Results tagged ‘ Astros ’

This date in Kernels history – August 30, 2005 – Fernando Rodriguez

On August 30, 2005, Fernando Rodriguez worked 7 2/3 shutout innings as the Kernels defeated the Swing of the Quad Cities 1-0. Rodriguez struck out nine while allowing five hits and two walks.

Fernando Rodriguez went 8-10 with a 4.18 E.R.A. and four complete games in 28 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2005. Rodriguez struck out 128 batters in 157 1/3 innings of work. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Fernando Rodriguez made his MLB debut with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on May 2, 2009. He signed a free agent contract with the Houston Astros prior to the 2011 season. Rodriguez posted a 2-3 record with a 3.96 E.R.A. in 47 games out of the Astros bullpen last season. He struck out 60 batters in 56 inning of work. Rodriguez is 1-8 with a 5.57 E.R.A. in 58 appearances this season for the Astros.

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.

This date in Kernels alumni history – October 26, 2005 – Bobby Jenks

On October 26, 2005,  Bobby Jenks (Cedar Rapids Kernels– 2001) worked the ninth inning to earn the save as the Chicago White Sox defeated the Hoston Astros 1-0 in game four of the 2005 World Series at Minute Maid Park finishing the sweep and taking the title. Jenks pitched in all four games of the series earning a save in game one as well.

Bobby Jenks has posted a 16-20 record with 173 saves and a 3.53 ERA thus far during his seven season MLB career playing for the White Sox and Red Sox. In 2007, Jenks set an American League record and tied the Major League record by retiring 41 consecutive batters he faced. Jenks was perfect for 14 appearances over 27 days. Jenks’ teammate Mark Buehrle broke the record two years later retiring 45 straight batters.

Bobby Jenks started 21 games for the 2001 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Jenks went 3-7 with a 5.27 E.R.A while striking out 98 in 99 innings of work. The Kernels finished 60-77 under manager Tyrone Boykin.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 15, 1992

On August 15, 1992, Butch Henry (Cedar Rapids Reds – 1988) pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Houston Astros to a 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. Henry struck out 8 hitters while allowing 8 hits in the win.

Butch Henry posted a 33-33 record with 7 saves and a 3.83 ERA during his 7 year MLB career pitching for the Houston Astros, Colorado Rockies, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners.

Butch Henry was a member of the 1988 Midwest League Champion Cedar Rapids Reds squad. Henry posted a 16-2 mark with a ERA of 2.26 while striking out 163 in 27 starts for the Reds.

This date in Kernels alumni history – August 12, 1998

On August 12, 2006, Trevor Hoffman (1991) worked a scoreless ninth for his 31st save of the season as the Padres defeated the Astros 6-3. Hoffman went on to lead the league with 46 saves in 2006 helping the Padres reach the playoffs where they fell to the St. Louis Cardinals in four games in the Division Series.

Trevor Hoffman retired following the 2010 season after setting the MLB record 601 career saves. Hoffman posted a 61-75 record with a 2.87 ERA during his 18 year MLB career playing for the Marlins, Padres and Brewers. He struck out 1133 batters in 1089 1/3 innings of work in his 1035 games. The seven time MLB All-Star led the National League in saves twice and finished second in the Cy Young voting twice in his career.

Trevor Hoffman was 1-1 with a 1.87 ERA and 12 saves finishing 25 games for the 1991 Cedar Rapids Reds in his first season converting from shortstop to a pitcher. Hoffman struck out 52 batters in 33 2/3 innings of work prior to being promoted to Chattanooga. The Cedar Rapids Reds finished 66-74 under manager Frank Funk.

This date in Kernels alumni history – July 1, 1984

On July 1, 1984, Jerry Mumphrey (Cedar Rapids Cardinals – 1972) went 3-4 at the plate with two HR, six RBI, and scored a pair of runs in the Houston Astros 13-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Jerry Mumphrey hit .289 with 70 HR and 585 RBI during his 15 year MLB career playing for the St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Houston Astros and the Chicago Cubs. He helped the New York Yankees win the 1981 American league pennant and was selected to the 1984 N.L. All Star squad.

Jerry Mumphrey hit .182 in 11 games with the 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals. The team finished in 8th place with a record of 51-77 under manager Gary Geiger.

This date in Kernels alumni history – May 12, 1970

bradenbell-thumb-450x253-2681381b.jpgmenke, denis astros.jpgOn May 12, 1970, Denis Menke (Cedar Rapids Braves – 1958, 1959) went 4-5 with a HR, four RBI and a pair of runs scored in the Astros 8-3 win over the Dodgers.

Denis Menke was named to two All-Star teams in 1969 and 1970 as member of the Houston Astros. He played in the post season twice in 1972 and 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds and hit a home run off Oakland’s Catfish Hunter in Game 5 of the 1972 World Series. In 13 major league seasons with the Braves, Reds and Astros, he has a career .250 average with 101 HR and 606 RBI. Following his playing career, he managed three minor league seasons with the Burlington Bees in 1977 and the Dunedin Blue Jays in 1978-79 and served as the Astros’ hitting coach for six seasons. Menke was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.

Denis Menke played two seasons (1958-59) with the Cedar Rapids Braves, posting a combined .254 average with nine HR and 31 RBI in 102 games. As a member of the 1958 Braves, he teamed with future major leaguers Bobby Knoop, Bob Hendley and Bob ‘Hawk’ Taylor and fellow Hall of Famer Horace Garner to defeat Davenport
3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship.

1959 Cedar Rapids Braves

Cael’s Collection – Denis Menke 1964 Topps #53

Cael’s Collection  – Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball Alumni Baseball Cards

The alumni card of the day is a 1964 Topps card of Denis Menke. Denis Menke played two seasons (1958-59) with the Cedar Rapids Braves, posting a combined .254 average with nine HR and 31 RBI in 102 games. As a member of the 1958 Braves, he teamed with future major leaguers Bobby Knoop, Bob Hendley and Bob ‘Hawk’ Taylor and fellow Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Famer Horace Garner to defeat Davenport 3-2 and win the 1958 Three-I League championship.
denis menke small.jpg     Denis Menke was named to two All-Star teams in 1969 and 1970 as member of the Houston Astros. He played in the post season twice in 1972 and 1973 with the Cincinnati Reds and hit a home run off Oakland’s Catfish Hunter in Game 5 of the 1972 World Series. In 13 major league seasons with the Braves, Reds and Astros, he has a career .250 average with 101 HR and 606 RBI. Following his playing career, he managed three minor league seasons with the Burlington Bees in 1977 and the Dunedin Blue
Jays in 1978-79 and served as the Astros’ hitting coach for six seasons. Menke was inducted into the Cedar Rapids Baseball Hall of Fame in 2009.