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Trying to stay in step amid flood of postponements

Feel the rhythm. It's something the Cougars would like to do sooner than later.

After a scheduled seven-game road trip to Wisconsin and Beloit was reduced to separate doubleheaders due to inclement weather, the club returned home Thursday … to more rain.

Actually, the Cougars had been around the western suburbs since Wednesday, as the team did not travel to its scheduled series finale in Beloit when the game was postponed early in the day.

"We've played four games in the last week," left-hander Michael Heesch said before Thursday's game. "We've been itching to play from spring training, and then we do and then you're in a rhythm and you're trying to get into that rhythm … and then you just go so many days without playing, it throws everything off. Hopefully the weather holds out, so we can get back into that rhythm."

The Cougars avoided a rainout Thursday – there hasn't been one at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark since the 2011 season – but keeping their dry streak alive remains a dicey proposition with more rain in the forecast in the coming days.

Per Baseball America research, there already were more 2013 Midwest League rainouts through Wednesday than during all of last season.

"You just roll with the punches and try to stay as prepared as you can physically and mentally," Cougars manager Mark Johnson said. "It's kind of easy to kind of fall out of a groove and it's hard to get any kind of rhythm at the plate or on the mound and even defensively. You've just got to deal with it and try to prepare yourself as best you can."

– Kevin Druley, kdruley@shawmedia.com

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