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MWL: Kernels Extend Streak Thanks to Rain
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA The Kernels edged Kane County 1-0 on Monday night in a rain-shortened game at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The game was played through six innings before rain forced the tarp to be put on the field.
Ryan Eades (2-3) was brilliant over six innings in the complete-game win. He allowed no runs on three hits while striking out six and walking one.
Kane County threatened in opening inning with a two-out single by Yasiel Balaguert. Eades would walk Jacob Rodgers to put runners on first and second base. Balaguert was then thrown out at home by Kernels centerfielder Jason Kanzler on a single by Jordan Hankins that would end the inning.
The Kernels crossed the plate first against the Cougars in the bottom of the second. Garver led off the inning with a stand-up double down the right-field line to record Cedar Rapids first hit of the ballgame. He was driven in on a one-out sacrifice fly to deep center by Bryan Haar to put the Kernels up 1-0.
Defense shined for both sides through the first four innings of play. The Kernels were retired in the bottom of the fourth off two great plays by Kane County shortstop Carlos Penalver.
Eades retired seven Cougars in a row dating back to the third until Trey Martin singled for Kane County in the top of the fifth to notch their third hit of the game. Eades would strikeout Jake Hanneman for his third strikeout of the game to end the frame.
Eades finished his start by striking out the side in the sixth and final inning to finish with the six strikeouts.
Cedar Rapids added two hits against Blackburn in the bottom of the fifth but were unable to score. Zack Larson and Logan Wade hustled their way to infield singles for the Kernels in the inning.
Paul Blackburn (2-1) started for Kane County and exited after five innings, taking the loss. He gave up one run and three hits on the night to Cedar Rapids.
The Kernels continue the series with Kane County on Tuesday evening at 6:35 p.m. Its Twins Tuesday, sponsored by Great Clips. Get an online coupon from the Kernels Facebook page or email newsletter for a 2-for-1 ticket offer. The Kernels will wear special jerseys, and one lucky fan will win a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets.