Kane County at Cedar Rapids

April 24th, 2004

Brian Ingram SS 3 1 1 0
Luke Appert 2B 3 0 1 0
David Castillo C 4 0 1 1
Eddie Kim 1B 3 0 0 0
Brian Snyder 3B 3 0 0 0
Dustin Majewski CF 3 0 1 0
Vasili Spanos DH 3 0 0 0
Chris Tritle RF 4 0 0 0
Luis Perez LF 4 0 0 0
Quan Cosby CF 4 1 0 0
Howard Kendrick 2B 4 0 0 0
Brandon Wood SS 4 0 0 0
Matt Pali 1B 3 0 1 1
Blake Balkcom RF 4 0 1 0
Matt Brown 3B 3 0 0 0
Aaron Peel LF 3 1 1 0
Tommy Duenas C 3 0 1 1
Nick Kimpton DH 3 0 0 0

E-Kim, Ingram, Snyder, LOB-Cougars-7, Kernels-6, RLISP-Cougars-3, Kernels-5, 2B-Ingram, Majewski, Balkcom, Peel, Duenas, RBI-Castillo, Pali, Brown, Duenas, SB-Majewski, Pali, DP-Castillo (Hunter)(6-4-3)
Kane County 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 3
Cedar Rapids 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 4 0
Brad Knox 7 4 2 1 1 10 L (1-1) 0 0 0 26 27 8 3 99 66
J.R. Pickens 1 0 0 0 0 1 ND 0 0 0 4 4 1 1 10 8
Chris Hunter 4 2 1 1 5 5 ND 0 0 0 13 18 4 2 83 47
Aaron Pullin 4 2 0 0 1 2 W (2-0) 0 0 0 14 15 5 4 64 37
Von Stertzbach 1 0 0 0 0 3 SV (4) 0 0 0 3 3 0 0 16 10
PB-Duenas, SO-Ingram,Appert. Snyder 2, Castillo, Spanos, Tritle 3, Perez, Cosby, Kendrick, Wood 2, Balkcom, Brown, Peel, Duenas, Kimpton, BB-Ingram, Apper, Kim, Snyder, Majewski, Spanos, Pali
U-Tyler Funneman, Scott Jarrad

Good pitching beats good hitting, at least most of the time. Well this time the Cougars and the Kernels each get four hits, but the Kernels get one more run for the win. Three errors byt he Cougars made a big diffrence in the game and lead to one of the runs being unearned.

Brad Knox started and pitched well, he went seven innings, giving up four hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out ten. He only got into trouble when his deffense left him out to dry. In the secon dhe gave up a one out double, that went no where. A two out walk in the fourth lead to nothing as well for the Kernels.

It was the sixth and the seventh that did the Cougars in today. In the sixth, with one out Quan Cosby would reach on an error by first baseman Eddie Kim. Howard Kendrick then reach on an error by third baseman Brian Snyder. Brandon Wood flew out to center for the second out. On the play Cosby tagged and went to third. Matt Pali then singled to center to score Cosby to tie the score at one. Blake Balkcom grounded out to short to end the inning.

In the seventh it was a couple of one out doubles that did it for the Cougars. Aaron Peel doubled to left. Tommy Duenas then doubled to left to bring home Peel. Two ground outs would end the inning.

Cedar Rapids got a good start from their starter Chris Hunter. He went four innings, he gave up two hits and one run. His only problem was he walked five and struck out five. Aaron Pullin came in for the next four innings and two hit the Cougars, allowing a walk, and getting two strikeouts. Von Stertzback came in and struck out the side in the ninth for the save.

The Cougars scored their only run in the first. Brian Ingram doubled down the right field line. Luke Appert then singled to left. David Castillo grounded into a double play. on the play Ingram would score. Eddie Kim would then walk. Brian Snyder would be caught looking to end the inning.

Kane County had it's chances to score in this game. In the third with one out Ingram and Appert would walk. Castillo then struck out. Kim would ground out to second to end the inning. In the fourth with one out Dustin Majewski and Vasili Spanos both walked. Chris Tritle then struck out. Luis Perez flew to cetner to end that threat. In the sixth Majewski had a one out double to left. Spanos grounded to short, on the play Majewski went to third. Tritle struck out.

J.R. Pickens pitched a solid ninth inning, the only runner was on by an error.

Cedar Rapids Gazette
by Jeff Johnson

Tommy Duenas walked to the plate in the bottom of the seventh inning last night with a batting average usually reserved for National League pitchers hitting better than .071.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels catcher was in one of those slumps where he simple couldn't buy a hit. That 2 for 28 simple dosen't lie.

But Duenas did his best to block out those numbers, did his best to block out every single thought. Sometimes a clear head is best.

"I was pressing." Duenas said, "I was just a lot more loose there than I was in my first two at bats. I just kind of decided that whatever happends, happends."

What happend was a line drive to left field, a game winning double that scored Aaron Peel and gave the Kernels a 2-1 win over the Kane County Cougars at windy and wet Memorial Stadium.

Boy did Duenas need that. "I tell my guys, Don't wory about what you've done your first couple of at bats." said Kernels maanger Bobby Magallanes. "It almost always happends where the guy who is having a bad game is up there in a game winning situation. We always tell them they are only as good as their last at bat. I tell them to be at their best in their last at bat."

Duenas was. As was Peel who proceeded him with a one out double against starting pitcher Brad Knox.

Featuring a bitting curve ball. Knox (1-1) didn't give the Kernels a whole bunch to swing at. The right hander struck out 10 and allowed two hits through six innings.

Cedar Rapids tied the game 1-1 in the bottom of the sixth on two errors and Matt Pali's RBI single. The Kernels came into the game seventh in the league in batting average (.241) bu second in strikeouts (144).

"We're not hitting", Magallanes said. "We've got way too many strikeouts. Our pitching and defense have been good but we're just not hitting. We've got to start making adjustments at the plate."

The Kernels played errorless defense last night and got good pitching from starter Chris Hunter and relievers Aaron Pullin and Vo Stertzbach. Hunter didn't have outstanding command, walking five in four innings, but he allowed only a first inning run. Pullin was wonderful in long relief, throwing four innings of two hit shutout ball.

Stertbach struck out the side in the ninth for his fourth save.

"Everything felt pretty good, except for the weather." said Pullin, who improved to 2-0. "I didn't have all my pitches, but I was able to make some adjustments out there."

The Kernels (10-6) jumped ahead of Kane County (9-7) for first place in the Midwest League's Western Division.

The Kernels made a roster move before last night's game, placing starting pitcher Rafael Rodriguez on the disabled list with a strained elbow ligament. Pitcher Nic Touchstone was assigned to the club from high-A Rancho Cucamonga, where he was 0-0 with a 5.40 earned run average in three relief stints. Touchstone will start today's game.

Center Point's Chris Tritle started the game for Kane County in right field and went 0 for 4.

Play By Play

Cougars 1st
Ingram, double to right
Appert, single to left, Ingram to third
Castillo, ground into double play, short stop to second base to first base, Ingram scored, Appert out at second
Kim, walked
Snyder, struck out looking
Cougars 1, Kernels 0

Kernels 1st
Cosby, ground out second base to first base
Kendrick, ground out on bunt, third base to first base
Wood, strike out

Cougars 2nd
Majewski, flied out to left
Spanos, struck out looking
Tritle, ground out short stop to first base

Kernels 2nd
Pali, popped out to second
Balkcom, double to left
Brown, ground out, pitcher to first base
Peel, strike out

Cougars 3rd
Perez, ground out third base to first base
Ingram, walked
-Ingram to second on passed ball
Appert, walked
Castillo, strike out
Kim, ground out second base to first base

Kernels 3rd
Duenas, strike out
Kimpton, strike out, catcher to first base
Cosby, strike out

Cougars 4th
Snyder, strike out looking
Majewski, walked
-Majewski, stole second
Spanos, walked
Tritle, strike out
Perez, flied out to center

Kernels 4th
Kendrick, strike out
Wood, strike out
Pali, walked
-Pali stole second
Balkcom, strike out

Cougars 5th
Pitching Change:Aaron Pullin replaces Chris Hunter
Ingram, ground out pitcher to first base
Appert, flied out to center
Castillo, singled to right
Kim, ground out, first base to pitcher

Kernels 5th
Brown, popped up to second
Peel, ground out third base to first base
Duenas, strike out

Cougars 6th
Snyder, ground out second base to first base
Majewski, double to left
Spanos, ground out short stop to first base, Majewski to third
Tritle, strike out

Kernels 6th
Kimpton, ground out first base to pitcher
Cosby, reached on error by first baseman
Kendrick, reach on error by third baseman, Cosby to second
Wood, flied out to center, Kimpton tagged up and moved to third
Pali, single to center to score Cosby, Kendrick to second
Balkcom, ground out short stop to first base
Cougars 1, Kernels 1

Cougars 7th
Perez, flied out to second
Ingram, strike out
Appert, strike out looking

Kernels 7th
Brown, strike out
Peel, double to left
Duenas, double to left, Peel scored
Kimpton, ground out short stop to first base, Duenas to third
Cosby, ground out first base unassisted
Cougars 1, Kernels 2

Cougars 8th
Castillo, flied out to first
Kim, flied out to left
Snyder, walked
Majewski, reach on fielder's choice, Snyder out at second, second base to short stop

Kernels 8th
Pitching Change:J.R. Pickens replaces Brad Knox
Kendrick, popped out to rigth
Wood, reached on error by short stop
Pali, ground out, pitcher to short stop to first base, Wood to second
Balkcom, strike out looking

Cougars 9th
Pitching Change:Von Stertzbach replaces Aaron Pullin
Spanos, strike out
Tritle, strike out
Perez, strike out looking