Kane County Notebook: Cougars Drop Six

With injuries mounting, the Kane County Cougars are starting to show their wear-and-tear on the field. Last week, the Cougars went winless and were swept in a series for the first time all season. David Malamut has a report...

It was a dismal week for the Cougars, as they went 0-6 and only had a few bright spots during the week. They are below the .500 mark for the second half, a season-worst for Kane County.

Monday was a great game versus West Michigan, but the Cougars would lose 1-0 in 10 innings. The Whitecaps had Casey Crosby start and he threw five no-hit innings. The Cougars only got one hit in the game when Dusty Coleman singled to right in the seventh inning. The Cougars would strike out 13 times and walk three times. Shawn Haviland pitched well for Kane County. He went six innings, giving up three hits, while walking three and striking out six. Josue Selenes then came in a pitched two innings. Justin Murray would give up three hits, while getting two outs in the 10th before giving up the winning run.

The Cougars had Tuesday off, but it was more of the same on Wednesday at home against Fort Wayne. The Cougars would lose 3-0 in 10 innings. Kenneth Smalley pitched a great game, as he went seven innings, giving up two hits, two walks and six strikeouts. The newest Cougars' pitcher A.J. Huttenlocker would give up four hits and three runs in the 10th to take the loss. The Cougars would strike-out 10 times and walk once.

The Cougars were shut-out again on Thursday, as the Cougars would lose 5-0 against Fort Wayne. Anvioris Ramirez started and pitched well. He went six innings and gave up three hits and no runs. Matt Fitts gave up a hit and five unearned runs in an inning and one third. He walked three and struck out three. This time the Cougars struck-out 15 times and walked once, while getting two hits.

For the first time this season, the Cougars would be swept in a series. They would lose 4-2 against Fort Wayne on Friday. Mathieu Leblanc-Poirier went five innings, giving up two hits and three runs. One run was a homer and two came on wild pitches which let in runs. Selenes came in and pitched three innings, giving up only an unearned run. The Cougars would finally score in this game, although the first run came on Franklin Hernandez scoring on an error by the right fielder. The second run was Stephen Parker driving in Coleman with a double to left center.

The Cougars should have been happy to see another opponent on Saturday. Unfortunately, it did not translate into a win, as they would lose 4-2 to the Dayton Dragons. Matt Fairel of the Dragons pitched seven innings and gave up one run. Haviland got very wild early, but after three innings he settled down, pitching well in his final two innings. He went five innings and gave up six hits, four runs, four walks and had one strikeout. He also hit the first two batters he faced. Coleman drove in Leonardo Gil with a single to left center in the third and Petey Paramore drove in Franklin Hernandez, who led off the 9th with a triple, on a sacrifice fly.

Sunday really wasn't much better for the Cougars as they would lose 9-4 to Dayton. Murphy Smith went three innings and he gave up five hits and three runs. Fitts then gave up the same. Jose Guzman pitched an inning in his return to Kane County and gave up three hits and two runs. Michael Spina had two hits, including a double. Jeremy Barfield and Spina drove in the runs.

Wow, that was an ugly week of baseball. They went 34.2 innings without scoring a run.

Roster Moves

The Cougars did make some moves this week, and it still is a MASH unit around here. Anthony Capra was promoted to Stockton. Nino Leyja was placed on the disabled list with an elbow injury and Trey Barham went on the disabled list with a back problem. A.J. Huttenlocker and Anvioris Ramirez came to the Cougars to replace them on the roster. On Saturday, David Thomas and Mike Hart were both sent home to continue their rehabs from injuries and Brett Hunter was sent to Arizona. Jose Guzman was sent to the Cougars from Vancouver.

Coming Up Next

The Cougars finished off their series against Dayton on Monday and then embarked on their longest road trip of the season, a 10-gamer. They play three games in Cedar Rapids (Anaheim), three in Lansing (Toronto) and four games in Wisconsin (Milwaukee).

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. You can also follow the Cougars on my twitter page, http://twitter.com/davidmalamut. Or follow my blog http://davidmalamut.blogspot.com.

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