Cody Stashak throws a gem as Cedar Rapids Kernels blank Wisconsin, 1-0
CEDAR RAPIDS — Sometimes you have outings like this one. That’s in a good way.
It’s the equivalent of having every basketball shot you take go in. Or a football game where every pass you throw is right on target.
Cody Stashak was absolute money Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The opponent simply wasn’t going to hit the Cedar Rapids Kernels pitcher.
“Tonight I could throw every pitch,” Stashak said after a 1-0 win over Wisconsin at Veterans Memorial Stadium. “Every pitch I wanted to, where I wanted it. It was one of those nights.”
Stashak threw eight innings before turning the game over to his old St. John’s University teammate Tom Hackimer. He gave one little crap hit: a broken-bat blooper the other way to Juan Ortiz leading off the sixth.
That was it. It was the right-hander’s longest career professional outing, and he threw the most pitches he ever has in a pro game (106).
As close as you could get to a no-hitter without getting one.
“Somebody must have jinxed me,” he said of Ortiz’s hit.
“He looked as good as I’ve ever seen him,” said Hackimer, who threw a perfect ninth inning to cap off a speedy two-hour game. “Some of the first starts he had the year we played together at St. John’s, that was what he looked like. He was just lights out. Fastball both sides of the plate, offspeed. No one had a shot.”
Stashak (5-5) doesn’t throw overly hard, his fastball at about 90 to 91 miles per hour. But he located it expertly, as he did his slider, curveball and changeup.
He walked three and struck out eight. No Wisconsin baserunner got past first base.
The Kernels (44-40, 8-7) scored the game’s only run in the second inning. Jaylin Davis doubled to left field with one out against hard-luck Wisconsin starter Jordan Yamamoto, went to third on a J.J. Fernandez infield hit and scored on Rainis Silva’s chopper to third base.
Davis played his second game as a Kernel, coming in Tuesday from Rookie-level Elizabethton. Fellow outfielder Casey Scoggins played his first Midwest League game, surviving travel headaches to make it in time to the ballpark Thursday from E-town.
Outfielder Christian Cavaness and pitchers Andrew Vasquez and Max Cordy joined him. Starting pitchers Sam Clay and Miles Nordgren were promoted to high-A Fort Myers, as was outfielder Daniel Kihle.
Infielder Chris Ibarra was placed on the disabled list. Only nine of the 25 guys on C.R.'s opening-night roster are here, with Cavaness and infielder Sean Miller assigned elsewhere during this season and re-sent to Cedar Rapids.
The Kernels open a four-game series with Kane County on Friday night at 6:35.
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