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MWL: Late Rally Downs Kernels in Peoria

PEORIA, Ill. The Kernels fell 5-3 to the Peoria Chiefs at Dozer Park on Monday evening in the opener of a four-game series.

Peorias Jake Stone came up with the big hit of the night when he drilled a two-run double to deep center field in the bottom of the eighth inning to score two Chiefs.  The hit scored Kenny Peoples-Walls and Mason Katz, broke a tie, and moved Peoria ahead by a pair of runs, 5-3.  The inning started when Peoples-Walls singled and moved to second base on a wild pitch.  Later, Katz drew a walk to put two men on in front of Stone.

Christian Powell (0-1) took the loss for the Kernels.  He allowed two runs on two hits over one inning.  He struck out three and walked one.

Peoria picked up the games first run in the top of the first inning.  C.J. McElroy, Jr. singled to start the inning, advanced to second base on a wild pitch by Kernels starter Aaron Slegers, went to third base on a throwing error by first baseman Mitch Garver, and scored on another wild pitch to make the score 1-0.

The Kernels quickly tied the score 1-1 in the top of the second inning.  Bryan Haar doubled to left to start the inning.  He advanced to third base on a wild pitch and came home on Logan Wades RBI single into left.

The game stayed tied until the fifth inning when the Kernels jumped ahead 2-1.  Bo Altobelli began the inning with a base on balls.  He moved up to second base on a wild pitch and scored on Tanner Vavras two-out, RBI single past the shortstop Juan Herrera.

Peoria went ahead 3-2 in the sixth inning.  Carson Kelly tripled and later came home on a RBI single up the middle by Kenny Peoples-Walls.  He later scored on Mason Katzs RBI double down the left field line.

Zack Larson connected for his first home run of the season in the seventh inning to tie the game 3-3.  Larsons solo shot went to left field and led off the inning.  However, the Kernels did not score the rest of the night.

Aaron Slegers started for the Kernels and pitched into the sixth inning.  He allowed three runs on five hits while striking out five and walking three.  Brandon Bixler did not allow a run in just over an inning, extending his scoreless streak to 11 1/3 innings to start the season.

Chris Perry (1-0) collected the win for Peoria, allowing one run in relief.  Joe Scanio secured his first save as he pitched a perfect ninth inning.  Alex Reyes started for the Chiefs and allowed two runs on four hits in just over four innings.  He struck out five and walked one.

The Kernels take on Peoria on Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m.  RHP Ryan Eades (1-2, 4.91) will start for the Kernels while RHP Nick Petree (1-0, 0.00) will pitch for Peoria.
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