DAVENPORT, IOWA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels rallied from a 2-0 deficit Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park to grab a 4-2 road win against the Quad Cities River Bandits. Trey Cabbage pulled the Kernels even with a solo home run, and Jordan Gore drove in two runs including the go-ahead
DAVENPORT, IOWA - The Cedar Rapids Kernels rallied from a 2-0 deficit Sunday at Modern Woodmen Park to grab a 4-2 road win against the Quad Cities River Bandits. Trey Cabbage pulled the Kernels even with a solo home run, and Jordan Gore drove in two runs including the go-ahead tally in the seventh inning. Gore went 1-of-4 including a walk and has reached safely in all 11 appearances this year.
Cedar Rapids (10-8) split this four-game series with Sunday's win. Quad Cities (10-12) yielded a season-high 12 walks in the contest and allowed all nine Kernels to get on base at least once. The game was Cedar Rapids' longest nine-inning tilt of the season at three hours and 27 minutes.
Quad Cities opened the scoring with a pair of unearned runs in the first inning. Jonathan Arauz walked and later came home after back-to-back errors. Colton Shaver added an RBI single that pushed the River Bandits' early advantage to 2-0.
The Kernels closed the gap to 2-1 during the fourth without the benefit of a hit. Two walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases to start the frame. Two batters later, Gore grounded out and brought in Andrew Bechtold.
Cabbage's first round-tripper of the year tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the sixth inning. He lifted an opposite-field solo shot to left field to continue the comeback.
Five walks within the seventh pushed Cedar Rapids in front by a 4-2 margin. With the bases loaded and two outs, Gore walked against Colin McKee (3-1) to force in Ben Rodriguez. Jean Carlos Arias drew a walk of his own off Adam Bleday that allowed Ben Rortvedt to score. McKee gave up four walks and two runs in two-thirds of an inning in a losing decision.
Shutout pitching from relievers Derek Molina (1-0) and Moises Gomez helped the Kernels secure the victory. Molina stranded an inherited runner and tossed a season-high three scoreless innings in his first Midwest League win. Gomez added two scoreless frames and garnered his first professional save.
Cedar Rapids will be idle Monday before kicking off a six-game homestand Tuesday. The Kernels will host the South Bend Cubs Tuesday at 6:35 p.m. with Cedar Rapids right-hander Edwar Colina (1-0, 1.00) and South Bend right-hander Cory Abbott (1-0, 2.12) expected to start the contest. Fans unable to attend Tuesday's game can follow the action on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com, www.kernels.com, and MiLB.TV.
For every Great Clips Twins Tuesday, one lucky fan at the ballpark will win a pair of tickets to a Minnesota Twins game. The Kernels offer a 2-for-1 ticket coupon on their Facebook page and email newsletter for Tuesday's tilt, and Cedar Rapids will also wear special jerseys for the contest that will be sold via silent auction later this season.
Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids home games by visiting www.kernels.com, going to the Kernels Ticket Office, or calling (319) 896-7560. The Kernels Ticket Office is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. On Sundays when the Kernels have a home game, the Kernels Ticket Office will open at 11:00 a.m.
The Cedar Rapids Kernels are the Midwest League affiliate of the Minnesota Twins.