Ariel Pena Spins Complete Game Gem

By Andrew Pantini, Cedar Rapids Kernels


By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Ariel Pena pitched a complete game as Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 11-1, in front of 4,850 fans on Cargill/Special Olympics Night at Perfect Game Field. Pena (7-5) allowed a run on three hits, walked two and struck out 12 in the Kernels' fourth complete game of the year.

Jeremy Cruz put the Kernels on the board in the first as he hit a solo home run off Wisconsin starter Del Howell (3-6). Howell allowed seven runs on nine hits and struck out four over five innings. The Kernels scored seven runs in the firs three innings and added four more in the seventh.

Matt Long was 2-5 with 3 RBI and Randal Grichuk was 3-5 with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI. Jean Segura added a three run triple and stole his 42nd base of the year and Jon Karcich was 3-4 with an RBI and two runs scored. Wisconsin scored their only run in the seventh inning on a sac fly by Austin Stockfish to scored Kentrail Davis. Hunter Morris was 2-3 with a double and Erik Miller was 1-3.

Saturday's Cargill/Special Olympics Night crowd of 4,850 is the 10th time the Kernels have drawn over 4,000 fans to Perfect Game Field this year. It's the 19th year that the Kernels have partnered with Cargill to raise money for Special Olympics and over $20,000 was raised tonight via a silent auction and raffle.

Game two between the Kernels and Timber Rattlers is set for Sunday afternoon at 2:05 pm. The first 500 kids, 12 and under, through the gates when they open at 1:00 pm receive a free water bottle from Learning Ladder. The Kernels will recognize all the 1,000 minute readers who took part in the 12th Annual Kernels Summer Reading Program, presented by Toyota Financial Services, before the game on the field. And, it's Bark in the Park where fans can bring their dogs to the game with a special dog ticket. Proceeds from the dog tickets go to support Iowa Disaster Dogs.

It's a 104.5 KDAT Sunday Family Day where fans can get autographs from the Kernels before the game and meet Papa Balloon and Cinderella with Price Charming on the concourse during the game. It's also the last Sunday to bid on the special red Angels' jerseys the Kernels have been wearing, sponsored by Xquisite Limo. Bidding is through a silent auction with the proceeds to benefit the Kernels and Angels Foundations. And, following the game, fans can run the bases and play catch in the outfield, thanks to Beef O'Brady's.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at, or by calling the Kernels Ticket Office at 896-7560 after 11 am on Sunday. The current home stand continues through Tuesday, August 24th.

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