But Kernels pitcher Mason Melotakis (9-3) stymied the Clinton lineup. The southpaw kept the LumberKings off the scoreboard besides the one unearned run in the second. Melotakis, 3-0 vs. Clinton this season, surrendered just five hits and fanned seven batters in eight innings.
The Kernels took the lead for good in the sixth inning. Pineda gave Cedar Rapids a 3-1 lead with a two-run double to score Travis Harrison and Michael Quesada.
The LumberKings and Kernels conclude their three-game series at 6:35 p.m. today. Clinton sends right-hander Rigoberto Garcia (0-2, 7.47 ERA) to the mound against Kernels right-hander Jose Berrios (6-5, 3.86).