This date in Kernels history – July 3, 2006 – Stephen Marek
On July 3, 2006, Stephen Marek led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-1 victory over the Burlington Bees. Marek worked eight innings striking out two batters while allowing one run on four hits to earn the win.
Stephen Marek posted a 10-2 record and a 1.96 E.R.A. in 19 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Marek struck out 100 batters in 119 1/3 innings of work and was selected to the mid-season Midwest League All-Star squad. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Stephen Marek was acquired by the Atlanta Braves along with Casey Kotchman (2002) on July 29, 2008 in exchange for Mark Teixeira. Marek posted a 0-1 record with two saves and a 3.38 E.R.A. in 10 games for the Gwinnett Braves (AAA) in 2011 striking out 16 batters in 10 2/3 innings of work.
Stephen Marek posted a 1-0 record with a 3.60 E.R.A. in seven games for the Dunedin Blue Jays (Hi-A) before being promoted to New Hampshire (AA) in 2012. Marek has a 1-0 record with a 9.64 E.R.A. in four games for the Fisher Cats since the 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.