Kernels Win 5th Straight
Cedar Rapids, IA –The Kernels battled back from two separate deficits to down Dayton 5-3 at Perfect Game Field. The win was the Kernels fifth win in a row. Dayton took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning with a solo home run by Dominic D’Anna off of Kernels starter P.J. Jang. The Kernels took a 2-1 lead in the 4th inning. Jeremy Cruz led off with a home run to tie the game 1-1. Ricky Alvarez singled and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead.
Dayton starter Kyle Lotzgar only went 3.1 innings, leaving because of an apparent leg injury. He allowed two runs on four hits while striking out four and walking one. The Dragons took a 3-2 lead with two runs in the 7th inning. Ronald Torreyes and D’Anna both singled to begin the inning. They both came home on a single by Donald Lutz.
Jang went six innings for the Kernels, allowing three runs on three hits while striking out five and walking two. The Kernels battled back to take a 5-3 lead, scoring three runs in the 7th inning. Travis Witherspoon led off the inning with a home run to right field. Alvarez singled home Rolando Gomez to give the Kernels a one run lead. A Justin Bass single brought home Cruz, giving the Kernels a two run advantage.
Chad Rogers (2-4) took the loss in relief for the Dragons. He did not record an out, allowing three runs on two hits. Donn Roach (5-5) picked up the win for the Kernels in relief. He allowed no runs on one hit in one inning of work. He struck out two and walked none. Manny Correa went two innings for his first save of the season. He allowed no runs on one hit. The first five hitters in the Kernels lineup – Witherspoon, Gomez, Cruz, Alvarez, and Bass – all had two hits in the game.
The Kernels continue the series with Dayton on Sunday afternoon at 2:05 p.m. It’s a 104.5 KDAT Sunday Family Day. Fans can get autographs from the Kernels before the game, play Travel Advisors Baseball Vacation Bingo during the game, and run the bases and play catch in the outfield after the game, thanks to Wickwire Chiropractic and Wellness Center. Gates open at 1:00 p.m.
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