Kane County Notebook: Cougars' Season Ends

The Kane County Cougars' successful 2009 season came to a quiet end on Thursday night, as Kane County fell in a two-game sweep to the Burlington Bees. David Malamut reviews the short series.

Well, the Kane County Cougars have not won a game in the playoffs since Game One of the championship series in 2006 against West Michigan. That is an 0-7 mark. Some streaks just won't end as the Cougars were swept by the Burlington Bees in the first round of the 2009 Midwest League playoffs.

In Game One, Kenneth Smalley started and did not have anything going his way. He lasted into the second inning, giving up seven hits and six runs. Two of those runs were via homers, four of the runs were in the second inning. The Bees continued their hitting, as they scored three more against Josue Selenes in the fourth, and two against Shawn Haviland in the fifth and sixth innings. A.J. Huttenlocker gave up a run in the eighth.

The Cougars would score two runs in the fourth. Conner Crumbliss and Stephen Parker would both score on an error by the right fielder on a fly ball by Jeremy Barfield. In the seventh inning, the Cougars would score five runs. Franklin Hernandez doubled down the right field line to score both Petey Paramore and Tyler Ladendorf. Leonardo Gil tripled to center to score both Hernandez and Nino Leyja.

In the ninth, the Cougars would load the bases with two walks and a single. Barfield grounded into a game ending double play.

In the second game of the series it would not be much better for the Cougars, as they really played a bad game in losing 4-0. They had four errors and only three hits.

Murphy Smith pitched a good game. He went six and two-thirds innings, giving up six hits and two unearned runs. The defense is basically what failed him. The first run of the game came after an error by Ladendorf in the second inning. In the same inning, after a run-scoring bloop to left, Hernandez made a throwing error. In the eighth inning, one more run crossed the plate after a Michael Spina error.

Paul Smyth gave up his first run against in his career in the ninth inning. The Bees got four hits off of him. Two of them were on the infield, both to Ladendorf who just didn't get in front of the ball.

Only 210 more days till next Opening Day.

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