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MWL: Rattlers use big inning to down Kernels
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Cedar Rapids Kernels fell 8-5 to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium on Thursday night. Wisconsin tallied five runs in the seventh inning to even the three-game series at 1-1. Michael Quesada went 3-for-4 from the box for the Kernels with two singles, a double, two RBIs and a run scored.
Mitch Garver got the Kernels on the scoreboard in the first after crushing an RBI-double to centerfield that brought J.D. Williams in for the 1-0 lead. The extra-base hit marked his team-best 13th double of the season.
Cedar Rapids struck again in the bottom of the second inning to take a 3-0 advantage. Engelb Vielma recorded an RBI-single that brought in Jason Kanzler. Michael Quesada scored on the same play on a throwing error by the Rattlers third baseman.
Wisconsin tallied their first run in the top of the fourth on an RBI-double by Taylor Brennan that cut the lead to 3-1.
The Timber Rattlers added two additional runs in the fifth to tie the game 3-3. Johnny Davis and Steven Halcomb came around to score off a two-out single by Jose Pena.
Kernels starter Ryan Eades exited the game after a five-inning stint where he allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
Chris Mazza (0-1) made his second relief appearance of the season for Cedar Rapids beginning the sixth. Mazza finished after surrendering four runs on five hits in 1 1/3 innings of work.
Cedar Rapids regained the lead 5-3 in the bottom of the sixth when Michael Quesada drove in two runs on a two-out double to left-center field. Kanzler and Bryan Haar crossed the plate on Quesadas third hit of the game.
Jared Wilson entered on the mound in the seventh inning and exited from the game after 1 2/3 on the hill for the Kernels. Wilson allowed one run on three hits, one walk and three strikeouts in his short relief outing.
Wisconsin broke the game open 8-5 in the seventh by batting around the order and scoring five total runs. Brennan, Michael Ratterree and Francisco Castillo all recorded RBI-singles in the inning while Halcomb added a two-out double that scored two more runs.
Rattlers starting pitcher Taylor Williams (2-1) came out after six innings on the mound. The right-hander gave up five runs on eight hits while striking out three in his second-longest tenure this season.
Felix Jorge came on to pitch the ninth for the Kernels and walked one batter in his lone inning on the mound.
Left-hander Tyler Alexander entered in relief for Wisconsin beginning the seventh inning of play. Alexander picked up the save in his three scoreless innings of work where he only allowed one hit to accompany two strikeouts.
The Kernels finish the three-game series with Wisconsin on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. Its a 98.1 KHAK Mug Club night: Buy a 16 oz. collectors mug for $6.00 and get refills every Friday all year long for just $3.00. The first 1,000 fans through the gate will receive a Star Wars Night T-shirt. Kernels players will be wearing special Star Wars Storm Troopers jerseys to be auctioned off on the concourse in a silent auction during the game. All proceeds go to Tourette Syndrome Awareness.
RHP Ethan Mildren (0-3, 3.45) is scheduled to start Friday for the Kernels while Wisconsin is expected to open the game with RHP Barrett Astin (5-2, 3.64).