This is a game that the team and it's fans would most like to forget. We lose the game, the starting pitcher and our centerfielder all in one day. Chris Mederos came out of the game after two hitters with an apparent shoulder injury. Myrio Richard was hit on his left hand by a pitch. That is the same hand that has a sore wrist. The Cougars lost the game 6-3 to the Cedar Rapids Kernels.
Things just did not go right from the begining for the Cougars as they would give up one run in the first and two in the third. Honestly it could've been worse too. In the first inning, Mederos walked Mike Trout to lead things off. Ivan Contreras then took two pitches from Mederos, then Ryan Quigbey came on an walked him. Jean Segura would bunt the runners over into scoring position. Jose Jimenez then hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Trout. A wild pitch would move Contreras to third, but Luis Jimenez would strike out to end the inning.
In the third inning, Trout led off with a long homerun to left. Contreras followed with a double down the left field line, and went to third on a wild pitch one out later. Jose Jimenez then hit another sacrifice fly to right to score Contreras.
Cedar Rapids was not done scoring, as they put another run on the board in the fifth inning of of Bo Schultz. With one out, Contreras walked, then stole second. One out later, Jose Jimenez was hit by a pitch. Luis Jimenez then blooped one to right to score Contreras. In the seventh they would striek again, this time with one out Contreras would get a standing triple off of the right field wall. Segura hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Contreras. The final run of the game for the Kernels came in the eighth inning with one out. Randall Grichuk hit a homer to center. Reliever Jose Guzman had to get out of some trouble in the inning as Eric Oliver followed with a bloop single to center, he would be pitch run for by Matt Long. One out later, Adam Younger singled to left to move Long to third. Trout flew out to right to end the inning.
Kane County did score three runs in the game, but as has been the case recently they came late in the game. The Cougars would score three runs in the eighth inning. Connor Crumbliss led off with a double to left center. Kent Walton followed with a double off of the left field wall to score Crumbliss. Richard would be hit by a pitch, with Franklin Hernandez coming in to run for him. The Kernels then made a pitching change with David Carpenter coming into replace reliever Jon Bachanov. Leonardo Gil hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Walton. Anthony Aliotti then singled to left center. Rashun Dixon then singled up the middle to load the bases. One out later, Gilmartin would be hit by a pitch to force in Hernandez. Tyreace House would strike out to end the inning.
The Cougars, who lead the league in runners left on base per game, left nine more on base today. In the second inning with two outs, Rashun Dixon walked, Max Stassi then singled to right. Mike Gilmartin would strand them after an inning ending fly out. In the third inning with one out, Crumbliss singled to left center, then went to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Richard walked, Gil would pop out to strand the two runners on. In the fifth inning, Gilmartin led off with a single to first. Crumbliss then singled to left. This time Walton would hit into an inning ending double play.
With one out in the sixth, Gil walked, then Aliotti hit into an inning ending double play. In the seventh inning, Dixon led off with a walk, he would get to second on a wild pitch. One out later, Gilmartin flew to center and Dixon went to third. House would ground out to end the inning.
5/3 @ Cedar Rapids, Noon
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