LANSING, Mich. – For the first time in the second half of the 2014 season, the Cougars lost their second game in a row.
Kane County fell to the Lansing Lugnuts, 8-4, at Cooley Law School Stadium Wednesday. The Cougars (17-8 second half, 62-33 overall) trailed by eight runs after six innings and were unable to come back against the Lugnuts (13-12, 45-49).
The Cougars struggled against Lansing starter Shane Dawson (3-5) all night as the Lugnuts lefty tossed six shutout innings, allowing just one run and striking out four batters.
Each of the Cougars' seven hits on the night were singles. Ben Carhart, Cael Brockmeyer, Carlos Penalver and Shawon Dunston Jr. drove in runs for Kane County (62-33).
Before the game, the Cougars received infielder Giuseppe Papaccio from Short-A Boise after the parent Cubs promoted first-round draft pick Kyle Schwarber to Advanced-A Daytona Monday.
Giuseppe, the first member of the Cubs' 2013 draft class to join the team last season, was college teammates at Seton Hall with former St. Charles East left-hander Dan Ditusa.
After being down 8-0, the Cougars scored four unanswered runs the final three frames, but missed some big chances. Shawon Dunston Jr.’s RBI groundout was the only run that came out of a bases-loaded no-out threat. In the eighth the Cougars scored two runs and had runners at the corners, but Scott Silverstein struck out Dunston for the final out of the inning.
The Cougars and Lugnuts will continue the series on Thursday from Cooley Law School Stadium in Lansing. Duane Underwood (4-2, 2.59) will take the mound for the Cougars against the Lugnuts’ left-hander Brent Powers (2-3, 6.46). First pitch is at 6:05 p.m. The game can be heard on AM 1280 WBIG and [ http://kccougars.com ]kccougars.com.