Clinton Lumberkings at Cedar Rapids Kernels
April 15th, 2004
LOB CLI-6, CR-5, 2B-Kinsler, Frostad, Kendrick, Wood, Pali, Brown, HR-Wood, Peel, Balkcom
Volquez faced 6 batters in 3rd
HBP-Jacobsen (Zimmerman), BB-Balkcom, Brown
Umpires-Tim Daub, Darren Budahn
Turnabout was fair play for the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday.
After surrendering 13 hits in a setback to the Clinton Lumberkings the previous night, the Kernels pounded out 13 hits of thier own Thursday in a 10-3 Midwest League baseball victory.
Blake Balkcom went 3 for 3 with a homer for the winners, while Brandon Wood belted a home run and double.
Howard Kendrick added a 3 for 5 plate performance with a double.
Ian Kinlser was the lone Lumberking to get two hits. he had a double among his totals.
Cedar Rapids struck for one run in the first inning when Wood doubled to left field, scoring Kendrick.
The Kernels erupted for seven runs in the third, with Wood's grand slam homer to left accounting for four runs.
Aaron Peel added a three run shot to left later in the frame.
Cedar Rapids pushed its lead to 10-0 in the sixth inning. Balkcom had a homer to left and Kendrick hit a double to score Quan Cosby.
Clintn got two runs in the seventh inning. With two outs Josh Kreuzer singled to center field and went to second when Brock Jacobsen hit a single to left. Emerson Frostad plated both runners with a double to center.
In the eighth, Kinsler doubled to right with one out. He later went to third on Juan Senreiso's single to left and scored when Andrew Wishy hit a single to right.
Starting pitcher Kevin Jepsen (1-1) earned the win for the Kernels giving up two hits and fanning five in six innings. Edison Volquez (0-1) did not make it out of the third inning for Clinton as he suffered the loss.
Clinton plays it's home opener tonight when Dayton visits Alliant Energy Field. Game time is 6pm.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
by Jeff Johnson
"Thwack" went catcher Bobby Wilson's glove. The score board flashed a "96".
"Thwack" went catcher Bobby Wilson's glove again. The scoreboard flashed a "97". You think Kevin Jepsen is all the way back from that elbow surgery he had last summer?
The 96 and 97 represented the speed of a couple of Jepsen fastballs in the first inning of last night's 10-3 Cedar Rapids Kernels victory over the Clinton Lumberkings. As that little Jim Carrey clip they play on the Memorial Stadium jumbotron says. "Smokin"
"I turned around one time and it said "96" on the board, and I knew that gun was slow too." said Kernels shortstop Brandon Wood. "You could see from the very first batter that Clinton hitters were behind him. Then when he throws his changeup, they've got no chance."
"He just really overpowered them," added Kernels Manager Bobby Magallanes. "How many times did their left handed hitters hit ballsover to the third lawn section". I wouldn't have been standing there. I would have been standing to the right."
The 19 year old right hander gave up two harmless singles and struck out five. His first inning power pitching display was so impressive a Kernels' front office employee recalibrated the Jugs gun in the pressbox just to make sure the high 90's numbers coming up were real or close to real. They were.
"I'm healthy," said Jepsen, who hit 96 on a couple of pitches in his first start last week, a loss to Peoria. "I felt just as good as I did in my last start. The difference was I was hitting my spots tonight."
The Kernels hit the Taco bell Ten spot offensively for the second time in three nights, pounding out 13 hits to take three of four games from Clinton (4-3).
The assult included a seven run third inning, in which Wood had a grand slam and Aaron Peel a three run home run.
Wood wasn't particularly impressed with his secon career granny, a wind blown ball that landed just fair inside the left field line and just into the picnic pavillion.
"Tonight, you've got a hurricane blowing out and I hit one that's 315 down the line." Wood said. "Then in Provo last year that one was a thin air home run. They weren't special, but they went over."
The Kernels, who turned three double plays in an errorless game, went 5-2 in their season opening seven game homestand and look to continue that momentum with eight straigh road games to Kane County and Clinton.
"If we can throw quality strikes, if we can play catch in the infield, and if we can get quality at bats, we can win 70 to 75 percent of our games this year." said Magallanes. "That's if we can do all those things.
Kernels outfielder Warner Madrigal will fly to California today to get his injured wrist checked out by team doctors of the parent Anaheim Angels. Madrigla hurt his wrist on a swing in the season opener last week and has not played since.
The Kernels will improvise for uniforms on thier road trup because their visiting gray tops have not arrived yet from the manufacturer. Cedar Rapids will wear its gray road pants with its red batting practice tops for all eight games.
How They Scored
Howie Kendrick reached on a one out infield single and scored on Brandon Wood's double to left center. Kernels 1, Kings 0
The Kernels loaded the bases leading off on a Blake Balkcom walk and infield hits by Quan Cosby and Kendrick. Wood then hits a grand slam to left. Matt Pali doubled down the first base line. Matt Brown walked and Aaron Peel hit a two out, three run home run to left center. Kernels 8, Kings 0
Balkcom home run to left center with one out. Cosby singled to center and scored on Kendrick's double to left center corner. Kernels 10, Kings 0
Josh Kreuzer singled to center with two outs. Brock Jacobsen singled to left. Emerson Frostad's double to center scored Kreuzer and Jacobsen. Kernels 10, Kings 2
Ian Kinsler doubled to right with one out and scored on Andrew Wishy's two out single to right. Kernels 10, Kings 3