Buck Farmer struck out 11 batters and allowed only two hits as the Whitecaps handed the Kernels their fourth straight defeat, 5-2, before 1,346 fans on a mild night at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Kohl Stewart had a solid outing for Cedar Rapids, allowing only two runs in five innings, but he absorbed his first loss in the Midwest League when the Kernels had trouble mounting an attack.
A year ago, Farmer was a senior at Georgia Tech and Stewart was a senior in high school. Farmer might be slightly ahead of Stewart as a professional pitcher at this point, but Farmer is 23 years old and the 19-year-old Stewart is a millionaire.
Stewart sailed through the first three innings Friday, but was touched for three hits - including two doubles - and two runs in the fourth inning.
"I left a couple of balls up," he said. "I got behind a couple of times in the count to those guys in the fourth inning. But overall, yeah, I felt good."