(Cedar Rapids, IA) - The Burlington Bees (58-77) lost an eight run lead in a 9-8 loss, in ten innings, against the Cedar Rapids Kernels (74-62) on Thursday night at Perfect Game Field.
Cedar Rapids came into Thursday night, scoring the last 11 runs of the series but the Bees put an end to that streak in the first inning. With two outs and the bases empty in the first inning, Julian Leon clobbered a solo home run to left, giving the Bees a 1-0 lead with his fifth home run of the season. The Bees added to the lead in the second inning. With one out, Brennan Morgan singles to center and moved to second when Artemis Kadkhodaian was hit by a pitch. After Stephen Kerr walked to load the bases, Leonardo Rivas hit a sacrifice fly to left, scoring Morgan, extending the Bees' lead to 2-0.
The Bees opened the game up in the third with a six run inning. Richie Fecteau, Brandon Sandoval, and Sam McDonnell all singled to load the bases. Brennan Morgan made it four straight singles by driving in Fecteau, extending the Bees' lead to 3-0. Artemis Kakdhodaian then singled in a pair before Stephen Kerr doubled in two runs, pushing the lead to 7-0. Jonah Todd capped off the inning with a RBI groundout, upping the lead to 8-0.
After the Kernels put a run on the board in the bottom of the third, Cedar Rapids batted around in the fifth inning. Travis Blankenhorn started the inning with a double and then scored on a Caleb Hamilton single to center. The Kernels added two more runs on a Shane Carrier home run. The Kernels went on to score four runs in the inning, tying the game at eight.
No team would score against until the tenth inning. Jordan Gore opened the bottom of the 10th inning with a single and moved to second on a passed ball. Aaron Whitefield then shot a double to right, scoring Gore, giving the Kernels a 9-8 win. Cedar Rapids' reliever Patrick McGuff (3-2) earned the win while Connor Riley (0-2) was charged with the loss.
The Bees and the Kernels will finish the series on Friday at 6:30 p.m. at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Jose Suarez will make the start for the Bees against Charlie Barnes for the Kernels. Listen to the Bees with the voice of the Burlington Bees, Michael Broskowski on Fox Sports 104.5 and 1360 and online at gobees.com and foxsportsiowa.com as well as on the MiLB First Pitch app.
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