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MWL: Kernels Dominate Dragons

DAYTON, Ohio – Chih-Wei Hu (3-0) dominated the Dayton Dragons on Saturday night in a 4-0 win in the opener of a series at Fifth Third Field. Hu struck out 10 and allowed just two hits and one walk in six scoreless innings. The 10 strikeouts set a new season-high for a Kernels pitcher in a single-game this season.

Hu has made four starts in the Midwest League, and he has gone six innings in all four. Over the past two starts, he has allowed zero earned runs and just four hits in 12 innings.

The Dragons (15-19, 51-51) were hitless until the fifth inning when Hu allowed a double with one out. He struck out at least one batter in each of his six innings, including three punch outs in the fifth inning. He struck out the final two batters he faced in the sixth inning after allowing the second hit of the night.

Jake Reed and Nick Burdi were just as dominating as they combined to pitch the final three innings. Reed struck out three over two perfect innings. Burdi went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning, striking out the final hitter of the game. All in all, the Kernels struck out 14 Dragons on the night.

The Kernels (19-15, 50-54) jumped in front 3-0 in the top of the first inning. Engelb Vielma, Logan Wade, and Chad Christensen all singled to begin the game, and they all came around to score runs. Vielma singled to left-center while Wade chopped his single into right. Christensen’s RBI single was shot past a diving shortstop into center and scored Vielma for the game’s first run. Wade scored from third base on Mitch Garver’s RBI groundout while Christensen came home on Bryan Haar’s RBI sacrifice fly to right, putting Cedar Rapids up early by three.

Cedar Rapids extended the lead to 4-0 in the fifth inning on Wade’s RBI sacrifice fly to center that plated Michael Quesada. Quesada led off the inning with an infield single and advanced to third on a double pulled to right field by J.D. Williams.

Jackson Stephens (2-3) took the loss in five innings of work for the Dragons. He allowed four runs on five hits while striking out four.

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