Captains Over Kernels in Slug-fest
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – In a game with four combined home runs and seven combined errors, Lake County topped the Kernels 10-6 on Sunday afternoon. The Captains took a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning. Todd Hankins doubled, stole 3rd base, and scored on a throwing error by Kernels catcher Zach Wright.
The Kernels took a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning. Andy Workman led off and drilled a ball to center. Captains centerfielder Luigi Rodriguez was in position to make the play, but the ball fell off his glove, allowing Workman to reach 2nd base. Workman scored on a RBI single by Matt Scioscia. Zach Wright cranked his 6th home run of the season to give the Kernels their only lead of the day.
The Captains tied the game 2-2 in the 3rd inning. With Zach MacPhee at 1st base after a single, Jose Ramirez laid down a bunt that was gloved by Kernels starting pitcher Aaron Meade. Meade's throw to 1st base was off target, allowing both runners to be safe. Todd Hankins then reached on an infield single to load the bases with no outs. Jerrud Sabourin's RBI sacrifice fly to right field plated MacPhee.
Lake County pushed three runs across in the 4th inning to give the Captains a 5-2 advantage. With two men on, Leonardo Castillo cracked a ball off of Aaron Meade on the mound. The ball bounced off Meade into right field, allowing Bryson Myles to come home. Then, Jose Ramirez lined a RBI single into center to score Alex Lavisky. Kernels centerfielder Andy Workman dove after the ball, but he just came up short. Castillo would come home to score when Todd Hankins bounced a ball on the infield. The Kernels defense recorded a force out at 2nd base, but shortstop Caleb Bushyhead's throw to 1st base sailed o over the bag and allowed Castillo to score.
The Kernels got within one run with two runs in the 5th inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, the Captains mishandled a potential double play. Caleb Bushyhead bounced the ball to Lake County shortstop Todd Hankins. Hankins' flip to 2nd base was off target, allowing all runners to reach, including Matt Scioscia coming home. Drew Martinez's RBI sacrifice fly to center scored Zach Wright and made the score 5-4.
Lake County blew the game open again in the 6th inning by scoring three runs to take an 8-4 lead. Alex Lavisky's solo home run began the inning. Later in the inning Jordan Smith's 2-RBI triple plated both Jose Ramirez and Todd Hankins. The inning had been extended when Hankins reached on a throwing error by Kernels third baseman Trevor Hairgrove.
Gary Mitchell's 2-run home run in the bottom of the 6th brought the Kernels within two runs at 8-6. It was Mitchell's team-leading 12th bomb of the season and went to dead center to score Andy Workman, who had singled a hitter earlier.
Lake County's Luigi Rodriguez launched a solo homer in the 7th inning to make the score 9-6. The Captains tallied another run in the 9th inning with two doubles. Jerrud Sabourin doubled with one out and scored on a 2-out double by Bryson Myles, pushing the Lake County lead to 10-6.
Aaron Meade (2-2) took the loss for the Kernels. He started and went four innings, allowing five runs (two earned) on seven hits. He struck out two and walked one. Frank De Jiulio went five innings in relief and allowed five runs (three runs) on seven hits. He struck out one and walked one.
Lake County starter Felix Sterling (4-6) picked up the win in five innings of work. He allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out one and walked none. Louis Head pitched three innings in relief, allowing two runs. Jeff Johnson pitched the 9th inning and allowed no runs on one hit while striking out one.
The Kernels conclude the series vs. Lake County and the home stand on Monday at 12:05 p.m. Come enjoy the final Kernels noon game of the season, presented by 104.5 KDAT! Take advantage of the Noon Game Lunch Combo Special! For just $7 you can get a sandwich, chips or popcorn, and soda or draft beer! Gates open at 11:00 a.m.