Eastlake, OH – The Kernels offense batted around in the 4th inning as they plated six runs, and Brian Diemer went all five innings in a rain-shortened Kernels 6-0 victory over the Lake County Captains on Saturday night at Classic Park. The skies opened up after the top of the 6th inning, causing the tarp to be put on the field. The game was delayed 43 minutes before being called.
Diemer (8-7) was very strong on the mound, picking up a complete game victory. In five innings of work he allowed no runs on only one hit while striking out five and walking three. Diemer retired the first 10 Captains batters. The first and only hit came with one out in the 4th inning by Lake County's Jordan Casas.
The game was scoreless until the 4th inning when the Kernels brought 10 hitters to the plate, exploding for six runs. With one out and Ricky Alvarez at first after drawing a walk, Brandon Decker and Marcus Nidiffer loaded the bases with back to back singles to center field. Jean Almanzar drove home Alvarez with a RBI single, giving the Kernels a 1-0 lead. Jesus Campos then lined a ball off the glove of Captains pitcher Mike Goodnight for an infield RBI single that scored Decker and gave the Kernels a two run advantage. With the bases still loaded Travis Witherspoon and Jarrod Parks drew consecutive walks to bring home two more runs, extending the Kernels lead to 4-0. Goodnight exited the mound for the Captains as they brought in reliever Dale Dickerson. Jeremy Cruz greeted Dickerson with a RBI single that scored two more, pushing the Kernels lead to 6-0.
Goodnight (5-9) took the loss for Lake County, allowing six runs on six hits in 3.1 innings of work. He struck out four and walked three. Dickerson went 1.2 innings out of the bullpen, allowing no runs on one hit. Jordan Cooper went one innings, allowing no runs on one hit.
The Kernels continue the series at Lake County on Sunday afternoon at 12:00 p.m. (1:00 p.m. eastern). Morgan Hawk brings you the action on the radio home of Kernels baseball, 1450 AM and 93.1 FM, KMRY. Fans may also listen online at www.kmryradio.com or www.kernels.com.