Nichols Goes Distance in Kernels 7-1 Win Over Quad Cities

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By James Steward

DAVENPORT, Iowa - The Kernels rode the right arm of starter Heath Nichols in a 7-1 win over Quad Cities on Wednesday night. The offense scored early and tacked on late insurance runs for Nichols.

Nichols (4-5) went the distance, pitching all nine innings while allowing one run on five hits. He struck out three and walked two.

The Kernels scored in the 1st inning for the second straight night. Ricky Alvarez's RBI single scored David Harris to give the Kernels a 1-0 lead. Jeremy Cruz scored on a RBI sacrifice fly to right field by Justin Bass, extending the Kernels lead to 2-0.

The River Bandits cut the Kernels lead to one in the 5th inning. Chris Edmondson led off the inning with a double and scored on a RBI single by Geoff Klein, making the score 2-1.

Ferrara (6-4) went six innings for Quad Cities and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out six and walking four.

The Kernels added two runs in the 8th inning. Bandits reliever Angel De Jesus walked Kernels Chris Giovinazzo and David Harris to begin the inning. Alvarez brought them both home with a RBI single, giving the Kernels a 4-0 lead.

De Jesus went one inning and allowed two runs on one hit for Quad Cities. He struck out one and walked two.

David Harris drilled a three-run home run in the 9th inning, giving the Kernels a 7-1 lead.

Alvarez and Harris each had three RBI, leading the offense for the Kernels.

Iden Nazario went 1.2 innings for Quad Cities, allowing three runs on three hits. Dean Kiekherfer went 0.1 inning, allowing on runs and no hits.

The Kernels now open up a six game home stand at Perfect Game Field, beginning on Thursday evening at 6:35 vs. Wisconsin. It's a 100.7 The Fox Thirsty Thursday where 12 oz. draft beer is $1.50. Bottled soda and water are just $2.00.

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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