GENEVA, ILL. - After more than four hours of baseball Friday night at Northwestern Medicine Field, Joey Rose's 11th-inning single gave the Kane County Cougars a 10-9 walk-off victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Kane County (33-14, 68-48) also earned a three-game sweep.
Gabe Snyder put the Kernels (27-20, 66-51) ahead in their half of the 11th before the Cougars rallied for the win. Snyder belted a towering solo shot for his team-high 14th home run and a 9-8 Cedar Rapids lead. However, Blaze Alexander tied the contest with an RBI triple and scored the winning run on the game-ending single from Rose.
Prior to providing the final runs, Kane County tallied the first run of Friday's series finale during the first inning. Buddy Kennedy's one-out single drove in Dominic Fletcher and pushed the Cougars to a quick 1-0 advantage.
Cedar Rapids moved in front, 2-1, within the fourth. Yunior Severino hit a single that eventually produced two Kane County errors. Gilberto Celestino and Wander Javier both came home on the play.
The Cougars regained the lead at 5-2 in the fifth inning. Keshawn Lynch reached on an error and later scored on a groundout by Zack Shannon. Kennedy broke the brief tie with a go-ahead double, and Zachery Almond and Rose each added RBI singles to extend the edge.
Five consecutive runs carried the Kernels to a late lead. Jared Akins hit a two-run double during the sixth that closed the gap to 6-4. In the ninth, Spencer Steer's two-run double and Snyder's sacrifice fly created a 7-6 Cedar Rapids advantage. Unfortunately for the Kernels, Alexander forced extra innings with an RBI single within the bottom of the ninth.
Both sides scored during the 10th inning to set up the decisive 11th inning. Cedar Rapids tallied its run when Akins scored from second base on an RBI single by Tyler Webb. Shannon posted an RBI single for Kane County to even the score at 8-8.
Jose Cuas (3-2) was credited with the win. He finished the game after Kai-Wei Lin suffered his third blown save during the ninth. Andy Toelken earned his team-high eighth hold earlier in the contest.
Dylan Thomas (0-1) allowed the walk-off run and took the loss. Thomas, Nate Hadley, and J.T. Perez were all charged with blown saves.
Up next, Cedar Rapids will host the Beloit Snappers at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. Postgame fireworks and FIRST LEGO League Night featuring a mini animal block set giveaway highlight the opener of a three-game homestand. Kernels right-hander Tyler Palm (3-7, 3.86) will face Snappers southpaw Jhenderson Hurtado (1-0, 3.68), and broadcast coverage will be available on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com, www.kernels.com, and MiLB.TV.
Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids Kernels home games by visiting www.kernels.com, going to the Kernels Ticket Office, or calling (319) 896-7560. The Kernels Ticket Office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 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.
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