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This date in Kernels history – September 14, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 14, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing two runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 2-1 in the deciding game of the best-of-three semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Smith struck out nine batters while walking five and allowed three hits in the loss.

The 2009 season was the closest the Cedar Rapids Kernels have made it to the championship series during my eight years as our Stadium Operations manager. September 14 is the latest date into the year Cedar Rapids has played a game during my time here, thus this will be the final “This Date in Kernels History” post of the season. I will be continuing to add “This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball History” posts as I dig through old Cedar Rapids Gazette archives.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 5-7 record with a 4.94 E.R.A. in 13 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

This was my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 13, 2009 – Tyson Auer

On September 13, 2009, Tyson Auer went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, a double, two RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 4-1 to win game two of the best-of-three semifinal round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Tyson Auer hit .277 with 18 doubles, 2 HR, 39 RBI and stole 43 bases in 122 games for Cedar Rapids in 2009. The Kernels finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. Cedar Rapids defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Tyson Auer hit .280 with 19 doubles, 1 HR, 35 RBI and stole 21 bases in 91 games for the Salt Lake Bees in 2011. Auer hit .197 with four doubles, a triple, four RBI and stole a pair of bases in 20 games playing for the AZL Angels and the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. Auer’s father Joe played five seasons in the AFL / NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons (1964-68). Joe Auer returned the first kickoff in Miami Dolphins franchise history for a touchdown. He scored eight additional touchdowns in the Dolphins’ inaugural season including a touchdown reception of the final play of the season to defeat the Houston Oilers.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 12, 2009 – Christian Scholl

On September 12, 2009 Christian Scholl pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Scholl struck out seven batters while allowing one walk as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 3-2 in the Midwest League playoffs semifinals.

Christian Scholl posted a 3-2 record with a 3.42 E.R.A in 45 games for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 90 batters in 84 1/3 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.

Christian Scholl compiled a 1-2 record with a 6.52 E.R.A. in 33 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. Scholl struck out 37 batters in 40 innings of work.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 10, 2009 – Angel Castillo

On September 10, 2009, Angel Castillo went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored three runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 9-8 to win the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Angel Castillo hit .133 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI in 12 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals. Castillo returned in 2009 to hit .242 with 20 doubles, 12 HR, 61 RBI and stole 16 bases in 112 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Angel Castillo hit .183 with 9 doubles, 6 HR and 24 RBI in 99 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 9, 2009 – Gabe Jacobo

On September 9, 2009, Gabe Jacobo went 2-5 at the plate with a HR, a RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 6-4, in 10 innings, in game one of the best-of-three series during the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Gabe Jacobo hit .320 with 12 doubles, 3 HR and 24 RBI in 34 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals. Jacobo returned in 2009 to hit .257 with 27 doubles, 9 triples, 10 HR and 72 RBI in 118 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels topped Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Gabe Jacobo hit .270 with 13 doubles, 10 HR and 49 RBI in 86 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. The Blue Jays selected Gabe Jacobo in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V draft this past off-season. Jacobo started the 2012 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays where he hit .338 with 14 doubles, 6 HR and 27 RBI in 31 games before earning a promotion to New Hampshire (AA). He has hit .330 with eight doubles, two HR and nine RBI in 25 games for the Fisher Cats.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 8, 2010 – Jose Jimenez

On September 8, 2010, Jose Jimenez went 2-3 at the plate with a HR, two RBI, a walk and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 3-2 in game one of the best-of-three opening round of the Midwest League playoffs. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 82-56 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels lost to Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Jose Jimenez hit .245 with 15 doubles, 7 HR, 42 RBI and stole 50 bases in 88 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. Jimenez hit .248 with 6 doubles, 3 HR and 14 RBI in 62 games playing for the Inland Empire 66ers in 2012.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 7, 2007 – Ryan Mount

On September 7, 2007,  Ryan Mount went 4-4 at the plate with a double, a triple and scored a pair of runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell 5-4 to the Clinton Lumberkings in the final game of the Midwest League semi-finals. Mount hit .778 during the series. Ryan Mount hit .251 with 11 doubles, 7 HR and 36 RBI in 85 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes. The Kernels lost to the Clinton Lumberkings in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.

Ryan Mount hit .329 with 12 doubles, 5 HR and 34 RBI in 47 games playing for the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. Mount hit .236 with 13 doubles, five HR and 26 RBI in 71 games for Arkansas this season.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 6, 2008 – Robert Fish

On September 6, 2008, Robert Fish pitched seven innings as the Kernels lost to the Burlington Bees 4-2 in 11 innings in the first game of the Midwest League playoffs semifinal round. Fish struck out eight while allowing one run, five hits and a walk in the loss. Cedar Rapids took a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth but Burlington rallied to tie the game and won it with a pair of runs in the top of the 11th.

Robert Fish went 10-4 with a 4.85 ERA for the 2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Fish struck out 138 batters in 143 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Robert Fish sat out the 2012 season while recovering from an injury. Fish posted a 1-0 record with 2 saves and a 2.97 E.R.A. in 26 games between the AZL Angels and the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. He struck out 41 batters in 30 1/3 innings of work.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 5, 2007 – Trevor Bell & Mark Trumbo

On September 5, 2007, Trevor Bell allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 4-1 in the opening game of the best-of-three Midwest League playoff series. Bell struck out five while allowing three hits in the victory. Bell recorded 11 straight outs after allowing a first-inning double and then set down nine of the final 10 batters he faced. Mark Trumbo went 2-4 in the game with a double and a solo HR in the sixth inning that increased the Kernels lead to 3-1.

This was the first Kernels playoff game I got to enjoy as a member of the front office. Our 2005 and 2006 squads did not make a playoff appearance. The Kernels went on to make four straight playoff appearances from 2007-10. The streak tied our franchise record, which had been accomplished twice before with four year runs between 1939-42 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – Ollie Marquardt – 4, MGR) and 1994-97 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – Tom Lawless – 3, Mario Mendoza – 1, MGR).

Trevor Bell posted a 8-4 record with a 4.14 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. Bell struck out 90 batters in 115 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes. The Kernels lost to the Clinton Lumberkings in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs. Bell returned to Cedar Rapids in 2008 and posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.12 E.R.A. in 3 games striking out 13 batters in 17 innings of work.

Trevor Bell made his major league debut on August 12, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. Bell has compiled a 4-8 record with a 5.21 E.R.A. in 52 games over three seasons with the Angels. He had posted a 1-6 record with a 8.27 E.R.A. for the Salt Lake Bees before the Angels released him in late July.

Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Mark Trumbo finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.

Mark Trumbo earned his first American League All-Star appearance in 2012. Trumbo is hitting .273 with 16 doubles, 30 HR (7th in the A.L.) and 83 RBI in 124 games for the Angels this season.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

This date in Kernels history – September 4, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 4, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing one run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-2. Smith struck out five while walking one and allowed two hits to earn the victory.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 4-7 record with a 5.45 E.R.A. in 12 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

This is my 8th season (2005-present) working as the stadium operations guy here with the Cedar Rapids Kernels. I will be reminiscing the best performances by the Kernels during my tenure to add to my This Date in Kernels Alumni History features this year.

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