Kernels Win 4-3 in 10 at Quad Cities
DAVENPORT, IOWA - The Kernels edged Quad Cities 4-3 in 10 innings at Modern Woodmen Park on Monday night. The victory gave the Kernels a split in the four-game series. Cedar Rapids scored three of their four runs without needing a hit.
Cedar Rapids plated two runs in the 10th inning to take a 4-2 lead. Aaron Whitefield struck out but reached first base on a wild pitch. He took second base on a passed ball and went to third base on Jimmy Kerrigan's sacrifice bunt. Whitefield quickly scored on another wild pitch, giving the Kernels a one-run lead.
Shane Kennedy added a needed insurance run with a solo home run to left field later in the inning. It was his first home run of the year for Cedar Rapids and made the score 4-2.
Quad Cities rallied for a run in the bottom of the 10th inning, but the Kernels held on. Daz Cameron reached on a fielder's choice, stole second base and took third on a throwing error. He scored on a force out at second base, trimming the Kernels lead to one.
However, Hector Lujan closed the door and earned his league-best 17th save of the season while stranding the tying run in scoring position.
Colton Davis (6-3) earned the win after tossing two scoreless innings in relief. Patrick McGuff went two scoreless and hitless innings while Ryan Mason added a scoreless frame. Bryan Sammons started for the Kernels, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out six and walking two.
Jesus Balaguer (4-1) took the loss, despite striking out five in two innings. He allowed both runs in the 10th inning on one hit. Patrick Sandoval started for the River Bandits, striking out eight and walking four over 5 2/3 innings.
The Kernels plated a run in the first inning for the early lead. Royce Lewis drew a walk to start the game and advanced to third on an errant pickoff attempt. Whitefield's RBI sacrifice fly scored Lewis and gave the Kernels a 1-0 lead.
Quad Cities responded with a pair of their own in the bottom of the first, taking a 2-1 lead. Cameron singled, and Chuckie Robinson doubled to put a pair in scoring position. Cameron came home and J.J. Matijevic's RBI groundout. Robinson scored on a passed ball.
The Kernels tied the game 2-2 in the sixth inning. Caleb Hamilton drew a walk with one out and came around to score on three separate wild pitches.
The teams combined for 26 strikeouts as the Kernels offense struck out 16 times. The River Bandits threw six wild pitches in the game.
Monday's game was the longest game of the season, three hours and 44 minutes long. The game was also delayed one hour and eight minutes at the start due to the threat of rain.
The Kernels return home on Wednesday night at 6:35 p.m. as they host the Burlington Bees, the Midwest League affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. The series in Cedar Rapids runs through Friday night.
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