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MWL: 8 is the Magic Number as Kernels Win Again

Cedar Rapids, Iowa —  Eight seemed to be the magic number on Monday night as the Kernels won their 8th straight ballgame by an 8-run margin behind an 8 strikeout performance by 18-year old Jose Berrios.  The 9-1 victory over Lansing was propelled by a 5-run 5th inning.

Jose Berrios (2-0) fanned 8 Lugnuts over 6.2 innings as he allowed only 1 run on 4 hits while walking none.  Josh Burris was stellar in his Kernels debut, going the final 2.1 innings and allowing 0 runs on 1 hit while striking out 3 and walking 1.

Both teams were held hitless the first time through the order by the starting pitchers – Berrios for the Kernels and Taylor Cole for the Lugnuts.  The Kernels struck for a pair of runs in the 3rd inning.  A pair of two-out errors and a walk set up a 2-RBI triple for Jorge Polanco to put Cedar Rapids up 2-0.  Lansing picked up their first two hits in the 4th inning with a triple and a RBI double by Christian Lopes.

The Kernels took a 7-1 lead by plating five runs with two outs in the 5th inning while hitting for the cycle in order as a team.  After a walk and a two-out single by Jorge Polanco, Dalton Hicks drove in a couple with a 2-RBI double off the wall in left.  Adam Brett Walker followed with a RBI triple to the gap in right-center.  Travis Harrison finished off the team-cycle with a 2-run home run.  Harrison’s blast was his 3rd of the season and cleared the pavilion in left.

Cedar Rapids extended their lead to 9-1 in the 6th inning when Byron Buxton’s RBI triple to dead-center brought J.D. Williams home.  Jorge Polanco followed with a RBI single to score Buxton.

Taylor Cole (1-2) took the loss for Lansing, going 5 innings and allowing 7 runs (6 earned) on 6 hits.

Tuesday, April 30 (12:05 p.m.) vs. Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays)
(Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium)         
Cedar Rapids: RHP LHP Matthew Tomshaw (0-0, 9.00) vs. Lansing: RHP Roberto Osuna (1-1, 2.95)

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