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This date in Kernels history – September 14, 2009 – Will Smith

On September 14, 2009 Will Smith pitched eight innings while allowing two runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 2-1 in the deciding game of the best-of-three semifinals of the Midwest League Playoffs. Smith struck out nine batters while walking five and allowed three hits in the loss.

The 2009 season was the closest the Cedar Rapids Kernels have made it to the championship series during my eight years as our Stadium Operations manager. September 14 is the latest date into the year Cedar Rapids has played a game during my time here, thus this will be the final “This Date in Kernels History” post of the season. I will be continuing to add “This Date in Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball History” posts as I dig through old Cedar Rapids Gazette archives.

Will Smith posted a 10-5 record with a 3.76 E.R.A in 19 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 95 batters in 115 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.

Will Smith was acquired by the Kansas City Royals along with Sean O’Sullivan (2007) in exchange for Alberto Callaspo (2003) on July 22, 2010. Smith made his major league debut on May 23, 2012 at Yankee Stadium. He has posted a 5-7 record with a 4.94 E.R.A. in 13 starts for the Royals. Smith had compiled a 4-4 mark with a 3.61 E.R.A. in 15 starts for the Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) before his promotion.

This was 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 history – September 13, 2009 – Tyson Auer

On September 13, 2009, Tyson Auer went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, a double, two RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 4-1 to win game two of the best-of-three semifinal round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Tyson Auer hit .277 with 18 doubles, 2 HR, 39 RBI and stole 43 bases in 122 games for Cedar Rapids in 2009. The Kernels finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. Cedar Rapids defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Tyson Auer hit .280 with 19 doubles, 1 HR, 35 RBI and stole 21 bases in 91 games for the Salt Lake Bees in 2011. Auer hit .197 with four doubles, a triple, four RBI and stole a pair of bases in 20 games playing for the AZL Angels and the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. Auer’s father Joe played five seasons in the AFL / NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Miami Dolphins and the Atlanta Falcons (1964-68). Joe Auer returned the first kickoff in Miami Dolphins franchise history for a touchdown. He scored eight additional touchdowns in the Dolphins’ inaugural season including a touchdown reception of the final play of the season to defeat the Houston Oilers.

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 history – September 12, 2009 – Christian Scholl

On September 12, 2009 Christian Scholl pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief. Scholl struck out seven batters while allowing one walk as the Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Burlington Bees 3-2 in the Midwest League playoffs semifinals.

Christian Scholl posted a 3-2 record with a 3.42 E.R.A in 45 games for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. He struck out 90 batters in 84 1/3 innings of work. The 2009 Kernels squad finished with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello defeating the Peoria Chiefs in the opening round of the playoffs before losing in the semifinals to the Burlington Bees.

Christian Scholl compiled a 1-2 record with a 6.52 E.R.A. in 33 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012. Scholl struck out 37 batters in 40 innings of work.

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 history – September 6, 2008 – Robert Fish

On September 6, 2008, Robert Fish pitched seven innings as the Kernels lost to the Burlington Bees 4-2 in 11 innings in the first game of the Midwest League playoffs semifinal round. Fish struck out eight while allowing one run, five hits and a walk in the loss. Cedar Rapids took a 2-1 lead into the top of the ninth but Burlington rallied to tie the game and won it with a pair of runs in the top of the 11th.

Robert Fish went 10-4 with a 4.85 ERA for the 2008 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Fish struck out 138 batters in 143 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.

Robert Fish sat out the 2012 season while recovering from an injury. Fish posted a 1-0 record with 2 saves and a 2.97 E.R.A. in 26 games between the AZL Angels and the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. He struck out 41 batters in 30 1/3 innings of work.

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 history – September 2, 2010 – Jean Segura

On September 2, 2010, Jean Segura went 3-4 at the plate with a HR, a RBI and scored a pair of runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 4-1. 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.

Jean Segura hit .313 with 24 doubles, 12 triples, 10 HR, 79 RBI and stole 50 bases in 130 games during the 2010 season for the Kernels. Segura was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star game. He appeared in the 2012 Futures Game along with former Kernels Ariel Pena (2010) and Tyler Skaggs (2010) during the MLB All-Star festivities. Jean Segura hit .293 with 12 doubles, 4 HR, 26 RBI and stole 18 bases playing for the Tempe Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers in 2011. Segura hit .294 with 10 doubles, 7 HR, 40 RBI and stole 33 bases for the Arkansas Travelers in 93 games in 2012 before making his MLB debut on July 24, 2012.

The Milwaukee Brewers traded Zach Greinke to the Los Angeles Angels to acquire three former Kernels who were each were highly touted Angels prospects on July 27, 2012. Jean Segura, Johnny Hellweg and Ariel Pena (2010) were each included in the deal. Segura hit .433 with three doubles, four RBI and stole four bases for the Huntsville Stars before earning a promotion to join the Brewers. He has hit .200 with a triple, seven RBI and has stole three bases in 20 games with Milwaukee.

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 history – August 23, 2007 – Peter Bourjos

On August 23, 2007,  Peter Bourjos went 1-3 at the plate with a HR, two RBI, a sacrifice fly and scored a run as the Kernels defeated the Burlington Bees 7-1. Peter Bourjos hit .274 with 9 doubles, 5 HR and 29 RBI in 63 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. 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.

Peter Bourjos made his big league debut on August 3, 2010. Bourjos hit .271 with 26 doubles, 12 HR, 43 RBI and stole 22 bases for the Angels in 147 games in 2011. He led the American League with 11 triples. Bourjos is hitting .227 with 3 HR and 19 RBI in 88 games for the Angels in 2012.

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 Cedar Rapids Professional Baseball – August 2, 1972 – Gary Trumbauer No-Hits Burlington, but loses 1-0

On August 2, 1972, Gary Trumbauer pitched a complete game no-hitter, but the Cedar Rapids Cardinals fell 1-0 to the Burlington Bees. It was the third no-hitter thrown by a Cedar Rapids pitcher since joining the Midwest League in 1962. Trumbauer struck out five batters while allowing five walks in the loss. The Cardinals tallied 10 hits in the game but could not push a run across the plate to support Trumbauer’s effort. This is the only no-hitter thrown by a Cedar Rapids pitcher in the Midwest League that resulted in a loss. The article also mentions the arrival of Larry Herndon, who went on to play in the big leagues with the Cardinals, Giants and Tigers.

This following article was published in the August 3, 1972 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Midwest League contest against the Burlington Bees held on August 2, 1972. The 1972 Cedar Rapids Cardinals featured four players who played in Major League baseball after their time in Cedar Rapids (Hector Cruz, Larry Herndon, Jerry Mumphrey and Mike Vail). The 1972 Cedar Rapids Astros posted a 51-77 record under manager Gary Geiger’s guidance.

This date in Kernels history – July 4, 2007 – Mark Trumbo

On July 4, 2007,  Mark Trumbo hit a three run HR in the first inning to lead the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 13-5 victory over the Beloit Snappers. Mark Trumbo hit .272 with 27 doubles, 14 HR and 76 RBI in 128 games during the 2007 season for the Kernels. 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. 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 .304 with 15 doubles, 20 HR (7th in the A.L.) and 55 RBI (7th in the A.L.) in 72 games for the Angels this season. Trumbo’s .959 OPS is currently the fifth highest in the American League.

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 history – July 3, 2006 – Stephen Marek

On July 3, 2006, Stephen Marek led the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-1 victory over the Burlington Bees. Marek worked eight innings striking out two batters while allowing one run on four hits to earn the win.

Stephen Marek posted a 10-2 record and a 1.96 E.R.A. in 19 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2006. Marek struck out 100 batters in 119 1/3 innings of work and was selected to the mid-season Midwest League All-Star squad. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-74 record under manager Bobby Magallanes.

Stephen Marek was acquired by the Atlanta Braves along with Casey Kotchman (2002) on July 29, 2008 in exchange for Mark Teixeira. Marek posted a 0-1 record with two saves and a 3.38 E.R.A. in 10 games for the Gwinnett Braves (AAA) in 2011 striking out 16 batters in 10 2/3 innings of work.

Stephen Marek posted a 1-0 record with a 3.60 E.R.A. in seven games for the Dunedin Blue Jays (Hi-A) before being promoted to New Hampshire (AA) in 2012. Marek has a 1-0 record with a 9.64 E.R.A. in four games for the Fisher Cats since the promotion.

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.

Kernels Homestand Promotional Preview: June 9-14 – Final First Half Homestand

Kernels Home stand: June 9-14

The Party at the Park continues as the Kernels begin the final six game home stand of the first half. Here’s what you can expect at the ballpark each of the six games:

June 9-11 vs. Clinton

The Kernels open the final six game home stand of the first half with a three game series against the Clinton LumberKings, the Midwest League affiliate of the Seattle Mariners.

Everyone loves FIREWORKS and the Kernels have a spectacular post-game show lined up for Saturday, June 9th when they take on Clinton at 6:35 pm. The Kernels welcome special guests from Clear Creek Schools, the Hiawatha Kids League, Robert Lucas Elementary and the City of Monticello to the game. Fireworks nights are VERY popular so call 896-7560 or visit http://www.kernels.com to order your tickets now. Gates open at 5:30 pm.

It’s a fun-filled afternoon at Perfect Game Field on Sunday, June 10th. First, it’s 104.5 KDAT Run the Bases Sunday where fans can get autographs from the Kernels before the game, play Travel Advisors Baseball Vacation Bingo during the game and run the bases and play catch in the outfield after the game. The first 1,000 fans through the gates receive a free set of 2012 Kernels Baseball Cards, thanks to Perfect Game USA. It’s our first Faith Day of the year – hear testimonials from Kernel players Carmine Giardina and Frazier Hall before the game, visit tables on the concourse with resources to build faith and win door prizes. It’s also Bark in the Park where fans can bring their dogs to the game with a special ‘Doggy’ ticket and parade on the field prior to the game. Proceeds from the dog tickets benefit the Cedar Valley Humane Society and we thank Pawsitive Paws Academy and the Eastern Iowa Veterinary Specialty Center for their continued support of Bark in the Park. During the game, Papa Balloon and face painting by Funny Face Designs by Lori will be on the concourse. And, the world-famous Skyy Dogs will be on hand to entertain fans of all ages through the game. Gates open at 1:00 pm and first pitch between the Kernels and Clinton is set for 2:05 pm.

Take a break from the office for some daytime baseball as the Kernels host Clinton at high noon. Fans can enjoy our Noon Game Concession Special, consisting of a sandwich, chips or popcorn and 20 oz. bottled soda or 16 oz. domestic draft beer for just $7. It’s also Good Old Day at the Ballpark, presented by Home Instead Senior Care. And, Skyy Dogs USA and Rockin’ Ray will be back to entertain fans during the game. Gates open at 10:30 am and first pitch between the Kernels and LumberKings is set for 12:05 pm.

June 12-14 vs. Burlington

The Kernels continue the final six game home stand of the first half with three games against the Burlington Bees, the Midwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. The series kicks off on Tuesday, June 12th as we welcome special guests from the Saints Baseball program to the game. Gates open at 5:30 pm and first pitch between the Kernels and Burlington is set for 6:35 pm.

Always wanted to know why the weather behaves like it does? Then be here on Wednesday, June 13th as the KCRG Weather Academy will be at the game, entertaining and educating fans throughout the game. First pitch between the Kernels and Bees is set for 6:35 pm with the gates opening at 5:30 pm.

Break out the leisure suits, disco balls and platform shoes as the Kernels go back to the 1970’s on 70’s Night. Come dressed in your favorite 70’s attire, enjoy video blasts from the past on the Rockwell Collins GameLink and take in the music of the 70’s. While you bask in the glow of the 70’s, enjoy 12 oz. domestic draft beer for $1.50 and 20 oz. bottles of soda and water for just $2.00 on Z 102.9 Thirsty Thursday. Make sure to tip the Z DJ’s at their beer stand as their tips will be donated to Eastern Iowa Special Olympics. And, the Midwest Dueling Pianos, presented by USA Entertainment Agency, will perform during and after the game. It’s a fun night on Thursday, June 14th when the Kernels take on Burlington at 6:35 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm.