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CLINTON — The Cedar Rapids Kerrnels played 11 innings Friday night and came away with two Midwest League victories. Not too bad of a tradeoff.
Cedar Rapids Washington graduate Chad Christensen hit a two-run single into center field to give the Kernels a 5-4 walk-off win in 11 innings. That was the conclusion of a suspended game in Cedar Rapids a couple of weeks ago.
The teams picked the game back up in the top of the 10th inning and things tied at 3-3. Clinton scored a run in the top of the 11th for a 4-3 lead but Jon Murphy singled leading off the bottom of the 11th, and an error on Bo Altobelli’s sacrifice bunt put Murphy on third and Altobelli on second with none out.
Ryan Walker flied to short left, keeping the runners at their respective bases. But Christensen, who tied the game with a two-out RBI single in the bottom of the ninth came through to win it.
In the regularly scheduled game, starting pitcher Kohl Stewart was stong over six innings to get just his second win of the season. Stewart was ejected early in his previous start for arguging a fair-ball call on a base-hit grounder, but rebounded for five-hit ball, walking none, giving up a run and striking out five.
Cedar Rapids (40-51) scored a go-ahead run in the seventh and added four insurance runs in the eight. Murphy and Jason Kanzler had two hits and RBIs apiece.
The teams play again Saturday night.