The first 1,000 fans through the gates tonight will get a free Mike Trout @trouty20 poster

You’ll want to be here when the gates open at 5:30 pm on Thursday, August 16th as the first 1,000 guests through the gates receive a free Mike Trout (2009-10) poster from the LA Angels. Mike Trout is running away with the Rookie of the Year race and is getting a big push in the MVP conversation as well. Trout is leading the American League in batting average (.340), runs scored (93), stolen bases (38) and WAR (8.1) despite spending the beginning of the season in Salt Lake (AAA) for most of the month of April. He ranks 2nd in the American League in slugging percentage (.595) and OPS (.998) and is in the top 10 in total bases (229 – 8th), triples (5 – 6th) and hits (131- 10th).

Mike Trout hit .267 in 5 games for the 2009 Kernels squad late in the season. Trout returned to Cedar Rapids in 2010 where he hit .362 with 19 doubles,7 triples, 6 HR, 39 RBI and stole 45 bases in 81 games. He was named to the 2010 Midwest League All-Star game, played in the XM Futures Game in Anaheim and swept Midwest League post season awards winning the 2010 MWL batting title, MWL Player of the Year award and MWL Prospect of the year award. Trout became the youngest recipient of the J.G. Taylor Spink Award as the Topps Minor League Player of the Year in 2010. He earned Baseball America’s Minor League Player of the Year Award in 2011. 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.

Fans that choose to bike to the game and park in the special bike corral on the NW side of the stadium can register to be entered into a drawing for a pair of tickets to the Iowa State/Iowa football game at Kinnick Stadium on Saturday, September 8th, thanks to Fleck Sales and New Belgium Ale. It’s a Z 102.9 Thirsty Thursday with 12 oz. domestic draft beer for $1.50 and bottled soda and water for $2.00. Midwest Dueling Pianos, presented by USA Entertainment Group, will perform during and after the game and the game will be broadcast live by Mediacom on MC22. And after the game, fans will receive a frree sample of Sun Drop soda, thanks to Dr. Pepper/SevenUp. First pitch between the Kernels and Quad Cities is set for 6:35 pm.

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