Low A—Kane County 4, Cedar Rapids 2
Carlos Penalver hit a two-run homer in the 7th to lift Kane County to the Midwest League championship series and a sweep over Cedar Rapids.
At the Dish: After the Kernals took a 2-1 lead in the top of the 7th, Chesney Young walked and scored on Carlos Penalver’s second homer of the year, a shot to left. Jacob Rogers got the Cougars on the board in the 6th with his first homer of the playoffs and #17 on the season. It was his fourth opposite field homer. Kane County added an insurance run in the 8th when Jeffrey Baez walked, stole second and third, and scored on Chesny Young’s RBI single past a drawn-in infield.
On the Hill: Paul Blackburn turned in his best outing in his biggest game. Appearing in his first post-season game of the season, the right-handed only surrendered a single over five innings and put seven hitters down on strikes. Tyler Ihrig retired the Kernals in order in the sixth but allowed a single and a two-run homer in the 7th. The lefty earned the win, working 3.1 frames. Francisco Carrillo nailed down the Western Division title with a pair of strikeouts for his second save of the playoffs.
Cougars Notes: Kane County opens the Midwest League championships at home on Wednesday against Lake County (Indians). Ben Wells will likely be on the mound for the first game. ...Kane County is 4-0 in the post season and 95-49 overall.
Game 4 of the Florida State League Championships was rained out at Jackie Robinson Ballpark on Sunday and will be played at 7:05 p.m. on Monday. Rob Zastryzny gets the start as Daytona trails Fort Myers 2-1 in the series. The D-Cubs have won the last time 11 times Zastryzny has started.