Wisconsin Uses 7-run 5th Inning to Down Kernels 9-7

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By James Steward

APPLETON, Wisconsin - Wisconsin scored seven runs in the 5th inning and held off a late Kernels rally to down the Kernels 9-7 in game two of the series with the Timber Rattlers.

Both teams were held scoreless through four innings. The bats for both teams exploded in the 5th inning. The Kernels scored three runs in the 5th inning. Timber Rattler starter Jimmy Nelson walked Ricky Alvarez to begin the inning. Then, Wes Hatton doubled down the left field to score Alvarez and give the Kernels a 1-0 lead. Hatton was thrown out at third base for the first out. Dan Eichelberger then walked and stole second base. Eichelberger came home on a single by Travis Witherspoon to give the Kernels a 2-0 lead. Witherspoon stole second base and scored on a double by David Harris, making the score 3-0.

The Timber Rattlers answered with seven runs in the bottom of the 5th inning. Wisconsin was aided by three Kernels errors in the inning. After a strikeout to begin the inning, Yadiel Rivera reached on a misplayed infield popup off the bat of Yadiel Rivera. An error was charged to Jeremy Cruz, and Rivera reached first base. Nick Shaw was then hit by a pitch by Kernels starter Justin La Tempa. Greg Hopkins singled to right center when Travis Witherspoon and David Harris collided while going for the ball. With the bases loaded, La Tempa walked Hawn to bring home Rivera and make the score 3-1. Then, next batter Chris Dennis cleared the bases with a grand slam home run to right field. This gave the Rattlers a 5-3 lead, and it was the last batter that La Tempa faced.

La Tempa (1-1) took the loss in 4.1 innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on four hits. He struck out four and walked three.

Beau Brooks replaced La Tempa and made his Kernels pitching debut. Brooks walked Wisconsin's Mike walker. Franklin Romero reached on an infield single. A throwing error by Brooks allowed Walker to reach third base. Romero then stole second base, and the throw by Kernels catcher Carlos Ramirez went into center field. The throwing error by Ramirez allowed Walker to score and make the score 6-3. After a strikeout, Tyler Roberts singled home Romero and gave the Timber Rattlers a 7-3 lead.

Brooks went 0.1 inning and allowed two runs (one earned) on two hits while striking out one and walking one.

Caleb Graham pitched 0.1 inning, striking out one hitter.

Wisconsin added an unearned run against Kernels reliever Daniel Tillman in the 6th inning. Greg Hopkins reached on an infield single. He reached second base on a throwing error by Jeremy Cruz. Hopkins scored on a single by Michael Walker, extending their lead to 8-3.

The Kernels cut into the lead with two runs in the 7th inning. Wes Hatton led off the inning with a triple. He scored on a single by Daniel Eichelberger to make the score 8-4. Eichelberger later scored on a sacrifice fly by Jeremy Cruz to cut the Timber Rattler lead to 8-5.

Wisconsin got one run back in the bottom of the 7th inning. Tillman walked Robert Garvey to lead off the inning. Garvey later scored on a single by Nick Shaw to make the score 9-5.

Daniel Tillman went three innings and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits. He struck out four and walked two.

The Kernels scored single runs in the 8th and 9th inning. Carlos Ramirez led off the 9th inning with an infield single. He later scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Daniel Eichelberger. In the 9th inning, David Harris homered to left to cut the Wisconsin lead to 9-7. The Kernels put the tying run on base in the 9th, but Greg Holle struck out Ricky Alvarez to end the ballgame.

Jimmy Nelson (1-2) picked up the win on the mound. He started and went six inning. He allowed three runs on four hits. He struck out three and walked three.

Greg Holle picked up his seventh save in seven opportunities. He allowed one run on three hits in one inning while striking out one.

Stosh Wawrzasek pitched 0.1 inning in relief for Wisconsin. He allowed two runs on two hits. Daniel Britt also pitched for the Timber Rattlers. He went 1.2 innings and allowed one run on two hits.

The Kernels conclude the series in Wisconsin with the Timber Rattlers on Thursday evening at 6:35 p.m. from Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium.

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.

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