CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Edwar Colina tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts in a quality start Monday for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but Chad Donato and the Quad Cities River Bandits earned a 3-0 win at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Monday's contest was Cedar Rapids' second consecutive shutout
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Edwar Colina tallied a career-high 10 strikeouts in a quality start Monday for the Cedar Rapids Kernels, but Chad Donato and the Quad Cities River Bandits earned a 3-0 win at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Monday's contest was Cedar Rapids' second consecutive shutout loss and its third such defeat in the past four days.
Donato (3-0) picked up his third victory in a row for Quad Cities (28-22, 68-52) after tossing a personal-best seven scoreless innings. He retired 14 consecutive batters in one stretch while carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning. Donato yielded just two hits and one walk, and he only allowed one runner to reach scoring position.
Colina (6-4) took the loss despite posting double-digit strikeouts for the first time with Cedar Rapids (31-19, 63-56). Colina notched his fifth quality start in a row and gave up just one run, two hits, and two walks over seven innings pitched.
Cesar Salazar, who caught the combined shutout, gave the River Bandits a 1-0 lead in the sixth inning. Salazar collected his first professional home run by hitting a solo shot over the right-field wall.
A pair of two-out runs during the ninth stretched Quad Cities' edge to 3-0. Marty Costes produced an RBI single that drove in Salazar, and Jonathan Lacroix followed with a run-scoring triple.
Tanner Duncan fired two scoreless innings of relief to record the save and secure the River Bandits' Midwest League-leading 15th shutout victory. Duncan stranded the potential game-tying and go-ahead runs in the eighth and kept another runner on the bases within the ninth.
This series between Cedar Rapids and Quad Cities ends Tuesday with first pitch at 6:35 p.m., and Kernels left-hander Tyler Watson (4-5, 4.66) is scheduled to face River Bandits right-hander Bryan Abreu (3-0, 0.44). Coverage of Tuesday's game will be broadcast on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com, www.kernels.com, and MiLB.TV.
The last Great Clips Twins Tuesday includes one more chance to take advantage of a special 2-for-1 ticket offer available on the Kernels' email newsletter and Facebook page. One lucky fan at Tuesday's contest will win a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets. Cedar Rapids will wear special jerseys for the game that will be auctioned off at Friday's homestand finale.
Fans can purchase tickets for all Cedar Rapids 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.