Kernels Beat Peoria, Winning Streak to Six

By Jeff Johnson, Reporter

Kernels infielder Niko Goodrum high fives Kernels manager Jake Mauer after hitting a home run in the first inning at the Cedar Rapids Kernels versus Great Lakes Loons baseball game at the Veterans Memorial Stadium on April 25, 2013. (Kaitlyn Bernauer/The Gazette-KCRG9)


By Sam Louwagie

PEORIA, Ill. – At this point, the Cedar Rapids Kernels need to save some of this winning for the Midwest League playoffs.

The Kernels got strong starting pitching from Tim Shibuya for a 2-1 win over the Peoria Chiefs on Monday night. It’s the sixth consecutive win for Cedar Rapids, which has won 12 of 13.

The teams play again Tuesday night at 6:30.

Shibuya threw eight innings of five-hit ball to improve his record to 2-0. Madison Boer pitched the ninth for the save.

The Kernels got a run in the first inning on a Mike Gonzales RBI single and another in the second on an RBI hit from Jeremias Pineda. Joel Licon went 0-for-3 and had his hitting streak snapped at 16.

Cedar Rapids is a season-high 32 games over .500 at 78-46.

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