Kernels Hammer Snappers 9-1
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Coming into Sunday, the Kernels had just 5 total hits in the first two games of the series against the Snappers. But three home runs including two from Cedar Rapids catcher Zach Wright earned the Kernels a 9-1 blowout win.
Cedar Rapids earned their first victory of the second half by peppering 10 hits off the Beloit pitching staff while allowing only 5 hits from the Snappers offense.
The Kernels first long-ball gave the home side the lead in the 3rd inning when Andy Workman hit a solo shot to left field. Workman is now tied for the team lead in home runs with Gary Mitchell and Frazier Hall, all of whom have hit 8 this season.
Zach Wright hit his second and third home runs of the year in just his fifth game played. The catcher had a solo shot on the first pitch of the bottom fourth inning, before his other big fly in the seventh. With 1 out, Wright belted an 0-2 pitch out of the park over the Plumbers and Pipefitters Pavilion in left field for a 3-run homer and a 7-1 Kernels lead.
The home team was down 1-0 after the first half-frame when Miguel Sano hit his 51st RBI of the season on a single. But that early run was all the Snappers were able to put on the board.
Cedar Rapids tied the game swiftly in the bottom half of the first when Kevin Moesquit hit a leadoff single and eventually come home from third on an RBI single by Gary Mitchell. Mitchell had three RBI in the game, also singling home Eric Stamets in the 7th inning and drawing a bases loaded walk in the 8th inning. The Kernels final run came just after Mitchell's walk when Andy Workman scored on a wild pitch.
Dan Reynolds started for Cedar Rapids and allowed just 4 runs through three innings. Aaron Meade was more than sufficient as his replacement, earning the victory in his 3.0 innings pitched. Meade (2-0) and reliever Stephen Tromblee combined for 13 straight outs from the 4th through the 8th innings before Ty Kelley finished the final frame for the Kernels.
Beloit southpaw Steven Gruver took the loss in his 14th appearance to fall to 5-6 on the season.
The Kernels now host the Burlington Bees for the next three nights. Monday's game begins at 6:35 p.m. The Cedar Rapids Parks and Rec Department will host a Home Run Derby. Six of the best home run hitters from the Parks and Rec Department will be sending softballs flying out of the ballpark before the game!