This date in Kernels history – July 17, 2006 – Tommy Mendoza
On July 17, 2006, Tommy Mendoza worked eight innings while allowing one run to earn the win and improve to 8-5 as the Kernels defeated the Southwest Michigan Devil Rays 3-1. Mendoza struck out seven while allowing five hits in the victory.
Tommy Mendoza went 11-6 with a 4.17 E.R.A. in 27 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Mendoza struck out 134 batters in 170 2/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Tommy Mendoza also appeared in 12 games for the Kernels in 2007 posting a 2-4 record with a 4.86 E.R.A.
Tommy Mendoza last pitched in the Angels organization in 2010 in Salt Lake (AAA). He pitched the 2011 season for the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League. Mendoza has a 3-3 record with a 4.53 E.R.A. in 11 starts for Joliet in 2012. He has another Kernels alum joining him on this years Slammers roster. Abel Nieves (2007) is leading the team and is in fourth in the Frontier League with a batting average at .350. Nieves has 4 HR and 26 RBI in 47 games. Follow them at http://jolietslammers.com/.
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.