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Very Little Offense as Kernels Swept by Clinton

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CEDAR RAPIDS Not a good day.

It's difficult to win when you don't hit, which the Cedar Rapids Kernels proved in a 4-1, 6-0 double-header sweep Satu rday at the hands of the Clinton LumberKings.

There was very little for the 1,247 fans on hand at Veterans Memorial Stadium to get excited about. The Kernels (1-2) managed eight hits, four in each game.

It was one routine grounder after another, with very few balls driven. Even the Kernels' debut of Cedar Rapids' own Chad Christensen in the nightcap didn't help.

He went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts and a double-play grounder.

"We just didn't do much offensively," Kernels Manager Jake Mauer said. "A lot of groundball outs. We hit some balls hard, hit some at people. We're going to have to find ways to scratch runs out. We can't wait around for a home run. That's not going to work out too well for us."

Clinton pitchers Carlos Misell and Emilio Pagan faced only two batters over the minimum in the nightcap, with the final 14 Kernels hitters being retired. Eddie Campbell threw five two-hit shutout innings in the opener for the L-Kings (2-1).

Only a Michael Quesada two-out RBI double the other way into the right-field corner in the sixth inning of that game prevented the day from being a complete washout offensively.

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