CEDAR RAPIDS — The Cedar Rapids Kernels continued to cool off the red-hot Quad-Cities River Bandits Saturday night, handing Q-C a 9-1 loss.
The Kernels ended the Bandits’ 9-game winning streak Friday night and scored in nearly every inning against them Saturday, putting up at least one run in the second through seventh innings.
Shane Carrier started the damage with a two-run home run in the second and Jordan Gore capped it with a two-run triple in the seventh.
Cedar Rapids’ Anthony Marzi allowed just one run in six innings for the win.
Royce Lewis, an 18-year-old shortstop who was the top overall pick in the June baseball draft, joined Cedar Rapids on Saturday after batting .271 in 36 games with the Twins' Gulf Coast League team. Lewis went 4-for-5 in the rout, including a run-scoring single in the fourth inning.
Prior to Saturday's game, the Houston Astros promoted Quad-Cities pitchers Carson LaRue (12-4, 2.86 ERA) and Abdiel Saldana (5-2, 2.97) to high-A Buies Creek. Pitchers Kit Sheetz (0-3, 2.25) and Nathan Thompson (0-0, 1.41) fill the roster spots, joining the River Bandits from short-season Tri-City.
Clinton 5, Beloit 4: Clinton jumped out to a 5-0 lead, then held on for a victory over Beloit.
The LumberKings got a pair of runs in the first inning on a two-run single by Bryson Brigman and added single runs in the third, fourth and sixth innings in support of starting pitcher Ljay Newsome, who worked five scoreless innings.
The Snappers had more success against the Clinton bullpen but Seth Elledge finally got the final out in the ninth, registering his third save despite allowing a run.