A great complete effort tonight by the Cougars, as they would beat the Beloit Snappers 5-1 in game two of the series. The Cougars had nine hits and left eleven men on base.
Leonardo Gil was a homerun short of hitting for the cycle. He had a double in the second, a single in the third and a triple in the fifth. His other two at bats were fly ball outs. The other story of the game was the pitching, Dan Straily, Connor Hoehn and Josh Lansford all pitched very well.
Straily went six innings, giving up three hits and one unearned run. He walked one and struck out six. He would let the leadoff man reach in four of his six innings. The only runs against him came after an error put a man on third in the sixth. He would get out of trouble a lot, in the first, Aaron Hicks led off with a double to right center. A groundout, strikeout and flyout later the inning was over. In the fifth inning he would also escape trouble. Josmel Pinto led off with a double to right. Michael Gonzales then lined one to left where Franklin Hernandez made a great diving catch. James Beresford would strike out looking, on strike three, Pinto would be thrown out at third to end the inning.
The only run of the game for the Snappers came in the sixth. Hicks led off the inning by reaching on an error. On the play Franklin Hernandez dropped the ball. One out later, Steve Liddle grounded out to short to score Hicks.
Hoehn also pitched very well, he went two innings, giving up two walks while striking out two. He had to get out of some trouble in the eighth inning. With one out, Beresford walked. One out later, Brian Dozier walked. He would get Liddle to ground out to get out of trouble. Lansford pitched a scoreless ninth. He walked the ledoff man, but would get a double play.
The offense came alive tonight as they would score five runs, on nine hits and leave eleven men on base. The first two runs came in the second inning. Gil leadoff with a double down the left field line. Nino Leyja then singled to left center to score Gil. Two outs later, Hernandez singled to right to score Leyja. In the third inning with two outs, Anthony Aliotti singled to left. Gil then singled to third and Leyja singled to right to score Aliotti.
In the fifth inning, Tyreace House led off with a walk. One out later, Gil tripled to center to score House. The next two hitters would strike out looking to strand Gil at third. Max Stassi then hit a two out solo homer in the seventh.
Kane County could've scored a few more runs in the game. In the sixth inning with two outs, Myrio Richard was hit by a pitch, he would go to second on a wild pitch. Connor Crumbliss then walked, both runners would stea a base. House then walked to load the bases. Aliotti would line out to deep center, to the warning track to end the inning.
House had three walks, and scored a run. Leyja and Stassi both had two hits.
Rashun Dixon was placed on the disabled list with a sore left wrist. This is retroactive to Friday, he is on the seven day disabled list.