Kernels drop penultimate regular-season game, 3-1

Published: September 1 2013 | 4:38 pm - Updated: 28 March 2014 | 7:53 pm in
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CLINTON - The Cedar Rapids Kernels were limited to five hits in a 3-1 loss to the Clinton LumberKings in the penultimate game of the Midwest League regular season for both clubs Sunday.

Cedar Rapids is at Clinton again Monday afternoon in the regular season finale. Both teams have qualified for the MWL playoffs, with the Kernels playing Wednesday night at Quad Cities and Clinton hosting Beloit in the first game of their best-of-three first-round series.

Clinton's Gaby Guerrero, nephew of former major league all-star Vladimir Guerrero, hit a solo home run to left field in the second inning against starting and losing pitcher Tim Atherton (8-5). The LumberKings got an unearned run in the fourth for a 2-0 lead.

Atherton threw six innings, allowing just four hits.

The Kernels (87-50 overall) made it a 2-1 game in the eighth when Jonathan Murphy doubled leading off against reliever Oliver Garcia and scored on a Tyler Grimes fielder's choice grounder. Clinton got that run right back in the bottom of the inning when Dario Pizzano doubled against relief pitcher Madison Boer and scored on an ensuing Tyler Marlette RBI single.

It was the 40th double of the season for Pizzano.

The Kernels have changed their starting pitching rotation for the playoffs, with left-hander Brett Lee scheduled to start Game 1 against Quad Cities, with righty Tim Shibuya starting Game 2 on Thursday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. Atherton would get the nod for Game 3, if it is needed.

Here is the game boxscore:

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