Kernels Doing a Lot of Facebooking and Tweeting

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

CEDAR RAPIDS — You can read the rest of this story on Facebook or Twitter.

Kidding, kidding. That's a nod to Thursday night's Social Media Night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Cedar Rapids Kernels gave away an iPad, posted Twitter handles of players, fan tweets throughout a 7-5, 10-inning loss to Clinton and had them vote for songs to be played on the public-address system.

Halfway through the game, the Kernels had gained 13 new "Likes" on Facebook. That was the point.

"It's been awesome," said Brandon Clemens, Entertainment and Community Relations Manager for the Kernels. "Our Twitter feed has been going crazy."

Kernels radio play-by-play broadcaster Morgan Hawk "kind of spearheaded" the promotion for the Kernels. He regularly tweets during games.

"I think it has worked out well," he said. "It's been a good response. We wanted to increase our "Likes" on Facebook and followers on Twitter, and I think we've done that."

As you'd expect, many Kernels players are big into Twitter and Facebook.

Pitchers Austin Wood and Cam Bedrosian, for instance, were voting for P.A. songs during the game while keeping pitching charts. Several Kernels players tried to reach out to gymnast Shawn Johnson earlier this season to try and get her to come to Cedar Rapids for a game in order to meet Bedrosian.

Now if only the Kernels would do something on the field to get more positive tweets and Facebook posts. Cedar Rapids (43-66, 11-28 second half) lost its fourth in a row, for the eighth time in nine games and for the 15th time in its last 18 games.

Matt Scioscia's eighth-inning solo home run tied the game, 5-5. Clinton (47-60, 24-15) scored the winning runs against newcomer reliever Junior Carlin on a Jabari Blash RBI single and ensuing sacrific fly by Kevin Rivers, with Ji-Man Choi touching home plate a split second before catcher Zach Wright's tag.

The Kernels had the tying runs on in the bottom of the 10th, but Trevor Hairgrove flied out to fairly deep left to end it. The teams conclude their series Friday night at 6:35.
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