Wisconsin pops kernels 14-8

Mike Boeve and his .553 batting average were promoted early Saturday morning from the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to the Biloxi Shuckers of the Southern League by the Milwaukee Brewers. Boeve’s now former Timber Rattlers teammates didn’t miss a beat as they collected 15 hits, drew seven walks and stole five bases to race past the Cedar Rapids Kernels 14-8 on Saturday afternoon at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium. Gregory Barrios led the Rattlers’ hitting parade by going 4-for-5 with five RBI.

Wisconsin (9-5) took the lead in the bottom of the second inning on back-to-back doubles by Jadher Areinamo and Jesús Chirinos. The Rattlers loaded the bases with no outs, but a double play left the Rattlers with runners on second and third base and in danger of not further increasing their lead. Dylan O’Rae extended the frame when he walked, loading the bases again. Then, Barrios hit a line drive single to right, scoring two runs for a 3-0 lead.

Cedar Rapids (6-7) put its first two batters of the top of the third on base. Wisconsin starter Alexander Cornielle struckout the next two batters. However, Rubel Cespedes blew a 2-2 pitch into shallow center for an RBI single. Cornielle walked the next batter to load the bases and the call was made to the bullpen because he was at 35 pitches in the inning.

Tyler Wehrle took over and gave up a three-run double to Danny De Andrade and an RBI single to Jay Harry, leaving the Rattlers behind by two runs.

The Rattlers didn’t stay down for long as they exploded for five runs in the fourth to take an 8-5 lead.

Ramón Rodríguez and Terence Doston recorded a double steal with one out, putting runners on second and third base with one out. O’Rae singled in both runners to tie the game. Luis Lara singled to center with two outs and O’Rae went from first to third when the throw to third from the outfield sailed out of play, allowing O’Rae to score the go-ahead run. Luke Adams and Jadher Areinamo followed with consecutive RBI singles to end the scoring in the inning.

The Kernels scored a run against Wehrle in the top of the fifth to narrow the deficit, but that again seemed to draw the attention of Wisconsin’s offense as they loaded the bases. Barrios doubled in two runners before Lara added a sacrifice fly for an 11-6 lead.

Gabriel Gonzalez and Rubel Cespedes helped Cedar Rapids rally from two outs in the top of the sixth with an RBI double and an RBI single, and the Rattlers led by just three runs.

Wisconsin doubled that lead in the bottom of the sixth when they loaded the bases with two outs. O’Rae was hit by a pitch with two outs, forcing the first run. Barrios sent a grounder up the middle and O’Rae beat the flip to second base for what would have been the final out. O’Rae’s speed gave Barrios his fourth hit and fifth RBI of the game. Lara delivered a basesloaded walk to score the final run of the game.

Childers did not allow a run in the seventh. Jake Polancic threw a scoreless eighth and Yerlin Rodriguez closed the game with a scoreless ninth.

Barrios reached base seven straight times between Friday and Saturday’s games. He is 13-for-18 with six doubles and eight RBI in the five games of this series with the Kernels.

Rodríguez, Eduarqui Fernández and Doston, the 7, 8 and 9 hitters in Wisconsin’s lineup, each scored three runs in the game. Doston walked three times.

The Timber Rattlers hold a 3-2 series lead as they enter the final game of the series with the Kernels on Sunday afternoon.

Wisconsin has Edwin Jimenez (2-0, 6.55) as the starting pitcher. Cedar Rapids has Darren Bowen (0-1, 19.29) as its starter. The playing time is 1:10 p.m.