Dragons End Kernels 5 Game Winning Streak
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Kernels winning streak came to an end Sunday afternoon as the team fell to the Dayton Dragons, 10-6, at Perfect Game Field. Starting pitcher Brian Diemer (7-7) picked up the loss in the ballgame, allowing four earned runs on four hits over 2.1 innings on the mound.
Josh Smith (9-4) earned the victory for Dayton. Smith pitched five innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs while striking out five hitters. Dayton took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Billy Hamilton walked, stole second base, and scored on a fielding error by right fielder Jeremy Cruz. Jean Almanzar tied the ballgame in the bottom of the second inning, ripping a single to centerfield to score Brandon Decker. The single extended Almanzar's hit streak to 16 games.
Dayton added four runs in the top of the third inning to retake the lead. The scoring started with an RBI single from Donald Lutz. Dayton added three more runs in the third thanks to a bases loaded walk, a bases loaded hit by pitch, and a wild pitch.
The Dragons added a run in the fifth inning on a single by Billy Hamilton and an error by Jeremy Cruz, making the score 6-1. Cedar Rapids cut the Dragons lead to only two runs after a three-run home run by Rolando Gomez. Gomez had a strong day in the batters box, going 3-for-5 with five RBIs.
Theo Bowe scored on a Tyler Kehrer pitch that skipped past catcher Marcus Nidiffer in the seventh inning, giving Dayton a 7-4 lead in the ballgame. They scored three more runs in the top of the ninth inning, one when Kehrer plunked with the bases loaded, and two on a 2-RBI single by Chris Berset.
Cedar Rapids threatened in the bottom of the ninth, but it was too little, too late for the Kernels. Rolando Gomez drove home a pair of runs on a double down the right field line, but reliever Drew Hayes got out of the jam to preserve the win for the Dragons.
The Kernels conclude the series with Dayton on Monday afternoon at 12:05 p.m. Enjoy our Noon Lunch Combo Special of a sandwich, chips or popcorn, and soda or draft beer for just $7. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.