CEDAR RAPIDS — It just isn’t going especially well right now for the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
A dreary 11-2 loss Tuesday night to Quad Cities at Veterans Memorial Stadium brought C.R.’s May record to an uninspiring 5-9.
Things definitely are not trending up. The club ranks 10th of 16 teams in the Midwest League in earned run average, 14th in batting average and 14th in fielding average.
There have been a lot of moving parts with the roster, and that has played a role in things. But Manager Brian Dinkelman pointed out that in professional baseball, you need to take advantage of any opportunity you get.
“You give the players a chance to get out there and play,” he said. “See what they can do and hope that they produce, develop and learn. Play the game well. You run them out there and keep playing hard and hopefully turn things around.”
Quad Cities (23-11) has the MWL’s best record, with a lot of that having to do with excellent pitching. Cody Deason and Luis Garcia combined to allow just five hits here and retired 15 straight hitters at one point.
A five-run fifth inning against Kernels starter Luis Rijo produced more than enough offense.
“That first guy tonight we had a chance against,” Dinkelman said, referring to Deason. “But that second guy was tough. Had a good breaking ball.”
The shuffling of the deck player wise continued Tuesday with two more transactions.
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Outfielder DaShawn Keirsey Jr. was placed on the seven-day injured list with a shoulder problem, while catcher David Banuelos was promoted to high-Class A Fort Myers. The Kernels received a pair of outfielders from extended spring training in Jean Carlos Arias and Jared Akins.
This is the second IL stint for Keirsey, who is hitting .127 in 16 games. He dealt with a hip flexor injury earlier this season.
Banuelos was hitting .214 in 18 games for C.R., with two home runs and nine RBIs. A superior defensive catcher, he was in his second season with the Kernels.
This is the second go-around here this season and third in two years for Arias, who played in 79 games last season for the Kernels. He was 3-for-19 in seven games this April before being shipped to Fort Myers.
Akins played in 18 games last season for Cedar Rapids, hitting .209. He spent the rest of his 2018 season with Rookie-level Elizabethton.
The teams play a Wednesday game at noon, concluding C.R.’s brief four-game homestand.
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