This date in Kernels history – June 5, 2005 – Fernando Rodriguez
On June 5, 2005, Fernando Rodriguez pitched a complete game to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the South Bend Silver Hawks 7-1. Rodriguez struck out one while allowing four hits and three walks in seven innings of work for the victory.
Fernando Rodriguez went 8-10 with a 4.18 E.R.A. and four complete games in 28 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2005. Rodriguez struck out 128 batters in 157 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Fernando Rodriguez made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2, 2009. He signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros prior to the 2011 season. Rodriguez posted a 2-3 record with a 3.96 E.R.A. in 47 games out of the Astros bullpen last season. He struck out 60 batters in 56 inning of work. Rodriguez is 1-6 with a 4.05 E.R.A. in 23 appearances this season for the Astros.
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.