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MWL: Walker Walks It Off For Kernels
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – The Kernels came back to defeat the Burlington Bees 3-2 in 11 innings on Wednesday night. After trailing 2-0 through the first six innings off Eric Aguilera’s two solo home runs for the Bees, the Kernels scored three unanswered runs to take their seventh straight series. Ryan Walker drove in all three Kernels’ runs on three base-hits in the contest that allowed Cedar Rapids to pick up its seventh walk-off victory of the season.
Nick Burdi and Dallas Gallant collectively tossed four shutout frames to give the offense an opportunity to take the ball game. Ryan Eades pitched seven strong frames where he allowed two runs on four total hits in the no decision effort.
For the second night in a row, the Bees took an early 1-0 lead by way of a home run. Eric Aguilera lifted Burlington in front with a leadoff solo shot in the second to right field to give the visitor’s the edge.
Aguilera nailed the 1-0 pitch in his second at-bat over the wall in right for his second home run of the game. The long ball pushed Burlington into a 2-0 advantage in the top of the fourth.
Garrett Nuss ended a dominant outing after six scoreless innings pitched. The Burlington starter allowed three hits, struck out five, walked one and retired the last 13 batters he faced in a row.
Grant Gordon trotted to the rubber to open the seventh for Burlington and allowed the Kernels’ offense to tie it up. Gordon allowed two runs on three hits and struck out one in his lone inning of work.
Ryan Walker spoiled the seventh for Burlington with a two-out single up the middle that scored two. Michael Quesada doubled earlier in the frame and scored along with teammate Logan Wade on Walker’s run-scoring single to make it a 2-2 score.
Ryan Eades finished his 20th start of the year after seven full innings on the mound. Eades surrendered two runs, both earned, on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Nick Burdi entered in relief to begin the eighth inning of action. The right-hander tossed two shutout frames where allowed three hits and sent down five on strikes to preserve the tie.
The Bees sent Ben Carlson to the mound to face the Kernels in the bottom of the eighth. Carlson shut down the Kernels for no runs and five strikeouts over two innings while allowing a single hit in relief.
Dallas Gallant (1-0) took the mound for the Kernels in the tenth and hurled the final two frames for Cedar Rapids. Gallant picked up his first win on the year on two scoreless frames where he struck out five Bees.
Max Murphy led off the 11th frame with his first hit as a Kernel and raced into home later to make it 3-2 as the game-winning run on Walker’s walk-off two-out single into right field.
Brian Loconsole (4-4) took the loss in extras over the span of 1 1/3 innings where he gave up the winning run on three hits along with two walks and a strikeout.