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MWL: Slegers sends Kernels to 5-1 win over Clinton

CLINTON, Iowa -- Aaron Slegers was brilliant on Saturday night, sending the Kernels to a 5-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings. Slegers went all seven innings in the rain-shortened game that was cut short due to rain. The game was also delayed 44 minutes at the start of the night.

Over all seven innings, Slegers allowed just two hits and one run. He struck out seven and walked one, letting just three LumberKings to reach base during the game. He struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the first inning, but Clinton’s Justin Seager hit a solo home run to lead off the bottom of the second inning. Seager’s second of the season went to left field and put the LumberKings up 1-0.

Slegers then retired the next 12 in a row before allowing his first walk and second base runner, a lead off base on balls to Luis Caballero in the sixth inning. Slegers didn’t allow his second hit until the seventh inning. Jack Reinheimer singled to right-center to begin the final innings, but he was left stranded at third base after two groundouts and a strikeouts

The Kernels took a 2-1 lead in the third inning. The team loaded the bases with a Michael Quesada bloop single, Jon Murphy’s walk, and a bunt single by Ryan Walker. Quesada scored the first run for the Kernels when Logan Wade reached on a fielding error by second baseman Jack Reinheimer. Murphy then came home on Chad Christensen’s RBI sacrifice fly to center, putting the Kernels in front.

Jason Kanzler gave the Kernels a 4-1 lead in the fourth inning with a two-run home run to right field. Kanzler’s opposite-field homer was his eighth of the season and scored Alex Swim, who singled to begin the inning.

The Kernels took a 5-1 lead in the sixth inning on Quesada’s RBI single to center field. It scored Swim, who again sparked a run-scoring inning when he doubled down the left field line.

Jose Flores (2-1) suffered his first loss of the season after going 5 1/3 innings for Clinton.

The Kernels and LumberKings continue the series on Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. A pair of left-handers square off as Lewis Thorpe (1-1, 5.40) gets the ball for the Kernels and Eddie Campbell (5-6, 6.01) takes the hill for Clinton.

The Kernels return home on Wednesday, July 16, taking on Lake County at 6:35 p.m. It’s First Federal Credit Union Free Money Wednesday. $500 will be given away at the main gates, with $100 being the top cash prize. It’s also KCRG-TV 9 Weather Academy night. The KCRG weather team will be on hand with interactive displays and demonstrations.

 
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