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MWL: Kernels Walk Off Bees

Updated: Saturday, June 14 2014, 10:46 PM CDT
RAPIDS, IOWA – The Cedar Rapids Kernels stole game two of the series 7-6 over
the Burlington Bees in walk-off fashion at Perfect Game Field at Veterans
Memorial Stadium Saturday evening. A throwing error on a Jason Kanzler bunt in
the bottom of the ninth allowed the Kernels to pick up their fourth walk-off
win of the season.

Walker collected two RBIs and two triples while teammate Chad Christensen went
3-for-4 with a two-run home run in the victory. Ryan Murphy and Engelb Vielma
each added three hits while Bo Altobelli tallied one RBI during the game. The
Kernels pick up 18 total hits in the contest.

Cedar Rapids hitters strung together five
consecutive hits to begin the second inning to take a 3-0 lead. Jason Kanlzer
led off the streak with a single into right field and was brought in by Ryan
Walker’s third triple of the season. Bo Altobelli smacked in Walker on a single
to left and later scored on a fielder’s choice ground ball by Engelb Vielma.
Jon Murphy and Zack Granite also tallied singles in the five-hit frame.

Walker continued the scoring in the third with
his second RBI of the game. Bryan Haar came in to score on Walker’s single to
right to make it a 4-0 advantage for Cedar Rapids.

Garrett Nuss exited the hill for Burlington concluding
his third inning of work. The starter surrendered four runs, all earned, on
eight hits while walking one and striking out four during his 11th
start of the year.

Grant Gordon toed the rubber for the Bees to
begin the fourth inning of play. The reliever allowed five hits and two runs
over three innings in his 11th appearance of the season.

Kohl Stewart left the mound for Cedar Rapids
after four innings of work. The right-hander allowed six hits and three walks
while striking out three batters in his scoreless no-decision.

Chad Christensen belted his sixth homer of the
year to left field to begin the fourth inning where the Kernels took a 6-0

Left-handed reliever Josue Montanez entered the
game for Cedar Rapids in the fifth. Montanez gave up three runs on three hits
during three innings pitched while also walking and striking out one batter.

Burlington’s bats came alive in the top of the
seventh inning to cut the lead in half. Eric Aguilera hit a two-run triple and
later crossed the plate on an RBI-single by Brandon Bayardi in the next at bat
to make the score 6-3.

Cole Swanson tossed the seventh for the Bees and
allowed one hit and no runs along with two strikeouts during his single-inning

Brandon Bixler hurled the eighth inning for the
Kernels. The left-hander surrendered one run on one hit while walking one
during his lone frame on the mound.

The Bees would add another run in the eighth
when Chad Hinshaw hit an RBI-grounder to second base. Ranyelmy Mendoza scored
on the play to make it a 6-4 game.

Ben Carlson (1-1) took the mound for Burlington
in the eighth. The reliever gave up one run on four hits while walking one
during  one full inning pitched.

Hudson Boyd (4-1) entered out of relief to begin
the ninth. Boyd surrendered two runs on two solo homers while also recording a
strikeout during his one inning on the mound.

Mike Fish and Eric Aguilera each hit solo home
runs to open the top of the ninth. The two blasts tied the game 6-6.

Kernels took the game in the bottom of the ninth when a mishandled Jason
Kanlzer bunt allowed Mitch Garver to score. Burlington pitcher Ben Carlson’s
throw to first on the bunt went into the Kernels’ bullpen and allowed for the
walk-off 7-6 victory.MWL: Kernels Walk Off Bees

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