GRAND CHUTE, WI - Jaylin Davis homered twice for the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Thursday night to lead them to a 6-3 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Davis, who hit three homers in a game on May 16 against Peoria, has nine home runs to lead the Midwest League in that category.
Demi Orimoloye gave the Timber Rattlers (18-19) a lead in the bottom of the first inning. Orimoloye lined a lead-off home run, his seventh homer of the season, and Wisconsin was ahead 1-0.
Davis started the Cedar Rapids second inning with his eighth home run of the season and the game was tied 1-1.
Davis gave the Kernels (24-16) the lead in the top of the fourth. Mitchell Kranson drew a walk to start the inning against Rattlers starting pitcher Braden Webb. Davis followed with a two-run home run to center and the Kernels were up 3-1.
The Kernels pulled away with three runs in the top of the sixth against Rattlers reliever Cameron Roegner. It was Davis who started the rally with a double to right-center. A single by Travis Blankenhorn put runners at the corners. Wisconsin catcher Mario Feliciano let a pitch get past him for a passed ball to allow Davis to score. Later in the inning, an infield single by Brandon Lopez drove in Blankenhorn with an infield single. The final run of the inning scored when Roegner's errant pickoff throw to first with runners at the corners allowed the runner at third to score.
The home run by Orimoloye was the only run the Rattlers scored off Cedar Rapids starting pitcher Domenick Carlini, who went six innings and scattered five hits for his second straight victory.
Wisconsin rallied for two runs with in the bottom of the ninth inning. Orimoloye and Mario Feliciano had consecutive RBI singles with two outs, but Wisconsin would get no closer.
Game two of the series is scheduled for Friday night. Trey Supak (1-2, 2.40) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Cedar Rapids will send Clark Beeker (5-1, 2.66) to the mound. Game time is 6:35pm.
Friday night is Pirate Night at the ballpark! A pirate from the Caribbean will be here to meet fans and the first 1,000 fans to enter the stadium will receive an eyepatch from North Shore Bank.
Friday is also an Arty's Old Fashioned Friday with WIXX. Arty's Old Fashioned drinks will be available to fans 21 and over for $3 on an Arty's Old Fashioned Friday.
Stick around after the game to enjoy the first FOX11 postgame fireworks display of the season. Children 14 and under may participate in Kids Run the Bases thanks to Menasha Corporation after the fireworks display.
If you can't make it to the stadium, the radio broadcast is on AM1280, WNAM starting with the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino Pregame Show at 6:15pm. The broadcast is also available on TuneIn Radio, IHeartRadio, and MiLB.tv.
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