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This date in Kernels history – September 10, 2009 – Angel Castillo

On September 10, 2009, Angel Castillo went 2-4 at the plate with a HR, two RBI and scored three runs as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 9-8 to win the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Angel Castillo hit .133 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI in 12 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. 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. Castillo returned in 2009 to hit .242 with 20 doubles, 12 HR, 61 RBI and stole 16 bases in 112 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels defeated Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Angel Castillo hit .183 with 9 doubles, 6 HR and 24 RBI in 99 games for the Arkansas Travelers 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 Kernels history – September 9, 2009 – Gabe Jacobo

On September 9, 2009, Gabe Jacobo went 2-5 at the plate with a HR, a RBI and scored a run as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 6-4, in 10 innings, in game one of the best-of-three series during the opening round of the Midwest League playoffs.

Gabe Jacobo hit .320 with 12 doubles, 3 HR and 24 RBI in 34 games for Cedar Rapids in 2008. 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. Jacobo returned in 2009 to hit .257 with 27 doubles, 9 triples, 10 HR and 72 RBI in 118 games. The 2009 squad finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels topped Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Gabe Jacobo hit .270 with 13 doubles, 10 HR and 49 RBI in 86 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2011. The Blue Jays selected Gabe Jacobo in the Triple-A phase of the Rule V draft this past off-season. Jacobo started the 2012 season with the Dunedin Blue Jays where he hit .338 with 14 doubles, 6 HR and 27 RBI in 31 games before earning a promotion to New Hampshire (AA). He has hit .330 with eight doubles, two HR and nine RBI in 25 games for the Fisher Cats.

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 28, 2009 – Tyler Chatwood

On August 28, 2009, Tyler Chatwood allowed three runs in six innings of work as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 8-3. Chatwood struck out five while walking two and allowing four hits to earn the victory.

Tyler Chatwood posted an 8-7 record with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts for the 2009 Cedar Rapids Kernels. Chatwood struck out 106 batters in 116 1/3 innings of work and was selected to the mid-season Midwest League All-Star squad. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 78-60 record under manager Bill Mosiello. The Kernels topped Peoria in the first round of the Midwest League Playoffs before falling to Burlington in the semifinals.

Tyler Chatwood made his MLB debut on April 11, 2011 versus the Cleveland Indians. Chatwood went 6-11 with a 4.75 ERA starting 25 games in his rookie season this year. He struck out 74 batters in 142 innings of work. On November 30, 2011, the Colorado Rockies traded Chris Iannetta to the Los Angeles Angels to acquire Chatwood. Chatwood has posted a 3-3 record with a one save and a 4.98 E.R.A. in  12 appearances with the Rockies in 2012. He has struck out 20 in 34 1/3 innings of work. Chatwood has a career record of 9-14 with a 4.80 E.R.A. in two seasons playing for the Angels and Rockies.

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 19, 2005 – Sean Rodriguez

On July 19, 2005, Sean Rodriguez went 2-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles and three RBI as the Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 10-6. Rodriguez hit .250 with 29 doubles, 14 HR, 45 RBI and stole 27 bases in 124 games during the 2005 season for the Kernels. Cedar Rapids finished the season with a 65-75 record under manager Bobby Magallanes. Rodriguez was a member of the 2004 Kernels teams as well. He hit .250 with 4 HR, 17 RBI and stole 14 bases in 57 games.

Sean Rodriguez made his MLB debut on April 19, 2008 for the Los Angeles Angels. Rodriguez was acquired by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays along with Matt Sweeney (2007) and Alexander Torres in exchange for Scott Kazmir on August 29, 2009. Sean Rodriguez has hit .227 with 28 HR and 117 RBI over parts of five MLB seasons playing for the Angels and Rays. He is hitting .221 with 6 HR and 27 RBI in 85 games in 2012 for the Rays.

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 12, 2010 – Stephen Locke No-Hitter

On July 12, 2010, Stephen Locke pitched the 12th Cedar Rapids no-hitter since joining the Midwest League in 1962. Locke worked five shutout innings striking out two while only allowing one walk in the rain shortened game as the Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 10-0. It was the second Kernels no-hitter of the 2010 season. Fabio Martinez, Kyle Hurst and Mike Kenney combined to no-hit the Kane County Cougars on April 30, 2010. Cedar Rapids had never had a pair of no-hitters thrown in the same season.

Stephen Locke posted a 8-7 record with a 4.37 E.R.A. in 19 games for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Locke struck out 77 batters in 117 1/3 innings of work. 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.

Stephen Locke posted a 0-1 record with a 10.57 E.R.A. in 2 starts for Inland Empire (Hi-A) in 2011.

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 – June 16, 1954 – Art Pennington HR, CR 10, Peoria 9

This full article was written by Gus Schrader and was published in the June 17, 1954 edition of the Cedar Rapids Gazette. It contained coverage of a Three-I League game against the Peoria Chiefs held on June 16, 1954. The 1954 Cedar Rapids Indians featured three players who played in Major League baseball either before or after their time in Cedar Rapids (Bob Anderson, Dick Drott and Al Unser). Art Pennington, a long-time resident of Cedar Rapids, also played for the 1953 and 1954 squads. Pennington hit .345 with 16 HR to win the Three-I League batting title in 1954. He had played for the Chicago American Giants and the Birmingham Black Barons in the Negro Leagues between 1941-45.

Special to the Gazette, Peoria, Ill.

5 C.R. Homers for 3rd in Row!

Nothing like Woodruff field in Peoria to accomplish miracles for the Cedar Rapids Indians. Cedar Rapids clubbed out five home runs for the third time in four games here this season as the Indians defeated Peoria, 10-9, in a 10-inning thriller Wednesday night. It was the first time this season that Cedar Rapids has won as many as three games in a row.

The thing that crushed a crowd of 1,320 was that Peoria blew a 7-0 lead in the game. The Chiefs earned this edge in the second inning at the expense of the Indians top pitcher Len McClure. Big Ed Funai checked the Peoria sluggers the rest of the way until the 10th, while his mates were busy chopping homers off two Peoria pitchers.

In the 10th, Art Pennington drilled his ninth homer of the year over the 370-foot centerfield fence with no one aboard. Then, after Earl Birnel walked, Benny Kozub smashed the Indians fifth homer over the high screen on the 285-foot right field fence.

That was Kozub’s first homer for the Indians in the parts of two seasons he has played for Cedar Rapids. Turned out the Indians needed Kozub’s homer too, as Funai finally weakened in the last of the tenth and Peoria scored two runs off him before Ray Coombs rushed in to bring about the final out.

The teams will go at it again tonight at 8 in the second game of the series. Elio Scarpa, Peoria’s leading pitcher, looked like a cinch to grab his eighth victory of the season as his mates presented hime with a seven-run margin in a big second inning uprising against McClure.

A Cedar Rapids outfield error combined with singles by Bob Rand, Gene Faszholz, Jim McClung, Scarpa, Mike Trapani and a grand slam homer over the left field fence by Bob Kosis supplied the punch. Funai came in to pitch to Rand on his second appearance in the inning and that was the end of the Peoria scoring until the 10th inning.

Scarpa ran into home run trouble in the third when Funai belted the ball over the right field fence with one on and Bill Beery dumped one in the same sector. The ejection of catcher Percy Hough after a dispute with umpire Dick Gustavo and an injury to Emil Borgini in that inning brought Don Lauters in to catch, sent Art Pennington to right field and put ailing John Kreuter on first.

Funai quieted the Peoria bats with just four blows through the ninth and his cohorts tied the score in the seventh when Kreuter and Funai singled ahead of Beery’s second home run blast. In the 10th then, Pennington batting right handed against southpaw John Balay, hammered the ball over the center field fence with one out. Balay walked Earl Birnel and Kozub gave Bill Prince’s outfit the payoff runs with a four base punch to right.

Th Chiefs gave it a try in their half of the frame as Bob Vogel singled for Balay to lead off. Sam Goody bunted for a base hit but it turned out to be only a sacrifice. Tucker dragged the ball past the pitcher for a hit and Trapani’s hard shot to Olczak in left scored Vogel from third. Bob Shawver’s single drove Tucker across after the Peoria outfielder swiped second.

Coombs then replaced Funai and ended the game by making Kosis pop to Ray Bellino at short. Funai had good stuff until the 10th, striking out eight and walking five. Balay gave up not a hit after taking over in the seventh until the 10th when Pennington connected for his homer.

Gus Mancuso, former Cardinals catcher and now an ivory hunter for the Redbirds, viewed Wednesday night’s contest as the start of quite a tour which will take him to five of six of the Cardinal farms in the higher classifications.

Averaging 4 Homers a Game at Peoria

Man, those Cedar Rapids Indians love that Peoria baseball park more than Art Pennington loves southern fried chicken! If you’re in a mood for devouring some simple statistics, look at what the Indians have done in their four games at Peoria so far.

In four games, they have clubbed 61 hits, scored 51 runs and poled 16 home runs. Cedar Rapids has won three of the games there by scores of 18-12, 18-10 and 10-9 while Peoria won the other game 8-5. If the Indians could stay at Peoria all season they would win the pennant at that rate and break every known hitting record.

Art Pennington has blasted four homers in four games there. Johnny Olczak, Bill Beery and Ray Bellino have hit two each and Earl Birnel, West Westfall, Percy Hough, Don Lauters, Ed Funai and Ben Kozub each one.

The remarkable thing about Wednesday night’s 10-9 win at Peoria was the way the Indians came back from a 7-0 deficit with a patched up crippled up lineup. When the Indians left home, Manager Bill Prince said he intended to rest first baseman John Kreuter for several days to allow his severe charlie horse a chance to heal.

But then Percy Hough got himself kicked out by umpire Dick Gustavo and Prince had to use Emil Borgini, the catcher who has been on the shelf with a convalescent eye and a pulled side muscle. Borgini discovered he couldn’t swing it, and that brought about an emergency situation.

Don Lauters solved it by taking up the tools of ignorance and catching the rest of the way without so much as a passed ball. Although, Lauters hadn’t caught previously this season, it wasn’t exactly new. He played all nine positions last year for Albuquerque.

So the limping Kreuter went to first base , sending Pennington back to right field. And that’s the shape the Indians were in when they came in on a wing and a prayer with that 10-inning victory, their third in a row.

The failure of Borgini to make it means the Indians need catching reinforcement badly. Some have been hoping that Jim Fanning might be sent here from the Beaumont club, but the 1953 Indians star apparently is going too well for such a change.

The Cubs have signed a highly regarded right handed pitcher named Richard Drott of Cincinnati, and he is to be sent here on option from the Beaumont club. The kid got quite a bonus for signing.

Transcribed from the digital archives of the Cedar Rapids Public Library.

This date in Kernels history – May 26, 2010 – Garrett Richards

On May 26, 2010, Garrett Richards pitched six innings while allowing one unearned run to earn the win as the Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 7-3. Richards struck out three while allowing two hits and three walks in the victory.

Garrett Richards posted a 8-4 record with a 3.41 E.R.A. in 19 starts for Cedar Rapids in 2010. Richards struck out 108 batters in 108 1/3 innings of work. 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.

Garrett Richards made his major league debut on August 10, 2011 with the Los Angeles Angels. Richards posted a 0-2 record with a 5.79 E.R.A. in 7 games for the Angels last year. He posted a 12-2 mark with a 3.15 E.R.A. for the Arkansas Travelers (AA) in 2011. Richards is 5-2 with a 4.31 E.R.A. at Salt Lake (AAA) 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.

This date in Kernels history – May 6, 2010 – Casey Haerther / Eric Oliver

On May 6, 2010,  Casey Haerther was 4-5 at the plate with a double, a HR, two RBI and scored a pair of runs and Eric Oliver went 3-5 with a double, a HR and four RBI as the Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs 11-4 on the road. Casey Haerther hit .307 with 26 doubles, 8 HR and 74 RBI in 113 games during the 2010 season. Eric Oliver hit .245 with 9 doubles, 3 HR and 23 RBI in 47 games for the Kernels. 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.

Casey Haerther hit .293 with 34 doubles, 8 HR and 68 RBI for the Inland Empire 66ers in 117 games in 2011. Haerther is hitting .256 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in 13 games for the Arkansas Travelers in 2012.

Eric Oliver hit .266 with 6 HR and 39 RBI in 59 games playing for Inland Empire (High A) in 2011.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.