BURLINGTON, Iowa - Tayler Scott was sharp over seven innings and received offensive support from his battery mate, Carlos Escobar, as the Kane County Cougars pulled off a 3-2 win over the Burlington Bees on Friday night at Community Field.
Scott (3-2) surrendered just two runs in his seven frames while scattering eight hits. Burlington (23-32) got on the board first in the bottom of the third as Sherman Johnson walked with two outs and took second on a Scott error before scoring on a base hit from Kyle Johnson.
In the fourth, the Cougars (27-31) quickly knotted up the score as Jeimer Candelario ripped a long home run to right off Alex Keudell (4-2). One inning later, Bijan Rademacher led off with a double and advanced to third on a sac bunt from Marco Hernandez. That's when Escobar came through for the first time, dropping a single to shallow left, scoring Rademacher.
Kyle Johnson tied the game once again in the bottom of the fifth with a single to bring home Wendell Soto, but the Cougars reclaimed the advantage in the seventh inning. Hernandez blooped a single to right-center with two outs and scored all the way from first as Escobar smashed a liner to the right-center field gap for a go-ahead triple.
Stephen Perakslis (S, 1) relieved Scott in the bottom of the eighth and worked around a leadoff single. It wasn't so easy in the bottom of the ninth as Perakslis gave up a hit to Sandy Martinez before walking the bases loaded. He fell behind Wade Hinkle, but Hinkle popped up a 2-0 fastball which Candelario caught in foul territory to seal the victory.
The Cougars contintue their six-game road trip on Saturday night against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field with a 6:35 first pitch. Left-hander Michael Heesch (2-4) starts for the Cougars against fellow southpaw Brett Lee (4-3). The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, June 11, for a 6:30 p.m. start against the Burlington Bees. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.