GRAND CHUTE, WIS. - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers right-hander Trey Supak outdueled Cedar Rapids Kernels right-hander Clark Beeker early before Wisconsin pulled away for a 9-2 victory Friday at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Wisconsin's victory tied this series at one win apiece and also ended Cedar Rapids' season-high four-game win streak.
The Timber Rattlers (19-19) took a 1-0 lead during the second inning. Jose Cuas singled and moved to third base after a single from Trever Morrison before scoring on a sacrifice fly by Nathan Rodriguez.
Supak (2-2) retired the first six batters he faced before allowing a run to Cedar Rapids (24-17) in the third. A force out coupled with an error allowed Ben Rortvedt to get into scoring position. Aaron Whitefield's sacrifice bunt set up Christian Cavaness for a game-tying single that evened the contest at 1-1. That unearned run was the only tally conceded by Supak in a six-inning quality start.
Beeker's only issues through the end of his quality start were solo home runs. Morrison hit a go-ahead shot in the fourth, and Rodriguez recorded a solo homer during the seventh for a 3-1 Timber Rattlers lead. Beeker (5-2) took the loss after giving up three runs over seven innings, and the defeat snapped his five-game win streak. He retired 16 of the final 18 batters that he faced while allowing those two round-trippers in that stretch.
Wisconsin plated six runs in the eighth while stretching its lead to 9-1. Demi Oromoloye came home on a wild pitch to open the rally. Later, Morrison was hit by a pitch to force in another run. Rodriguez followed with a single coupled with an error that cleared the bases, and an RBI single off the bat of Ronnie Gideon brought in Rodriguez.
Jermaine Palacios slugged a solo homer in the ninth inning - his fifth blast of the season - but that only trimmed the difference to 9-2. Parker Berberet yielded just that one run over three frames to secure his second save this year.
This four-game series continues at 6:35 p.m. Saturday. The probable starters for Saturday's contest are Kernels right-hander Eduardo Del Rosario (2-2, 5.29) and Timber Rattlers right-hander David Burkhalter (0-0, 5.06). Follow the game 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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