Friday, April 30, 2010

4/30, Cougars 0, Cedar Rapids 3, Cougars Get No Hit

The Cougars were no hit tonight by the Cedar Rapids Kernels, losing the game 3-0 to even their record at 11-11 for the season. This is the first time since July 9th of 2003 in game 2 of the doubleheader in Clinton that the Cougars were no hit. 7/9/03 G2.

They would leave eight men on base as they did walk five times in the game. The diffrence in the game was the pitching from both sides. Fabio Martinez started for the Kernels and had the first five innings. He walked three and struck out nine. Kyle Hurst then came in and pitched the next two innings, walking two and striking out two. Mike Kenney then came in and pitched the final two innings to record his first save of the season. He struck out three hitters.

Ian Krol started for the Cougars and was really good, he threw six innings, giving up four hits. He did not give up a run and struck out five. Jonathan Joseph then came in and went an inning and a third and gave up three hits and three runs.

The first run of the game came in the seventh inning for the Kernels against Joseph. With one out, Luis Jimenez doubled to right. One out later, Eric Oliver would be hit by a pitch. Casey Haerther then singled to right to score Jimenez. Joseph would get Adam Younger looking to end the inning.

The other two runs the Kernels would score came in the eighth inning. Mike Trout led off with a single to right center. Trout would then steal second base, after the throw from catcher Max Stassi went off of short stop Mike Gilmartin's glove. One out later, Jean Segura struck out. Stassi couldn't get the ball cleanly so he had to throw to first to get the strikeout. He bounced the throw, allowing Segura to reach and Trout to get to third. A wild pitch would move Segura to second, before an interntional walk to Carlos Ramirez loaded the bases with only one out. Josh Lansford then came on in relief. He would get Jimenez to pop out to right for the second out. Oliver then blooped one to the right field line that fell in front of Rashun Dixon. Trout and Segura would score. Ramirez would be out trying to score to end the inning.

Leaving eight men on base didn't help the Cougars cause tonight. Tyreace House was left on after a one out walk, and stolen base in the first. In the second, Connor Crumbliss and House both walked with two outs but would be stranded. In the fourth inning with two outs, Max Stassi reached on an error by the third baseman. Dixon was then hit by a pitch, unfortunalty Franklin Hernandez grounded out to first to end the inning. The fifth inning the Cougars would get a runner to third. With one out, Crumbliss walked then stole second. One out later, Kent Walton reached on an error, allowing Crumbliss to get to third. Leonardo Gil would then strike out to end the inning.

Stassi walked with one out in the sixth, but would be erased on a caught stealing. Mike Gilmartin walked with one out in the seventh but would go no where.

Cedar Rapids had more chances to score, but some nice pitching by Krol got the Cougars out of trouble. In the first inning, Matt Long reached on a single to second. Long would be picked off of first, but would be credited with a stolen base. Gilmartin missed the tag at second. In the fourth inning, Long led off the inning with a double down the right field line, he tried to get a triple and would be out on a relay throw from Crumbliss.

In the fifth inning Krol had to battle out of a big jam. Jimenez led off with a single to left. Randall Grichuk then reached on a fielder's choice, with Jimenez being out at second, he would beat the throw back to first for the double play. Oliver then singled to left. Krol would then be able to get Haerther to ground into the inning ending double play. In the sixth inning with two outs the Kernels would get another runner on base. Long reached on an error by Hernandez at first. Segura would hit into an inning ending force play at second to let Krol off the hook.

The loss breaks the Cougars four game winning streak.
Next Game
5/1 @ Cedar Rapids, 2pm

Notes-Jonathan Joseph was activated from the disabled list today. A.J. Huttenlocker was placed on the disabled list with a sore shoulder.

Trevor Cahil was promoted to Oakland

Tyler Ladendorf and Dusty Napoleon were both sent from Stockton to Sacramento

Josh Horton was activated from the disabled list and sent from Midland to Stockton

This was the first time that there were two no- hitters in the Midwest League on the same night since 7/10/87. Peoria no hit Clinton tonight. Peoria and Cedar Rapids were also the teams that pitched the no-hitters back then.

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