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Peoria Powers Past Cedar Rapids

June 20, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Cedar Rapids Kernels News Release

PEORIA, ILL. - A pair of late home runs launched the Peoria Chiefs to a 4-2 win Thursday evening against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Dozer Park. Peoria (1-0, 31-39) picked up a 1-0 lead in its four-game series with Cedar Rapids (0-1, 39-32) to open the second half of the 2019 season.

The Chiefs jumped in front, 1-0, during the second inning. Leandro Cedeno hit a one-out single and scored from first base on a Brandon Benson double coupled with an error.

In the third, the Kernels posted two runs of their own to take a 2-1 lead. Yeltsin Encarnacion's RBI single drove in Ricky De La Torre and tied the game. Three batters later, Chris Williams delivered a sacrifice fly that brought Jacob Pearson home.

Two round-trippers in as many innings pushed Peoria ahead by a 4-2 margin. Bryce Denton led off the seventh inning with a solo shot to left field. Brendan Donovan smashed a two-run blast to right field to break the tie in the eighth.

Sebastian Tabata (3-1) tossed two scoreless and hitless innings and earned the win. Freddy Pacheco was credited with a hold, but Cole Aker inherited a bases-loaded jam from Pacheco during the ninth and recorded a strikeout to complete his third save in as many opportunities.

Carlos Suniaga (0-2) was the losing pitcher in the series opener Thursday. He gave up two runs including one earned run within his second loss this season.

This four-game series continues Friday at 6:35 p.m. with Kernels right-hander Luis Rijo (1-4, 3.05) scheduled to face Chiefs right-hander Michael Brettell (2-4, 4.50). Broadcast coverage with Chris Kleinhans-Schulz will be available on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at and

Cedar Rapids will host its next homestand Tuesday, June 25 through Monday, July 1. Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids Kernels home games by visiting, going to the Kernels Ticket Office, or calling (319) 896-7560. The Kernels Ticket Office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. On Sundays when the Kernels have a home game, the Kernels Ticket Office will open at 11:00 a.m.

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