Monday, April 19, 2010

4/19, Cedar Rapids 6, Cougars 3

Giving up three runs in the tenth inning to the Cedar Rapids Kernels would lead to a loss for the Kane County Cougars, 6-3. The Cougars droped the third game of the series, and were 5-4 on the nine game homestand.

Rob Gilliam pitched well, he went six innings, giving up three hits and two unearned runs. He walked one and struck out four. The first run of the game came in the first inning for the Kernels off of Gilliam. Mike Trout led off with a single to short. Matt Long then hit a grounder to first. First baseman Franklin Hernandez tried to get the lead runner Trout and threw the ball into right field. On the play Trout made it to third and Long was safe at first. Jean Segura would hit into a double play, on the play Trout would score.

The second run of the game for the Kernels again came on an errant throw by Hernandez. Adam Younger led off the sixth inning with a double to left. Trout would then put down a sacrifice bunt towards the first base side. Hernandez got the ball and tried to throw it to the second baseman Connor Crumbliss who was covering first. The ball would get away, and Younger would be able to score. Gilliam did a nice job to hold the Kernels right there. Long would then put down a bunt to move Trout to second. One out later, Jose Jimenez walked to put runners on first and third with two outs. Luis Jimenez then flew out to center to end the threat.

The great part is after a half inning where they made an error that cost them a run, the Cougars would put up three runs in the next half inning. With one out, Myrio Richard doubled to left, he would then steal third. Both Max Stass and Rashun Dixon walked to load the bases. Chris Affinito would then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Richard. Hernandez would double to left to score both Stassi and Affinito. Mike Gilmartin and Leonardo Gil both walked which loaded the bases again, this time with two outs. Kernels reliever David Carpenter would strike out Crumbliss to end the inning.

Cedar Rapids came back for another run in the seventh inning off of Ryan Quigley. Randall Grichuk led off the inning with a double to left. Eric Oliver then reached on a fielder's choice, on the play, Grichuk would be out at third. Michael Wing and Adam Younger both walked, which would load the bases. Trout then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Oliver.

That is the way the game would stay untill the tenth inning. In the tenth, Jose Guzman came on to pitch for the Cougars. With one out, Long singled to right. Segura then singled to right, then stole second. Jose Jimenez walked to load the bases. Luis Jimenez then would hit a triple to center, to clear the bases. Guzman would be able to strand Jimenez at third, after a strike out and a line out.

Next Game
4/20, at Peoria, 6:30
Dan Straily (1-0, 3.38) vs Jeff Antigua (0-0, 3.60)

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