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Cougars Short Hops

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Cougars (RHP Dillon Maples, 0-0, 0.00 ERA) at Cedar Rapids (TBA), 6:35 p.m. today, AM-1280

Turnstile report

Thursday’s combined doubleheader crowd of 13,118 pushed the Cougars’ season total to 100,277 fans in 22 home games. Kane County attracted 95,941 fans through the same span last season.

Celebrity watch

No, he wasn’t Theo Epstein –
or even a Cubs official, but St. Louis Cardinals farm director John Vuch was among those on hand
at Fifth Third Ballpark. The Chiefs are a Cardinals affiliate after
spending 2005 to 2012 aligned with
the Cubs.

Sight seen

A big patch of Rotolo red. Students from Batavia’s Rotolo Middle School performed the national anthem before the 11:30 a.m. opener, then joined their classmates
down the left field line as part of
Ozzie’s Reading Club Day. The
group sported red T-shirts with a bulldog in the middle of the message “RMS INVADES COUGAR STADIUM.”

Cubs brass will be excited because

Second baseman Gioskar Amaya keeps turning the corner at the plate. His bases-clearing double in the sixth inning of Game 1 highlighted a three-hit day.

Cubs brass will cringe because

The defense regressed in the nightcap after a steady stretch of good play. The Cougars’ six errors eclipsed the previous season-high of five set April 26 at Fort Wayne.

The closer

Much like the split would indicate, there were plenty of elements of a push. Brisk pitching and timely hitting in Game 1 gave way to sloppiness in Game 2, but that’s developmental baseball.

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