Clinton Lumberkings at Cedar Rapids Kernels
April 14th, 2004
E-Frostad, Duenas 2, Rodriguez, LOB CLI-10, CR-4, 2B-Kinsler 2, Grayson, Senreiso, Richardson, Swope, 3B-Peel, HR-Peel (Mattoon/5th/solo), SB-Senrieso, Wishy, Jacobsen 2, Swope, Cosby 2, Rodriguez, Brown, SACF-Pali
WP-Pullin, Hindman, BB-Senreiso, Swope, Kreuzer, Frostad, Rodriguez
HP-Darren Budahahn, BS-Tim Daub
After suffering two straigh losses, the Clinton Lumberkings bounced back in a big way Wednesday.
The Lumberkings swatted out 13 hits, including six doubles on their way to a 10-4 victory over Cedar Rapids at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Leading the hit parade was Ian Kinsler, who went 3 for 6 with a pair of two baggers.
Larry Grayson, Juan Senreiso and Tobin Swope each had a double and single, while Brock Jacobsen had a pair of singles.
Clinton's pitching was equally crisp, with John Danks getting the visitors off to a good start by tossing one hit ball over four innings. He fanned seven batters in that span.
Cesar Herrera (1-0), the third of four pitchers, earned the win. He issued just one hit in three innings.
The Lumberkings went to work right away by scratching out a run in the top of the first. Kinsler doubled down the left field line, took third on Grayson's flyout and scored on Senreiso's double to left.
Cedar Rapids scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the first. One was plated by Matt Pali's sacrifice fly and the other by Matt Brown's single.
Clinton tied the game in the third. Grayson led off with a single, took second when Senrieso walked, went to third on Andrew Wishy's flyout and scored on an error.
The Lumberkings went ahead for good with a three run fourth inning. Jacobsen led off with a single, stole second and third and scored on an error. Swope followed with a walk and stole second. he scored on Kinsler's double to left. Grayson then hit an RBI double to right field making it 5-2.
Clinton kept it going in the fifth with two more runs. Josh Kreuzer walked, Jacobsen singled to left and Emerson Frostad walked before Swope hit a two run single.
Cedar Rapids scored once in the bottom of the inning on Aaron Peel's homer to left.
The Lumberkings tacked on two more runs in the sixth. Senreiso and Wishy each singled before Richardson hit a two run double to center.
Clinton completed it's scoring in the seventh. Swope doubled to left field, went to third on Kinsler's single and score when Grayson hit into a fielder's choice.
Cedar Rapids got one run in the eighth via Matt Abram's RBI single.
The teams conclude their four game series with a 6:30pm contest tonight. Edison Volquez (0-0) goes to the mound for Clinton, while the Kernels retaliate with Kevin Jepson (0-1).
Clinton plays it's first home game Friday night when Dayton visits Alliant Energy Field. Game time is 6pm.
After being on the road for a week, the Clinton Lumberkings will finally get a chance to play at Alliant Energy Field.
The team's 2004 home opener is slated for Friday night when the Dayton Dragons visit town. Game time is 6pm.
The game will also serve as Blue Bunny magnetic schedule giveaway night.
The series continues with 2pm games on both Saturday and Sunday and a 6pm game on Monday.
Saturday's contest will be poster schedule giveaway.
Cedar Rapids visits Clinton Tuesday through next Friday before the Lumberkings hit the road again to play four games at Burlington.
Cedar Rapids Gazette
by Jeff Johnson
If you are going to get beat, you might as well get beat as thoroughly as the Cedar Rapids Kernels did last night. The Kernels were outdone in virtually every aspect of the game, hitting, pitching, defense, everything. It all led to a 10-4 loss to the Clinton Lumberkings before a paid crown of 1,183 on a much warmer night at Memorial Stadium.
"That's pretty much the game of baseball," said Kernels outfielder Quan Cosby. "There's nobody that's going to win them all. They just had a really good night swining the sticks."
Clinton (4-3) had a ton of baserunners. The LumberKings popped 13 hits, six for extra bases, had another eight guys walk and stole five bases. Five Lumberkings had at least two hits, with leadoff man Ian Kinsler leading the way with three.
"You've got to five them credit," said Kernels manager Bobby Magallanes. "It seemed like everything we threw up there, they hit."
It took all of five pitches for Clinton to score its first run against starter Rafael Rodriguez (0-1). Rodriguez gave up six hits, five runs (four earned), walked four and struck out six in a second straight subpar outing.
All five Clinton stolen bases came on his watch, too. After the game, Magallanes sat next to Rodriguez at his locker and, with his arm around him, had a fairly lengthy chat with the talented but raw 19 year old pitcher. "I just wanted to let him know it's not just about how hard he throws." Magallanes said. "It's not just about going out there and lighting up the radar gun. It's about commanding his fastball and holding runners on. I told Rafy. 'Hey you don't just have a chance to get to the big leagues. You've got a chance to be a star". His slider is a plus slide. It's filthy. But if he can't locate his fastball, he can't pitch in the big leagues."
The Kernels mustared six hits against four pitchers, with Matt Brown and Aaron Peel getting two each. Peel had a triple and a home run.
Clinton lefty starter John Danks was most impressive in his four innings, allowing one hit, one walk and striking out seven. Danks, who turns 19 today was the Texas Rangers' first round draft pick last year and signed for $2.1 millon.
The Kernels conclude their four game series with Clinton and their season opening seven game homestand with a 6:30 game tonight. The starting pitching matchup is right hander Kevin Jepsen (0-1, 8.31) for the Kernels and right Edison Volquez (0-0, 4.50) for Clinton.
Injured Kernels outfielder Warner Madrigal isn't close to getting back in the lineup, Magallanes said, and may have to go to California to get his wrist checked out. Madrigal injured his left wrist on a swing in the season opener last week and hasn't played since. Magallanes said X-Rays of the wrist showed no broken bones and the injury may be ligament related.
Madrigal hit .369 with 28 doubles and nine home runs last season at Rookie-level Provo and was slated to be the Kernels cleanup hitter.
How They Scored
Ian Kinsler doubled and scored on Juan Senreiso's double.
Quad Cosby reached on an error and Sean Rodriguez walked. After a double steal, Matt Pali's sacrifice fly to right scored Cosby. Matt Brown's two out infield single scored Rodriguez.
Larry Grayson singled. Senreiso walked. Grayson stole third and scored on a throwing error past third on the play.
Brock Jacobsen reached on a leadoff infield single and stole second. Tobin Swope walked. Jacobsen and Swope executed a double steal and Jacobsen scored on a throwing error past third. A Kinsler double scored Swope, a Grayson double scored Kinsler.
Josh Kreuzer walked. Jacobsen singled. Emerson Frostad walked and Swope singled in Kreuzer and Jacobsen.
Aaron Peel homered to left with one out.
Senreiso and Andrew Wishy singled and scored on Kevin Richardson's double.
Swope doubled, went to third on a Kinsler single and scored on a Grayson fielder's choice grounder.
Brown, Bobby Wilson and Matt Abram had consecutive two out singles. with Abram's scoring Brown.