Kernels beat Lugnuts 9-8, win series in Lansing

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June 16, 2024 – Midwest League (MWL)
Cedar Rapids Kernels News Release

Lansing, MI – Cedar Rapids opened a 7-1 lead in the third inning Sunday afternoon and held on to win the series finale in Lansing 9-8.

After a 10-point blowout win on Saturday night, the Kernels’ offense got going right away on Sunday. In the top of the first inning, Jay Harray walked to start the game, and after a single by Ricardo Olivar, a fly ball moved him to third base, and a sac-bunt by Agustin Ruiz brought him home and brought the Kernels to the top with 1-0.

In the second, Lansing tied the score. A walk for Brayan Buelvas started the inning, and after a pair of groundouts moved him to third base, he scored on a Cameron Masterman RBI single to tie the game at 1-1.

In the top of the third, Cedar Rapids’ offense blew things open. A pair of walks and a single loaded the bases, while no one came out for Rayne Doncon, who put the Kernels ahead again with a two-run double. The next batter, Kevin Maitan, increased the lead to 4-1 with a sacrifice fly, and Misael Urbina increased the lead to four with an RBI single. With Urbina on and still one out, Nate Baez ripped a two-run home to give Cedar Rapids a 7-1 lead.

Lansing got two runs back in the fourth on a solo home by Euribiel Angeles and an RBI double by Masterman, cutting the deficit to 7-3.

Solo home runs by Baez, his second of the day and third of the series in the sixth inning, and Rubel Cespedes in the seventh, pushed the Kernels lead back to six at 9-3 after seven innings.

In the eighth, Lansing started to rally again. With one out, Buelvas walked Luke Mann, who narrowed the deficit to 9-5 with a two-run homerun.

In the bottom of the ninth, a Colby Halter double, a Johnny Butler RBI single and a Henry Bolte two-run homerun made it 9-8 with no one out. But Ricardo Velez locked things down by recording the final three outs of the game as the Kernels held on for the 9-8 win.

Ty Langenberg picked up the win in his Cedar Rapids debut as the Kernels won the series in Lansing and improved to 36-26 on the season. Cedar Rapids returns home for a 12-game homestand against Peoria on Tuesday at 6:35 a.m., both starters TBD.

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