Cedar Rapids, Iowa- A series that was dominated by pitching in the first
two games saw an abrupt change Sunday afternoon as the Lansing Lugnuts
dropped a 9-5 decision to the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Veterans Memorial
Stadium. The loss gives secures the first series defeat for the Lugnuts
Things looked promising for the Lugnuts in the first inning when C.J.
Ebarb doubled home Darin Mastroianni to make it a 1-0 game. It would be
the only lead for Lansing in the affair.
Cedar Rapids grabbed the lead in the bottom half of the first by taking
advantage of an erratic Luis Perez, who made the start for Lansing. Perez
started the game by hitting the Kernels' Jeremy Moore and walking Clay
Fuller. After the two runners executed a double steal, Andrew Romine
delivered an RBI groudout to knot the game at 1-1. Jay Brossman's single
plated Fuller to push the Kernels ahead 2-1.
The Kernels added three more runs in the third inning with benefit of just
a single hit. Perez walked two batters and hit another to load the bases
before issuing a walk to Chris Rosenbaum that made the score 3-1. Jerry
Gonzalez then drove in two more runs for the Kernels with a single to
right field to push the advantage to 5-1.
Cedar Rapids scored three more times in the fourth inning off of reliever
Randy Boone. Efren Navarro highlighted the frame with an RBI double down
the left field line.
Lansing would musted a rally in the sixth inning by scoring two runs, but
left the bases loaded when Kevin Ahrens struck out to end the threat. The
Lugnuts left seven batters in scoring position during the contest.
Trevor Reckling (1-0) garnered the win for the Kernels by throwing five
innings and allowing one run on two hits.
Perez (0-1) took the loss for the Lugnuts after surrendering five runs
over three innings. He also walked five batters in the outing and hit two
Lansing (7-3) will continue the road trip on Monday night at Community
Field in Burlington, Iowa when they take on the Burlington Bees. Trystan
Magnuson (0-1, 3.38) will take the hill for the Lugnuts. He will be
opposed by Burlington's Danny Gutierrez (0-0, 0.00).