Kingfish win for 11th time in 12 games

At this rate, it might take winter to cool off the Kenosha Kingfish.

Alex Dunlap hit a go-ahead two-out, two-run homer in the top of the sixth inning, and five Kenosha pitchers got the requisite 27 outs as Kenosha edged the Madison Mallards, 4-3, in a Northwoods League game Thursday at Madison’s Warner Park.

The Kingfish (20-9 second half, 36-25 overall) have won five straight and 11 of 12 and are just two games back of the Lakeshore Chinooks, 7-3 losers to the Wisconsin Woodchucks on Thursday, in the South Division second-half standings with nine games left.

Kenosha Kingfish to send five to showcase

Five members of the Kenosha Kingfish were selected to take part in the 2014 Big League Dreams Showcase on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Warner Park in Madison, the Northwoods League announced on Monday.

The second annual event will consist of a doubleheader featuring the top players from the NWL who were selected by a panel of Major League Baseball scouts. The players will participate in a day of workouts in front of scouts which will be followed by the doubleheader.

Kingfish land two All-Stars

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The Kenosha Kingfish are in the middle of a three-day break during their demanding Northwoods League schedule.

Except for left fielder Pat Porter and starting pitcher Rico Garcia.

Kingfish enjoy a rare day off

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The Kenosha Kingfish’s Northwoods League is supposed to give players a taste of what professional baseball is like.

It could be argued that the summer college league goes above and beyond duplicating the life of a pro in at least one area: Off days.

Two Kingfish to play in Northwoods All-Star Game

KENOSHA — Kenosha Kingfish outfielder Pat Porter and starting pitcher Rico Garcia can call themselves All-Stars.

Porter and Garcia will represent the South Division in the Northwoods League All-Star Game on July 22 at Kapco Park in Mequon. Rosters were announced Friday.

Burlington pitcher settling in with Kingfish

KENOSHA — Not counting a recent off-day trip to Six Flags Great America with his girlfriend, the highlight of the summer up to this point for Kenosha Kingfish pitcher Rex Morrow occurred on Monday night at Simmons Field.

“Oh, by far,” he said without hesitation before Tuesday’s pregame workout.

Another night aboard the ‘Bambino’

With their 4-3 road victory over the Wisconsin Rapids Rafters on Friday, the Kenosha Kingfish made general manager Jake McGhee a happy camper — literally and figuratively — for the third consecutive night.

McGhee has been sleeping in a tent atop the 43-foot “Bambino” renovated fishing boat that is part of the left-field wall at Simmons Field ever since the Kingfish won on Wednesday night.

GM sailing along with Kingfish victories

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KENOSHA — Kenosha Kingfish general manager Jake McGhee is superstitious.

He hopes that superstition keeps him marooned aboard the “Bambino” for a while, even if it means braving low temperatures, trains, birds and the taunting of his players.

Kingfish’s Ratcliff to be in College Home Run Derby

Zach Ratcliff of the Kenosha Kingfish has been selected to participate in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb., on Thursday night.

The derby is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at TD Ameritrade Park and will be televised live on ESPN.

1-on-1 with Ozzie Guillen

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Ozzie Guillen has been plenty busy since his last stint as a Major League manager.

Guillen managed the Miami Marlins for one season, in 2012, following a successful stint as the skipper of the Chicago White Sox from 2004-11, in which he led the Sox to a World Series title in 2005.

‘The guy loves baseball’

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Ozzie Guillen has a presence.

Garcia, Kingfish stumble in Michigan

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A Northwoods League team finally got the best of Rico Garcia.

Having surrendered only two earned runs in his first five starts covering 33 innings, the Kenosha Kingfish right-hander gave up four runs in the first inning and three more in the fifth in a 9-4 loss to the Kalamazoo Growlers on Wednesday night at Homer Stryker Field in Kalamazoo, Mich.

Dyer talks about managing the Kingfish

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KENOSHA — Duffy Dyer has just about done it all in his nearly 50 years in professional baseball.

It started with a 14-year major league career (1968-1981) with the New York Mets, Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos and Detroit Tigers.

Postponement puts Kingfish’s winning streak on hold for a day

The streaking Kenosha Kingfish will have a busy day today before returning home on Wednesday.

A rainout on Monday will have the expansion team playing a Northwoods League doubleheader in Mankato, Minn., against the Moondogs today.

Big sixth propels Kingfish

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The bad news for the Kenosha Kingfish was they scored in only one inning against the Kalamazoo (Mich.) Growlers on Monday night.

The much better good news, however, was that the inning was the biggest in the Kingfish’s brief history.

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