Clinton, IA - The LumberKings and Kernels faced off in a doubleheader for the second consecutive day at Ashford University Field on Sunday afternoon. Clinton earned a split, taking the first game of the day. Cedar Rapids clinched the series win with its victory in game two.
Clinton took game one, 3-2. Cedar Rapids jumped out to an early lead with two runs in the top of the first inning. Jorge Polanco hit an RBI double to left-center on a play where Jabari Henry and Guillermo Pimentel collided in the outfield. Dalton Hicks followed with another RBI double, giving the Kernels a 2-0 lead.
The LumberKings tied the game in the fourth inning on a two-run blast from Pimentel, his third home run of the season.
Clinton took the lead in the sixth inning with a two-out rally. Brock Hebert, Gaby Guerrero and Taylor Ard tallied consecutive singles, all with two away. Ard drove in Hebert to score the go-ahead run, putting the LumberKings in front, 3-2.
Already in cruise control after the first inning, LumberKings starter Dylan Unsworth made quick work of the Kernels in the seventh. After a lead-off single by Travis Harrison, Unsworth got Romy Jimenez to bounce into a 6-4-3 double play and then struck out Jairo Rodriguez to end the game and earn the complete-game victory.
Cedar Rapids earned the series win with the 7-6 victory in game two. The Kernels opened up a 7-0 lead with four runs in the third and three more in the fifth inning. Dalton Hicks crushed a three-run home run off Oliver Garcia to break open the game in the third.
The LumberKings rallied in the fifth and six innings in a valiant comeback bid. Two errors by the Kernels keyed the fifth-inning rally, leading to four unearned runs off Tim Atherton. However, Gaby Guerrero was thrown out at home to end the inning, keeping the score at 7-4.
Clinton scored twice more in the sixth inning. Ketel Marte reached base on a bunt single with two outs to spark a rally. Dario Pizzano followed with a single, his second base hit of the game, extending his hitting streak to seven games in the process. After an RBI single by Pimentel, Patrick Kivlehan reached on a throwing error by Niko Goodrum to keep the inning alive. With the tying run on third and the go-ahead run on second, Taylor Ard flied out to right field to end the sixth, stopping the rally short.
The LumberKings get back on the road with a three-game set at Quad Cities. Clinton will send right-hander Stephen Landazuri to the mound, while the River Bandits counter with right-hander Lance McCullers. First pitch is scheduled for 7:00 PM CT at Modern Woodmen Park.