CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Wisconsin Timber Rattlers right-hander Braden Webb pitched a rain-shortened complete-game two-hit shutout Saturday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium within a 6-0 six-inning triumph against the Cedar Rapids Kernels. Saturday's contest capped a three-game series that Wisconsin won by a 2-1 margin.
Webb retired the first 11 batters that he faced and carried a perfect game into the fourth inning against Cedar Rapids (5-5). He allowed a two-out triple in the fourth to Mitchell Kranson and was also tagged for an Aaron Whitefield double and an Ariel Montesino walk during the fifth in an otherwise flawless outing. Webb improved to 1-1 with the victory, adding six strikeouts over five innings pitched.
Tucker Neuhaus pushed Wisconsin (5-5) to a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning. After Mario Feliciano recorded a one-out single off Kernels right-hander Alex Schick, Neuhaus hit a double to left field that rolled up to the tarp and allowed Feliciano to score from first base.
The Timber Rattlers exploded in the fourth inning and extended their lead to 6-0. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Ronnie Gideon and Trever Morrison opened the scoring. Jose Cuas followed with an RBI single, and Gilbert Lara blasted a two-run home run to left field.
Schick dropped to 1-1 with the loss after allowing six earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. Schick was relieved by Domenick Carlini IV, who posted 2.2 scoreless innings in his Kernels debut. Carlini also tallied four strikeouts and a pickoff.
Saturday's game was preceded by a 45-minute rain delay, and other delays occurred after the first inning and after the top of the sixth before the contest was called.
The Kernels will be idle for Easter before starting a three-game road trip Monday at the Peoria Chiefs. Kernels right-hander Clark Beeker (0-1, 2.57) gets the start for Monday's opener, which will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Dozer Park. Chris Kleinhans-Schulz will call the action on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com and www.kernels.com.
Cedar Rapids' next homestand runs from Thursday, April 20 through Wednesday, April 26 with visits from the Kane County Cougars and the Burlington Bees. 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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