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MWL: Kernels Snap Streak, Tame Cougars

Updated: Sunday, June 8 2014, 09:22 PM CDT
GENEVA, Ill. –
The Kernels held on to edge the Kane County Cougars 3-2 on Sunday afternoon,
snapping a five-game losing streak and improving their record in Sunday games
to 8-0. The win also snapped Kane County’s seven-game home winning streak as
the Cougars lost for only the seventh time at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in

Ethan Mildren
(2-3) was solid on the hill in the win for the Kernels as he has now picked up
victories in his last two starts. Mildren went six innings, allowing two runs
on six hits. He struck out six and walked two.

The Kernels were
able to take advantage of an error to plate a run in the top of the first inning
and take an early 1-0 lead. Chad Christensen reached on a two-out throwing
error by Cougars shortstop Carlos Penalver before stealing his team-best 16th
base to get into scoring position. Mitch Garver brought Christensen home with a
RBI single into left field, his team-high 41st run batted in on the

Kane County
responded by scoring twice in the bottom of the first inning to take a 2-1
lead. After a walk by Daniel Lockhart and a single by Ben Carhart, Yasiel
Balaguert tied the game with a RBI double that was pulled down the left field
line. It also moved Carhart to third base. He then scored on an odd play to end
the frame. Jacob Rogers was retired on a fly ball in left field after a sliding
catch by Joel Licon. Carhart came home and crossed the plate only moments
before Balaguert was thrown out at third base on Licon’s throw. The run
counted, putting the Cougars ahead.

The Kernels
quickly tallied two runs of their own in the top of the second inning, taking a
3-2 lead. Bryan Haar started the inning by singling into right field. Jason
Kanzler then crushed a RBI triple to deep center, getting the ball past Jake
Hanneman’s diving attempt on the warning track. With the game tied, Kanzler
scored the go-ahead run on Licon’s RBI sacrifice fly to center.

The two starters
– Mildren and Kane County’s Paul Blackburn – settled in from then on.

Blackburn (5-2)
did not allow another hit after Kanzler’s triple, leaving after five innings
and taking the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) on three total hits
while striking out four and walking one. Blackburn has lost twice this season –
the other loss also coming to the Kernels in April.

Mildren got the
Kernels through six innings with the lead. The Cougars collected a pair of hits
with one out in the sixth, but Mildren picked up a strikeout and a groundout to
end the frame and keep the 3-2 advantage. Mildren allowed two earned runs while
scattering six total hits in his outing. He struck out six and walked two.

Alex Muren
retired all six Cougars he faced through two relief innings, striking out a

Todd Van
Steensel worked out of danger in the bottom of the ninth to preserve the win,
improving to 5-for-5 in save opportunities. The righty allowed a leadoff single
and later hit a batter with two outs before striking out Carlos Penalver to end
the game. It was one of two punch outs for Van Steensel in his scoreless

Alberto Diaz
pitched in relief for the Cougars, going 2 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing two
hits. Corbin Hoffner did not allow a run in 1 1/3 innings in relief.

MWL: Kernels Snap Streak, Tame Cougars

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