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Kernels split doubleheader with River Bandits


The Kernels and River Bandits combined for 36 runs and played 16 innings on Sunday afternoon as the teams split a doubleheader on a hot Sunday afternoon in Cedar Rapids.

In game one, the teams combined for 21 runs and 32 hits and played two extra innings en route to an 11-10 Kernels win.

Quad Cities jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on a pair of two-run home runs off of Kernels starter Brian Diemer in the first inning.

The Kernels got one back in their half when Andy Workman hit a single scoring Ryan Jones.

The River Bandits extended their lead to 6-1 in the second, but the Kernels would add another in their half when Kevin Moesquit hit a single scoring Trevor Hairgrove.

In the third inning, Quad Cities would make it 8-2.  Frazier Hall would make it 8-3 when he hit a solo homer in the bottom of the third.

The Kernels would then tie the game 8-8 in the fourth.  Kaleb Cowart singled, scoring Chevy Clarke.  Hall would then hit a double, scoring Ryan Jones.  Andy Workman then sent Cowart home on a sacrifice fly.  Able Baker would finish off the scoring in the inning with a two-run home run. 

Cedar Rapids would take their first lead of the game in the fifth.  Moesquit reached base on an error by Matt Williams and would later score on a two-out error by Colin Walsh making it 9-8 Kernels.

Quad Cities took a 10-9 lead in the sixth after two Kernels errors.

Workman tied the game in the bottom of the seventh on a two-out single that scored Jones.

In a game that was only scheduled for seven innings, that mean overtime.

With the game still tied at 10-10 in the bottom of the ninth, Hall would hit a walk-off double scoring Moesquit to give the Kernels the 11-10 victory.

Diemer pitched two and two-thirds innings for the Kernels.  He allowed eight runs.  Logan Odom pitched three and one-third innings allowing two runs.  Carmine Giardina pitched two scoreless innings.  Ty Kelley got the win in relief.  He pitched the top of the ninth and allowed no runs on one hit.

Game two saw a slower start, with the first run not being scored until the fourth inning when the River Bandits took a 1-0 lead.

The Kernels would repeat the first game, scoring five runs in the fourth inning again.  Kaleb Cowart started off with a solo homer to center field.  After Hairgrove and Matt Scioscia got on base, Clarke would hit a three-run shot giving the Kernels a 4-1 lead.  Wendell Soto would finish off the scoring with a solo shot to right field giving Cedar Rapids the 5-1 lead.

The River Bandits would start to eat away at the Kernels lead, scoring two runs in the fifth, making it 5-3 Kernels.

Quad Cities would then take the lead in the sixth, scoring three runs, making it 6-5 River Bandits.

The Kernels retook the lead in their half when Clarke scored on an error by Juan Castillo after reaching base on a walk.  Lugo, who reached base on a Castillo error, later scored on a groundout by Moesquit, making it 7-6 Kernels.

The River Bandits would take the lead for good in the top of the seventh, winning the game 8-7.

Mike Johnson started for the Kernels.  He allowed three runs on six hits in five innings of work.

Frank De Jiulio took the loss, allowing five runs on five hits in two innings.

The Kernels and River Bandits play game four of their five game series on Monday at 2:05 p.m. at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

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