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MWL: Kernels allow four hits in 3-0 shutout win over Peoria

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- The Cedar Rapids Kernels defeated the Peoria Chiefs for the first time in the 2014 season after a 3-0 victory at Veterans Memorial Stadium Saturday evening. Starting Kernels pitcher Aaron Slegers surrendered four hits, tying a season-low, while throwing allowing no runs for the first time this year. The Kernels also recorded four doubles at the plate in series-tying win.

Starting pitching shined for both teams throughout the opening two innings of the ballgame.

Cedar Rapids starter Aaron Slegers began the game with four scoreless innings of work with four strikeouts.

The Kernels struck first in the bottom of the third when J.D. Williams plated Engelb Vielma on a two-out double to make it 1-0 in favor of Cedar Rapids.  Chad Christensen would come across in the bottom of the fourth after he began the inning with a leadoff double. Ivory Thomas later drove in Christensen and collected the RBI-single on one out to push the Kernel lead to 2-0.

Peoria loaded the bases in the top of the fifth and had a runner in scoring position in the sixth, but were unable to get on the scoreboard.

Blake McKnight (1-1) exited the contest after five innings on the mound for the Chiefs. McKnight finished with two runs given up on six hits along with two strikeouts.  Chris Perry entered from the bullpen for Peoria in the top of the sixth and pitched two innings without giving up a run. Perry collected three strikeouts while allowing one base hit.

Cedar Rapids starter Aaron Slegers (3-0) went seven shutout innings for the Kernels while allowing just four hits. He also struck out six hitters and walked two in his third victory of the season. Alex Muren came into the game in a relief appearance in the top of the eighth and allowed no base runners in his single inning on the hill.

Peoria reliever Zach Loraine came to the mound in the bottom of the eighth and surrendered one run on two hits in his lone inning of work.

The Kernels added an insurance run in the bottom of the eighth off two doubles to make the score 3-0. Vielma began the frame with a leadoff double and was brought in by a one-out Wade double down the left field line.

Brandon Peterson picked up his third save of the year after a scoreless ninth inning of pitching. He recorded one strikeout while holding the 3-0 lead.

The Kernels host Peoria Sunday afternoon in the three-game series-finale at 2:05 p.m. After every Sunday home game, kids (and adults) can run the bases, play catch on the field and get autographs from the Kernels, sponsored by Planet X with media sponsor 104.5 KDAT. Enjoy the balloon artistry of Papa Balloon on the concourse and face painting by Kennedy. Magician Jackson Green will entertain at Sunday home games, starting June 15th.

Every Sunday home game, fans can play Travel Advisors Baseball Bingo, co-sponsored by the Radisson near Mall of America for a chance to win a trip to Minneapolis and see a Twins game. Fans are encouraged to ride their bikes to these games. There will be secure bike parking inside the stadium and those riding their bikes to the game can register to win prizes from New Belgium Brewing and Fleck Sales.
Hosted by the Kernels and Perfect Game USA, the Chuck Fulton Home Run Derby is FREE for boys and girls age 12 and under. All participants receive a free t-shirt and trophies will be awarded for longest and most home runs in each age group.

RHP Ryan Eades (2-3, 3.42) makes the start for the Kernels in the rubber match of the series, his sixth of the year.

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