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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium-Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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Combined no-hitter leads Kernels in 9-1 win over Beloit
By: Matt Cozzi, Cedar Rapids Kernels

Tyler Duffey was perfect through 7 innings. Josue Montanez pitches 8th inning, allowing 3 walks. Tim Atherton closes it out with 1 walk in the 9th inning.

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - History was made Sunday afternoon as three pitchers combined to no-hit the Beloit Snappers in a 9-1 win for the Kernels (3-1). Starter Tyler Duffey and relievers Josue Montanez and Tim Atherton combined to no-hit the Snappers (1-3) in the Kernels’ first 9inning no hitter since Ramon Ortiz threw one against Quad Cities in 2007. Stephen Locke notched a no-hitter in 2005 against Peoria in a rain-shortened 5-inning game. Duffey exited the contest after 7 perfect innings. The Houston, Texas, native was efficient in his first professional start, as he left with just 76 pitches to his name and struck out 7. Manager Jake Mauer then turned it over to Montanez, who was added to the Kernel s’ roster only hours before the game. Montanez got into some trouble, walking three Snappers hitters and allowing a run to score on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Mathews. Atherton entered in the 9th inning and promptly struck out the side to finish. The Kernels were also solid offensively on Sunday, recording 15 hits. The first five batters reached base in the opening frame, and Byron Buxton, Candido Pimentel, and Jorge Polanco all scored. In total, Mauer’s squad posted runs in the 1 st, 3rd, 4th, and 7th innings. Every Kernels starter posted a hit. Buxton led the way, as the 19year old went 4-for-5 with 1 run scored and a home run shy of the cycle. The centerfielder is now hitting .563 on the season, which leads the team. First baseman Dalton Hicks added offensive punch, too, going 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Third baseman Travis Harrison went 2-for-4 with 2 RBI as well.

Starting Pitchers: Cedar Rapids: Tyler Duffey (WP, 1-0) 7 IP, 0R, 0H, 7K, 0BB Beloit: Vincent Voiro (LP, 0-1) 3.2 IP, 8R (3ER), 10H, 1K, 1BB -Tyler Duffey (7), Josue Montanez (1), and Tim Atherton (1) combined to throw a no-hitter. -It was the Kernels 1st no-hitter since 2007 when Ramon Ortiz pitched a 9-inning gem. -Byron Buxton went 4-5 with a triple -Dalton Hicks went 3-4 with 2 doubles & 2 RBIs


Beloit Snappers Cedar Rapids Kernels WP: Tyler Duffey (1-0) LP: Vincent Voiro (0-1) SV: None 123 456 789 000 010 010 301 400 10x R H E LOB 1 0 2 3 9 15 0 9

T – 2:27

A – 1,057

Next Game
Monday, April 8th @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Brewers) Cedar Rapids: LHP David Hurlbut vs. Wisconsin: RHP Preston Gainey
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