Wednesday, April 23, 2014
WEDNESDAY'S SCOREBOARD – MWL – Peoria 2, Kernels 0
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Kernels fall at Peoria, 5-3

PEORIA, Ill. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 5-3, before 561 fans at Dozer Park Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Peoria's Jake Stone came up with the big hit when he drilled a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The hit scored Kenny Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz, broke a tie and moved Peoria ahead, 5-3.

The inning started when Peoples-Walls singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Katz drew a walk to put two men on in front of Stone.

Christian Powell (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels. He allowed two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out three and walked one.

Peoria picked up the game's first run in the first inning. C.J. McElroy, Jr. singled to start the inning, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Aaron Slegers, went to third base on a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Garver and scored on another wild pitch.

The Kernels quickly tied the score, 1-1, in the top of the second inning. Bryan Haar doubled to left to start the inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Logan Wade's RBI single into left.

The game stayed tied until the fifth inning when the Kernels jumped ahead, 2-1. Bo Altobelli began the inning with a base on balls. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Tanner Vavra's two-out RBI single past shortstop Juan Herrera.

Peoria went ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning. Carson Kelly tripled and came home on an RBI single up the middle by Peoples-Walls. He later scored on Mason Katz's RBI double down the left field line.

Zack Larson connected for his first home run of the season in the seventh inning for the Kernels to tie the game, 3-3.

Slegers started for the Kernels and pitched into the sixth inning. He

allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three. Brandon Bixler did not allow a run in just over an inning, extending his scoreless streak to 11 1/3 innings to start the season.

Chris Perry (1-0) collected the win for Peoria, allowing one run in relief. Joe Scanio secured his first save as he pitched a perfect ninth inning. Alex Reyes started for the Chiefs and allowed two runs on four hits in just over four innings. He struck out five and walked one.

The Kernels take on Peoria on Tuesday night at 6:30. Ryan Eades (1-2, 4.91) will start for the Kernels while Nick Petree (1-0, 0.00) will pitch for Peoria.

KERNELS (3): Kanzler, cf, 4 0 2 0, Vavra, 2b, 3 0 1 1, Christensen, lf, 4 0 1 0, Garver, 1b, 4 0 0 0, Haar, 3b, 4 1 1 0, Larson, rf, 4 1 1 1, Wade, dh, 4 0 1 1, Altobelli, c, 2 1 0 0, Vielma, ss, 3 0 0 0. Totals 32 3 7 2.

PEORIA (5): McElroy, cf, 4 1 2 0, Herrera, ss, 3 0 0 0, Kelly, c, 4 1 2 0, Castillo, rf, 4 0 0 0, Peoples-Walls, lf, 4 2 2 1, Bean, dh, 1 0 0 0, Katz, 2b, 3 1 1 1, Stone, 1b, 4 0 1 2, Schulze, 3b, 3 0 0 0. Totals 30 5 8 4.

Kernels    010 010 100 - 3 7 1

Peoria     100 002 02x - 5 8 0

Slegers, Bixler (6), Powell (8) and Altobelli. Reyes, Perry (5), Scanio

(9) and Kelly. W - Perry 1-0). L - Powell (0-1). S - Scanio (1). 2B - Haar

(4), Kanzler (2), Katz (4), Stone (3). 3B - Christensen (2), Kelly (2). HR

- Larson (1). SB - Peoples-Walls (2). E - Garver (2). T - 2:45. A - 561.

 

Kernels fall at Peoria, 5-3

PEORIA, Ill. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 5-3, before 561 fans at Dozer Park Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Peoria's Jake Stone came up with the big hit when he drilled a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The hit scored Kenny Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz, broke a tie and moved Peoria ahead, 5-3.

The inning started when Peoples-Walls singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Katz drew a walk to put two men on in front of Stone.

Christian Powell (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels. He allowed two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out three and walked one.

Peoria picked up the game's first run in the first inning. C.J. McElroy, Jr. singled to start the inning, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Aaron Slegers, went to third base on a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Garver and scored on another wild pitch.

The Kernels quickly tied the score, 1-1, in the top of the second inning. Bryan Haar doubled to left to start the inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Logan Wade's RBI single into left.

The game stayed tied until the fifth inning when the Kernels jumped ahead, 2-1. Bo Altobelli began the inning with a base on balls. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Tanner Vavra's two-out RBI single past shortstop Juan Herrera.

Peoria went ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning. Carson Kelly tripled and came home on an RBI single up the middle by Peoples-Walls. He later scored on Mason Katz's RBI double down the left field line.

Zack Larson connected for his first home run of the season in the seventh inning for the Kernels to tie the game, 3-3.

Slegers started for the Kernels and pitched into the sixth inning. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three. Brandon Bixler did not allow a run in just over an inning, extending his scoreless streak to 11 1/3 innings to start the season.

Chris Perry (1-0) collected the win for Peoria, allowing one run in relief. Joe Scanio secured his first save as he pitched a perfect ninth inning. Alex Reyes started for the Chiefs and allowed two runs on four hits in just over four innings. He struck out five and walked one.

The Kernels take on Peoria on Tuesday night at 6:30. Ryan Eades (1-2, 4.91) will start for the Kernels while Nick Petree (1-0, 0.00) will pitch for Peoria.

KERNELS (3): Kanzler, cf, 4 0 2 0, Vavra, 2b, 3 0 1 1, Christensen, lf, 4 0 1 0, Garver, 1b, 4 0 0 0, Haar, 3b, 4 1 1 0, Larson, rf, 4 1 1 1, Wade, dh, 4 0 1 1, Altobelli, c, 2 1 0 0, Vielma, ss, 3 0 0 0. Totals 32 3 7 2.

PEORIA (5): McElroy, cf, 4 1 2 0, Herrera, ss, 3 0 0 0, Kelly, c, 4 1 2 0, Castillo, rf, 4 0 0 0, Peoples-Walls, lf, 4 2 2 1, Bean, dh, 1 0 0 0, Katz, 2b, 3 1 1 1, Stone, 1b, 4 0 1 2, Schulze, 3b, 3 0 0 0. Totals 30 5 8 4.

Kernels    010 010 100 - 3 7 1

Peoria     100 002 02x - 5 8 0

Slegers, Bixler (6), Powell (8) and Altobelli. Reyes, Perry (5), Scanio

(9) and Kelly. W - Perry 1-0). L - Powell (0-1). S - Scanio (1). 2B - Haar

(4), Kanzler (2), Katz (4), Stone (3). 3B - Christensen (2), Kelly (2). HR

- Larson (1). SB - Peoples-Walls (2). E - Garver (2). T - 2:45. A - 561.

 

Kernels fall at Peoria, 5-3

PEORIA, Ill. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 5-3, before 561 fans at Dozer Park Monday night in the opener of a four-game series.

Peoria's Jake Stone came up with the big hit when he drilled a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the eighth inning. The hit scored Kenny Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz, broke a tie and moved Peoria ahead, 5-3.

The inning started when Peoples-Walls singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch. Katz drew a walk to put two men on in front of Stone.

Christian Powell (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels. He allowed two runs on two hits in one inning. He struck out three and walked one.

Peoria picked up the game's first run in the first inning. C.J. McElroy, Jr. singled to start the inning, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Aaron Slegers, went to third base on a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Garver and scored on another wild pitch.

The Kernels quickly tied the score, 1-1, in the top of the second inning. Bryan Haar doubled to left to start the inning. He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Logan Wade's RBI single into left.

The game stayed tied until the fifth inning when the Kernels jumped ahead, 2-1. Bo Altobelli began the inning with a base on balls. He moved to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Tanner Vavra's two-out RBI single past shortstop Juan Herrera.

Peoria went ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning. Carson Kelly tripled and came home on an RBI single up the middle by Peoples-Walls. He later scored on Mason Katz's RBI double down the left field line.

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Haar riding the surf with Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels sported a 9-7 record as they departed for Peoria Monday for the first of seven road games before returning to Veterans Memorial Stadium on Monday, April 28. They enter the week just two games behind Kane County in the Midwest League's Western Division standings.

One reason for the success they’ve had thus far has been a power surge in the heart of their batting order.

The Kernels lead the MWL in slugging percentage entering this week's games, largely due to power generated by catcher Mitch Garver and infielder Bryan Haar. Garver leads the league with five home runs, and Haar is right on his heels with four round-trippers.

This past weekend, Haar shared his perspectives on the start to the season that he and his teammates have had, as well as some thoughts about his own experiences moving from college ball, through two levels of Rookie level professional baseball and on to his first month with the Class A Kernels.

Though Garver and Haar have provided much of the power for Cedar Rapids, Haar insists their offensive success has been a team effort.

"When our team got hot and went on a little winning streak, I think we were all hitting pretty well so that helps," said Haar. "Hitting is contagious. So I think we all contributed to the good start."

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Hinojosa replaces Pineda with Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels announced Monday that outfielder Jeremias Pineda has been placed on the 7-day Disabled List and that infielder Jonatan Hinojosa has joined the Kernels from Extended Spring Training.

The Minnesota Twins signed Hinojosa as a non-drafted free agent in 2009. He played 48 games with the GCL Twins last year, batting .236 with 15 RBIs and 10 stolen bases in 12 attempts.

Pineda goes on the DL with a fracture of the left wrist/hamate. In 15 games for the Kernels, he is batting .163 (8-for-49) with a home run and six RBIs. Pineda was injured Saturday when he tried to make a diving catch in left field.

Hinojosa is available for Monday night's game in Peoria.

   

New guys help Kernels win in 12th

B.K. Santy and Jason Kanzler were disappointed when they did not make the Kernels' 25-man roster when the season began, but they're in Cedar Rapids now and making up for lost time.

Santy hit a dramatic home run to force extra innings Saturday and Kanzler delivered the game-winning hit in the 12th inning as the Kernels snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory over West Michigan before 1,914 happy customers at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Santy, who arrived in Cedar Rapids Friday afternoon, played his first game Saturday and lofted a towering home run to left field with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to tie the game, 5-5, and give the fans some free baseball.

Kanzler, who joined the club April 9, belted a base hit to left-center to drive in Engelb Vielma with the winning run with one out in the 12th.

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Farmer hands Kernels 4th loss in row

The $4.5 million bonus baby pitched fairly well for the Cedar Rapids Kernels Friday night, but the $225,000 college kid pitched better for West Michigan.

Buck Farmer struck out 11 batters and allowed only two hits as the Whitecaps handed the Kernels their fourth straight defeat, 5-2, before 1,346 fans on a mild night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Kohl Stewart had a solid outing for Cedar Rapids, allowing only two runs in five innings, but he absorbed his first loss in the Midwest League when the Kernels had trouble mounting an attack.

A year ago, Farmer was a senior at Georgia Tech and Stewart was a senior in high school. Farmer might be slightly ahead of Stewart as a professional pitcher at this point, but Farmer is 23 years old and the 19-year-old Stewart is a millionaire.

Stewart sailed through the first three innings Friday, but was touched for three hits - including two doubles - and two runs in the fourth inning.

"I left a couple of balls up," he said. "I got behind a couple of times in the count to those guys in the fourth inning. But overall, yeah, I felt good."

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Santy replaces Quesada with Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels and Minnesota Twins announced Friday that catcher Michael Quesada has been placed on the 7-day Disabled List, retroactive to April 17, and catcher Bryan (B.K.) Santy is joining the Kernels from Extended Spring Training.

The Twins selected Santy in the 30th round of the 2012 draft from the University of Washington. He played in 23 games with Elizabethton last season, batting .256 with three doubles and 12 RBIs.

Quesada goes on the DL with a right wrist contusion after being hit by a pitch Wednesday. In nine games for the Kernels, he is batting .185 (5-for-27) with four doubles and three RBIs.

Santy will be available for Friday night's game with West Michigan at the stadium.

 

Bixler continues good work for Kernels

The Cedar Rapids Kernels’ pitching rotation is filled with names commonly found among any number of Minnesota Twins “top prospect” lists.  But while the results have been mixed for the big names on the mound so far this season, the bullpen has been carrying more than its share of the load in the early part of the season.

Thursday’s starting pitcher Randy Rosario, among the Twins organization’s top minor league prospects entering the season, has yet to find his groove and survived just three innings in the Kernels’ 7-3 loss to the West Michigan Whitecaps in front of 770 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids.

The Kernels’ bullpen, however, has been keeping the team competitive. On Thursday, two Cedar Rapids relievers combined for five innings of scoreless middle-inning relief work.

Brandon Bixler’s performance Thursday night epitomized the work of the Kernels’ pen. After Rosario departed, Bixler entered the game to start the fourth inning and gave Cedar Rapids 2.2 innings of shutout relief work.

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Wounded Kernels fall to South Bend


Kernels Manager Jake Mauer has not hung any "Help Wanted" signs in his dugout yet, but he has asked one of his pitchers if he could play the
outfield in an emergency.

The injuries are starting to pile up.

Mauer had only one healthy substitute on his bench for most of Wednesday night's 4-2 loss to South Bend before 732 fans at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Chad Christensen, a versatile guy who can play the outfield and infield, has been sidelined the past three days with a sore right elbow. Michael Quesada, the starting catcher Wednesday night, left the ballgame with a swollen wrist on his right hand after being hit by a pitch in the second inning.

That left infielder Tanner Vavra as the only healthy reserve, not counting pitchers. Everyone else was either playing or hurt.

Quesada stayed in the game for an inning after being hit, but he could not grip a bat and had to retire for the night. He'll have an X-Ray Thursday morning on his wrist and right hand.

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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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