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Late grand slam lifts Wisconsin over Kernels


The Cedar Rapids Kernels led Wisconsin for the majority of Wednesday night's game, but an eighth inning grand slam was enough to give the Timber Rattlers the 10-9 win.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first half of the second inning, the Kernels took their turn at the plate and built a 4-1 lead after manager Jamie Burke was ejected for arguing what he, and a majority of the fans, thought were low strike calls.

After Gary Mitchell and Zach Wright walked, Zach Borenstein came to the plate and belted a ground ball through the legs of the Wisconsin first baseman, scoring Mitchell.  Trevor Hairgrove then singled, scoring Wright to give the Kernels a 2-1 lead.  Kevin Moesquit finished off the scoring in the second inning with a double that scored Borenstein and Hairgrove to make it 4-1 Kernels. 

The Kernels extended their lead in the bottom of the fifth inning.  With Alex Yarbrough and Frazier Hall on base, Mitchell singled to score Yarbrough to give Cedar Rapids the 5-1 lead.

Wisconsin got two runs back in the top of the sixth to cut the Kernels lead to two runs.

Chevy Clarke made it a 6-3 lead in the bottom of the sixth when he doubled to score Moesquit.

After another Timber Rattlers run in the top of the seventh to make it 6-4, the Kernels added another run in the bottom of the seventh when Hall scored on a Borenstein single to make it 7-4.

Unfortunately for the Kernels, Wisconsin wasn't done, adding six runs in the top of the eighth after R.J. Alvarez came in to pitch for Cedar Rapids.  A single, a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for Wisconsin's Chadwin Stang who, with only three homers on the season, came to bat and unloaded on an Alvarez pitch for the grand slam to give the Timber Rattlers the 8-7 lead.  Nick Ramirez would finish the scoring for Wisconsin with a two-run home run later in the inning to make the score 10-7 Wisconsin.

The Kernels started a two-out, ninth inning rally when Zach Wright launched a two-run home run to cut the Wisconsin lead to one-run, but the Kernels would fall short, losing 10-9.

Cedar Rapids starter Dan Reynolds pitched five innings.  He allowed one run on five hits while striking out a season-high six batters.

Logan Odom pitched the sixth inning, allowing two runs on three hits with two strikeouts.

Shane Riedie worked the seventh inning for Cedar Rapids.  He allowed one run on one hit with one strikeout.

 R.J. Alvarez took the loss for the Kernels in two-thirds of an inning of work.  He allowed six runs on four hits with one walk and one strikeout.

Joe Melioris finished out the game on the mound, allowing only one hit.

Wisconsin's Stephen Peterson earned the victory, while reliever Tommy Toledo got the save.

The two teams take the field again on Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. at Veteran's Memorial Stadium.

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