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Kernels Top TinCaps in Rubber Game

July 13, 2018 - Midwest League (MWL) - Cedar Rapids Kernels News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Fort Wayne TinCaps, 4-2, Friday evening in the rubber game of a three-game series at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Cedar Rapids (15-7, 47-44) picked up a 2-1 series win and finished the night in sole possession of first place in the Western Division second-half standings.

Ariel Montesino put the Kernels ahead, 1-0, during the second inning. Andrew Bechtold hit a one-out single and advanced to third base on a single from David Bañuelos. Montesino followed with an RBI groundout that drove in Bechtold.

Fort Wayne (12-10, 44-47) tied the game in the top of the third. A one-out triple set up Jalen Washington at third base, and a balk charged to Blayne Enlow later in the inning allowed Washington to even the score, 1-1. Toby Gardenhire was ejected by home plate umpire Jake Bruner while arguing the call.

The Kernels scored within the fifth and sixth innings to take a 3-1 lead. Montesino led off the fifth with a single coupled with an error and came home during a sacrifice fly from Akil Baddoo. Bechtold singled in the sixth inning and later scored after Montesino's second RBI groundout of the contest.

Cedar Rapids' lead was cut in half to 3-2 during the seventh. Esteury Ruiz was hit by a pitch, and an errant pickoff throw from Melvi Acosta allowed Ruiz to reach third base. Nick Feight produced an RBI groundout to bring in Ruiz.

Ben Rodriguez cushioned the Kernels' lead with a leadoff home run in the bottom of the eighth. Rodriguez lifted a solo shot to left-center field that secured a 4-2 advantage.

Enlow (1-2) yielded two runs including just one earned run over six-plus innings and earned his first Midwest League win. Tom Cosgrove (2-4) took the loss after giving up three runs featuring two unearned runs in six innings pitched. Acosta only allowed an inherited run to score within a three-inning outing and was credited with the save.

This six-game homestand continues Saturday with the opener of a three-game series against the Lake County Captains. First pitch Saturday is scheduled for 6:35 p.m., and postgame fireworks sponsored by Bank of the West will follow the contest. Kernels right-hander Jordan Balazovic (4-1, 2.18) and Captains left-hander Juan Hillman (3-8, 4.86) are the probable pitchers. Broadcast coverage will be available on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at,, and MiLB.TV.

Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids home games by visiting, going to the Kernels Ticket Office, or calling (319) 896-7560. The Kernels Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Sundays when the Kernels have a home game, the Kernels Ticket Office will open at 11:00 a.m.

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