Kernel Bullpen Can’t Hold Lead in 7-3 Loss to Cougars

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By Aaron Hepker

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Kane County Cougars scored all seven runs over the final four innings to take the rubber match of a three game series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 7-3, in 10 innings. Jose Crisotomo went 4-5 with 3 RBI for Kane County and Rashun Dixon was 3-5 with a double and run scored.

The Kernels took a 2-0 lead on a two run homer by Michael Wing in the sixth inning. Kane County tied the game in the top of the seventh with two runs off reliever Young-Il Jung. The Kernels scored a run in the bottom of the seventh on an RBI single by Matt Long to score pinch runner Michael Demperio.

Matt Oye gave up two hits and a walk over 1.2 innings of relief but kept the Cougars off the scoreboard. In the top of the ninth with the bases loaded, two outs and the Kernels clinging to a 3-2 lead, Johnny Hellweg hit Connor Crumbliss on a 1-2 pitch to bring home the tying run. Then, the Cougars roughed up Mike Kenney (3-3) scoring four runs on four hits in the top of the tenth and Jose Guzman retired the Kernels in the bottom of the inning to improve to 4-1.

Michael Wing finished the game 3-4 with two singles to go with his home run and Matt Long was 2-4 with an RBI. Jeremy Cruz was 2-5 and Casey Haerther went 1-4 with a run scored in his first action since August 2nd. Buddy Boshers allowed just three hits, walked one and struck out seven over six innings in a no-decision effort.

The game start was delayed for an hour by rain and was played in front of 2,918 fans at Perfect Game Field. The loss drops the Kernels to 29-23 in the second half and 72-48 overall as Kane County improves to 29-23 and 61-60. Tonight's loss was only the second time this year the Kernels have fallen when leading after eight innings (60-2).

The Kernels now welcome the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, the Midwest League affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers, for a four game set starting Saturday at 6:35 pm. It's Cargill/Special Olympics Night on Saturday, which features a huge silent auction and raffle to benefit Special Olympics and a post-game fireworks show presented by Cargill, J&M Displays and Z 102.9. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Tickets may be purchased on-line at www.kernels.com, or by calling the Kernels Ticket Office at 896-7560 after 10 am on Saturday. The current home stand continues through Tuesday, August 24th.

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