Kernels down Snappers, 11-1

Staff Report

BELOIT – Kevin Johnson pitched an impressive first inning, but there weren’t many positives for the Snappers the rest of the way on a soggy Sunday afternoon in Beloit, as the Snappers fall to the Kernels 11-1.

The Kernels opened up the scoring in the top of the second inning on a Blake Schmit RBI single to third baseman Jose Brizuela., scoring Max Murphy.  With runners on first and second, a wild pitch allowed both to advance, and a run scored on a second wild pitch from Johnson, jumping out to a 2-0 lead.

With a steady rain falling in the top of the third inning, the Kernels got a single from Trey Vavra, and Max Murphy brought him in with an RBI triple after a quick first out. The Kernels scored two more in the inning, but the rain really picked up forcing the grounds crew to pull the tarp onto the field.

After a lengthy rain delay, Corey Miller came on in relief to get a ground ball from Rainis Silva, but Jose Brizuela overthrew Trent Gilbert covering second base. Cedar Rapids took advantage by scoring two more runs before Miller struck out Nick Gordon to end the inning.

The Snappers couldn’t get anything going in the bottom of the third as Luke Bard got a groundout and two pop outs to quickly end the inning. The Snappers didn’t do Miller any favors in the bottom of the inning, committing two errors to put runners on first and second with no outs in the inning. A Zack Larson single loaded the bases for the Kernels before Pat Kelly lined out to a sprawling Shawn Duinkerk, bringing in a run. Tyler Kuresa then doubled to bring in two runs, and Rainis Silva singled to give the Kernels an 11-0 lead.

Bard got three more quick outs in the bottom of the fourth as the Snappers couldn’t seem to get the bats going after the rain delay. Jerad Grundy came on to replace Miller in the top of the fifth, getting two groundouts and a strikeout to give Beloit their first scoreless inning since the first.

Snappers fans finally got something to cheer about in the bottom of the fifth when Cameron Booser got in the game to relieve Bard and walked Joe Bennie and Jose Brizuela. After a 6-4-3 double play, Brizuela scored on a throwing error from Cedar Rapids shortstop Nick Gordon to get Beloit on the scoreboard.

Kevin Johnson suffered the loss for the Snappers, going to 1-4 on the season.

Neither team got a runner aboard as they traded zeroes in the sixth, and outside of a Tanner English walk in the top of the inning, there was nothing doing for either team in the seventh. Grundy was good in his two innings of relief for Beloit, but Joey Wagman came on to get a groundout, a pop out, and a strikeout looking to cruise through the top of the eighth. After two groundouts, Trent Gilbert singled to shallow left, but Yairo Munoz grounded out to end the bottom of the eighth.

After a rough first four innings defensively for the Snappers, they locked it down in the next five while getting a good effort from their relief corps. After a single from Robert Martinez in the bottom of the ninth, Brizuela grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to put an end to a long, difficult game for the Snappers.

Monday morning, RHP Dustin Driver moved to the disabled list. RHP Heath Fillmyer was brought onto the active roster and will start against the Cedar Rapids Kernels today at 2 p.m.

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