The Cougars put some runs on the board today, and came away with their first win of the season. They would win 10-5 over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers to win one of the three games in the series.
Cougar starter Dan Straily pitched very well. He gave up one hit through the first three innings. He ran into some trouble in the fourth and fifth innings. In all he pitched five innings giving up five hits and two runs. He walked one and struck out six. The most impressive part was in the fourth inning, he would get out of a bases loaded jam without giving up any runs.
Scooter Gennett lead off the inning with a single to right. One out later, Cameron Garfield singled to left center, Gennett would get to third and Garfield went to second on the throw into third. Chris Dennis walked, which loaded the bases. Straily would then be able to get both Sean Halton and Joe Paciorek to strike out, which would end the inning.
The other big story of the game was the Cougars fourth and fifth innings, in all they score seven of their ten runs in those innings, with five of them being in the fourth. Kent Walton led off with a walk. Then a strange play, a ball in the dirt, Walton was running towards second, he would've been out. The catcher threw to first, and Walton made it into second. Then nobody covered third so Walton went to third. Rashun Dixon followed with a double off the center field wall to score Walton. One out later, Franklin Hernandez walked. Mike Gilmartin would then hit a ball to left. The left fielder lost the ball in the sun, it would drop on the warning track, to load the bases. Leonardo Gil followed by reaching on an error by the short stop. Dixon would score, and the bases remained loaded. Tyreace House reached on a fielder's choice, it would've been a double play but House beat the throw. Hernandez would score. Myrio Richard continued the inning with a double down the left field line to score both Gilmartin and House. Connor Crumbliss would be caught looking to end the inning.
At that point the Cougars were up 5-0. Thye would score twice more in the fifth inning. Walton led off with a bunt single to first. Dixon then singled to right center. One out later, Hernandez reached on a throwing error by Paciorek, Walton would score. One out later, Gil singled down the left field line to score Dixon.
After that the Rattlers offense would come alive and make a game of it with five runs in the next two innings. In the fifth Straily would give up his two runs. Carlos George led off with a single to short. Franklin Romero then tripled to center. Tyreace House just basically droped the ball, but they ruled it a hit. George would score on the play. D'Vantrey Richardson then hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Romero.
Bo Schultz then came in for the sixth inning and would be wild at the start, he would give up three runs in two innings of work. In the sxith Schultz hit Garfield to lead off the inning, then walked Dennis. Halton would ground one to third. Leonardo Gil would try to tag the runner Garfield and miss, which loaded the bases. Paciorek grounded out to third to score Garfield. Geroge hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Dennis. Romero doubled off the center field wall to score Halton.
In the seventh inning, Max Stassi would hit his first professional homerun. The other two runs the Cougars scored would come in the eighth. With one out, House singled to shrot. Richard then doubled down the left field line. Crumbliss followed that with a single to right to score both House and Richard.
The Cougars bullepn of Josh Lansford and Jose Guzman both pitched shutout innings. Lansford gave up a two out single in the eighth. Guzman pitched a perfect ninth with two strikeouts.
Tomorrow vs Burlington, 1pm Matt Mitchell vs Chris Mederos