EASTLAKE, Ohio – In a contest that featured 22 runs on 31 hits, the Kane County Cougars outlasted the Lake County Captains with a 13-9 victory on Tuesday night at Classic Park.
Lendy Castillo struggled from the start for the Cougars (9-13) as he gave up an RBI double to Eric Haase in the bottom of the first, putting Lake County (8-17) on top. Willson Contreras quickly evened the score with a solo homer in the second, but the Captains regained the advantage as Jorge Martinez tripled and scored on a knock off the bat of Anthony Santander.
In the fourth, the Cougars put up their first of four three-run innings. Oliver Zapata singled home Contreras while Pin-Chieh Chen cracked a run-scoring double before Gioskar Amaya’s sac fly. The lead wouldn’t last long as Lake County cruised to a 7-4 cushion with five in the bottom of the fourth against Castillo.
Lake County remained in front until the seventh when the Cougars took advantage of a Leonardo Castillo error with a run-scoring single from Yaniel Cabezas and a two-run base hit from Chen. Castillo committed two more defensive miscues in the game as the Cougars picked up six more tallies in the final two innings, highlighted by a Dan Vogelbach home run.
Justin Amlung (3-0) tossed three innings of relief and surrendered just one hit, a homer to Haase. Nathan Dorris (S, 1) recorded the final six outs for the Cougars while giving up an unearned run in the bottom of the ninth.
The Cougars are back home tonight to take on the Bowling Green Hot Rods at 6:30. Right-hander Pierce Johnson (1-1) will start for the Cougars against lefty Blake Snell (1-2). For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.