PEORIA, ILL. - The Peoria Chiefs scored in each of the first five innings of play Wednesday at Dozer Park and pulled away with 12 unanswered runs for a 15-3 win against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Peoria avoided a sweep with its blowout victory, but Cedar Rapids won the three-game series, 2-1, to close out a quick Kernels road trip.
The Chiefs (6-6) and the Kernels (7-6) traded three-run rallies early in Wednesday's contest. Peoria picked up RBI singles from Andrew Knizner, Brian O'Keefe, and Matt Davis in the first inning. Cedar Rapids answered during the second inning with a run-scoring double by Aaron Whitefield, an RBI bunt single from Christian Cavaness, and a game-tying single for Jermaine Palacios.
Peoria quickly regained the lead in the bottom of the second and piled on the runs. Tommy Edman's RBI triple and JR Davis' RBI single gave the Chiefs a 5-3 edge. A wild pitch during the third inning allowed Dylan Carlson to come home. Carlson also added a three-run inside-the-park home run in the fourth, creating a 9-3 advantage.
During the bottom of the fifth, Stefan Trosclair hit a three-run homer, and Andrew Young collected an RBI single. In the seventh, Edman registered an RBI triple and later scored on a wild pitch to get the lead to 15-3. Edman went 4-for-6 and finished a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. He also tied a Peoria franchise record with two triples.
Chiefs right-hander Jordan Hicks (2-0) allowed Cedar Rapids' game-tying rally in the second, but he retired the next 13 batters in a row and racked up eight total strikeouts on his way to a victory. Kernels right-hander Eduardo Del Rosario (1-1) needed 56 pitches to get through two innings and took the loss, allowing five runs in a short start.
Kernels starting catcher Caleb Hamilton pitched a scoreless eighth inning in his professional pitching debut late in the loss. Hamilton allowed no runs or hits and only gave up one walk while posting two strikeouts. Over 53 games played as a minor leaguer, Hamilton has now played all nine positions at least once within his professional career.
The Kernels will begin a seven-game homestand Thursday at 6:35 p.m. with the opener of a four-game series against the Kane County Cougars. Cedar Rapids right-hander Tyler Wells (1-0, 1.80) is scheduled to face Kane County right-hander Sam McWilliams (2-0, 0.00). Coverage of Thursday's game is available on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com, www.kernels.com, and MiLB.TV.
First Federal Credit Union Flat Screen Thursday includes three 40-inch flat screen TV's that will be raffled off at the game. 94.1 KRNA presents Thirsty Thursday, featuring $2.00 prices on 12 oz. regular draft beer as well as 20 oz. bottled soda and water. It is also Thursday College Night, and any college student that shows a college ID at the Kernels Ticket Office can purchase a club ticket and two regular hot dogs for just $9.00.
Fans can purchase tickets for all 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 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.
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