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The Cedar Rapids Marathon

Jeff Johnson is in the clubhouse with the early lead in the LEDE OF THE YEAR contest.

Here is his open after the Kernels beat Burlington 4-3 in 17 innings last night at Perfect Game Field in a snappy 4 hours and 57 minutes.

OK, so maybe Ryan Jones was out at first base. Hey, umpires want to go home after a few hours, too.

There was more to the story.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels pinch runner sure appeared to be picked off in the 17th inning Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. But base umpire Rich Gonzales gave him a reprieve, calling him safe and allowing him to score on Travis Witherspoon’s two-out line-drive single down the left-field line as the Kernels beat Burlington, 4-3.

“No comment,” Witherspoon said with a smile, when asked if Jones had been picked off.

And here is this little nugget:

The teams’ bullpens combined for 21 2/3 scoreless innings before Witherspoon’s hit. They allowed only 10 hits.

The starters for both teams had better not get in trouble tonight.

Postgame Thoughts (4/14/11)

@Kernels 11, Rattlers 4

Boxscore | Game Story

A frame from the Cedar Rapids Baseball Timeline on the suite level at Perfect Game Field

  • The comeback from 4-0 was nice.   Not that I think this team is going to fall behind a lot this season, but if they do I don’t think that coming back is going to be a problem.
  • Kudos to Charly Bashara to keep the team in the game after the early stumble.  The error to start the bottom of the sixth was tough.
  • Nick Shaw drew five walks tonight.  In five plate appearances.  In the leadoff spot.  I can see why he set a record in college.
  • Defense is going to have to tighten up.  Three errors last night and four* three more tonight.  They all were in crucial spots, too.
  • Greg Hopkins on a 6-game hitting streak.  Three solid hits tonight for him.
  • Jimmy Nelson will not have an outing like that again this season.  I am as positive about that as I am about anything I have ever been
  • Wisconsin relievers inherited eight base runners tonight.  Five of those eight inherited runners scored.
  • The Kernels took the Peoria Chiefs concept of a baseball timeline and turned it up to 11.  If you head down to Cedar Rapids for a game later this season, take the tour or just wander around up there.  That picture above is one of many, many interesting historical facts about baseball in Cedar Rapids since the late 1800’s.
  • Did I mention that I have internet on the bus now?  Oh? I have internet on the bus now.

Rattlers and Chiefs with a three game series that starts on Friday night.  The pitching matchups:

FRI:  Del Howell (0-1, 5.79)  v. Cam Greathouse (0-0, 6.23)
SAT:  Tyler Thornburg (0-0, 3.00) v. Graham Hicks (0-1, 2.25)
SUN:  Austin Ross (1-0, 1.64) v. Hayden Simpson (0-0, 4.15)

See you at the park this weekend.

UPDATE: *There was a scoring change on a play in the bottom of the sixth.  Click here for the play-by-play.

Meet the new Kernels Manager; See the upgrades at the CR Gazette

First, WOW…the Cedar Rapids Gazette really spruced things up in their sports section. Kernels beat writer sat down in the studio and talked with the Brett Del Chiaro new manager of the Angels Midwest League affiliate.  You have to click this link because there does not appear to be a code to embed the video.

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