CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Kernels trailed early, took the lead in the middle innings, but lost 5-4 to the Burlington Bees at Perfect Game Field on Sunday afternoon.
The Bees jumped on the Kernels early, scoring three runs in the 1st inning. Tony Thompson's double brought home Royce Consigli and Ryan Pineda, and a single by Douglas Landaeta scored Thompson.
Cedar Rapids answered in the bottom of the 1st inning. Rolando Gomez tripled and scored on a groundout by Jeremy Cruz, making the score 3-1.
Kernels catcher Marcus Nidiffer tied the ballgame 3-3 in the 4th inning when he belted a 2-run homer down the left field line. The home run was Nidiffer's fifth of the season.
The Kernels took a brief 4-3 lead in the 5th inning. Gomez singled and later scored on a double by Ricky Alvarez.
Burlington tied the game in the 6th inning. Jose Rivero's single drove home Yordy Cabrera.
Brian Diemer started for the Kernels and went 5.1 innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits. He struck out three and walked three.
Tyler Vail went 4.1 innings for the Bees. He allowed four runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking two.
Burlington scored the game's final run in the 8th inning, giving the Bees a 5-4 lead. Landaeta doubled to begin the inning, went to 3rd base on a groundout by Cabrera, and scored on a single by Beau Taylor.
Donn Roach (4-5) took the loss for the Kernels. He went two innings in relief, allowing one run on four hits. Daniel Tillman went 1.2 innings, allowing no runs on one hit.
Pedro Vidal (6-2) picked up the win for the Bees in 2.2 innings of relief. He allowed no runs on two hits while striking out four.
Zach Thornton retired the final six Kernels hitters, picking up his third save of the season.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The day starts early with the Patriot's Bazaar and Grand Ol' Pancake Breakfast at the stadium from 8 to 11 am. Admission to the breakfast is $5 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under. If you wear your Freedom Festival button, you get $1 off. Then, the Kernels take on Burlington at 5:05 pm with the gates opening at 4:00 pm. They were here back in June and now they're back to perform again - it's Midwest Dueling Pianos presented by USA Entertainment Agency. They'll perform during and after the game and stick around following the game for the Kernels Fourth of July Fireworks show here at the stadium at dusk.