Friday, July 25, 2014
THURSDAY SCOREBOARD - MWL - Bowling Green 2, Kernels 1
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Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball

Kernels fall at Bowling Green, 2-1

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels threatened in the top of the ninth inning Thursday night but fell short in a 2-1 loss to Bowling Green before 2,576 fans at Bowling Green Stadium.

The Kernels had runners on first and second with one out in the ninth. Logan Wade lined a shot toward the outfield, but the Bowling Green shortstop made a leaping stab and tossed to the second baseman to get J.D. Williams for a double play to end the game.

Cedar Rapids (48-54) scored in the sixth inning on doubles by Chad Christensen and Alex Swim. Swim was 2-for-4.

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Twins recall Polanco from Fort Myers

The Minnesota Twins promoted infielder Jorge Polanco from the Fort Myers Miracle in the Class A Florida State League to the Major Leagues Thursday for the second time this season.

Polanco appeared in four games for the Twins in late June after being promoted from Fort Myers due to injuries in Minnesota. He impressed the parent club by going 2-for-5 with a double, triple, three RBIs, two walks and two runs scored.

Polanco was returned to Fort Myers after that stint, but the Twins traded Kendrys Morales to the Seattle Mariners Thursday and decided to give Polanco another shot in the big leagues.

Polanco, 21, hit .308 with five home runs and 78 RBIs for the Cedar Rapids Kernels in the Midwest League last season. He was hitting .291 with six homers and 45 RBIs for Fort Myers.

Polanco is the first ex-Kernel to reach the Major Leagues since the Twins and Kernels began their working relationship in 2013.

It is highly unusual for a player to be promoted from Class A to the Major Leagues, but now Polanco has done it twice.

 

Kernels belt 3 homers in 7-2 win

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels hit three home runs and struck out 15 Bowling Green batters Wednesday night in a 7-2 victory over the Hot Rods.

The Kernels (48-53) collected 14 hits and have won 10 of their last 12 games.

Tanner Vavra, Logan Wade and Mitch Garver all went deep for the Kernels. It was Vavra's first professional home run and one of his three hits Wednesday.

Garver hit his team-best 13th for the season. It was his fourth home run in the last two games after belting three round-trippers Monday.

Three Kernels hurlers combined to punch out 15 hitters, the second-highest strikeout total this season. Aaron Slegers (7-6) started and picked up the win, going six innings. He struck out seven while allowing five hits, one walk and two runs (one earned).

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Twins promote Muren to Fort Myers

The Minnesota Twins have promoted right-handed pitcher Alex Muren to the Fort Myers Miracle of the High-A Florida State League.

Brad Steil, Twins' Director of Minor League Operations, announced the move Tuesday.

Muren made 29 relief appearances for the Kernels this season, posting a 3-1 record, 2.89 ERA and one save. In 56 innings, he allowed 47 hits and 19 runs (18 earned) with eight walks and 44 strikeouts.

The Twins did not immediately announce a corresponding move. With Muren's promotion, the Kernels roster is at 24 active players, one short the Midwest League maximum of 25 active players, with five players currently on the disabled list. The Kernels open a road trip Wednesday night at Bowling Green.

 

Stewart shines for surging Kernels

Cedar Rapids pitcher Kohl Stewart says he learned a valuable lesson when an umpire kicked him out of a Midwest League game here July 5th for mouthing off.

"As hard as it is to say, I think that needed to happen," Stewart said Thursday night. "I deserved to get thrown out.

"He threw me out and I had to sit there and own it and man up to it. It won't happen again, that's for sure."

Stewart has won two straight games for the surging Kernels since he lasted only 2.2 innings against Beloit July 5 before getting the heave-ho for making an unacceptable remark to the home-plate umpire.

He tossed five shutout innings Thursday as Cedar Rapids trimmed Lake County, 4-3, before 2,413 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium to reach the .500 mark for the second half of the season.

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Swim helps Kernels with hot bat

Alex Swim declined an offer to join the St. Louis Cardinals organization in 2012 after they selected him in the 36th round of the draft, but it had little to do with money or his desire to stay at Elon University and get his degree.

Swim's mother, Mary, has been afflicted with multiple sclerosis since the late 1980's and was hospitalized around the time of the 2012 draft, so he decided to stay home in North Carolina to be with her and help as much as he could.

"I wouldn't change it for the world," Swim said Wednesday night. "I stayed and helped out around the house. It was the best decision for me.

"She's fine now," he said. "She's doing well."

Swim, 23, got another chance to turn pro when the Minnesota Twins picked him in the 23rd round of the 2013 draft following his senior campaign at Elon, which made the NCAA tournament last year.

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Kernels cut Altobelli, activate Vielma

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that infielder Engelb Vielma has been activated from the 7-day disabled list and that catcher Bo Altobelli has been released from the roster.

Vielma went on the DL with a concussion suffered in a collision with outfielder J.D. Williams during the Kernels' game with Beloit July 7. In 70 games for the Kernels, he is batting .253 with 11 doubles, three triples and 21 RBIs.

In 44 games for the Kernels, Altobelli hit .224 with eight doubles, a home run and five RBIs. He split time at first base and catcher.

   

Clinton stops Kernels' win streak

CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels got off to a good start Monday night when they scored two runs in the top of the first inning, but it went downhill from there.

The Kernels saw their five-game winning streak come to an end as Clinton rallied for an 8-5 victory before 1,124 fans at Ashford University Field.

Ryan Eades (5-10) had a rough outing for Cedar Rapids. He was touched for seven hits and seven runs (four earned) in four innings and took the loss as his ERA rose to 6.67.

Mitch Garver hit a two-run homer for the Kernels in the first inning for his ninth round-tripper of the season. Jason Kanzler went 2-for-4 for Cedar Rapids. Logan Wade drove in two runs.

The Kernels (42-52) will host Lake County Wednesday night at 6:35.

KERNELS (5): Walker, ss, 5 1 1 0, Wade, 3b, 4 0 1 2, Christensen, 1b, 3 1 0 1, Garver, dh, 4 1 1 2, Swim, rf, 4 0 1 0, Kanzler, cf, 4 0 2 0, Williams, lf, 3 1 0 0, Quesada, c, 3 1 0 0, Vavra, 2b, 4 0 1 0. Totals 34 5 7 5.

CLINTON (8): Barbosa, cf, 4 2 2 1, Kauppila, 2b, 4 0 3 1, Mack, lf, 3 0 0 1, Seager, dh, 3 1 0 0, Carmichael, c, 4 1 1 1, Thomas, rf, 3 1 1 1, Peguero, ss, 4 2 1 0, Zimmerman, 1b, 4 1 2 1, Caballero, 3b, 2 0 0 2. Totals 31 8 10 8.

Eades, Mazza (5), Burdi (7), Gallant (8) and Quesada. Misell, Brooks (6), Pineda (7), Pagan (9) and Carmichael. W - Misell (8-8). L - Eades (5-10). S - Pagan (10). 2B - Kanzler (7), Walker (5), Carmichael (6), Kauppila (9). 3B - Barbosa (2). HR - Garver (9), Zimmerman (4). SB - Christensen (22). E - Walker (7), Wade (8). T - 3:01. A - 1,124.

 

Kernels claim 5th straight win

CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels exploded for seven runs in the sixth inning Sunday and defeated Clinton, 7-5, in a rain-shortened game before 957 fans at Ashford University Field.

The tarp was put on the field with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning and the game was called after a 41-minute rain delay.

The Kernels (42-51) have won five games in a row, including Saturday night's rain-shortened 5-1 victory over the LumberKings.

Clinton scored the first three runs Sunday, but the Kernels scored seven runs in the top half of the sixth as they sent 11 men to the plate to move ahead 7-3.

The Kernels collected five singles and took advantage of one error. It matched the largest run-scoring inning for Cedar Rapids this season.

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Kernels take pair from Clinton

CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels had a successful round trip to Clinton Friday.

The Kernels topped Clinton, 5-4, in 11 innings in the conclusion of a suspended game from June 30, then whipped the Lumber Kings 6-1 in their regularly scheduled contest.

The victories lifted Cedar Rapids to 40-51 for the campaign.

The Kernels and LumberKings were tied, 3-3, after nine innings when they met in Cedar Rapids June 30 in a game suspended by rain. Clinton does not visit Cedar Rapids again this season, so they finished the contest at Clinton Friday with the Kernels serving as the home team.

Clinton took a 4-3 lead in the top of the 11th inning, but Cedar Rapids responded with two runs in the bottom of the 11th for the 5-4 victory on a two-run single by Chad Christensen.

Logan Wade, Alex Swim, Jason Kanzler and J.D. Murphy had two hits for the Kernels in the regularly scheduled game. Kanzler and Murphy had two RBIs.

Kohl Stewart (2-5, 2.58 ERA) pitched six strong innings for Cedar Rapids for his first victory on the mound since April. He allowed six hits and one earned run, with five strikeouts and no walks.

Cedar Rapids and Clinton meet again Saturday night at 6:30.

Game 1
(Completed from June 30)

CLINTON (4): Shank, 3b, 4 2 2 1, Caballero, ph/3b, 1 0 0 0, Barbosa, cf, 4 1 1 0, Littlewood, c, 4 0 0 0, Mack, rf, 4 1 3 2, Reinheimer, ss, 5 0 1 0, Seager, 1b, 4 0 0 0, Zimmerman, dh, 5 0 1 1, Yates, lf, 4 0 0 0, Peguero, 2b, 5 0 1 0. Totals 40 4 9 4.

KERNELS (5): Granite, lf, 4 1 2 0, Altobelli, 1b, 0 1 0 0, Vielma, ss, 3 0 1 1, Walker, ss, 1 0 0 0, Christensen, 1b/lf, 6 0 3 3, Haar, 3b, 5 0 1 0, Kanzler, cf, 5 0 1 0, Williams, dh, 4 1 1 0, Swim, c, 4 0 2 1, Vavra, 2b, 4 0 0 0, Wade, 2b, 1 0 0 0, Murphy, rf, 4 2 2 0. Totals 41 5 13 5.

Clinton     101 000 010 01 - 4 9 1
Kernels     100 000 011 02 - 5 13 0

Flores, Pineda (7), Pagan (9), Valenza (11) and Littlewood. Stewart, Muren (5), Boyd (7), Van Steensel (9), Reed (10) and Swim. W - Reed (1-0). L - Valenza (0-2). 2B - Shank (17), Mack (6), Haar (14). 3B - Mack (2), Granite (1). HR - Shank (6). SB - Barbosa (8), Reinheimer (25), Kanzler (13), Christensen (19), Vavra (5). T - 3:14 (:38 delay). A - 3,180.

Game 2

KERNELS (6): Walker, ss, 5 0 0 0, Wade, 2b, 5 1 2 0, Christensen, 1b, 4 1 1 0, Garver, c, 5 1 1 1, Haar, 3b, 3 1 1 0, Swim, rf, 5 1 2 0, Kanzler, cf, 4 1 2 2, Williams, dh, 1 0 0 0, Murphy, lf, 3 0 2 2. Totals 35 6 11 5.

CLINTON (1): Barbosa, cf, 4 0 1 0, Caballero, ss, 3 0 0 1, Mack, lf, 4 0 1 0, Seager, dh, 4 0 0 0, Yates, rf, 3 0 1 0, Peguero, 3b, 4 0 0 0, Carmichael, c, 2 0 0 0, Zimmerman, 1b, 3 1 1 0, Kauppila, 2b, 3 0 3 0. Totals 30 1 7 1.

Kernels    000 100 140 - 6 11 0
Clinton    001 000 000 - 1 7 0

Stewart, Wilson (7), Burdi (9) and Garver. Kim, Pineda (5), Brooks (7), Pagan (9) and Carmichael. W - Stewart (2-5). L - Pineda (3-4). 2B - Wade (9), Kauppila (8). 3B - Christensen (5), Kanzler (7). SB - Barbosa (13). T - 2:47. A - 1,895.

   
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Kernels Calendar


Day
Date
Site
Opponent
Time
Promotion
Tickets
Thur.
April 3
H
Clinton
6:35
2014 season opener

Midwest League Standings


Western Div.
W
L
Pct.
GB
PLAYOFFS
xz-KERNELS (Twins) 48
22
.686
--
Championship (Best-of-5)
x-Quad Cities (Astros) 43
26
.623 4.5
Wednesday, Sept. 11
xy-Beloit (A's) 34
35 .493 13.5
Quad Cities 3, South Bend 2
x-Clinton (Mariners)
34
36
.486 14.0
Thursday, Sept. 12
Burlington (Angels) 30
39
.435
17.5
Quad Cities 5, South Bend 0
Peoria (Cardinals)
30
40
.429
18.0
Saturday, Sept. 14
Wisconsin (Brewers) 30
40
.429
18.0
Quad Cities 4, South Bend 2
Kane County (Cubs) 25
44
.362
22.5
(Quad Cities wins series, 3-0)
Eastern Div.
W
L
Pct.
GB
xz-Bowling Green (Rays)
44
26
.629 --
x-Great Lakes (Dodgers)
40
29
.580 3.5
Dayton (Reds)
37
33
.529 7.0
xy-South Bend (D-Backs) 37
33
.529 7.0
West Michigan (Tigers)
36
33
.522 7.5
Lake County (Indians)
31
39
.443
13.0

x-Fort Wayne (Padres) 29
41
.414
15.0
Lansing (Blue Jays)
29
41
.414
15.0

FINAL (2nd Half)
x-Clinched playoff; y-won 1st half; z-won 2nd half
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