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Sports

Cougars drop series opener

BELOIT, Wis. – Cubs pitcher Scott Baker made his third rehab start for the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday night at Pohlman Field, but it resulted in a 5-1 loss to the Beloit Snappers. 

Baker (0-2) surrendered singles to the first two hitters that he faced, but Daniel Robertson was caught stealing leaving only Aaron Shipman on the bases with two outs. Renato Nunez put the Snappers (62-39, 19-12) on the board anyway as he blasted a two-run homer to left. 

Baker bounced back with a perfect bottom of the second and nearly got through the third without allowing a base runner, but Robertson doubled with two outs before scoring on a Chris Bostick base hit to bring Beloit’s lead to three. Baker then walked the only man he faced in the bottom of the fourth before exiting the contest. 

Seth Streich (10-5) tossed seven innings for the Snappers and didn’t let the Cougars (37-59, 7-23) get on base until the fifth when they loaded the bases on singles, but Oliver Zapata popped out to end the threat. Streich finally coughed up a run in the seventh on a two-out RBI double to Reggie Golden, bringing home Jeimer Candelario. 

Beloit put the ballgame out of reach in the bottom of the fifth as Jose Rosario came on relief and walked Robertson before Nunez connected on another two-run jack. That was the only hit allowed by Rosario in his four innings. 

The Cougars and Snappers play the second of their three-game series at 7 p.m. tonight at Pohlman Field. Left-hander Michael Heesch (3-8) will start for the Cougars against righty Vince Voiro (5-4). 

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