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Cedar Rapids Kernels Baseball

Kernels sail past Snappers, 12-3

BELOIT, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels set season highs in runs scored and hits in a single game, blowing past Beloit, 12-3, on Monday at Pohlman Field.

Pat Kelly drove in five runs in the game, going 3-for-3 with a home run, double, single, walk and sacrifice fly. Kelly also scored three times. Kelly and Trey Vavra are the only Kernels to drive in five in a game this season as they moved to 28-17, a season-best 11 games above .500.

Jorge Fernandez knocked in four runs, including a three-run home run, in his first game since May 15. The two home runs made Monday the second multi-home run game for the Kernels this season. The Kernels also hit two home runs against Beloit on April 13 as Kelly and Tyler Kuresa went deep in a 9-0 win over the Snappers.

Max Murphy went 3-for-4 with a triple, double and base on balls, along with three runs scored. Murphy also scored three times on Sunday afternoon.  Kuresa went 3-for-5 with a double, his first three-hit game of the season. Zack Larson collected two hits, including a double, and one run batted in. T.J. White and Brett Doe also had two hits and one run batted in each.



Kernels blast Snappers, 11-1

BELOIT, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels pounded out 13 hits and jumped to an 11-0 lead after four innings en route to an 11-1 win Sunday over the Beloit Snappers before 365 fans at Pohlman Field.

Max Murphy had three hits, including a triple, and three runs scored. Zack Larson had two hits and scored three times as well, Tyler Kuresa and Rainis Silva also had two hits apiece for the Kernels (27-17). Kuresa had three RBIs while Pat kelly and Tanner English had two each.

The game was delayed for 54 minutes by rain in the third inning. The Kernels scored four times before the delay and added another two after the break to take control of the contest.



Kernels fall at Beloit in 10

BELOIT, Wis. - Shawn Duinkerk's walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Beloit a 7-6 win over the Kernels Saturday afternoon before 1,438 fans at Pohlman Field.

The Kernels scored three runs in the ninth inning to send the game to extra innings.

Duinkerk's RBI single in the 10th capped a string of four consecutive singles with one out. With the game tied 6-6, Sandber Pimentel began the rally by singling into right. Max Kuhn and Joe Bennie followed with singles to center to load the bases.

Duinkerk's RBI single went the opposite way to left-center and scored Pimentel, giving Beloit its first win over the Kernels in eight games this season.

The Kernels rallied to tie the game 6-6 with three runs in the top of the ninth inning. With Beloit leading 6-3, Nick Gordon singled into left field before Trey Vavra chopped a single through the middle to put two on base.



Kernels knock off Beloit, 7-3

BELOIT, Wis. - The Cedar Rapids Kernels climbed 10 games over the .500 mark Friday night with a 7-3 victory over Beloit before 1,168 fans at Pohlman Field.

T.J. White went 3-for-4 for the Kernels to lead an 11-hit attack. Nick Gordon, Trey Vavra and Rainis Silva had two hits. Vavra and Max Murphy drove in two runs. Gordon scored three runs.

Cedar Rapids raised its record to 26-16 with the victory.

Randy LeBlanc (4-0) was the winning pitcher with three innings of shutout ball in relief. Kernels started Jared Wilson allowed two runs in five innings.



Kernels make early runs hold up

PEORIA, Ill - The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored three runs in the first inning and it proved to be enough as the Kernels downed the Peoria Chiefs, 3-2, Thursday night before 2,884 fans at Dozer Park.

The Kernels (25-16) opened the scoring in the top of the first against Chiefs righty Matt Pearce. Tanner English and Blake Schmit reached base on back-to-back walks. Two batters later Max Murphy walked to load the bases and English scored on a sacrifice fly from Zack Larson to make it 1-0. T.J. White tripled past a diving Collin Radack to drive in Schmit and Murphy for the 3-0 Kernels lead.

Cedar Rapids managed just three hits in the game, but still found a way to win.

The Chiefs got on the board against Kernels starter Felix Jorge in the bottom of the second. Alex DeLeon came up with two outs and blasted a solo home run over the left field wall to make it 3-1. The home run is DeLeon's second of the season and gives him 11 RBI so far this year.



Kernels' Batts promoted by Twins

The Cedar Rapids Kernels made a pair of roster moves on Thursday, including the promotion of opening-day starter Mat Batts to Fort Myers by the Minnesota Twins organization.

Pitcher Yorman Landa was placed on the 7-day disabled list with a right lat strain.

To fill the spots on the pitching staff, right-handers Luke Bard and Jose Velez will join the Kernels from Extended Spring Training.

Batts made seven starts for the Kernels this season, posting a 3-2 record and 2.21 ERA with one complete game. In 40.2 innings, he allowed 31 hits and 14 runs (10 earned) with 11 walks and 44 strikeouts.

Landa made one relief appearance vs. Peoria on May 19th, striking out one over an inning pitched. He was activated from the DL back on May 18th.

The Twins selected Bard in the Compensation Round (42nd overall) of the 2012 First Year Player Draft out of Georgia Tech. He did not pitch in 2014 due to injury and in 19 career games (one start) he has a 1-0 record and 3.72 ERA with one save. In 19.1 innings, he allowed 12 hits and nine runs (eight earned) with 16 walks and 16 strikeouts.

The Twins signed Velez as a non-drafted free agent on September 23, 2014.


Kernels blank Peoria on 1-hitter

PEORIA, Ill. - Stephen Gonsalves, Michael Cederoth and Zach Tillery combined on a one-hitter Wednesday night as the Cedar Rapids Kernels belted the Peoria Chiefs, 8-0, in a Midwest League game before 1,113 fans at Dozer Park.

Gonsalves (4-1, 1.50 ERA) pitched the first six innings for Cedar Rapids and allowed a single by Collin Radack for Peoria's only hit of the night. Gonsalves struck out seven batters and walked three.

Cederoth, who has been a starting pitcher for the Kernels, tossed two perfect innings in relief for the Kernels with three strikeouts. Tillery pitched a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish the masterpiece.

The Kernels (24-16) scored single runs in the second, fourth, fifth and sixth innings before breaking the game open with four runs in the eighth.

Kernels catcher Brett Doe had a big game. He went 3-for-5 with a double and RBI, as well as catching the one-hitter.



Peoria Chiefs 'slam' Kernels, 7-5

PEORIA, Ill. - Steve Bean’s grand slam in the sixth inning propelled the Peoria Chiefs to a 7-5 win over the Kernels Tuesday in a Midwest League game before 6,562 fans at Dozer Park.

Trey Vavra hit a three-run, inside-the-park home run for the Kernels in the third inning.

The Kernels (23-16) led 4-2 going into the sixth inning, but Bean’s grand slam put Peoria in front 6-4. Bean’s line drive got over the wall in right field.

Vavra’s three-run homer in the third gave the Kernels a 4-2 lead. With two runners on and Peoria leading 2-1, Vavra’s line drive went into the gap in right-center and became lodged in the wall.



Kernels 'split' 2 games with Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. - It took the Cedar Rapids Kernels five days to win a ballgame against the Peoria Chiefs, but it took only 84 minutes to lose another one Monday night.

The Kernels clipped the Chiefs, 7-3, Monday in the completion of a game that was suspended May 14 in Cedar Rapids due to wet grounds in the fourth inning.

They finished that suspended game in Peoria because the teams do not meet in Cedar Rapids again during the first half of the Midwest League season. Once that was done, the Chiefs blanked the Kernels 1-0 on a one-hitter in seven innings.

The "split" left Cedar Rapids with a 23-15 record.



River Bandits edge Kernels, 6-5

The Quad Cities River Bandits started the season hot and have gotten hotter from there, improving their record to 29-8 Sunday with a 6-5 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

The Kernels did their best to slow down the Bandits’ momentum, but fell just short, before a crowd of 1,610, Quad Cities won 2-of-3 in the series, building their Western Division lead over the Kernels to 6 1/2 games.

The Bandits have lost only one series all season, dropping two of three games to Burlington Bees in late April.

Sunday's game was a see-saw affair, with the River Bandits jumping up 1-0 in the top of the third inning and the Kernels moving ahead 2-1 in their half of the same inning.


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