GRAND CHUTE, WIS. - Jaylin Davis recorded his second multi-homer game this week, clubbing two home runs in a 6-3 Cedar Rapids Kernels victory Thursday over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Davis became the Midwest League leader in round-trippers with nine blasts overall, and the Kernels registered their season-high fourth consecutive win.
Davis' homers helped Cedar Rapids (24-16) rally from an early deficit to take the lead for good. He hit a game-tying solo shot in the second inning, and he produced a two-run blast during the fourth that gave the Kernels their first lead at 3-1. Davis ended Thursday's action with a league-high nine home runs, including five over the past three games.
In the sixth inning, the Kernels stretched their lead to 6-1. Davis opened the scoring by coming home on a passed ball. Brandon Lopez collected an RBI infield single that plated Travis Blankenhorn. Caleb Hamilton scored after an error on a pickoff attempt for the final run of the rally.
Wisconsin (18-19) rallied in the ninth inning but only cut its deficit to 6-3. Demi Orimoloye and Mario Feliciano picked up back-to-back two-out RBI singles to keep the game alive, but Monte Harrison was called out on strikes for the final out. Harrison was also ejected for arguing the call with home-plate umpire Randy Wilmes.
Orimoloye lifted the Timber Rattlers to a quick 1-0 lead Thursday before the Kernels surged in front. Orimoloye recorded his team-high-tying seventh home run of the season on a first-inning solo shot.
Domenick Carlini IV (2-2) earned back-to-back wins for the first time in his professional career. Carlini posted a quality start, allowing just one run in six innings pitched. Braden Webb (1-3) took the loss after giving up three runs on Davis' homers over four innings of work.
Game two of this four-game series will be at 6:35 p.m. Friday. Kernels right-hander Clark Beeker (5-1, 2.56) will face Timber Rattlers right-hander Trey Supak (1-2, 2.40). Catch the coverage with Chris Kleinhans-Schulz on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com and www.kernels.com.
The next Kernels homestand features four home games and runs from Monday, May 22 through Thursday, May 25. 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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