Peoria Chiefs at Cedar Rapids Kernels

April 8th, 2004

Mike McCoy 2B 4 0 0 0
Kyle Boyer DH 5 0 1 0
Cody Haerther LF 5 2 1 0
Terry Evans CF 3 2 1 2
John Santor 1B 5 0 1 1
Tyler Parker RF 5 1 1 0
Matt Dryer 3B 3 0 0 0
Matt Pagnozzi C 5 0 2 1
Milko Jaramillo SS 4 0 1 0
Quan Cosby CF 5 2 2 0
Howie Kendrick 2B 4 0 0 0
Brandon Wood SS 4 1 2 1
Sean Rodriguez LF 1 0 0 0
Matt Brown 3B 5 1 1 0
Brandon Balkcom LF/RF 4 1 1 0
Matt Pali 1B 2 0 1 2
Tomas Duenas C 4 0 0 0
Aaron Peel DH 5 0 1 1

Peoria 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 5 8 2
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 1 6 8 1

E-Parker, Jaramillo, Brown, LOB PEO-10, CR-8, 2B-Pali, Peel, 3B-Haerther, Cosby, Wood, HR-Evans

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Mark Michael 5.2 5 4 2 2 6 ND
Richard Scalamandre 1.1 0 0 0 0 4 ND
Justin Garza 2 1 0 0 0 2 ND
Jason Burch 1 1 1 1 1 1 ND
Robert Jordan 0.1 1 1 1 2 0 L (0-1)

Name IP H R ER BB SO Decison
Rafael Rodriguez 5 5 4 3 3 3 ND
Allen Buckley 2 0 0 0 2 0 ND
Von Stertzbach 2 1 0 0 1 2 ND
Scott Hindman 0.1 1 1 1 1 1 ND
Bob Zimmermann 1.2 1 0 0 0 1 W (1-0)

WP-Zimmermann, HBP-Wood (Michael), Evans (Rodriguez), BB-Haerther, Balkcom, IBB-Duenas (Jordan)
Nick Monaco, Jesse Redwine
T-3:36, A-1,817

How They Scored

Top of 1st
Terry Evans hit a two out, two run, opposite field home run to right, scoring Cody Haerther.

Top of 4th
Tyler Parker scored on the back half of a two out, double steak with Matt Pagnozzi

Top of 5th
John Santor's two out bloop single to second scored Cody Haerther, who had tripled.

Bottom of 6th
Brandon Wood's one out triple to center scored Quan Cosby, who had tripled. Wood scored on Warner Madrigal's sacrifice fly to right, with Madrigal reaching on an error. Matt Pali's two out double to right field corner scored Madrigal and Matt Brown, who had singled.

Top of 10th
Matt Pagnozzi's two out single right scored Terry Evans, who had a leadoff walk.

Bottom of 10th
Quan Cosby singled leading off and scored on a two out wild pitch.

Bottom of 11th
Blake Balkcom walked leading off and scored on Aaron Peel's one out double to left center.

Cedar Rapids Gazette
Jeff Johnson

You'll have to excuse Aaron Peel if he felt an extreme lack of confidence as he walked up to home plate to hit in the bottom of the 11th inning last night. The Cedar Rapids Kernels designated hitter had been anything but a hitter all game. Peel swing and missed for strike three no once, not twice, but four times. Four straight times to be exact. In baseball vernacular that's what they call the Golden Sombrero. It's not a complimentary term.

"I was feeling a little down when I went up hit there," Peel admitted. "But you're only as good as your last at bat, so I kept that in mind. You've just got to try to get a good pitch to hit and put a good swing on it." He did, and he did.

Peel smashed the first pitch he saw to the gap in left center field, his one out double scoring Blake Balkcom from second base and giving the Kernels a 6-5 season-opening win over the Peoria Chiefs before 1,817 fans at Memorial Stadium. The come from behind win was a nice begining to the 2004 Midwest League campaign for the men of corn.

"This just shows what this team is about," said Kernel shortstop Brandon Wood, "A lot of us played together last year in Provo, Utah, and that's how we did it there. We play hard until the game is over. We proved that again tonight that we can come back after being behind and win a ballgame." "In spring training we showed that we're a good late inning offensive club," said Kernels manager Bobby Magallanes. "We came back quite a few times, showed the ability to come back. That's just the character of this team. Everone battles. Really, it's not suprising to come back like that with the team we've got. We've got that type of character."

The Kernels trailed 4-0 after five innings and weren't doing anything offensivley against Peoria starting pitcher Mark Michael, who had limited Cedar Rapids to one hit. Then the bottom of the sixth rolled around, and everything changed. Quan Cosby and Wood hit triples for the Kernels first run. Wood scored on a Warner Madrigal sacrifice fly, with Madrigal reaching when Peoria right fielder Tyler Parker dropped the ball for an error. Matt Pali's two out double into the right field corner eventually scored Madrigal and Matt Brown (who had singled) with the tying runs.

Peoria then scored on a run in the top of the 10th inning for a 5-4 lead, only to have the Kernels tie it back up when Cosby scored from third on a two out Jason Burch wild pitch. Balkcom walked against Chiefs reliever Brantly Jordan leading off and was sacrificed to second. Tommy Duenas was intentionally walked to get to ninth place hitter Peel. Jordan threw a fastball right dwon the middle ont he first pitch and.... well you know the rest.

"That's a confidence builder for him," Magallanes said. "That's just how wer're made as baseball players." said Wood. "We're always taught that we're only as good as our last at bat. Right now, Peel is pretty darned good. He gets the game winner the first time out."

Kernels knowledge
The teams play the second game of their three game series tonight at 6:30. It's right hander Kevin Jepsen (6-3), 2.65 era for the Kernels last season) getting the pitching start for the Kernels and righty Jordan Pals (4-6, 3.93 in rookie ball) throwing for Peoria.

Peoria left fielder Cody Haerther has grandparents who live in Cedar Rapids: Les and Irene Haerther. Haerther had a triple and walk in five plate appearances last night.

Chiefs catcher Matt Pagnozzi is the nephew of former major league catcher Tom Pagnozzi.