Buxton Strong In Kernels' 5th Straight Loss

By Grant Burkhardt, Reporter

Cedar Rapids Kernels' Byron Buxton makes it to first base during the second inning of their game against Beloit Snappers at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 6, 2013, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (Jim Slosiarek/The Gazette-KCRG)

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Top prospect Byron Buxton singled three times and picked up his 38th RBI of the season, but the Cedar Rapids Kernels (30-18) continued to slip Monday, losing game one of a doubleheader to the Burlington Bees, 10-3.

Buxton also walked, scored a run and stole his 23rd base in the seven-inning loss. The Cedar Rapids outfielder was batting a team-leading .328 at the conclusion of game one.

The loss was the Kernels’ fifth straight. Starting pitcher Brett Lee (3-3) picked up the loss, giving up six hits and six runs (five earned) in just four innings of work.

Buxton was one of only three Kernels to get a hit Monday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Dalton Hicks finished 2 for 3 with a RBI and Candido Pimentel (1 for 3) singled to raise his season average to .263.

Alex Keudell (4-1) pitched six innings in a winning effort for the Bees (18-26), surrendering six hits and five walks while striking out six.

The Kernels still hold a two-game lead over Beloit for the best record in the Eastern Division of the Midwest League.

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