Buffalo Grove native Zach Borenstein hit a home run and had 4 RBI to boost the Cedar Rapids Kernels to a 7-5 victory over the Kane County Cougars on Saturday night in front of 8,827 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Borensteinís blast came with two men in the second inning against Aaron Brooks (4-7). Frazier Hall started the inning with a single and advanced to third on a double from Gary Mitchell. After the Borenstein homer, Abel Baker singled and scored on a double by Alex Yarbrough.
Cedar Rapids (31-38) added a run in the third on a Borenstein sacrifice fly, driving in Kaleb Cowart.
Kane County staged a comeback with 2 runs in the fourth and another in the fifth. A double by Orlando Calixte drove home Jorge Bonifacio and Lane Adams.
Bonifacio cracked a double to score Justin Trapp in the fifth inning to pull the Cougars (34-35) within 1 against Carmine Giardina (3-4).
Thatís as close as the Cougars would get. Cedar Rapids picked up an unearned run off Brooks in the seventh with a Cowart sacrifice fly, scoring Eric Stamets. Gary Mitchell homered to start the eighth off Rudy Brown while the Cougars scored on a Stamets error in the eighth.
Stephen Tromblee (third save) picked up the got the final four outs.Copyright © 2013 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.