Snappers Beat Kernels 5-4 to Avoid Sweep
BELOIT, Wis. - The Kernels fell 5-4 at Beloit in the series finale on Thursday night, snapping a four-game winning streak. Cedar Rapids finished the road trip with a 4-2 record.
Beloit took a 1-0 lead in the first inning after loading the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly to deep center by Miguel Mercedes scored Nick Allen. However, the Snappers stranded a pair in scoring position after Melvi Acosta struck out Jack Meggs to end the inning.
David Banuelos tied the game 1-1 in the third inning with a solo home run to left field. It was the catcher's second home run of the season and his first since April 11.
The Snappers took a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning. Ryan Gridley scored on a wild pitch by Acosta. Austin Beck's RBI single plated Lazaro Armenteros.
Cedar Rapids jumped ahead 4-3 with a three-run sixth inning. Akil Baddoo and Trevor Larnach walked to put two men on. Ben Rodriguez's single loaded the bases with one out. Trey Cabbage's RBI single to left scored Baddoo and cut the deficit to one. Andrew Bechtold batted next and gave the Kernels the lead with a two-run single to right field, scoring both Larnach and Rodriguez.
Miguel Mercedes gave Beloit a 5-4 lead with a two-run double in the seventh inning. His double was pulled down the left field line and scored both Armenteros and Beck.
Melvi Acosta started for the Kernels and allowed three runs on seven hits over 4.1 innings. He struck out five and walked none. Gus Varland started for Beloit and went four innings. He allowed one run on two hits, striking out four and walking two. Both finished with no-decisions.
Jose Martinez (0-4) took the loss for the Kernels in relief, allowing two runs over 2.2 innings. Moises Gomez added a scoreless inning in relief for the Kernels.
Ivan Andueza (4-9) earned the win for the Snappers in relief. He allowed three runs over 3.2 innings. Jesus Zambrano picked up his sixth save, recording the final four outs and allowing no runs.
The Kernels return home for a key home series against the Kane County Cougars, the Midwest League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Kernels right hander Jhoan Duran (6-5, 4.20) is scheduled to start against his former team while the Cougars counter with southpaw Franklyn Soriano (1-2, 2.20). Fans can listen to the action on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM, as well as online at www.kernels.com and www.kmryradio.com.
It's Hawkeye Night! Fans are encouraged to come dressed in their favorite Black and Gold apparel. The first 1,000 fans through the gates receive a FREE Black & Gold baseball. The Kernels will be wearing special Blackout-themed jerseys, sponsored by the Linn County I-Club. The jerseys will be sold via a silent auction during the game with the proceeds benefitting the Linn County I-Club. Winning bidders can go on the field after the game and have their jersey signed by the player that wore it. It's also another Kernels Friday Mug Club Night. Buy a refillable 16 oz. mug of regular draft beer or soda for just $6 and get $3 refills at the concession stands. Bring the mug back for $3 refills every Friday home game, thanks to Stadium Bar & Grill, Shuey's Restaurant & Lounge, Red's Public House, Mulligan's Pub, and Z 102.9!
Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids home games by visiting www.kernels.com, 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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