This is a young team, just keep saying that over and over this year, and you may stay sane. Well young mistakes cost them again in the second game of the double header against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, this time 6-3.
They would be able to attempt a comeback in the seventh and they fought the entire game. That still does not atone for the mistakes they made that got them in the hole in the first place in the begining of the game.
One inning really cost the Cougars, as they would give up dour runs in the third inning that proved to be the differnce in the game. Rob Gilliam started and just ran out of gas in the third,. Ryan Gennett led it off with a single to right, followed by Khris Davis single to second. Chris Dennis then walked to load the bases. Sean Halton hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Gennett. The Rattlers then had a double steal going and, catcher Chris Affinito threw the ball into left. Davis would score and Dennis went to third. Joe Paciorek then walked, and stole second. Austin Stockfish hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Dennis. The Cougars then brought in Connor Hoehn to replace Gilliam. Carlos George greated him with a double down the right field line to score Paciorek.
Things looked bright at the start of the game as the Cougars would get out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Connor Crumbliss led off by reaching on a throwing error by the third baseman. Myrio Richard then reached on a fielder's choice with Crumbliss being out at second. One out later, Affinito and Stassi both walked to load the bases. Rattler starter Nick Bucci then walked Mike Gilmartin to force in Richard. Anthony Alioti then grounded out to end the inning.
In the second inning the Cougars would score another run. Rashun Dixon led of by singling to left. One out later, Crumbliss and Richard walked to load the bases. Kent Walton then grounded one back to the mound, Bucci threw home, the catcher threw to first, but the ball went into right field. Crumbliss would score on the error. Affinito then struck out to end the inning.
Wisconsin pulled within one run in the bottom of the inning with two outs, Carlos George reached on a strike out. The ball got away from Affinito and George would be safe at first. Franklin Romero then tripled to the right center field wall to score George. D'Vantrey Richardson then grounded out to end the inning.
The Rattlers final run of the game came in the seventh inning off of Hoehn. Dennis led off with a walk, then stole second. Sean Halton singled to left center to score Dennis.
After the run the Cougars scored in the second inning, their offense would get really quiet until the seventh. Down four runs, they tried to comeback. Dixon led off the inning with a double off the left field wall. One out later, Crumbliss doubled to right center to score Dixon. Richard would then walk. With runners on first and second and one out, Walton would strike out, and Affinito grounded out to end the game.
Next Game Tomorrow @ Wisconsin, 1 pm Dan Straily vs Efrain Nieves