All systems are go for launch, and through Monday, the Kane County Cougars were 7-3 and were in second place in the division. They have won three straight games at home, outscoring their opponents 53-18 in those games.
Dusty Coleman, Steve Kleen, Grant Desme and David Thomas have all been really hot at the plate.
The only loss in that first series came on Tuesday against Burlington in the home opener. The Cougars would lose 3-2. Anthony Capra pitched five no-hit innings, walking one and striking out seven of the 16 batters he faced. Kenneth Smalley would be tagged with the loss.
Next up was a double-header as the game on Monday had been rained out. In the first game, the Cougars won 7-4. Dusty Coleman and Juan Nunez both had two hits, and Nunez drove in two runs. Brett Hunter started and pitched well in just over three innings of work. He allowed one hit and two runs. His main problem was five walks. Josue Selenes would pick up his second win on the year.
In the second game the Cougars would win 6-2. Jason Christian hit the first homer of the year for a Cougar. Ben Hornbeck started and pitched very well. He went five innings, giving up only one unearned run. No hits or walks, and he struck out six. He would pick up the win. Scott Deal came in and pitched two innings of relief, giving up just one hit.
Cedar Rapids (Anaheim) then came into town for a four game series. The Cougars would lose 6-4. Matt Fitts started and went four innings, and he gave up two hits, and three earned runs. He walked five and hit one in the loss. He did get eight ground ball outs, and one fly ball out, plus the two strike-outs. Michael Hart then pitched two great innings of relief. Grant Desme had four hits. Dusty Coleman had two runs batted in.
The Cougars would slug out a 7-1 win in game two of the series. Dusty Coleman had two homers, Steve Kleen and Grant Desme also homered. Shawn Haviland pitched great. He went into the sixth inning, giving up three hits and one run. He walked one and struck out eight for his first win of the season. Scott Deal continued to pitch well with two scoreless innings. Kleen, Desme and Coleman each had two hits. Coleman and Kleen each drove in three.
In a blowout the Cougars won 15-2. David Thomas had all three of the teams extra base hits in the game, two doubles and a homer. Pedro Figueroa went five for the win. Jamie Richmond and Jose Guzman each pitched well out of the bullpen. Mitchell LeVier had two hits and drove in four runs. Carlos Arrieche and Jason Christian each had two hits. Thomas drove in three runs.
Another game another win, this time 6-4 over the Kernels. Anthony Capra pitched well, getting into the fifth inning, giving up four hits and one run. He would walk three and strike out four. Franklin Hernandez had three runs batted in, and LeVier had two.
Scott Deal is perfect for the year. He has a 0.00 ERA, and has given up one hit in six innings of work. He has struck out nine in three outings out of the bullpen.
Shawn Haviland has put together two good starts in a row. In his start on Friday, he threw 82 pitches, 56 for strikes. Juan Nunez has four errors and one passed ball this year in seven games. Only two errors this week. He also has hit in six straight games, with two hits in two of them. On Wednesday he had two doubles.
Petey Paramore has played in two games this year and is hitless. He made an impact in the game on Sunday though, with two caught stealings from behind the plate.
Jason Christian has been playing third base this year for the first time as a pro. He has made four errors, but he has played well. He started out the season with a five-game hitting streak. Dusty Coleman has played very well at short, making some great plays. He also has hit very well. He had a seven-game hitting streak that ended on Sunday. He had two hits on both Friday and Saturday, and three hits on Wednesday.
Franklin Hernandez started the season off with a seven-game hitting streak, with one hit in each game. He didn't get a hit on Friday, but had two hits on Sunday, along with three runs batted in. Steve Kleen has been hitting very well. He had two hits on Wednesday and Friday.
Dusty Napoleon is 0-10 this season with four strikeouts. Matt Ray has a five game hitting streak after starting the season 1-8.
Grant Desme has all of a sudden gotten very hot. He started out the season 0-26. He is 8-16 with a homer, seven runs scored, three runs batted in and three strikeouts in his last four games. He hit his first homer of the year on Friday.
Mitchell LeVier has been hot lately, as well. He has hit in four straight, and had two hits on Saturday, and two runs batted in on Sunday.
Next week the Cougars go to Burlington (Kansas City) Tuesday through Friday, and then the rival Beloit Snappers (Minnesota)come to town for four games.
About the writer
David Malamut has been a season ticket holder of the Cougars for the past 13 years. He has also been writing a daily website about the team for that long at http://malamut.net. David wrote a book about the history of the Cougars in 2005. Baseball In Kane County, Arcadia Publishing.
For daily updates on the Cougars, stats and game stories please go to David's website, Voice of A Season Ticket Holder, http://malamut.net.
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