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Kernels end four-game skid with 5-1 win at Burlington


After a shaky start, the Cedar Rapids Kernels were able to snap a four-game losing streak with a 5-1 win behind solid pitching and bunches of hits.

Cedar Rapids took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning when Alex Yarbrough scored on a passed ball after hitting his seventh triple of the season.

Kernels starter Eswarlin Jimenez got off to a shaky start, hitting the first two batters he faced.  The Bees then loaded the bases on the next better, but the defense came up big, getting a force out at home and a double play to end the threat.

Burlington tied the game at 1-1 in the third, but the Kernels countered in the fourth inning and took the lead for good.

After Yarbrough and Andy Workman hit singles, Zach Borenstein came to bat and hit an RBI double, scoring Yarbrough.  Workman would score later on a Matt Scioscia ground out to make it 3-1 Kernels.

The Kernels finished off the scoring in the fifth inning.  Trevor Hairgrove hit a bloop double to right field and then scored on a Yarbrough single.  Yarbrough then stole second base and scored on an Andy Workman single to make it 5-1 Kernels.

Jimenez pitched five innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out three and hit three batters.

The Kernels bullpen only allowed two Bees base runners through the final four innings. Logan Odom went two innings, allowing one hit.  R.J. Alvarez struck out one in a 1-2-3 8th inning, and Ty Kelley allowed a hit and a walk in the final innings to secure the win.

The Kernels go for two-in-a-row on Monday night in Burlington and then return home on Wednesday to begin a series with Clinton.

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