LumberKings Shut Out Kernels 2-0

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Marcus Nidiffer of the Kernels gets a hit against the Lumberkings during a game at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Cedar Rapids on Thursday, May 26, 2011. (Cliff Jette/SourceMedia Group)

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By James Steward

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Clinton LumberKings blanked the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 2-0, Thursday night at Perfect Game Field to take two of three games in the series.

Clinton took advantage of six Cedar Rapids errors, scoring both runs thanks in part to Kernels miscues. The six errors were a season-high for the Kernels in 2011.

LumberKings starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (2-2) was excellent in his fifth start, earning his second win of the season. The 18-year-old hurler struck out seven and allowed only two hits in five innings of work.

Kernels starter Suammy Baez also pitched well, but picked up the loss in the game. Baez (1-5) tossed five innings of two-hit baseball while giving up one unearned run. Three Cedar Rapids relievers - Manny Correa, Donn Roach, and Daniel Tillman - kept the Kernels in the ballgame, combining to allow zero earned runs and only three hits over four innings.

Stefen Romero got the scoring started for Clinton in the third inning, giving the LumberKings a 1-0 lead with an RBI single that drove in Mickey Wiswall.

There wouldn't be any more scoring until the eighth inning when Clinton's Jabari Blash gave the Lumberkings a 2-0 lead with an RBI double off of Kernels reliever Donn Roach.

That was all the LumberKings needed to get the victory Thursday night, as the Kernels were unable to get anything going offensively.

Cedar Rapids recorded six hits, but couldn't come through in a clutch situation. The team stranded nine runners and was 0-7 with runners in scoring position.

The Kernels begin a four game series with the Peoria Chiefs, the Chicago Cubs minor leaguers, on Friday evening at 6:35 p.m. It's Star Wars Night so come dressed as your favorite Star Wars character and have your picture taken with costume players from the 501st Central Garrison. The Kernels will wear special Star Wars jerseys that will be sold during the game via a silent auction. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF). It's also Two for One Beer Friday. You can buy one 16 oz. draft beer at the regular price and get one free.

Morgan Hawk brings you the action on the radio home of Kernels baseball, 1450 KMRY AM. Fans may also listen online at www.kmryradio.com or www.kernels.com.

Tickets are available online at www.kernels.com or by calling the Kernels Ticket Office at 896-7560. Ticket office hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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