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MWL: Kernels edge Bees to snap losing streak

BURLINGTON, IOWA -- The Kernels came from behind to edge past Burlington 7-6 on Sunday afternoon, snapping an eight-game losing streak. The Kernels trailed by four after three innings but rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning before moving ahead in the ninth inning.

The Kernels scored twice in the top of the ninth inning to break a tie and take a 7-5 lead. J.D. Williams started the inning by doubling to deep left-center. Chad Christensens RBI single through the right side of the infield put the Kernels in front as Williams scored on a close play at the dish. Christensen later scored on a RBI sacrifice fly by Bryan Haar, making the score 7-5.

Burlington trimmed the Kernels lead to 7-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning with a solo home run by Kody Eaves, but that was all they could push across in the final inning as the Kernels held on for the win. Todd Van Steensel was credited with his first save as he pitched the final inning for the Kernels.

Derrick Penilla (1-1) picked up the win for the Kernels. He was terrific in relief, going three scoreless innings. He allowed only one hit while striking out four and walking none.

Brian Loconsole (0-1) took the loss for Burlington. The reliever allowed two runs on four hits over three innings.

Burlington jumped in front of the Kernels 2-0 in the first inning with a pair of runs. Chad Hinshaw singled with one away and scored on a RBI triple to right field by Mike Fish. Fish then came home on a RBI single by Eric Aguilera.

The Bees added another run in the second inning, making the score 3-0. Erick Salcedo reached on an infield single to begin the inning, stole second base, and came home on a RBI single by Kody Eaves.

In the third inning, Burlington increased their lead to 4-0 when Aguilera singled and later scored from third base when Angel Rosa grounded into a double play.

The Kernels got on the board in the fifth inning when Mitch Garver doubled home a pair of runs, cutting the Burlington lead to 4-2. Tanner Varva singled down the right field line with two outs. Then, Chad Christensen walked before Garver drove a ball into right-center for the run-scoring double.

The Bees got a run back in the bottom of the fifth inning, taking a 5-2 advantage. Hinshaw was hit by a pitch to begin the inning. He stole second base and advanced to third base on a single before coming home on Aguileras RBI sacrifice fly to left.

The Kernels tied the game 5-5 by scoring three runs in the sixth inning with three doubles. Bo Altobelli reached on a throwing error by Bees shortstop Erick Salcedo to begin the inning. Then, Michael Quesada doubled to put a pair in scoring position. Joel Licons RBI double down the third base line scored Altobelli and moved Quesada to third. J.D. Williams tied the game with a two-run double to deep center, scoring Quesada and Licon.

Ethan Mildren started for the Kernels and took a no-decision. He allowed five runs on nine hits over five innings. Mildren struck out five and walked one.

Garrett Nuss started for the Bees and picked up a no-decision. He allowed two runs and seven hits over 4 2/3 innings while striking out four and walking two. Michael Smith went 1 1/3 innings in relief, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits.

The Kernels return home on Monday to take on the Beloit Snappers, the Midwest League affiliate of the Oakland Athletics. It will be Dollar Monday. Regular hot dogs, small popcorn, ice cream sandwiches, chips, and Cracker Jacks are each just $1.00.

LHP Josue Montanez (0-2, 8.74) will get the start for the Kernels.

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