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Early Outburst Propels Kernels to 6-4 Win in Series Finale

Chiefs back home on Tuesday against Wisconsin
April 24, 2022

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored twice in the first and four more times in the second inning to race by the Chiefs 6-4 Sunday. With the win, Cedar Rapids took five of six from Peoria in the Chiefs second road series of the year. Masyn Winn

Cedar Rapids, IA – The Cedar Rapids Kernels scored twice in the first and four more times in the second inning to race by the Chiefs 6-4 Sunday. With the win, Cedar Rapids took five of six from Peoria in the Chiefs second road series of the year.

Masyn Winn started things off with a bang for the Chiefs. Making his first start since Tuesday, Winn launched the first pitch of the game over the left field fence to boost the Chiefs to a 1-0 lead. For Winn, it was his first homer of the year and extended his hit-streak to nine games. After Kernels starter Aaron Rozek retired the next two batters, LJ Jones doubled to right and Matt Chamberlain brought him around to make it 2-0 Peoria, giving starter Logan Gragg some early run support.

Cedar Rapids had an early answer for the Chiefs quick start. Anthony Prato led off the bottom of the first with a home run of his own to make it 2-1. Two batters later, Aaron Sabato tied the contest with an RBI single.

In the home half of the second, the Kernels created separation by sending eight men to the plate and scoring four times off of Gragg to jump out to an early 6-2 edge. Gragg exited after working a scoreless third inning. All told, Cedar Rapids collected 10 hits in their first three frames.

From there, the Peoria bullpen kept the Chiefs in it. The trio of Michael YaSenka, Leonardo Taveras and Enmanuel Solano combined for five shutout innings and allowed just one hit while striking out six Kernels batters.

After the quick start out of the gates, the Chiefs were unable to get any closer than two. Thomas Francisco connected on a solo home run in the fourth, his first of the year, to make it 6-3. In the eighth, an RBI groundout from Jacob Buchberger made it 6-4.

In the ninth, Tommy Jew led off the inning with a bunt single but the Chiefs were unable to mount a rally, as the next three batters were retired.

The Chiefs return home to Dozer Park on Tuesday for a six-game series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers.