Monday, April 12, 2010

4/12, Burlington 2, Cougars 7

A three game winning streak for the Cougars, as they beat the Burlington Bees 7-2. With six runs in the first three innings, they never looked back.

The most damage came in the first inning for the Cougars as they would score four runs. Connor Crumbliss led off with a doubled to center. One out later, Kent Walton and Chris Affinito both walked which loaded the bases. Max Stassi then came up and blooped a single to center to score both Crumbliss and Walton. Anthony Aliotti would follow with a double to left to score Affinito. A ground out by Rashun Dixon would allow Stassi to score the final run of the inning.

That should've been all that the Cougars really needed. The only problem was that they had three errors and walked five. The biggest problem came in the third inning when the defense let down Cougar starter Justin Marks. Gerard Hall led off by reaching on an error by the third baseman Leonardo Gil. Ryan Stovall then reached on a fielder's choice. Crumbliss got the ball at second and had no play, this led to runners on first and second with nobody out. Two outs later, William Myers walked to load the bases. Rene Oriental then singled to center to score both Hall and Stovall. Myers would get ot third and Oriental to second on a bobble error by centerfielder Myrio Richard. Marks then got Joey Lewis to fly to center to end the inning. At this point it was still a 4-2 game.

Kane County would be able to answer those two runs the Bees had just scored in the bottom of the inning with two of their own. With one out, Stassi reached on an error by the third baseman, in which Stassi would be awarded second. Aliotti then doubled to center to score Stassi. Dixon would follow with a single to center to score Aliotti. Mike Gilmartin singled to right. A wild pitch would move both runners up into scoring position. Bee starter Bryan Paukovits then would be able to strike out Gil to end the inning.

The Cougars would score once more, in the eighth inning. With one out, Gilmartin reached on an error by the second baseman, then stole second. Gil singled to center, Gilmartin would make third. Crumbliss followed by reaching on a fielder's choice. On the play, Gil would be out at second, and Gilmartin would score.

Both bullpens did great work, for the Bees, Nicholas Wooley pitched four one hit innings. He gave up a lead off double to Walton in the seventh, and a walk to Walton in the fourth. Besides that he struck out four, and held the Cougars in check. Connor Hoehn did some great work for the Cougars. He went three and one third innings, giving up one hit, one walk and striking out five.

Hoehn had to get out of a jam right away. Marks had started the fifth inning, he gave up a leadoff bunt single to Hilton Richardson. Deivy Bautista then reached on a fielder's choice, with Richardson being out at second. Myers would single to left. One out later, Lewis walked, which loaded the bases. That is when Hoehn came in and got Carlo Testa to pop out to short to get out of trouble.

Next Game
Tomorrow vs Burlington at Noon
John Lamb (0-1, 2.25) vs Ian Krol (0-1, 4.91)

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