It took 11 innings, but the Kane County Cougars of the Midwest League fell to the Peoria Chiefs, 8-7. It was not the start to a six-game road trip that the team was hoping for. The loss puts the team under .500 since the start of the season when they lost the first two games of a double-header.
It looked like it was going to be another Kane County comeback when the team found themselves down 1-0 after three innings. In the fourth, the team sent 11 men to the plate and brought five men across home plate. However, during the bottom half of the inning the Chiefs came right back and scored three runs of their own. By the time the fourth inning was over the score was 7-4.
Dan Straily was the starter for the Cougars. He left after the fifth inning. During his five innings of play he gave six runs, four of which were earned. He also gave up seven hits and left with a no-decision. Bo Schultz came in and gave up the tying run. Hector Garcia came in next and pitched three scoreless, shut-out innings. The winning runs were given up by Josh Lansford.
The two teams continue their three-game series on Wednesday in a rare morning game that starts at 10:30. Chris Mederos will be the starting pitcher for the Cougars.
The Kane County Cougars are in the affiliated Midwest League. They play as the Single-A farm team for the Oakland Athletics.