This date in Kernels history – July 27, 2008 – Michael Davitt
On July 27, 2008, Michael Davitt pitched seven shutout innings to improve to 3-7 on the year as the Kernels defeated the West Michigan Whitecaps 5-0. Davitt struck out six while allowing seven hits in the victory.
Michael Davitt posted a 6-9 record and a 4.68 E.R.A. in 27 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. Davitt struck out 87 batters in 125 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 72-66 record under manager Keith Johnson. The Kernels topped Clinton in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals. Davitt returned to Cedar Rapids in 2009 and went 1-0 with a 4.32 E.R.A. in three games before an arm injury cut short his season and career. Davitt was released by the Angels 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.