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Wisconsin Holds Off 9th Inning Rally by Kernels

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, but fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 3-2, Thursday evening at Perfect Game Field.

Thursday's game was a pitcher's duel early on, with no runs crossing home plate for either team until the seventh inning.

Wisconsin got a great performance out of starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson, who picked up his third win of the season. Nelson (3-7) pitched eight innings, allowing four hits and no runs while striking out seven Cedar Rapids batters.

Kernels starting pitcher A.J. Schugel pitched well, giving up no runs and five hits over five innings of work. Reliever Justin La Tempa (2-5) picked up the loss, allowing three hits and two runs in 2.2 innings of relief.

Cody Hawn put the Timber Rattlers on the scoreboard first in the seventh inning when he blasted a solo home run over the right field wall.

Wisconsin added a second run in the eighth inning with a Nick Shaw RBI double that scored T.J. Mittelstaedt. The Timber Rattlers scored their third run of the game in the ninth inning when Chad Stang grounded into a double play that scored Franklin Romero Jr.

Cedar Rapids didn't go down without a fight, rallying in the bottom of the ninth inning to keep the game close. Jeremy Cruz doubled home Chris Giovinazzo and Rolando Gomez to make the score 3-2, but Timber Rattlers closer Greg Holle induced a double play and got Justin Bass to fly out to nail down his 16th save of the season.

The Kernels continue the series with Wisconsin on Friday evening at 6:35 p.m. The day starts early as the Kernels host the Office Olympiad from noon until 3 pm as part of the Freedom Festival. Then, the Kernels take on Wisconsin at 6:35 pm with the gates opening at a special time of 5:00 pm. The Cedar Rapids Park & Recreation Department will have their annual Softball Home Run Derby on the field before the game and those of you that were here last year remember the awesome display of power as these contestants sent home run after home run sailing out of Perfect Game Field. Then, the US Army Golden Knights Parachute Jumpers will land in Veterans Memorial Stadium prior to the game. It's also 98.1 KHAK Two for One Beer Friday - buy one 16 oz. draft beer at the regular price starting at 5:30 pm and get one free. And finally, it's a FRITO'S Family Friday where fans will be randomly selected to take part in various ballpark activities such as throwing out a first pitch or leading the crowd in the 7th Inning Stretch.

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

Tickets are available online at 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.