This date in Kernels history – July 12, 2010 – Stephen Locke No-Hitter
On July 12, 2010, Stephen Locke pitched the 12th Cedar Rapids no-hitter since joining the Midwest League in 1962. Locke worked five shutout innings striking out two while only allowing one walk in the rain shortened game as the Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 10-0. It was the second Kernels no-hitter of the 2010 season. Fabio Martinez, Kyle Hurst and Mike Kenney combined to no-hit the Kane County Cougars on April 30, 2010. Cedar Rapids had never had a pair of no-hitters thrown in the same season.
Stephen Locke posted a 8-7 record with a 4.37 E.R.A. in 19 games for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Locke struck out 77 batters in 117 1/3 innings of work. 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.
Stephen Locke posted a 0-1 record with a 10.57 E.R.A. in 2 starts for Inland Empire (Hi-A) in 2011.
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.