Kelly, Fernandez lead Kernels to 12-3 win over Snappers

Jorge Fernandez (center) is congratulated by teammates Brett Doe (left) and Pat Kelly (right) after hitting a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning of Monday's game. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Jorge Fernandez (center) is congratulated by teammates Brett Doe (left) and Pat Kelly (right) after hitting a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning of Monday’s game.

Pat Kelly and Jorge Fernandez drove in nine Cedar Rapids runs to lead the Kernels to a 12-3 win over the Snappers at Beloit’s Pohlman Field on Monday.

Kelly went 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, a walk and five runs batted in. Fernandez went 2-for-5 with a home run and four runs batted in.

Pat Kelly homers off Junior Mendez in the 4th inning of Monday's game.

Pat Kelly homers off Junior Mendez in the 4th inning of Monday’s game.

Three Kernels players collected three hits — Kelly, Max Murphy and Tyler Kuresa. Overall the team had 19 hits and got at least one from every starter.

Max Murphy (right) gets a fist bump from manager Jake Mauer during Monday's game.

Max Murphy (right) gets a fist bump from manager Jake Mauer during Monday’s game.

Beloit’s James Harris had three hits, including a solo homer and a double.

Beloit Snappers CF James Harris

Beloit Snappers CF James Harris

Michael Theofanopoulos earned the win in relief, giving up four hits and no walks while striking out four batters in 2.2 scoreless innings. He took the mound after Kernels starter John Curtiss exited with an undisclosed injury in the 5th inning.

Cedar Rapids Kernels LHP Michael Theofanopoulos

Cedar Rapids Kernels LHP Michael Theofanopoulos

Snappers catcher Jose Chavez picked off two runners — Kuresa at first base and T.J. White at third base — and threw out Nick Gordon on a steal attempt.

Beloit Snappers C Jose Chavez

Beloit Snappers C Jose Chavez

The Kernels have scored at least 11 runs in three games this season. All three games were against the Snappers.

All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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