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Cougars Short Hops

Published: Friday, June 14, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

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Wisconsin at Cougars (LHP Heesch, 3-4, 3.73 ERA), 6:30 p.m. today, AM-1280

Turnstile report

Thursday’s crowd of 5,685 pushed the Cougars’ season total to 153,035 fans in 29 home games. Kane County attracted 136,369 fans through the same span last season.

Sight seen

Pine-sized superheroes scarfing snacks all around the ballpark. “Superhero Night” at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark was naturally popular with the smaller set, many of whom sported flamboyant capes and masks.

Cubs brass will be excited because

Albert Almora had a huge day. The Cougars’ top prospect played up to his reputation, notching three hits and three RBIs in the Cougars’ 4-1 win.

Cubs brass will cringe because

The team’s No. 3 and No. 4 hitters – Dan Vogelbach and Jeimer Candelario – were silent offensively, going a combined 0 for 8. Vogelbach almost got a cheap hit on a crazy bounce off the lip of the infield grass but Bees second baseman Chance Ross made a terrific play to adjust to the high bounce.

The closer

Any time Almora does, well, just about anything, it has the potential to steal the limelight. But Tayler Scott’s lights-out start on the mound also was a tremendous performance, and allowed the fans to get to the postgame fireworks show in a hurry.

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