Kernels Win 8th Straight
DAVENPORT, Iowa –The Kernels won their eighth straight game on Wednesday night with a 6-1 victory over the Quad Cities River Bandits. The Kernels sit at 80-46 overall on the season.
The Kernels jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Niko Goodrum drew a two-out walk and scored on a RBI double by Mike Gonzales.
Joel Licon's two-run home run in the fourth inning pushed the Kernels ahead 3-0. Licon's second of the season followed Travis Harrison's base on balls to begin the inning.
The Kernels extended their lead to 5-0 in the fifth inning. Gonzales and Adam Brett Walker started the inning with singles. Licon drew a two-out walk to load the bases. Then, Bo Altobelli pulled a two-run double into the left field corner to put Cedar Rapids up by five.
Quad Cities scored their lone run in the fifth inning when Jordan Scott singled and later scored on a passed ball, cutting the Kernels lead to 5-1.
The Kernels got that run back in the sixth inning as Jonathan Murphy led off with a single and eventually scored from third base on a RBI sacrifice fly by Gonzales. The two teams were held scoreless over the final three innings for 6-1 final score.
Miguel Sulbaran (7-4) pitched five innings and allowed one unearned run on five hits in his first Kernels win since coming over from the Dodgers organization. He walked only one and struck out six batters, including the first four of the ballgame.
Sulbaran's four strikeouts to begin the game, combined with the Kernels bullpen striking out the final five Peoria Chiefs on Tuesday night, meant nine punch outs in a row for Kernels pitching.
Alex Muren pitched three innings in relief on Wednesday, allowing no runs on two hits while striking out two. Mason Melotakis pitched the ninth inning, allowing no runs and one hit while striking out one.
Daniel Minor (7-3) took the loss for Quad Cities. He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out two and walking three.