This date in Kernels alumni history – May 9, 2009
On May 9, 2009, Joe Saunders (2002) pitched a complete game shutout outdueling the Royals Zach Greinke in the Angels 1-0 win. Saunders struck out six while allowing five hits and one walk to earn the win.
Joe Saunders has compiled a 48-22 mark entering 2010 and was selected to the 2008 American League All-Star team. Saunders is currently a member of the Angels starting rotation.
Joe Saunders was part of the 2002 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. Saunders was 3-1 with a 1.88 ERA in five starts for the Kernels. He struck out 27 batters in 28 2/3 innings of work.