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Rubber game of Cowlitz series tonight

July 23, 2015

Happy Thursday, everyone.

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Big game at Goss Stadium on Wednesday night. We rallied to defeat Cowlitz 3-2, and we moved into a tie for first place in the West Coast League's wild-card race.

We will try to win the series tonight in Game 3, set for 6:40 p.m. at Goss Stadium. It's a Block 15 Thursday and Barker Uerlings Insurance Reusable Grocery Tote Bag Night. Enjoy discounted Block 15 beverages, and the first 250 fans through the gates get a reusable grocery tote bag, compliments of Barker Uerlings.

Righty Chris Clements (1-2, 2.10) of UC Santa Barbara is our starting pitcher, opposed by Stanford lefty Chris Castellanos (2-0, 3.85). The Knights then head to Klamath Falls for a Friday-Sunday series with the Gems at Kiger Stadium.

See you at Goss!

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As we mentioned earlier, we pulled even with Yakima Valley in the race for the WCL's wild-card playoff berth. Here are the wild-card standings after Wednesday's games:

Team W L GB

Yakima Valley 20 18 -

Corvallis 20 18 -

Walla Walla 19 19 1

Victoria 18 20 2

Cowlitz 17 21 3

Medford 17 21 3

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Wednesday's crowd of 1,359 increased the season attendance to 35,548 in 25 dates. We are 4,557 fans ahead of their 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

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The San Francisco Giants optioned alum Josh Osich (2008), a left-handed reliever from Oregon State, back to triple-A Sacramento on Wednesday. Veteran reliever Jeremy Affeldt was activated from the DL and took Osich's spot on the 25-man roster.

Osich was 1-0, had six strikeouts and did not allow an earned run in 7.1 innings in nine appearances. The three runs he did allow were unearned, owing to an error by former Knight Matt Duffy (2010).

"He'll be back up here," San Francisco manager Bruce Bochy said of Osich. "I told him, 'You should be proud of where you are.' He has played his way back into being a top prospect for us."

Here is more on that story, from MLB.com.

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Bend outfielder Christian Cavaness has signed with the Minnesota Twins and has left the team. He hit .322 in 32 games, with three homers and 17 RBIs.

An NAIA All-American at Lindenwood University-Belleville in Illinois, he is the school's all-time leader in home runs, triples, RBIs and total bases. He will report to Fort Meyers, Fla., in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League.

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The Victoria HarbourCats have signed Victoria native Eric Hegadoren, a 6-foot-9 right-hander from Yavapai College. Hegadoren, who pitched for the HarbourCats in 2014, will be a reliever for the remainder of the regular season.

He joined the team in time for its ongoing series against Bellingham. He played for the Victoria Eagles Provincial Baseball League program before heading to Yavapai, located in Prescott, Ariz.

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El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-6 with two runs, a double and three RBIs in a 15-2 win over Sacramento on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .328.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Tri-City (A Northwest, Diamondbacks) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 4-2 win over Salem-Keizer.

* Bluefield (R Appalachian, Blue Jays) first baseman Gabe Clark (2013) was 1-for-5 with two RBIs and his third homer in a 6-5 win over Greeneville.

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That is all for today. See you here on Friday, and at the ballpark tonight!


Game 2 with Cowlitz tonight

July 22, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

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Tough loss last night in the Cowlitz series opener. We had our chances but just could not convert. We will try to even things up by winning Game 2, set for 6:40 tonight at Goss Stadium.

* Tonight is 106.3 KLOO-FM Timeless Rock Night, presented by Calapooia Brewing. Break out those acid-washed jeans and the aqua net hairspray for a night of big hair, mullets and timeless rock. General admission tickets are only $2 for ages 60+ on Senior Nights, every Wednesday. Righty Dakody Clemmer (2-1, 3.34) of Central Arizona College is our starting pitcher.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and Barker Uerlings Insurance Reusable Grocery Tote Bag Night. Enjoy discounted Block 15 beverages, and the first 250 fans through the gates get a reusable grocery tote bag, compliments of Barker Uerlings. Righty Chris Clements (1-2, 2.10) of UC Santa Barbara is our starting pitcher.

See you at Goss!

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We still trail Yakima Valley by one game in the race for the West Coast League's wild-card playoff berth. Here are the wild-card standings after Tuesday's games:

Team W L GB

Yakima Valley 20 17 -

Corvallis 19 18 1

Walla Walla 19 18 1

Victoria 17 20 3

Cowlitz 17 20 3

Medford 16 21 4

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We do have some good news to report. Knights' outfielder Emilio Alcantar has signed with NAIA powerhouse Lewis-Clark State of Lewiston, Idaho, for the 2015-16 season. He played at Linn-Benton in 2014-15. Congrats to Emilio!

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Tuesday's crowd of 1,366 increased the season attendance to 34,189 in 24 dates. The Knights are 4,347 fans ahead of their 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

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Kelowna right-hander Curtis Taylor of University of British Columbia tossed a complete game shutout on July 18 at Elks Stadium to earn a 1-0 win over the Wenatchee AppleSox and WCL Player of the Week honors for July 13-19. Here is more on that story from the league website.

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Lake Elsinore (A California, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a 2-1 loss to Modesto on Tuesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is hitting .324 since being promoted from low-A Fort Wayne earlier this month.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) reliever Jimmie Sherfy (2011) had one strikeout in a scoreless inning in a 5-4 loss to Biloxi.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-5 with a run and a double in an 8-5 win over Rancho Cucamonga. He is hitting .362.

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That is all for today. See you here on Thursday, and at the ballpark on Wednesday night.


Lee, Walker shine at WCL All-Star Game

July 21, 2015

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

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Pitchers Slater Lee and Ryan Walker infielder Michael Farris represented the Knights on Monday night at the West Coast League All-Star Game at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Wash.

Lee started for the South and pitched a perfect first inning; Walker allowed one hit in the ninth and got the save in a 3-0 South victory. Farris participated in the Home Run Derby but did not make the finals.

Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight and assistants Connor Lambert and Dane Lund coached the South team. Kitsap's Jake Scudder went 2-for-3 with a walk and a run and was the MVP. Here is more on the game, from the WCL website.

The 2016 ASG will be at cozy Story Field in Longview, Wash., one of the WCL's friendliest venues. That should make for a great Home Run Derby, with the 300-foot left-field fence and the party deck.

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We are back at it at 6:40 tonight, hosting the Cowlitz Black Bears at 6:40 p.m. in the opener of a three-game series at Goss Stadium. It is Cowlitz's first visit to Corvallis since June of 2013.

Cowlitz joined the WCL as an expansion team in 2010 and the Knights lead the all-time series 22-6. Corvallis is 10-2 all-time at home against Cowlitz and swept two games from the Black Bears in 2013 in their only playoff matchup.

Outfielder Slate Miller (Washington) is Cowlitz's top hitter at .319 (36-113), with two homers and nine RBIs. First baseman Lorin Archibald (Lower Columbia College) is their top power producer, with four homers and 27 RBIs.

Cal Neely of Linfield (1-2, 1.58) and Joe Balfour of San Jose State (3-1, 2.34) are the top starters. Central Washington's Lars Rider (0-0, 0.75, nine saves) anchors the bullpen. He has 24 strikeouts and just two walks in 12 innings over 13 appearances.

We trail Yakima Valley by one game in the race for the West Coast League's wild-card playoff berth. Here are the wild-card standings heading into the final 1/3 of the season:

Team W L GB

Yakima Valley 20 16 -

Corvallis 19 17 1

Walla Walla 18 18 2

Victoria 17 19 3

Cowlitz 16 20 4

It should be a real dogfight for the final playoff berth. Kelowna (4-game lead), Bellingham (7) and Bend (9) all hold comfortable advantages in their respective divisional races and look to have the inside track on the automatic berths.

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The Knights (24-17 all, 19-17 WCL) resume WCL action at 6:40 tonight in the opener of a three-game series against Cowlitz at Goss Stadium. Game 2 is at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and Game 3 is at 6:40 p.m. Thursday.

* Tonight is Les & Bob's T-Shirt Giveaway Night, presented by SERVEPRO. The first 150 fans get a Corvallis Knights t-shirt! Lefty Cory Nelson (2-0, 2.07) of Pacific Lutheran is our starting pitcher.

* Wednesday is 106.3 KLOO-FM Timeless Rock Night, presented by Calapooia Brewing. Break out those acid-washed jeans and the aqua net hairspray for a night of big hair, mullets and timeless rock. General admission tickets are only $2 for ages 60+ on Senior Nights, every Wednesday. Righty Dakody Clemmer (2-1, 3.34) of Central Arizona JC is our starting pitcher.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and Barker Uerlings Insurance Reusable Grocery Tote Bag Night. Enjoy discounted Block 15 beverages, and the first 250 fans through the gates get a reusable grocery tote bag, compliments of Barker Uerlings. Righty Chris Clements (1-2, 2.10) of UC Santa Barbara is our starting pitcher.

See you at Goss!

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The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled alum Brent Morel to the majors on Monday from triple-A Indianapolis of the International League. He joined the team in time for Monday night's game at Kansas City. Here is more on that story from our website.

Also, here is more from mlb.com. Brent was hitting .266 (79-279) in 81 games, with nine homers and 47 RBIs, for the Indians had was one of their most productive players over the last six weeks.

Brent is a .226 lifetime hitter in 217 major-league games with the White Sox and Pirates, with 13 homers and 58 RBIs.

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Bluefield (R Appalachian, Blue Jays) first baseman Gabe Clark (2013) was a combined 3-for-7 with a run, a homer, a double and four RBIs in a doubleheader sweep of Johnson City on Monday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Grand Junction (R Pioneer, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 3-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 6-4 win over Billings.

* Palm Beach (A Florida State, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 1-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 5-3 loss to Bradenton.

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That is all for today. See you here on Wednesday, and at the ballpark on Tuesday night.


Second place in wild-card race at All-Star break

July 20, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone. Hope you all found a way to stay cool over the weekend.

Tough series at Yakima Valley, where we lost the final two games in the final inning to lose the series 2-1. We now trail Yakima Valley by one game in the race for the West Coast League's wild-card playoff berth. Here are the wild-card standings at the all-star break:

Team W L GB

Yakima Valley 20 16 -

Corvallis 19 17 1

Walla Walla 18 18 2

Victoria 17 19 3

Cowlitz 16 20 4

So, as you can see it should be a real dogfight for the final playoff berth. Kelowna (4-game lead), Bellingham (7) and Bend (9) all hold comfortable advantages in their respective divisional races and look to have the inside track on the automatic berths.

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Pitcher Slater Lee and infielder Michael Farris will represent the Knights tonight at the West Coast League All-Star Game at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Wash.

Lee was named to the South team for the game, which begins at 7:05 p.m. A rising junior right-hander at Cal Poly, Lee is 1-1 with a 2.62 ERA in seven games, with 26 strikeouts in 37.2 innings. He was named WCL co-Player of the Week for the week of July 6-12 for a four-hit shutout of the Kitsap BlueJackets.

A rising junior at UC Riverside, Farris will participate in the Home Run Derby, which starts at 5:30 p.m. He is hitting .270 in 26 games, with a team-leading eight doubles, two homers and 16 RBIs.

Corvallis skipper Brooke Knight and assistants Connor Lambert and Dane Lund will coach the South team.

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The Knights (24-17 all, 19-17 WCL) resume WCL action at 6:40 p.m. Tuesday in the opener of a three-game series against Cowlitz at Goss Stadium. Game 2 is at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday and Game 3 is at 6:40 p.m. Thursday.

* Tuesday is Les & Bob's T-Shirt Giveaway Night, presented by SERVEPRO. The first 150 fans get a Corvallis Knights t-shirt!

* Wednesday is 106.3 KLOO-FM Timeless Rock Night, presented by Calapooia Brewing. Break out those acid-washed jeans and the aqua net hairspray for a night of big hair, mullets and timeless rock. General admission tickets are only $2 for ages 60+ on Senior Nights, every Wednesday.

* Thursday is a Block 15 Thursday and Barker Uerlings Insurance Reusable Grocery Tote Bag Night. Enjoy discounted Block 15 beverages, and the first 250 fans through the gates get a reusable grocery tote bag, compliments of Barker Uerlings.

See you at Goss!

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Former Knights broadcaster Jason Schwartz (2010) is in his fourth season with the Lancaster JetHawks of the Class A California League. Here is the latest on the USC grad, from reporter Alonso Tacanga of the Valley Press.

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The San Francisco Giants placed alum Andrew Susac (2009) on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday. He was removed from Saturday's 8-4 win over Arizona in the fourth inning after spraining his right thumb sliding head-first into third base while legging out a triple into the left-field corner.

Initial X-rays were negative and an MRI taken Sunday morning corroborated that diagnosis, revealing no ligament damage. Here is more from mlb.com. He is hitting .241 (27-112) in 41 games, with three homers and 11 RBIs.

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Rochester (AAA International, Twins) pitcher Greg Peavey (2007) gave up two runs in six innings, struck out five and got the win in a 6-2 victory over Lehigh Valley on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. It was his first win with the Red Wings.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Buffalo (AAA International, Blue Jays) pitcher Matt Boyd (2010) allowed three runs and five hits and had six strikeouts in seven innings and got a no-decision in a 4-3 win over Columbus.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) closer Greg Mahle (2012) struck out the only hitter he faced in the ninth to earn his ninth save in a 3-2 win over Springfield.

* Palm Beach (A Florida State, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-4 with a run in a 3-2 win over Bradenton.

* San Jose (A California, Giants) pitcher Chase Johnson (2011) allowed one run, had eight strikeouts in seven innings and got the win in a 3-2 victory over Lancaster to raise his record to 6-3.

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That is all for today. See you here, and at the ballpark, on Tuesday.


Knights take lead in WCL wild-card race

July 17, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

Another big night for the Knights on Thursday in Yakima, where we defeated the Pippins 2-1 to take over first place in the race for the West Coast League's wild-card playoff berth.

We stretched our WCL winning streak to nine games in a row in what was probably the last start of the summer for pitcher Ryan Walker of Washington State. He is being shut down after pitching 90 innings between the Cougars and the Knights.

The series resumes at 7:05 tonight. Righty Slater Lee (1-0, 2.14) of Cal Poly is our projected starter. Here is more on Slater from today's Corvallis Gazette-Times.

The series concludes at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. You can catch all the action on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call.

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We reported Thursday that third baseman/first baseman//designated hitter Michael Farris of UC Riverside would represent us in the Home Run Derby at the West Coast League All-Star Game at Bellingham on Monday.

The Home Run Derby starts at 5:30 p.m.; the game begins at 7:05 p.m.; both events will be held at Joe Martin Field. For more information, please click here. Farris leads the Knights with two homers, 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.

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Alum Chase Johnson (2011) of Cal Poly and the San Jose Giants was named the California League Pitcher of the Week for July 6-12. He threw one-hit ball over seven innings and had eight strikeouts in a 2-0 win at Modesto on July 11.

For the season, Chase is 5-3 with a 3.01 ERA and 74 strikeouts in 80.2 innings. Here is more on that story, from the team website.

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The Tigers have promoted alum Dean Green (2008) to Toledo of the triple-A International League from Erie of the double-A Eastern League. He went 0-for-4 on Thursday night in his debut with the Mud Hens. Dean hit .316 in 70 games, with 10 homers and 42 RBIs, with Erie and made the Eastern League all-star team.

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Frisco (AA Texas, Rangers) catcher Alex Burg was 2-for-2 with a run and an RBI in a 7-2 win over Corpus Christi on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. Alex raised his average to .357.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Indianapolis (AAA International, Pirates) third baseman Brent Morel (2006-07) was 2-for-5 with a run and an RBI in a 7-2 win over Toledo.

* Arkansas (AA Texas, Angels) closer Greg Mahle (2012) had one strikeout in a scoreless ninth and earned his seventh save in a 4-3 win over Tulsa.

* Hudson Valley (A New York-Penn, Rays) outfielder Cade Gotta (2011) was 2-for-4 with a double, two runs and an RBI in a 6-3 win over Aberdeen. He raised his average to .333.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-3 with a run and two walks in a 7-4 win over Lake Elsinore. He raised his average to .388.

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That is all for today. Have a great weekend and we will see you on Monday.


Knights head to Yakima Valley on a tear

July 16, 2015

Happy Thursday, everyone.

Our West Coast League winning streak was stretched to eight straight games on Wednesday night with a 6-2 victory over Klamath Falls. We also moved to a tie with Yakima Valley in the race for the WCL's wild-card playoff berth.

We open a key three-game series at Yakima Valley at 7:05 tonight. Righty Ryan Walker (2-2, 5.17) of Washington State is our projected starter. Catch all the action on KEJO-AM 1240, with Mike Parker on the call.

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Third baseman/designated hitter Michael Farris of UC Riverside will represent the Knights in the Home Run Derby at the West Coast League All-Star Game at Bellingham on Monday. Farris leads the Knights with two homers, 10 extra-base hits and 16 RBIs.

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Alum Dean Green (2008) of the Erie SeaWolves was 0-for-2 on Wednesday night in the Eastern League All-Star Game at Portland, Maine. Green is hitting .316 (79-250) with 10 homers and 42 RBIs in 70 games for Erie, Detroit's double-A affiliate.

Alum Kyle Kraus (2009-10) has been promoted to Portland of the double-A Eastern League from Salem of the high-A Carolina League.

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Wednesday's crowd of 1,654 increased our season attendance to 32,823 in 23 dates. We are 3,879 fans ahead of their 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

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Grand Junction (R Pioneer, Rockies) catcher Chris Rabago (2012-13) was 2-for-4 with a homer, two RBIs and two runs in a 6-3 win over Helena on Wednesday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 3-for-5 with an RBI in a 6-4 win over Lake Elsinore.

* Tri-Cities (A Northwest, Padres) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 2-for-5 with two runs in an 8-4 win over Spokane.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) pitched a scoreless inning and struck out the side in a 9-6 loss to Jackson.

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That is all for today. See you on Friday.


Knights win again, close in on Pippins

July 15, 2015

Happy Wednesday, everyone.

Our winning streak was stretched to eight straight games on Tuesday night with a 6-2 victory over Klamath Falls. We also moved to within one game of Yakima Valley in the race for the West Coast League's wild-card plaoff berth.

The series concludes at 6:40 tonight. Our starter is TBA; the Gems will go with righty Riley Moore (1-2, 5.26) of St. Martin's. We then open a crucial three-game series at Yakima Valley on Thursday night.

Tonight is Heresco Chiropractic Ladies Night, presented by MOM Magazine, and Spindrift Cellars Tasting Night. See you at the ballpark! Our attendance is way above last year's, so help us keep that trend going!

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Alum Dalton Kelly of UC Santa Barbara, an all-WCL selection for us in 2014, made his professional debut on Monday night and went 0-for-1 with a walk and a run scored for the Arizona Rookie League Mariners. He was Seattle's 38th-round selection in the June draft.

Catcher Chris Shaw (2014) made his pro debut with the Gulf Coast League Orioles on Tuesday. He went 0-for-2 with a walk in an 8-3 loss to the GCL Red Sox. Chris played at Oklahoma in 2015 after transferring from Midland JC and was Baltimore's 15th-round pick.

Two alums selected in the draft have not signed: Pitcher Austin Sodders (2014) of Riverside City College (Pittsburgh, 17th round) and pitcher Andrew Naderer (2013) of Grand Canyon (Detroit, 37th round). Sodders has signed with UC Riverside for 2015-16; Naderer will be a senior at GCU.

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Tuesday's crowd of 1,158 increased the season attendance to 31,169 in 22 dates. We are 3,622 fans ahead of our 2014 total through a corresponding number of openings.

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There is no Knights' Minor League Player of the Day today. Almost every minor league took Tuesday off for the All-Star Game.

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That is all for today. See you at the ballpark tonight, and back here on The Blog on Thursday.


Knights keep winning; Lee named to All-Star team

July 14, 2015

Happy Tuesday, everyone.

Our winning streak was stretched to seven straight games on Monday night with a 10-2 victory over Klamath Falls. Michael Farris of UC Riverside hit a franchise-record four doubles in the win.

The series resumes at 6:40 tonight. Chris Clements (0-1, 3.11) of UC Santa Barbara is the scheduled starter for the Knights, opposed by Concordia's Andrew Heideman (1-1, 3.66) in a matchup of right-handers.

Here's a preview of the promotions for the final two games of the homestand:

* Tonight is Tri-County Night and Mack the Knight's Birthday party, presented by Special Occasions.

* Wednesday July 15 is Heresco Chiropractic Ladies Night, presented by MOM Magazine, and Spindrift Cellars Tasting Night.

See you at the ballpark! Our attendance is way above last year's, so help us keep that trend going!

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Pitcher Slater Lee of Cal Poly was the lone member of the Knights to be selected to the South roster for the 2015 West Coast League All-Star Game, set for July 20 at Joe Martin Field in Bellingham, Wash.

A rising junior right-hander from Cal Poly, Lee is 1-0 with a 2.14 ERA in six games, with 23 strikeouts in 29.1 innings and a .221 opponent's batting average. He pitched a four-hit, complete-game shutout against Kitsap on July 10 in his most recent start.

Corvallis coaches Brooke Knight, Connor Lambert and Dane Lund will coach the South team.

Former Knights pitcher Justin Calomeni (2014) of Cal Poly, now playing at Bellingham, was named to the North team for the All-Star Game. For a complete list of the 2015 all-star teams, please click here.

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More big news to report. Lee and Knights' righty Dakody Clemmer, a rising sophomore at Central Arizona JC, were named co-WCL Players of the Week for July 6-12. Each pitcher threw a 1-0, complete-game shutout against the BlueJackets.

Clemmer needed just 103 pitches to blank Kitsap in a July 9 game that took one hour, 48 minutes. The next night, Lee needed only 97 pitches for his shutout, which took just 1:43.

For more on that story, please click right here. Congrats to Slater and Dakody!

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The San Diego Padres have promoted outfielder Nick Torres (2012) to Lake Elsinore of the High-A California League from Fort Wayne of the low-A Midwest League. He hit .326 (94-228) in 74 games with the Tin Caps, with two homers and 40 RBIs.

The former Cal Poly star is off to a fast start at Lake Elsinore. He is hitting .365 (5-13) in five games, with a homer and four RBIs. Congrats to Nick, who has played at four levels in the San Diego organization since being selected in the fourth round of the 2014 MLB draft.

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Monday's crowd of 1,013 increased the season attendance to 30,011 in 21 dates. The Knights are 3,899 fans ahead of 2014 through a corresponding number of openings.

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Interesting story here from the Bend Bulletin about the smaller-than-normal crowds at Elks games this season. They are averaging just over 850 fans per game, well below their historical norm.

But are the crowds really smaller than in the past?

We've always believed, based on our own observations at games in Bend, that the announced attendance was drastically inflated by about 1/3 from the actual attendance. So maybe crowds aren't down as much as they're finally being counted accurately by the new ownership group.

And as far as the Elks being the "Joes" of the DiMaggio family: We at the blog certainly understand the use of hyperbole. But maybe since the Elks have never won a division title, or a WCL championship, since the WCL's 2005 inception, they're really the Vinces of the DiMaggio clan.

Bend has a good team this year, but it hasn't won anything yet. Wenatchee and the Knights, the two most successful franchises in league history, are clearly the Joe and Dominic of the DiMaggio baseball tree.

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Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 1-for-4 with his seventh homer of the season in a 5-4 win over Bakersfield on Monday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He is now hitting .364.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Frisco (AA Texas, Rangers) DH Alex Burg (2008) was 1-for-3 with an RBI in a 4-3 loss to Arkansas. Arkansas reliever Greg Mahle (2012) pitched 1.1 innings of scoreless relief, with two strikeouts, for his sixth save.

* Tri-Cities (A Northwest, Padres) shortstop Peter Van Gansen (2013) was 1-for-3 with a double, a run and an RBI in a 6-5 win over Eugene.

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That is all for today. See you back here and at the ballpark on Wednesday.


Knights host Gems; Harrison leaves team

July 13, 2015

Happy Monday, everyone.

It was a great weekend at the ballpark as the Knights swept Kitsap to move into the race for the West Coast League's wild-card playoff berth. We now host Klamath Falls for three games, as the Gems pay the first of their two visits to Goss Stadium this week.

The series matches two teams headed in opposite directions. Corvallis is 8-1 in its last nine WCL games, and has won three consecutive series to climb back into the race for the wild-card playoff berth. Klamath Falls has lost 10 games in a row.

Improved pitching has played a major role in our recent rise. Slater Lee (Cal Poly) and Dakody Clemmer (Central Arizona) each hurled complete-game shutouts against Kitsap this past weekend and Ryan Walker (Washington State) and Harrison McGhee (Concordia) have anchored the bullpen.

The Gems joined the WCL as an expansion team in 2011 and the Knights lead the all-time series 26-6. Corvallis is 12-3 vs. Klamath Falls over the past two seasons and is 5-1 in the last six games between the clubs.

Alex Nesbitt (1-2, 2.50) of Washington is our scheduled starter for tonight's series opener, opposed by Utah righty Spencer Johnson (1-3, 8.27).

Here's a preview of the promotions:

* Tonight is Snap Fitness Member Appreciation Night. Show your Snap Fitness card and receive $1 off any reserved or GA ticket.

* Tuesday is Tri-County Night and Mack the Knight's Birthday party, presented by Special Occasions.

* Wednesday July 15 is Heresco Chiropractic Ladies Night, presented by MOM Magazine, and Spindrift Cellars Tasting Night.

See you at the ballpark! Our attendance is way above last year's, so help us keep that trend going!

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First baseman/catcher K.J. Harrison has left the Knights and will not return. After starting as a freshman from start to finish this past spring at Oregon State, and playing for Team USA June 18-July 8, K.J. has headed home to Hawaii to rest, spend time with family and train for the 2015-16 OSU season.

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Alum Josh Osich (2008) of the San Francisco Giants earned his first major-league win on Saturday night when the Giants defeated Philadelphia 8-5 in San Francisco. Teammate and fellow alum Andrew Susac (2009) hit a three-run homer on Sunday to lead a 4-2 San Francisco victory.

Congrats to Josh, who has not allowed a hit and has a perfect 0.00 ERA in four innings over five appearances since being recalled from double-A Richmond earlier this month.

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Sunday's crowd of 1,329 increased the season attendance to 28,998 in 20 dates. The Knights are 4,226 fans ahead of 2014 through a corresponding number of openings.

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Durham (AAA International, Rays) pitcher Matt Andriese (2009) allowed an unearned run and four hits and had seven strikeouts in six innings in a 3-1 loss to Gwinnett on Sunday to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Erie (AA Eastern, Tigers) DH Dean Green (2008) was 4-for-5 with a run in an 8-1 win over Harrisburg to raise his average to .317.

* Mobile (AA Southern, Diamondbacks) pitcher Jimmie Sherfy (2011) threw two scoreless innings and had two strikeouts in a 12-4 win over Jacksonville.

* El Paso (AAA Pacific Coast, Padres) catcher Rocky Gale (2007, 2009) was 2-for-4 with a double in a 5-3 win over Albuquerque, raising his average to .324.

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That is all for today. See you back here on Tuesday, and at the ballpark tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday!


Knights stay hot with win over Kitsap

July 10, 2015

Happy Friday, everyone.

Fast, fun night at the ballpark on Thursday as Dakody Clemmer shut out Kitsap on three hits in a 1-0 win that took just 1:48. We are now just two games behind Yakima Valley in the loss column in the race for the WCL's wild-card playoff berth.

We have won 6 of our last 7 WCL games and 10 of our last 11 games overall. So, things are definitely trending upward as we continue our seven-game homestand tonight with Game 2 of our series against the BlueJackets. Righty Slater Lee of Cal Poly (0-0, 3.09) is expected to start for Corvallis, opposed by lefty John Oltman (1-0, 1.66) of Creighton.

Here's a preview of the promotions:

* Tonight is Reggy: The Purple Party Dude night, presented by IBEW 280. Please click here for more on Reggy. Everyone who wears purple to the game will be eligible to get buy one snow cone and get a second one for free.

* Saturday is Dr. Curtis E. Trammell Kids $1,000 Dash for Cash Night, presented by All Vision Family Care. Kids 12 and under are eligible to dash for the cash, 1,000 $1 bills, before the top of the fifth inning on the Goss Stadium infield.

* Sunday is HOPE Night, presented by 107.9 FM. It's a Lil' Knights Club game, presented by Jamba Juice. Show your membership card at the box office to get in free!

* Monday is Snap Fitness Member Appreciation Night. Show your Snap Fitness card and receive $1 off any reserved or GA ticket.

* Tuesday is Tri-County Night and Mack the Knight's Birthday party, presented by Special Occasions.

* Wednesday July 15 is Heresco Chiropractic Ladies Night, presented by MOM Magazine, and Spindrift Cellars Tasting Night.

See you at the ballpark! Our attendance is way above last year's, so help us keep that trend going!

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Thursday's crowd of 1,197 increased the season total to 25,051 in 17 dates. The Knights are 3,093 fans ahead of 2014 through a corresponding number of openings.

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Alum Antonio Gonzales (2012), a senior at UC Riverside, was named to the Big West Conference all-academic team. To be eligible, student-athletes have to maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA, complete one full year at the member institution prior to the season for which the award is being received (at least a sophomore academically) and competed in at least 50 percent of their team's contests.

Congrats to Antonio, a media and cultural studies major from La Verne, Calif.

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Fort Wayne (A Midwest, Padres) outfielder Nick Torres (2012) was 3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs, a run and a walk in a 6-2 win over South Bend on Thursday night to earn Corvallis Knights Minor League Player of the Day honors. He raised his average to .326.

Honorable mention goes to:

* Palm Beach (A Florida State, Cardinals) outfielder Blake Drake (2013) was 2-for-5 with a double, a run and three RBIs in a 10-0 win over Bradenton.

* Visalia (A California, Diamondbacks) outfielder Mitch Haniger (2010) was 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI in a 9-2 win over Stockton.

* Mahoning Valley (A New York-Penn, Indians) right fielder David Armendariz 92011) hit a two-run homer in an 8-4 win over Vermont.

Bluefield (A Appalachian, Blue Jays) outfielder Gabe Clark (2013) hit a 3-run homer, his first as a professional in his first game as a pro, in a 7-6 loss to Danville.

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That is all for today. See you back here on Monday, and at the ballpark all weekend!