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MWL: Kernels Sweep Kane Co. in DH

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA -- The Kernels took both games of a doubleheader and won the four-game series over league-leading Kane County Thursday night with 5-2 and 5-4 victories.

Pitching defined the first three innings of game one.  Starters Daury Torrez and Josue Montanez gave up one hit each in their first three frames on the mound.

Cedar Rapids broke through in the bottom of the fourth with two runs on two Kane County errors.  Mitch Garver and Zack Larson were brought in on a double-play opportunity thrown into right field by Cougar shortstop Carlos Penalver.  Torrez escaped the inning on a strikeout and a fly ball with the Kernels leading 2-0.

Kane County responded immediately after in the fifth and tied the score at 2-2.  The Cougars loaded the bases on two singles and one Cedar Rapids error to open the inning.  Daniel Lockhart brought in one run on a fielders choice double-play by the Kernels defense.  Trey Martin tallied the next run-batted-in on a two-out single to right field.

Josue Montanez started for the Kernels and exited after four innings of work.  He allowed two runs on three hits and record three strikeouts in his first start of the season for Cedar Rapids.

Yorman Landa (3-0) came to the mound in the top of the fourth and pitched two full innings, struck out two Cougars and walked one without surrendering a run. 

The Kernels answered in the bottom half of the fifth with three runs on three runs on three hits to make it 5-2 in favor of Cedar Rapids.  Tanner Vavra and Mitch Garver each nailed a double during the frame.

Starter Daury Torrez (3-1) exited the game for Kane County after four innings on the hill.  He gave up four runs (two earned) to the Kernels, struck out three and walked one.

Torrez was replaced by Josh Davis in the fourth inning.  Davis pitched the remaining two innings for Kane County and gave up one run with a walk and a strikeout.

Brandon Peterson threw a scoreless seventh for the Kernels and earned his second save of the year while securing the 5-2 victory for Cedar Rapids.

In game two, Kane County plated the games first run in the top of the opening inning.  Jordan Hankins singled and drove in Jake Hannemann on two outs to put the Cougars up 1-0.

Cedar Rapids evened the score at 1-1 in the bottom of the first when Chad Christensen batted in Jason Kanzler on a sacrifice fly to deep center field.

The Cougars took their second lead of the game in the top of the third inning.  Yasiel Balaguert hit an RBI-groundout that drove in Hannemann for his second run of the game in the third to put Kane County up 2-1.

B.K. Santy blasted the Kernels in front with a two-out two-run homerun over the left field wall in the bottom of the fourth that put Cedar Rapids back on top 3-2. 

Cougar starting pitcher Juan Paniagua threw 4 2/3 innings and surrendered three runs on six hits, three walks and three strikeouts.

Gerardo Concepcion (0-1) replaced Paniagua in the fifth and took the loss on the night.  He gave up two runs, struck out two and walked one batter in 1 1/3 innings pitched. 

Cedar Rapids starter Kohl Stewart exited the game in the top of sixth with Kane County threatening.  He finished the outing with a 5 2/3 effort and allowed three runs on four hits with four strikeouts.

The Cougars pushed across a run in the top of the sixth to tie the score 3-3 when Danny Canela drove in Jacob Rodgers on a two-out infield single. 

Logan Wade put the Kernels on top for good in the bottom of the sixth with a two-run double on two outs that made the score 5-3.

Kane County rallied in the top of the seventh by plating one run on a pass ball to make the score 5-4.  Hudson Boyd retired three-straight Cougars to secure the victory.

Boyd (3-1) completed the 5-4 victory after a one-run seventh inning by Kane County.  On the night, Boyd threw 1 1/3 innings of work and gave up one run on three hits along with two strikeouts. 

The Kernels host Peoria in the first game of a three-game set on Friday night at 6:35 p.m. The first 1,000 fans through the gates receive a free Bruce Aune as The Anchorman bobblehead, sponsored by KCRG TV 9. Its also a 98.1 KHAK Friday Mug Club. Buy a 16 oz. souvenir mug of soda or regular draft beer for $6.00 and get refills at the concession stand for just $3.00.

RHP Felix Jorge (2-1, 5.95) makes the start for the Kernels while Peoria counters with RHP Silfredo Garcia (1-2, 4.42).

 
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