GRAND CHUTE, Wis. – The Cedar Rapids Kernels roughed up a major league pitcher Sunday to complete a four-game sweep to begin the Midwest League’s second half.
The Kernels got to Marco Estrada for six runs in the third inning of a 13-9 win over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Estrada started the game on an injury rehabilitation assignment from the Milwaukee Brewers.
J.D. Williams led off the Cedar Rapids third with a solo home run to right field. Estrada got the next two outs, but the Kernels then strung together six consecutive hits to chase him.
D.J. Hicks padded his MWL RBI lead with a run-scoring single to center, Travis Harrison and Max Kepler had RBI doubles, and Adam Brett Walker and Jhonatan Arias run-scoring single.
Hudson Boyd (2-4) labored through five innings to get the pitching win for Cedar Rapids, which won all four games of this series. He allowed eight hits, six walks and five earned runs.
Every Kernels starter had at least one hit, with Jorge Polanco picking up four. The team had 20.
Cedar Rapids has Monday off, then begins a seven-game homestand with a 12:05 p.m. game Tuesday against Burlington.
Here is the game boxscore: