Looking for stats?

Quad Cities Escapes Series Opener with Win

August 12, 2017 - Midwest League (MWL) - Cedar Rapids Kernels News Release

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - In the opener of a four-game series at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Cedar Rapids Kernels rallied but fell short, 7-6, Thursday against the Quad Cities River Bandits. The River Bandits extended their longest winning streak of the season to nine consecutive triumphs.

Quad Cities (31-15, 68-46) notched an early 1-0 advantage during the second inning. Daz Cameron hit a one-out single and stole second base before reaching third on a Josh Rojas fly out. Ronnie Dawson followed with an RBI single.

The Kernels (20-26, 59-57) pulled even in the third inning, 1-1. Jimmy Kerrigan drew a one-out walk and later advanced to third base on a pair of wild pitches. Ben Rortvedt drove in Kerrigan with a two-out RBI single to tie the contest.

In the top of the fourth, the River Bandits surged back in front for a 3-1 lead. Quad Cities loaded the bases with two outs for Luis Payano, who produced a two-run single that drove in Troy Sieber and Cameron.

Both sides scored twice in the fifth resulting in a 5-3 Quad Cities lead. Sieber and Abraham Toro-Hernandez hit back-to-back homers to left field for the River Bandits. Cedar Rapids answered on Kerrigan's leadoff homer and Shane Carrier's RBI single.

A pair of errors allowed a pair of runs to score for the River Bandits during the top of the seventh. A throwing error after a ground ball by Dawson allowed Sieber to come home, and another error during a rundown against Dawson helped Rojas score for a 7-3 Quad Cities lead.

Within the home half of the seventh, the Kernels trimmed the difference to 7-4. Three consecutive walks loaded the bases. After a force out, Amaurys Minier delivered a sacrifice fly that brought in Rortvedt.

Two more runs in the eighth put Cedar Rapids down just 7-6. Christian Cavaness opened the inning with a leadoff home run. Kerrigan followed with a triple and scoring during an RBI single from Lewin Diaz. However, the only offense left for the Kernels was a two-out walk in the ninth from Joe Cronin, and Cedar Rapids would drop the one-run decision.

Jesus Balaguer (3-0) only allowed one run in one inning and was credited with the win. Tyler Watson (0-2) was charged for five runs in five innings within a loss. Salvador Montano pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his fifth save in as many chances.

• Discuss this story on the Midwest League message board...

Midwest League Stories from August 12, 2017

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.

Other Recent Cedar Rapids Kernels Stories