Kernels fall at South Bend, 2-1

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The Cedar Rapids Kernels went back into lack-of-offense mode Monday afternoon in dropping a 2-1 decision to the South Bend Cubs in Midwest League baseball at Four Winds Field.

The Kernels (50-45, 11-14 second half) went 1-5 on their road trip east, the only win coming Sunday at South Bend, 8-4. In the five losses, they scored a combined three runs.

The MWL has Tuesday off, with Cedar Rapids hosting a three-game series beginning Wednesday night against Great Lakes.

Cedar Rapids scored its lone run Monday in the top of the first inning. Aaron Whitefield walked leading off, stole second base, went to third on a foul popout and scored on a Lewin Diaz sacrifice fly.

South Bend (51-43, 12-13) scored twice against losing and starting pitcher Eduardo Del Rosario (7-6) in the third inning. Jhonny Pereda singled leading off, Luis Ayala walked, the runners were bunted ahead a base and scored on Alberto Mineo’s single to center field.

The Kernels had a terrific chance to at least tie the game in the ninth, when Hank Morrison and Andre Jernigan led off with singles. A sacrifice bunt moved runners to second and third, but Ben Rortvedt grounded to first and Gorge Munoz struck out to end the game.

Starter Manuel Rondon (10-3) picked up the pitching win for South Bend, with Wyatt Short getting the save. Del Rosario allowed just five hits in six innings.

l Comments: (319) 398-8259; jeff.johnson@thegazette.com

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