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Kernels drop second straight to Bees with 14-9 loss

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The Cedar Rapids Kernels dropped their second straight game, losing to Burlington 14-9 on Wednesday night.

The Kernels jumped out to the early 1-0 lead when Frazier Hall ripped a single, scoring Kaleb Cowart who had just stolen second base.

With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the second inning, the Kernels took the lead again on Zach Borenstein's first home run of the season.

The Bees took control of the game after that, scoring four runs in the third inning and five runs in the fourth to take a 10-2 lead.  Four of those runs came on a fourth inning grand slam by the Bees Wade Kirkland with two outs.

Cedar Rapids got two runs back in the sixth inning when Cowart and Hall found their way home to make it 10-4.

But, Burlington came back in the seventh with four runs on a bases loaded walk, a two-RBI double and a wild pitch.  Kernels pitchers combined to give up 14 walks in the game.

Chevy Clarke finished out the Kernels scoring in the seventh and eighth innings.  In the seventh, Clarke scored on a Cowart single after getting on base due to a Burlington error.

In the eighth, Clarke crushed a full count pitch to right field for a grand slam, but it wasn't enough as the Bees win 14-9.

Jairo Diaz took the loss for the Kernels, allowing seven runs on seven hits with five walks and one strikeout.

Michael Johnson gave up three runs on two hits with four walks and one strike out in two innings of work for Cedar Rapids.

R.J. Alvarez was the shining star for the Kernels pitching staff.  He struck out all three batters he faced in his one inning of work.

Carmen Giardina pitched one inning for the Kernels, allowing four runs on two hits with three walks and a strikeout.

Stephen Tromblee pitched the final two innings for the Kernels, allowing one hit and walking two.

The Kernels wrap-up the home stand with the final game against Burlington on Thursday at 6:35 p.m.  The Kernels then head to Kane County for the final series before the All-Star break.

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