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Diaz Leads Kernels to Shutout over Bandits

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- Jairo Diaz didn't need much run support, but he got it. The Venezuelan pitched a near-flawless game while leading the Kernels to a 5-0 victory over Quad Cities, snapping Cedar Rapids' two-game losing streak.

Coming into the game with a 7.70 ERA, Diaz threw 69 pitches over 7 innings, allowing just four hits and earning his first shutout - and win - of the year.

Diaz saw sufficient support from his offense and defense too.

The Kernels (6-3) scored twice in the 2nd with 2 outs to take the game's first lead over the River Bandits (5-4). Abel Baker hit a sacrifice fly to center with the bases loaded, followed by Matt Scoscia's first RBI of the year on a single. Scoscia was tagged out trying to advance to second base on a blooper to right field, but not before Andy Workman scored from second base.

Kaleb Cowart hit his first home run of the year in the 6th inning off of Quad Cities reliever Kevin Jacob. Cowart hit the ball the opposite way over the left field fence for a 3-run lead.

Workman recorded his first hit of the year in the 7th inning, starting an insurance run sequence of three straight hits. Trevor Hairgrove drove in Workman with a double before scoring himself on an Abel Baker single to extend the lead to its final of 5-0.

Three double plays in the first five innings spurred solid defense for the Kernels all evening. Frasier Hall caught the final part of the double plays at first base in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th, all of which recorded the final outs of the inning. The River Bandits also stranded three runners at third base throughout the course of the game.

The Kernels host the Quad Cities River Bandits at Perfect Game Field on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. It's Kash & Kandy Drop Day! Adults 21 and over will receive free lotto bucks or scratch tickets at the main gates. After the game a helicopter will drop candy on the field for kids to pick up! You can also play catch in the outfield after the candy drop. The Kernels will also celebrate Jackie Robinson Day. The Kernels home stand continues through Sunday. There is a promotion during all 12 of the Kernels April home games.

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