Kernels Fall to Quad Cities 6-4

Courtesy: Cedar Rapids Kernels


By James Steward

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Kernels three game winning streak was snapped as Quad Cities downed Cedar Rapids 6-4 on Thursday night at Perfect Game Field.

The River Bandits took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Leadoff hitter Matt Williams doubled and came home on a two out RBI single by Roberto Reyes.

Quad Cities added two more in the third inning, extending their lead to 3-0. Anthony Garcia's RBI double plated Juan Castillo. Garcia then scored when Reyes reached on an error by Kernels shortstop Wendell Soto.

The Kernels scored three runs with two outs in fourth inning to tie game 3-3. Kale Cowart drew a two out walk and went to third on a single by Frazier Hall. Cowart scored when Andy Workman reached on a fielding error by Bandits third baseman Tyler Rahmatulla. Abel Baker followed with a two RBI double to deep center that scored Hall and Workman to tie the game 3-3.

Michael Clevinger started for the Kernels and picked up a no decision. He went seven innings and allowed three runs (two earned) on four hits. He struck out five and walked two.

Quad Cities plated two runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-3 lead. Nick Martini's RBI double scored Williams, and a RBI single by Reyes scored Martini.

Kaleb Cowart's RBI double in the eighth inning scored Wendell Soto and cut the Quad Cities lead to 5-4.

The River Bandits got that run back to take a 6-4 lead in the ninth inning with a Colin Walsh solo home run to left field.

Eswarlin Jimenez (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels in relief. He went one inning and allowed two runs on three hits while striking out one and walking none. Logan Odom tossed one inning and allowed one run on two hits while striking out one and walking none.

Brandon Creath (2-0 picked up the win for the Bandits in relief. He went two innings and allowed one run on one hit. Hector Hernandez started for Quad Cities and went six innings. He allowed three unearned runs on two hits while striking out three and walking one. Heath Wyatt picked up his first save, going one inning and allowing no runs on no hits.

The Kernels host the Quad Cities River Bandits at Perfect Game Field on Friday evening. It's the first "Friday Mug Club Night, sponsored by Sip N Stir." Buy a 16 oz. mug of domestic draft beer for $5.00 and get refills for $2.50. It's also Superstition Night as the Kernels celebrate Friday the 13th! The first 1,000 fans through the gates receive a free Kernels four leaf clover key chain. The Kernels home stand continues through Sunday. There is a promotion during all 12 of the Kernels April home games.

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