The Kernels tagged the TinCaps for four runs over the first two innings, on their way to a 6-2 win over Fort Wayne.
Starting pitcher Mason Thompson (6-6) had a rough night, giving up seven hits and four runs over four innings of work. In stark contrast, Cedar Rapids starter Bailey Ober had an excellent night, striking out ten batters over 6.2 innings of scoreless baseball.
The TinCaps finally broke through with a couple runs in the top of the ninth, thanks to RBI hits form Luis Almanzar and Jalen Washington, but it was too little, too late.
Fort Wayne and Cedar Rapids battle for the series win Friday at 7:35pm, before the TinCaps head to Peoria for another three-game series.