The Cedar Rapids Kernels used two big innings to beat the Burlington Bees 8-2 on Friday. The loss was Burlington’s fifth in a row.
The Kernels scored four runs in the 2nd inning, chasing Bees SP Sean Newcomb, who took the loss. Newcomb lasted only 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on four hits, two walks, and two wild pitches.
The Kernels scored three more runs in the 4th inning to take a 7-1 lead. 3B Jonatan Hinojosa hit a two-run triple; if that sounds familiar, that’s because he hit a bases-clearing triple against the Bees on Thursday.
Kernels 2B Logan Wade drove in three runs on two hits.
Kernels SP Ryan Eades (W, 9-11) pitched well, giving up only one run on five hits and a wild pitch. He struck out two and walked none in his six innings of work.
As for the three Eades-Eaves showdowns of the game, Bees 2B Kody Eaves singled in his first at-bat, popped out to the third baseman in his second at-bat, and flew out to left field in his third at-bat. Eades was taken out of the game before Eaves’ fourth at-bat, which resulted in a groundout to first base.
Kernels RHP Chris Mazza was perfect in his 1 2/3 innings of work, striking out all five batters he faced.
Midwest League notes
The Kane County Cougars beat the Clinton LumberKings 9-1 on Friday, extending their winning streak to 12 consecutive games. The Cougars are 11-0 at home this month and have an overall record of 85-45, the first time the team has been 40 games over .500 in its 24-year history.
The West Michigan Whitecaps notched 16 strikeouts in their 3-2 win over the Dayton Dragons on Friday. SP Kevin Ziomek struck out 10 batters in six innings, RP Nate Fury struck out five in two innings, and closer Zac Reininger struck out one in his lone inning of work.
The Peoria Chiefs scored twice in the bottom of the 9th inning to beat the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 3-2 on Friday. A day earlier, the Chiefs announced that they agreed to a four-year extension (through the 2020 season) of their player development contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Snappers to honor Spelius
On Saturday the Beloit Snappers will honor MWL president George Spelius, who is retiring next month after 28 years heading the Low-A league. I’ll be at the 7 p.m. game, hopefully arriving early enough to get a Spelius bobblehead! That seems like something the Midwest League Traveler should have on display in his office space, doesn’t it?
Spelius is one of the founding fathers of the Beloit franchise, and has served as league president since 1987. That’s 11 years before Bud Selig was elected commissioner of Major League Baseball!
MWL vice president and league counsel Richard Nussbaum will take over as president when Spelius’ retirement takes effect. He previously served as special counsel to former Indiana Gov. Joe Kernan, who owned the South Bend Silver Hawks from 2005 to 2011.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler