with 14 runs scored in 6 games and one homer. Cedar Rapids leads the MWL with a 1.84 team ERA and 56 strikeouts while the Chiefs staff has a 3.18 ERA and 51 strikeouts.

You can read more about him in game notes but tonight’s starter for Cedar Rapids, Fabio Martinez is the Angels #6 prospect. He struck out 11 Beloit Snappers in 5 innings on Friday, throws 94-96 fastball and has the best slider in the Angels system. Yikes!

Tonights Chiefs Lineup
1. Lee SS
2. Watkins 2B
3. Cerda 3B
4. Rohan 1B
5. Bour DH
6. Rosa C
7. Jones LF
8. Morelli RF
9. Ramirez CF
SP Antigua LHP

First day off for Valdez. Game Notes:

And in case you missed it, here is yesterday’s pregame interview with Logan Watkins:

Tuesday Game Notes

Better late than never. Spent most of the afternoon trying to figure out how I’m gonna find tonight’s episode of LOST online as soon as we get to Cedar Rapids….and working ahead for tonight’s long (220 miles) bus ride to Cedar Rapids. Not sure what the movie choices will be but I’m 50 pages into The Catch: One Play, Two Dynasties, and the Game that Changed the NFL by Gary Myers. So I plan on diving deeper into the 1981 NFC title game which launched Joe Montana, Bill Walsh and the 80s 49ers when I was three years old.

Anyway, here are Game Notes. Hopefully we have some offense tonight!

Tuesday Lineup & Starting Pitchers

Almost a copy of opening night with Rohan and Jones switched defensively and in lineup slot. Lee is back after a night off.

1. Hak-Ju Lee SS
2. Logan Watkins 2B
3. Matt Cerda 3B
4. Greg Rohan LF
5. Justin Bour 1B
6. Jovan Rosa C
7. Richard Jones DH
8. Alvaro Ramirez RF
9. Jose Valdez CF
SP Rob Whitenack RHP

Likely see Beliveau or Quezada out of the pen tonight. Grife and Latham can both go if the Chiefs are leading late. Hopefully some offense breaking out tonight but a tough hurler in Beloit opening day starter Liam Hendriks.

Here is what I have on Whitenack and Hendriks.

Hendriks: RH Liam Hendriks takes the mound tonight for Beloit in his second start of the season. He threwfive shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out seven on Thursday in a no-decision at Cedar Rapids. Last season he joined Beloit on July 8 and went 3-5 with a 3.51 ERA in 11 MWL starts. In three Rookie Ball outings with Elizabethton he was 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA last season. The Perth, Australia native signed with the Twins in Feb 2007 and missed all of 2008 with a nerve injury in his right arm. The 21 year-old attended Sacred Heart College in Australia and pitched for Team Australia in the 2009 World Baseball Classic. He pitched twice, both against Mexico, and allowed two runs on three hits over 1 2/3 innings. The Chiefs beat Hendriks 7-2 at Pohlman Field on August 6, 2009 with four runs on eight hits over six innings. He allowed a home run to Junior Lake and the only current Chiefs player to face Hendriks is Jovan Rosa who was 0-for-3 in that contest.


Last Time Out: Whitenack allowed four runs on seven hits over five innings in his
first start of the season on Thursday at Clinton. He struck out three and did
not issue a walk while picking up his first career win.

Open It Up: Whitenack
earned the Chiefs opening day start with a great spring training.

White-Knuckler: Whitenack features a knuckle-curve making him the first Chiefs hurler
in at least eight years to throw any type of knuckle ball.

Trend-Setter: Whitenack
was the first player in SUNY-Old Westbury history to be drafted and the first
of 19 Division III players drafted last June

Background: A
21-year-old native of North Massapequa, NY, Whitenack graduated from
Plainedge High School and had his number 10 retired by SUNY-Old Westbury. As
a junior last season for Old Westbury he was 5-2 with a 2.81 ERA while being
named the ECAC Pitcher of the Year.

VS. Beloit: Whitenack
has never faced the Snapper

VS. Twins: Whitenack
has never faced a Minnesota affiliate

Strong Starter: Whitenack allowed just two earned runs in the first inning of his 12
starts last season in Boise and only five more in the second innings. His ERA
jumped from 2.25 to 7.30 in the third inning and then 9.35 in the fourth
innings of games.

McNutt Interview

In case you missed the pregame show with the rain delay here is my interview with Sunday’s starter Trey McNutt after he struck out seven Snappers in three innings in the Chiefs 2-0 win.


Monday Lineup and Game Notes

Forty percent chance of rain tonight in Beloit so we could get our first delay of the season. Right now it is very overcast and breezy as the Snappers get ready for batting practice. We face Dutch hurler Tom Stuifbergen tonight. He was 5-2 last season in rookie ball with a 3.28 ERA and 69 strikeouts with just 6 walks in 79 innings so the Chiefs need to be ready to put the ball in play tonight.

Peoria counters with Nick Struck in his first career start. Struck was drafted by the Cubs
in the 39th round of the 2009 draft out of Mt. Hood Community
College in Gresham, OR. He was 9-0 with a 1.17 ERA at Mt. Hood as a freshman in
2009 earning NWAACC first-team honors and leading the school to a 26-4 overall
record. The former Clackamas High School star turned down a scholarship offer
to pitch at the University of Hawaii in order to sign with the Cubs in August.
Struck was the 2008 Oregon 6A Player of the Year while leading Clackamas to its
first state title in any sport in 2009 while also playing shortstop on days
when he didn’t pitch. He was 12-1 with a 1.08 ERA as a senior at CHS while
striking out 119 and walking 11 in 84 1/3 innings. Struck also led the team in
hitting (.455), RBI (45) and extra-base hits (21). Struck pitched for the
Portland Lobos in the West Coast League last summer going 5-1 with a 1.10 ERA while
also hitting .400 as a second baseman for the league champions.


1. Jose Valdez CF
2. Logan Watkins SS
3. Matt Cerda DH
4. Greg Rohan 3B
5. Justin Bour 1B
6. Mario Mercedes C
7. Richard Jones LF
8. George Matheus 2B
9. Jesus Morelli RF
SP Nick Struck RHP (70-75 pitches)

Day off for Hak-Ju Lee and Jovan Rosa. I believe Corey Martin and Andres Quezada are up first out of the bullpen. Game Notes are Here:April12GameNotes.pdf

Here is a photo from my booth of Pohlman Field, I’m back to listen to the Cubs home opener. Talk to you at 6:15 on 96.5 ESPN.


Sunday Game Notes & Lineup

Trey McNutt will start with Su-Min Jung following. Thats a switch from what was originally reported. Finished my book last night, Split Image, on the easy bus ride from Clinton to Beloit which our rock-star bus driver Russ covered in just under 90 minutes. The guys watched Waiting, with Ryan Reynolds which I have seen and didn’t enjoy. Ready for an early start here today and the Snappers home opener. For some reason their top 2 prospects are back from last year. Aaron Hicks a first rounder in 2008 still hasn’t left the MWL and Angel Morales returns too. Twins did this with Chris Parmelee and Joe Benson in the past, but they were busts.

Lineup with a couple switches:
1. Lee SS
2. Valdez CF
3. Cerda 3B
4. Rohan DH
5. Bour 1B
6. Rosa C
7. Matheus 2B
8. Ramirez RF
9. Morelli LF
SP McNutt RHP followed by Jung.

No Watkins (2-for-12) or Jones (0-for-12) for the first time this season. Hopefully a day off helps them relax and get it going. Beloit throws Brad Stillings who played with Rohan at Kent State last season. We’ll see who wins that battle. Listen Live at 3:45 for the pregame. Until then, here are Game Notes. Enjoy!