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Win Streak Snapped at Five as Kernels Fall 7-3 to Clinton

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Kernels dropped the series opener to the Clinton LumberKings, 7-3, Wednesday evening at Perfect Game Field.

The loss snapped the Kernels five-game winning streak. Kernels starter Seth Fowler (2-4) took the loss in the game, allowing four earned runs and six hits in four innings of work. Ty Kelley tossed three innings of relief for the Kernels, allowing two earned runs, while Tyler Kehrer and Manny Correa each pitched an inning of scoreless baseball.

Anthony Fernandez (7-3) picked up the victory for Clinton. He tossed seven innings, giving up six hits and two earned runs while striking out seven.

Clinton jumped on the Kernels starter Fowler early in the ballgame, scoring four runs in the top of the second inning. Two runs came home to score on a triple by Kalian Sams, while Brad Miller and Carlton Tanabe each had an RBI in the inning.

The LumberKings added a run in the fourth on a sacrifice fly Anthony Phillips that scored Kevin Rivers.

Cedar Rapids scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning, doing so in unusual fashion. With two outs and Ricky Alvarez standing at first base, Brian Hernandez belted a ball to left field. The ball got away from the LumberKings outfielders allowing Hernandez to come all the way home for an inside the park home run.

Clinton continued to build on its lead in the fifth inning, adding a run on a RBI double by Brad Miller to give the LumberKings a 6-2 edge. Another run came home to score in the seventh on a RBI single by Mike McGee, extending the Clinton advantage to five runs.

Brian Hernandez drove home his third run of the ballgame in the eighth inning to make the score 7-3.

Hernandez went 2-for-4 in the ballgame with three RBIs. Francis Larson and Jeremy Cruz also hit the ball well for the Kernels, going 3-for-4 and 2-for-4, respectively.

The Kernels continue the series with Clinton on Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. It's 100.7 The Fox Thirsty Thursday where 12 oz. draft beer is $1.50 and bottled soda and water is $2.00. Gates open at 5:30 p.m.

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