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MWL: Home Grown Hero Lifts Kernels to Win

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA The Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Beloit Snappers 6-3 off an excellent performance by Chad Christensen Monday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The hometown native went 4-for-4, hit two two-run homers in his first two at-bats, scored three runs and stole a base to help the Kernels secure their second-straight win. Left-hander Josue Montanez picked up his first win on the mound for Cedar Rapids after five innings of work against Beloit.

The Kernels went swinging early with a Chad Christensen two-run homerun to deep left field in the bottom of the first that put Cedar Rapids up 2-0.  The long ball, initially ruled foul by the umpire crew, was later confirmed a fair ball and Christensens first homer of the season.

Beloit got a run back in the top of the second inning to bring the score to 2-1. Jose Chaves brought in Ryan Mathews on a fielders choice ground out to first base.

The Snappers grabbed a 3-2 lead in the top of the third with a two-run blast over the left field wall by Tyler Marincov.

Cedar Rapids immediately retook the lead in the bottom half of the third by plating three runs on six hits. Ryan Walker brought in the innings first run on an RBI-triple to deep center field. Christensen would later bring in Walker on his second deep ball of game over the left field wall to make the score 5-3, Kernels.

Josue Montanez (1-2) exited for the Kernels concluding his fifth inning of work. The lefty allowed three Beloit runs on six hits while striking out five and walking three.

Christensen came across the plate again in the fifth after a two-out RBI-single by Bryan Haar that extended the Cedar Rapids advantage to 6-3. 

Yorman Landa received the ball in relief to begin the sixth inning of action for the Kernels and allowed one hit and no runs in his two innings out of the pen.

Beloit starter Ronald Herrera (2-4) also departed from the game after five innings on the hill.  The right-hander surrendered six runs on ten hits, both season-highs, while striking out four and walking none.

Tyler Vail entered for the Snappers in the bottom of the sixth and pitched a scoreless inning while striking out two.

Stuart Pudenz took the mound for Beloit in the seventh and escaped unscathed after allowing two runners aboard in the frame. 

The Snappers utilized another scoreless inning on the mound, this time by Tyler Hollstagge in the eighth, to keep the Kernels off the board.

Right-hander Hudson Boyd worked a scoreless eighth for Cedar Rapids and worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the ninth to preserve the 6-3 advantage en route to his sixth save on the year.

The Kernels square off with Beloit for game two of the series Tuesday at 12:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Its a Z 102.9 noon game and another Twins Tuesday at the ballpark presented by Great Clips. Fans can get an online coupon from the Kernels Facebook page or email newsletter for a 2-for-1 ticket offer at Tuesday home games. The Kernels will wear special jerseys and one lucky fan will win a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets.

RHP Kohl Stewart (1-1, 2.34) will take the mound for the Kernels while the Snappers will counter with RHP Lou Trivino (3-3, 4.04). 

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