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Cougars fall 4-3 in 11 innings

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Special to the Daily Herald

Cedar Rapids' bullpen retired 18 of the last 19 batters before walking off in the bottom of the 11th inning Thursday night. The host Kernels (27-19, 58-58) walk-off 4-3 victory opened a four-game series against the Cougars (27-19, 72-44).

The Kernels tied the Cougars for best record in the second-half Western Division standings. The Cougars already have a playoff spot secured, which technically allows Cedar Rapids the first-place stance.

Both bullpens buckled down after David Garner gave up 2 runs to the Kernels in the eighth inning. Mitch Garver's RBI single knotted the game at 3-3 and brought in Cougars reliever Jasvir Rakkar.

The right-hander ended the inning with a groundout and tossed a perfect ninth to bring the game into extras. Engelb Vielma started a promising 10th with a leadoff double, but nothing came of it as Rakkar shut down the Kernels again.

Garver's leadoff double in the 11th had a different outcome. With Francisco Carrillo (0-1) on the mound, Bryan Haar ripped a single off the left-field wall to score Garver and give Cedar Rapids the win.

Wild Things 8, Boomers 6:

The Schaumburg Boomers nearly overcame an 8-0 deficit but fell short against the visiting Washington Wild Things.

Washington became the first visiting team to win a series at Boomers Stadium this season, opening a 3-0 lead in the first on 4 singles. Washington tacked on 2 runs in the fourth and 3 in the seventh against starter Hunter Ackerman to lead 8-0. Ackerman worked 6⅓ innings in the loss.

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