The Kane County Cougars fell behind early and never caught up as they fell 8-4 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Sunday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
The Kernels' Jonathan Murphy led off the game with a single, Jorge Polanco reached on an error and Adam Brett Walker walked to load the bases with one out. Cougars starter Tayler Scott (5-7) forced Max Kepler to pop out for the second out, but Travis Harrison delivered a 2-run single. As Polanco came home, the throw to the plate got away and Scott then fired the ball wide of second as Walker scored.
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In the bottom of the first, Oliver Zapata of the Cougars (47-67, 17-31) walked and scored all the way from first on a double by Giuseppe Pappacio.
Hudson Boyd started for the Kernels (72-45, 32-17) and walked six in 22⁄3 innings. But the Cougars continuously let Boyd off the hook, stranding nine baserunners through the first four innings.
The Kernels put the game away in the fifth when Walker walloped a 3-run homer to make it 6-1.
The Cougars' Jose Dore collected sacrifice flies in the fifth and seventh innings. Reggie Golden added an RBI double in the seventh against reliever Christian Powell (3-5), who worked 41⁄3 innings. Alex Muren earned his second save by recording the final six outs.
The Cougars wrap up their six-game homestand against the Kernels today 6:30 p.m. when they send left-hander Michael Heesch (3-9) against right-hander Josue Montanez (4-5).