CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Cedar Rapids Kernels pitchers matched the franchise strikeout record Monday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, but the Peoria Chiefs picked up a 6-5, 11-inning victory. The Kernels (33-30, 72-61) tied the record of 1,181 strikeouts that was set during the 2016 season.After allowing
CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA - Cedar Rapids Kernels pitchers matched the franchise strikeout record Monday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium, but the Peoria Chiefs picked up a 6-5, 11-inning victory. The Kernels (33-30, 72-61) tied the record of 1,181 strikeouts that was set during the 2016 season.
After allowing a two-run double to Brendan Donovan in the top of the first inning, Cedar Rapids rallied for a 3-2 lead within its half of the opening stanza. Spencer Steer's game-tying, two-out double drove in Wander Javier and Jared Akins. Back-to-back walks loaded the bases, and Jake Hirabayashi forced in Steer with a walk of his own.
Peoria (21-42, 51-81) pulled even, 3-3, during the fourth. A two-out single coupled with an error allowed Donovan to reach third base. He scored on a wild pitch to Imeldo Diaz.
Monday's matchup remained tied until the Chiefs secured a 4-3 advantage within the eighth inning. Donovan singled and was sacrificed to second base by Diaz. Brandon Riley drew a walk before Leandro Cedeno hit a tiebreaking single.
Steer nearly won the game for the Kernels in the bottom of the ninth. His two-out double drove in Wander Javier to even the score at 4-4, but Jared Akins was thrown at home plate to end the inning and extend the contest.
Both teams scored within the 10th prior to Peoria's decisive run during the 11th. Donovan's 10th-inning single plated Carlos Soto, but Tyler Webb's RBI groundout brought in Steer for a 5-5 tie. The Chiefs regained the lead, 6-5, on Jonatan Machado's RBI single in the 11th.
Evan Sisk (2-6) was charged with a blown save but also recorded the win Monday. The loss went to Alex Schick (5-2) who produced the record-tying strikeout.
Coming up, Kernels right-hander Luis Rijo (5-8, 2.94) will pitch against Chiefs right-hander Logan Gragg (0-3, 4.21) in the finale of this four-game series. First pitch is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. with Morgan Hawk calling the action on 1450 KMRY AM and 93.1 KMRY FM and also online at www.kmryradio.com, www.kernels.com, and MiLB.TV.
Great Clips Twins Tuesday includes a special 2-for-1 ticket offer to Tuesday's game that is available on the Kernels Facebook page and email newsletter. One lucky fan at the contest will win a pair of Minnesota Twins tickets, and Cedar Rapids will wear special Twins-themed jerseys that will be auctioned off during Friday's homestand finale. 2019-20 Kernels Wall Calendars will be handed out at the game as well.
Fans can purchase tickets for all 2019 Cedar Rapids Kernels home games including the playoff opener September 4 against the Quad Cities River Bandits by visiting www.kernels.com, going to the Kernels Ticket Office, or calling (319) 896-7560. The Kernels Ticket Office is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. 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.