The Kane County Cougars of the affiliated Midwest League clinched a playoff spot on Wednesday night with a 4-3 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels. The win and the clinching of the spot marks the 13th time in the 21 year history of the Cougars that the team has made it into the post-season. The Cougars now have 5 games remaining in the regular season.
Currently the team holds a spot in the Wild Card position. They are still 2.5 games behind the first place Clinton LumberKings. Now the Labor Day weekend becomes important for both teams as the Cougars host the team.
The Cougars came out swinging on Wednesday and jumped into an early lead. They never trailed throughout the course of the game. By the bottom of the fourth the team was up 2-0. By the end of the sixth it was 3-0 in favor of Kane County.
Pitching for the Cougars was Jason Mitchell. It was his return to the starting rotation for the Cougars. He pitched 5 ⅔ innings of shut out baseball. With that effort he has now managed to shut down opponents and not allow a run in 21 ⅓ innings. He walked a single batter during Wednesday night’s game and struck out four.
The Cougars and Kernels wrap up their most recent meet up on Thursday night. Game time is set for 6:35 p.m. Starting on the mound for the Cougars is Greg Billo. It is a chance of him to get a 10-win season.