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Cougars short hops

Published: Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

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Cougars (RHP Tayler Scott, 4-6, 4.33 ERA) vs. Wisconsin (RHP Jorge Lopez, 5-6, 5.31 ERA), 6:30 p.m. today AM-1280

Turnstile report 

Wednesday’s crowd of 5,198 pushed the Cougars’ season total to 273,904 fans in 48 home games. Kane County attracted 245,360 fans through the same span last season. 

Sight seen 

Waves of multicolored T-shirts. The final scheduled Day Camp Day of the season brought thousands of youngsters to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark for the noon first pitch while turning some Cougars nostalgic.

“It makes me feel young again, like back in the travel ball days,” outfielder Jose Dore said. “We’d wake up, go to the field at 8 [a.m.] and we’d be there until 8 at night. So I enjoy it.”

Cubs brass will be excited because 

First baseman Dan Vogelbach keeps reaching base and being productive. The lone Cougar to start in each of the club’s 103 games has either scored a run or had an RBI in each of the past seven games.

Cubs brass will cringe because 

Defensive woes threatened to derail the Cougars before they embarked on their comeback bid. If the team’s resurgence is to continue, that cannot be the case.

The closer

The “p” word might sound farfetched considering the Cougars’ prolonged slump to start the second half, but this roll of late has put “playoffs” on players’ lips.

“You’ve got to feel that way,” manager Mark Johnson said. “If you don’t feel that way, then there’s no sense of coming to the field, right?”

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