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MWL: Silver Hawks Snap Kernels Streak

CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA The Kernels pitching staff struck out 16 South Bend hitters but were unable to rally from an early deficit in a 7-5 loss Tuesday at Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The loss snapped the Kernels' winning streak at six games.

The 16 strikeouts - five from Ryan Eades, six from Josue Montanez, four from Christian Powell and one from Brandon Peterson - were a season-high for the Kernels. The Kernels trailed by five runs in the sixth inning, rallied to trim the deficit to one, but couldn't come up with their sixth come-from-behind win on the season.

The Silver Hawks scored three runs in the opening frame, the sixth consecutive home game in which the Kernels' opponent struck first.  A leadoff walk from Andrew Velazquez and a single from Jamie Westbrook put runners on the corners to start the game. The scoring began on an RBI single by Stryker Trahan, and South Bend extended the lead to 2-0 on a double by Daniel Palka.  A sacrifice fly off the bat of George Roberts gave the Silver Hawks a 3-0 lead after a half inning.

The hot start of Kernels catcher Mitch Garver continued in the bottom of the second when Garver drilled a Brad Allen pitch over the left field wall for his fifth home run of the season. The solo shot cut the South Bend lead to 3-1.

South Bend would respond in the top of the third with two more runs.  The inning began with Trahan's second hit of the game, a single.  Palka would drive in his second run of the game on a double, re-establishing South Bend's three-run lead.  The Silver Hawks took a four run lead with two outs in the inning when Breland Almadova reached on a bunt single that scored Palka.  

Kernels starter Eades' outing ended after the third inning.  Eades (1-2) surrendered five earned runs on eight hits, walking two hitters and striking out five.

The Silver Hawks continued their offensive onslaught in the top of the sixth inning with another run.  Jamie Westbrook led off the inning with a double off the wall in left field.  Westbrook scored from second base on an RBI single by George Roberts.

The Kernels rallied to make it a one-run game in the bottom of the seventh inning.  A leadoff walk was drawn by Garver.  He was immediately brought home on a long home run by Bryan Haar, bringing the Kernels within 6-3.  Back to back walks by Logan Wade and Bo Altobelli brought the tying run to the plate, and a single from Engleb Vielma would load the bases.  This would end the night of South Bend starter  Brad Allen.  In Allen's six innings, he allowed five runs on six hits while striking out five Kernels and walking three.  Allen (2-0) ended up as the winning pitcher.

Against relief pitcher Will Locante, Jeremias Pineda drew the fourth walk of the inning, bringing home Wade and cutting the deficit to two runs.  Locante then induced a double play ball from Jason Kanzler, which brought Altobelli to the plate.  A Tanner Vavra groundout ended the inning with the Kernels trailing 6-5.  The Silver Hawks added an insurance run in the top of the ninth on a two-out RBI single by Velazquez.  JR Bradley tossed a hitless ninth to earn the save.
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