Kernels Hold on For 6-2 Win Over Burlington

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By James Steward

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Kernels scored early and late, holding on for a 6-2 victory over the Burlington Bees at Perfect Game Field in front of 4,401 fans at Perfect Game Field on Monday evening.

The Kernels turned three double plays to get out of innings, including a double play to end the ballgame.

Heath Nichols (5-5) pitched very well, striking out six batters and allowing two runs over 7.1 innings.

The Kernels didn't waste any time putting a couple of runs on the scoreboard. Justin Bass singled home Rolando Gomez and Ricky Alvarez in the first inning to give Cedar Rapids an early 2-0 edge.

Burlington put two runners on with one out in the 4th inning, but Nichols induced a 6-3 double play off the bat of Josh Whitaker to end the inning.

Whitaker cut the Kernels lead to one run in the sixth inning, driving home Nino Leyja on an RBI single.

Cedar Rapids added two more runs in the seventh inning, making the score 4-1. Jean Almanzar singled past a diving Bees first baseman A.J. Kirby-Jones, bringing home David Harris and Brandon Decker.

Burlington scored a run in the eighth inning when Heath Nichols walked Josh Whitaker with the bases loaded, but Kernels reliever Tyler Kehrer got Douglas Landaeta to ground into a 4-3 double play to get out of the jam.

Two more runs crossed home plate in the eighth inning for the Kernels, giving the team a 6-2 lead. Justin Bass scored on an error by Bees catcher Beau Taylor, and Brandon Decker's RBI double scored David Harris.

Kehrer returned to the mound for the Kernels in the ninth inning. Back to back singles and a walk by Kehrer loaded the bases. However, Kehrer got Leyja to bounce into a 5-3 double play to end the game, giving the Kernels a 6-2 victory.

Kehrer went 1.2 innings for his second save, allowing no runs on two hits.

Sean Murphy (0-2) took the loss for the Bees in six innings of work, allowing two runs on four hits. Blake Treinen pitched two innings out of the bullpen, allowing four runs on five hits.

The Kernels conclude the series with Burlington and the six game home stand Tuesday evening at 6:35 p.m. It's a Z 102.9 Two Dollar Tuesday where regular hot dogs, peanuts, nachos, bottled soda, water, and 12 oz. draft beer are just $2 all game. Bring your KRAFT Singles package wrapper to the Kernels Ticket Office for a buy one ticket, get one free offer from KRAFT Singles.

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