This date in Kernels history – September 5, 2007 – Trevor Bell & Mark Trumbo
On September 5, 2007, Trevor Bell allowed one run in seven innings to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Clinton Lumberkings 4-1 in the opening game of the best-of-three Midwest League playoff series. Bell struck out five while allowing three hits in the victory. Bell recorded 11 straight outs after allowing a first-inning double and then set down nine of the final 10 batters he faced. Mark Trumbo went 2-4 in the game with a double and a solo HR in the sixth inning that increased the Kernels lead to 3-1.
This was the first Kernels playoff game I got to enjoy as a member of the front office. Our 2005 and 2006 squads did not make a playoff appearance. The Kernels went on to make four straight playoff appearances from 2007-10. The streak tied our franchise record, which had been accomplished twice before with four year runs between 1939-42 (Cedar Rapids Raiders – Ollie Marquardt – 4, MGR) and 1994-97 (Cedar Rapids Kernels – Tom Lawless – 3, Mario Mendoza – 1, MGR).
Trevor Bell posted a 8-4 record with a 4.14 E.R.A. in 21 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2007. Bell struck out 90 batters in 115 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. Bell returned to Cedar Rapids in 2008 and posted a 1-0 mark with a 2.12 E.R.A. in 3 games striking out 13 batters in 17 innings of work.
Trevor Bell made his major league debut on August 12, 2009 with the Los Angeles Angels. Bell has compiled a 4-8 record with a 5.21 E.R.A. in 52 games over three seasons with the Angels. He had posted a 1-6 record with a 8.27 E.R.A. for the Salt Lake Bees before the Angels released him in late July.
Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. Trumbo hit .220 with 13 HR and 59 RBI for the 2006 Kernels squad which finished 65-74 under manager Bobby Magallanes.
Mark Trumbo finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year voting to Jeremy Hellickson of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2011. Trumbo collected five first place votes and finished with 63 points compared to Hellickson’s 17 first place votes and 102 points. Trumbo led the Angels in HR and RBI. He finished the year hitting .254 with 29 HR and 87 RBI.
Mark Trumbo earned his first American League All-Star appearance in 2012. Trumbo is hitting .273 with 16 doubles, 30 HR (7th in the A.L.) and 83 RBI in 124 games for the Angels this season.
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.