BELOIT, Wis. - The Kernels lost 3-0 to the Beloit Snappers at Pohlman Field on Sunday afternoon in the regular season finale. Cedar Rapids hosts Kane County on Wednesday night in Game One of the Midwest League Quarterfinals. The Kernels finished the 2017 regular season with a 75-65 record while Beloit closed at 65-73. Monday's game was played in exactly two hours, the fastest nine-inning game of the season.
Beloit scored right away in the first inning to take a 1-0 lead. Mike Martin led off with a single to left. JaVon Shelby then walked to put two on. Martin advanced to third when Josh Vidales rolled into a double play. Martin scored on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Tyler Beardsley.
The Snappers added a pair of runs in the eighth inning, making the score 3-0. Back to back singles by Trace Loehr and Jason Goldstein put two on with one out. Loehr came home on Luke Persico's RBI sacrifice fly. Goldstein scored on Shelby's RBI single.
Beardsley (4-9) took the loss, despite allowing just one run on four hits. He struck out three and walked two. Logan Lombana worked a scoreless inning in relief while Colton Davis allowed two runs in one innings.
Seth Martinez (5-10) earned the win, tossing seven scoreless innings on six hits. He struck out six and walked none. Jesus Zambrano went two scoreless and hitless innings for his fourth save.
Lewin Diaz extended his hitting streak to 11 games while Caleb Hamilton pushed his hitting streak to 10 games.
The Kernels defense turned three double plays on the day, matching a season-high.
Cedar Rapids opens up the 2017 Midwest League playoffs at home on Wednesday night against the Kane County Cougars, the Midwest League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks. First pitch of the best of three series is at 6:35 p.m. Game two and three, if necessary, will be played at Kane County.
Tyler Wells (5-3, 3.11) will start for the Kernels in Game One. Kane County counters with LHP Mack Lemieux (7-5, 4.69).
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