This date in Kernels history – August 21, 2007 – Sean O’Sullivan
On August 21, 2007, Sean O’Sullivan worked eight shutout innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 6-1. O’Sullivan struck out six without issuing a walk while allowing four hits in the victory.
Sean O’Sullivan posted a 10-7 record with a 2.22 E.R.A. in 25 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. O’Sullivan struck out 125 batters in 158 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-61 record under manager Ever Magallanes. The Kernels lost to the Clinton Lumberkings in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs.
Sean O’Sullivan made his major league debut on June 16, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. O’Sullivan was acquired along with Will Smith by the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Alberto Callaspo on July 22, 2010. On June 21, 2012, the Royals announced that they have sent pitcher Sean O’Sullivan (2007) to the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for cash considerations. He has compiled a 10-14 record with a 6.13 E.R.A. in 43 games over three MLB seasons with the Angels and the Royals. O’Sullivan had posted a 5-4 record with 1 save and a 6.75 E.R.A. in 17 games including five starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) prior to the trade to the Blue Jays. He has been an impressive 9-1 with a 2.18 E.R.A. in 11 starts for the Las Vegas 51s (AAA) since the deal. O’Sullivan has struck out 36 in 70 1/3 innings of work for Las Vegas.
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.