July 2011

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 31, 2009

On July 31, 2009 Mike Napoli (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2001-02) went 4-6 at the plate with a double, a HR, a RBI and scored a run as the Angels defeated the Twins 11-5.

Mike Napoli has a career batting average of .260 with 139 HR and 362 RBI during his seven MLB seasons with the Angels and Rangers. He is hitting .228 with 17 HR and 38 RBI thus far in 2012.

Mike Napoli was a member of the 2001 and 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels teams. In 2001, the Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin. Napoli hit .232 with 5 HR and 18 RBI in 43 games for Cedar Rapids. In 2002, the Kernels posted a 81-58 mark under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 Kernels defeated Quad Cities before losing to Peoria in the semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Napoli hit .251 with 10 HR, 19 doubles and had 50 RBI in 103 games for Cedar Rapids in 2002.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 30, 1994

On July 30, 1994, Chili Davis (Cedar Rapids Giants – 1978) was 2-5 at the plate with a pair of HR including a grand slam, seven RBI and scored two runs in the Angels 14-4 win over the Rangers.

Chili Davis, a three-time all-star, finished his career with a .274 batting average, 350 HR and 1372 RBI during his 19 year career with the Giants, Angels, Royals and Yankees.

Chili Davis was a member of the 1978 Cedar Rapids Giants team that finished 53-82 under manager Jack Mull. Davis hit .281 with 16 HR and 73 RBI in 124 games for the Cedar Rapids Giants.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

Mark Trumbo (2006-07) fell a single short of hitting for the cycle as he went 3-5 at the plate with a double, a triple, a HR, drove in five runs and scored three runs as the Angels beat the Tigers 12-7. Alberto Callaspo (2003) was 3-4 with a double, a walk, stole a base and scored a run. Erick Aybar (2003) went 3-4 with a walk, two RBI, stole a base and scored a run, Howard Kendrick (2004) was 2-5 with two RBI and scored three runs, Peter Bourjos (2007) went 2-5 with a RBI and scored a pair of runs and Jeff Mathis (2002) went 2-4 with a RBI in the win.

Bobby Cassevah (2007) earned his first win of the season with 2 1/3 scoreless innings. Jordan Walden (2008) worked a scoreless ninth inning in the win.

Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 1-3 with a RBI a walk and scored two runs in the Rays 10-8 win over the Athletics. Casey Kotchman (2002) was 1-4 with a run scored in the win. Joel Peralta (2001-02) allowed one run in one inning of work in the game.

David Herndon (2007) worked a scoreless ninth in the Phillies 4-1 loss to the Giants.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 29, 2009

On July 29, 2009, Howard Kendrick (Cedar Rapids Kernels – 2004) went 3-4 at the plate with a HR, five RBI and scored a run as the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim defeated the Cleveland Indians 9-3.

Howard Kendrick has a .290 batting average, 55 HR and 340 RBI in 747 games over seven seasons with the Angels. Kendrick was selected to his first American League All-Star game in 2011.

Howard Kendrick was a member of the 2004 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished with a record of 75-64 under manager Bobby Magallanes. The Kernels lost in the 1st round of the Midwest League playoffs to the Clinton Lumbkerkings. Kendrick finished the season with a franchise record .367 batting average and was awarded the Midwest League’s batting title (although 41 plate appearances shy of the minimum necessary to qualify, it was determined he would still have the leagues highest average if 41 at-bats were added to his totals, per Baseball Rule 10.23) In 75 games, he recorded 36 multi hit games and was named to the Midwest League Post-Season All-Star team and was a Midwest League All-Star Game selection. Kendrick is a member of the Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Hall of Fame.

The Harvester – Harvesting News for Alumni Reports

The Harvester – Harvesting the News for Kernels Alumni Reports

Ervin Santana (2002) struck out ten batters en route to his first career no-hitter to lead the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Indians this afternoon. Santana is the fourth player in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history to pitch a major league no-hitter joining Allie Reynolds (1940-41) (two no-hitters), Bob Forsch (1970-71) (two no-hitters) and Jerry Reuss (1967).
Peter Bourjos (2007) went 2-4 with his seventh triple of the season, a RBI, stole a base  and scored a run in the win. Howard Kendrick (2004) was 1-3, scored a run, walked and stole a pair of bases. Mike Trout (2009-10) went 0-3 with a sac fly, while Erick Aybar (2003), Mark Trumbo (2006-07) and Bobby Wilson (2004) each were 0-4 in the game.
John Lackey (2000) won his fourth straight start as the Red Sox defeated Kansas City 12-5. Lackey struck out three in 5 2/3 innings of work while allowing three earned runs on eleven hits and one walk to improve to 9-8 on the season.
Alexi Casilla (2004-05) went 2-4 with double a walk and scored a run in the Twins 7-2 win over the Rangers. Mike Napoli (2001-02) hit his 14th double of the season for the Rangers in the loss finishing 1-4 with a run scored.
Casey Kotchman (2002) was 0-2 in the Ray 13-4 loss to the Athletics. Sean Rodriguez (2004-05) went 0-3 with a walk in the game.
Brandon Wood (2004) was 0-3 with a walk in the Pirates 2-1 extra inning loss to the Braves.
Fernando Rodriguez (2005) improved to 2-0 earning the win with two scoreless innings in the Astros 4-2 victory over the Cardinals. Rodriguez struck out one while allowing one hit and two walks.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 28, 1940

On July 28, 1940, Skeeter Webb (Cedar Rapids Raiders – 1935-36) went 5-6 at the plate with a double, a HR, three RBI and scored three runs, but it wasn’t enough as the Chicago White Sox fell to the New York Yankees 10-9.

Skeeter Webb hit .219 with 3 HR and 166 RBI during his 12 year MLB career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Indians, Chicago White Sox, Detroit Tigers and the Philadelphia Athletics. Webb was a member of the 1945 World Series Champion Detroit Tigers squad.

Skeeter Webb was a member of the 1935 and 1936 Cedar Rapids Raiders teams. In 1935, The Raiders finished 6th with a record of 53-57. Webb hit .320 with 8 HR in 111 games. In 1936, the Raiders placed 2nd in the Western League with a mark of 70-58. Webb hit .292 with 11 HR in 128 games for Cedar Rapids.

Ervin Santana (2002) Fires 6th No-Hitter by Cedar Rapids Alumni

Ervin Santana (2002) struck out ten batters en route to his first career no-hitter to lead the Angels to a 3-1 win over the Indians this afternoon. Santana is the fourth player in Cedar Rapids professional baseball history to pitch a major league no-hitter joining Allie Reynolds (1940-41) (2), Bob Forsch (1970-71) (2) and Jerry Reuss (1967).

Ervin Santana was part of the 2002 Cedar Rapids Kernels team that finished 3rd with a mark of 81-58 under manager Todd Claus. The 2002 team swept Quad Cities in the opening round of the playoffs before falling to Peoria in the second round. Santana posted a 14-8 record with a 4.16 ERA starting 27 games for the team that season.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 27, 1957

On July 27, 1957, Ray Narleski (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1950) pitched a complete game to lead the Cleveland Indians to a 7-2 win over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. Narleski struck out eight while allowing seven hits, four walks and two runs to earn the win.

Ray Narleski went 43-33 with a 3.60 ERA during his six year MLB career playing for the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. The two-time all-star led the American League with 19 saves and 60 appearance in 1955 while posting a 9-1 mark. Narleski finished his career with 58 saves and 17 complete games.

Ray Narleski was a member of the 1950 Cedar Rapids Indians squad that posted a 59-67 record under manager Billy Jurges. Narleski was 9-5 with a 3.57 ERA in 17 games playing in Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 26, 1993

On July 26, 1993, Freddie Benavides (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1987-88) went 2-4 with a double, a HR, a RBI and scored a pair of runs in the Colorado Rockies 12-7 loss to the Atlanta Braves.

Freddie Benavides hit .253 with 4 HR and 52 RBI during his four year MLB career playing for the Reds, Rockies and Expos.

Freddie Benavides was a member of the 1987 and 1988 Cedar Rapids Reds teams. The team finished 1987 with a 70-70 mark in 1987. In 1988, Cedar Rapids finished the regular season with a 87-53 record before defeating Springfield and Kenosha en route to the Midwest League Championship. Benavides hit .133 in five games in 1987 before returning in 1988 to hit .223 with 1 HR in 88 games for Cedar Rapids.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 25, 1959

On July 25, 1959, Bud Daley (Cedar Rapids Indians – 1952) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Kansas City Athletics to a 3-0 win over the Boston Red Sox. Daley struck out seven while allowing four hits and three walks in the game.

Bud Daley was 60-64 with an ERA of 4.03 during his ten year career with the Indians, Athletics and Yankees. He tallied 25 complete games during the 1959 and 1960 seasons for the Athletics including three shutouts.

Daley was 14-9 with a 3.09 ERA for the 1952 Cedar Rapids Indians. He struck out 198 batters in 227 innings of work that season as the Indians finished 53-71.

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