Kane County Sweeps and Modesto Draws Even

The Kane County Cougars, winners of both the first and second half regular season Western Division titles, made their dominance over the Western division complete with a two-game sweep of Clinton.<br><br> Modesto, meanwhile, pulled even with the San Jose Giants with a three-run victory. Read about the games in this edition of <i>Minor League Notebook</i>...

Modesto A's

The Modesto A's recovered from their first game loss to even the series at 1-1. The A's used a 14-hit attack to win the game 9-6 over the San Jose Giants. Starter Brad Ziegler only lasted two innings, allowing four runs. However, reliever Leonard Landeros came on to throw four shutout innings to earn the win.

Down 1-0 early, Modesto scored three in the 1st to take a 3-1 lead. California League MVP Brian Stavisky plated the first run with a double. Jason Perry, the second half of the best middle of the order one-two punch in the California League, followed that with his own RBI double. He later scored on John Suomi's bases loaded RBI infield single. The lead was short-lived, however, as Ziegler allowed three runs on an RBI single and a two-run homer by San Jose catcher Keith Anderson in the top of the 2nd inning.

Modesto regained the lead for good in the bottom of the 3rd with two runs. They tacked on another run in the 5th inning and then broke the game open with two more in the 6th and one in the 7th. San Jose rallied for two runs in the top of the 9th inning off of reliever Jeff Coleman, but it wasn't enough as Modesto finished off the 9-6 victory.

In addition to Landeros' stellar work out of the bullpen, reliever Shawn Kohn also gave the A's a solid effort, going 1.1 innings, allowing only one hit. First baseman Mayobanex Santana was 3-4 with two doubles and two RBIs. The number two, three and four hitters in the A's line-up (Jed Morris, Stavisky and Perry) combined to go 6-12 with three walks, six runs scored and two RBIs. John Suomi also pitched in with two hits and two RBIs.

The A's meet the Giants again Monday night at 7:00 pm PST in San Jose. The winner will take a 2-1 advantage in this best-of-five series.

Kane County Cougars

Kane County added another accomplishment to their stellar season, as they were officially crowned the Western Division Champions of the Midwest League with their 6-2 victory over the Clinton Lumber Kings. Kane County swept the first two games of this best-of-three series. The Cougars dominated Clinton, never trailing in either game and out-scoring their opponent 24-6.

Starter and winner Jared Trout went only 3.2 innings, allowing two runs. However, Brigmer Leon came in with two-outs and two on in a 2-2 ballgame. He retired catcher Douglas Clark on a strike out and worked the next two innings without allowing a hit.

Tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 4th, the Cougars wasted no time regaining the lead when they scored on a bases loaded walk to Kory Wayment. The Cougars were denied the opportunity to score more in the inning, when Brian Ingram grounded into an inning-ending double-play. However, it turned out the Cougars didn't need any other runs thanks to their stellar bullpen, although they would tack on three more. The Cougars added a single run in the bottom of the fifth when Eddie Kim reached on an error by Clinton second baseman Micah Furtado. Kane County scored their final two runs on a solo homerun by Luke Appert in the bottom of the 7th and an RBI double by Wayment in the bottom of the 8th inning.

Justin Crowder took over for Leon in the 7th and worked a 1-2-3 inning for the Cougars. Dan Fyvie came on in the 8th and wiggled out of a two-on, one out jam by popping up number four hitter Josh Kreuzer and striking out number five hitter Larry Grayson. Jason Windsor worked a 1-2-3 9th inning, striking out two in the inning. Windsor is racking up the championships this season, as he was also part of the College World Series Championship Team, Cal-State Fullerton. Windsor was the MVP of the CWS.

The Cougars take on the Eastern Division Champion series winner on Tuesday. The game will be in Kane County at in a 4:30 pm PST.

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