In the first game of the series on Wednesday night, the Timber Rattlers (34-20) grabbed a lead with five runs in the first inning. On Thursday, the Kernels (24-30) jumped out to the lead with three runs in the first. Trevor Hairgrove started the inning with a triple and scored on an RBI grounder by Ryan Jones. Kaleb Cowart restarted the rally with a double and Frazier Hall cracked a two-run homer to right to put the Kernels up 3-0.
Cedar Rapids added a run in the fourth inning on an RBI grounder by Hairgrove.
Jimenez took that lead and ran with it through seven innings. The lefty allowed five hits, walked two, and struck out five. He left just shy of 100 pitches and turned the game over to the Kernels bullpen. Jimenez never pitched with two runners on base at the same time during the game.
Logan Odom allowed a couple of base runners with two outs in the eighth, but kept the Rattlers off the scoreboard. Stephen Tromblee struck out the side in order in the ninth to close out the game.
Chadwin Stang and Greg Hopkins each had two hits for Wisconsin, but the Rattlers could not avoid being shutout for the second time this season. The last time Wisconsin has held off the scoreboard in a game this season was on April 28 when they lost 6-0 at home to Bowling Green.
The Timber Rattlers end their three game series with Cedar Rapids on Friday night. Lefty Will West (1-0, 3.60) is the scheduled starting pitcher for Wisconsin. The Kernels have Dan Reynolds (0-0, 5.40) as their scheduled starter. Game time is 6:35pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:15pm.
Frazier Hall (5th, 1 on in 1st inning off David Goforth, 1 out)
WP: Eswarlin Jimenez (2-3)
LP: David Goforth (4-4)