Cedar Rapids, IA - The Peoria Chiefs gave up eight runs in the first two innings and fell to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 14-1 in their first Sunday road game of 2019. The loss drops the Chiefs to 21-28 on the season with a Memorial Day 12:05 p.m. game set to finish the road trip.
The Kernels got on the board n the bottom of the first inning against fill-in starter Mike Brettell. Yeltsin Encarnacion reached on a comebacker and went to second on a throwing error by Brettell before scoring on an infield single by Ben Rodriguez.
Another error plated the Kernels second run in the second inning and Encarnaction launched a three-run homer for a 5-0 Kernels lead. Cedar Rapids loaded the bases with one out and ended Brettell's day when Jacob Pearson doubled home three runs for an 8-0 advantage.
Pearson singled home another run in the fourth against Thomas St. Clair for a 9-0 lead. The Chiefs third error of the game helped the Kernels score two runs against Cole Aker in the fifth inning for an 11-0 lead.
The Chiefs finally got on the board to avoid the shutout in the sixth inning. Brendan Donovan doubled to the wall in left-center to start to the inning and scored on a single to center by Nolan Gorman with one out.
Cedar Rapids collected their 12th run on a double, single, error and two walks in the seventh inning. They scored two more in the eighth against Edgar Escobar with two singles, a RBI groundout and an error for a 14-1 lead.
Brettell (1-1) took the loss as he allowed eight runs, six earned, on eight hits over 1 1/3 innings while walking one and striking out two. St. Clair allowed one run on four hits and one walk over 2 1/3 innings as he struck out one. Aker allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits and three walks while striking out three over three innings. Escobar allowed two runs, one earned, on two hits in one inning of work.
The Chiefs continue their series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels Monday at 12:05 p.m. Peoria will start LH Diego Cordero (2-3, 2.61) against Cedar Rapids RH Luis Rijo (1-4, 3.47). The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 11:50 a.m. on the Peoria Chiefs Tune-In Page, which is free and also has a free app for smartphones and tablets.
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