Not even Chicago Cubs ace Mark Prior can slow down the red-hot Kane County Cougars. After scoring 19 runs on Sunday, the Cougars scored eight more on 16 hits to earn the 8-2 win and move to 31-19 on the season. The Cougars scored three runs on four hits versus Prior in his two innings of work and Trey Shields was outstanding for the Cougars to earn the win.
|John Herrera threw two more shut-out innings on Monday.|
Kane County's offense made Prior work hard in his two-inning outing, forcing him to throw 44 pitches. Outfielder Jose Pineda took Prior deep with a solo shot in the second inning. Mike Massaro drove in three with a two-hit night and Jeff Baisley extended his hitting streak to nine games with a 3-5 effort. His 42 RBI lead the Midwest League.
The offensive star of the day for Kane County was Justin Sellers. The 20-year-old shortstop went 4-4 with three runs scored, a walk and a stolen base. He also homered for the third time this season, collected his ninth double of the season and he raised his average from .236 to .255. The stolen base was Sellers' seventh of the year.
On the pitching-side of the equation, the Cougars relied on a strong start from Trey Shields. Shields went seven innings, allowing two runs on eight hits. He walked one and struck out one. The win was Shields' fourth of the season. Reliever John Herrera took over for Shields in the eighth and worked the final two frames. He allowed only two hits and a walk and he struck out three. Herrera has a 2.86 ERA for the season.
Midland Smokes Springfield
The Midland offense hit on all cylinders on Monday, as the Rockhounds pounded out 15 hits and 12 runs in front of the home holiday crowd to beat Springfield by a score of 12-6. Jed Morris continued his torrid hitting, going 3-5 with two homeruns. The homeruns were his fourth and fifth of the season. He also had another outfield assist. Lloyd Turner also had three hits and Travis Buck, Vasili Spanos and Matt Allegra each had two a piece to pace the Rockhounds offense.
|Travis Buck had three more hits on Monday.|
The Rockhounds had 10 extra-base hits on the day, including eight doubles. They also stole four bases with Buck leading the way with two. Turner's stolen base was his eighth of the year.
David Bradley was the starter for Midland and he picked up the win after allowing five runs in 6.2 innings of work. He was working on a shut-out until the seventh inning, when he allowed all five runs. Jeff Muessig allowed a run in his 1.1 innings of work and Anthony Rawson worked a scoreless ninth to finish the game for Midland. Both Muessig and Rawson struck out three hitters a piece.
Meyer Roughed-Up, Sacramento Falls 9-5 to Portland
After sweeping both ends of the double-header on Sunday, the River Cats fell to Portland 9-5 on Monday. Dan Meyer allowed four homeruns and allowed six runs in 3.1 innings of work in the Sacramento loss.
|Hiram Bocachica has nine RBIs in less than a week of games.|
Alex Santos allowed three runs in 3.2 innings of relief to account for the Portland scoring.
Hiram Bocachica and Keith Ginter continued to lead the River Cats' offense with their hot bats. Ginter, fresh off of a seven RBI day on Sunday, went 2-5 with two runs scored. He is now hitting .312. Bocachica went 3-4 with two runs scored and his third homer of the season. He drove in two runs. In less than a week of games, Bocachica is hitting .533 with three homers and nine RBI for Sacramento.
Mike Rouse has quietly picked up his pace with the bat and he drove-in three runs to raise his season total to 23. Mark Kiger added two hits and Jason Perry had another outfield assist.