“Yesterday was tough for us,” Mechaca said on Sunday. “We couldn’t get our runners in from third. We had our chances.”
In Game 2, the first inning started shaky for both teams. Kings starter Tyler Pike took some time to find the plate, walking the first two batters. Those were followed by an RBI single from Jorge Polanco and an RBI double from Hicks to put the Kernels on top first.
The Lumberkings responded in kind with a run of their own on a towering home run by leadoff man Jabari Henry.
Both pitchers came out ready in the second inning, mowing down hitters, and neither team scored again.
Pike and Matt Vedo combined to put down 14 of the next 15 hitters including a streak of 10 in a row. Kernels starter Mason Melotakis one-upped the Lumberkings, mowing down 13 batters in a row, seven on strikeouts.
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