BURLINGTON - Nick Gordon and Tanner English had three hits apiece and Zack Granite came through with a key triple in the seventh innings as the Cedar Rapids Kernels avoided a sweep with a 5-2 win over the Burlington Bees in a Midwest League game Monday at Community Field.
The matinee crowd of 1,705 watched three Kernels' pitchers limit the Bees to eight well-spaced hits. Gordon drove home three runs, raising his RBI total to 13 on the young season. English, batting in the No. 9 spot, also scored a pair of runs for the Kernels (8-4).
Jared Wilson (2-0) pitched five innings to gain the victory. he allowed one run on four hits, striking out three and walking four on a cold, damp afternoon. Michael Theofanopoulous pitched two scoreless innings followed by C.K. Irby, who also pitched two innings, allowing a ninth-inning run before shutting down a late Bees' rally.
Former University of Iowa shortstop Jake Yaninich had two hits and scored both runs for Burlington (7-5). Michael Bolaski (0-2) took the loss.