The Kane County Cougars have managed to start the second half of the season by leaping into first place. However, to stay there, they needed a win on Thursday night against the Beloit Snappers. They ended up with a 4-3 victory over the Snappers to open a six-game home stand.
With the win the Cougars are now in sole possession of first place in their division in the Midwest League. They are now one game ahead of Beloit. So far, however, the entire league has only played a full week of second-half action.
It was Brett Eibner who was the savior of the day. He hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth to give the Cougars the lead. It was the first lead that they had all night long and they managed to scratch out the win.
On the mound for the Cougars was Jason Adam. He gave up two runs, one of those earned, and ended up with a no-decision. Both of those runs happened in the fifth inning. He also gave up four hits, walked a batter, hit two more batters and struck out four.
The Cougars and Snappers are set to face off again Friday night. The game time is set for 7 p.m. Leonel Santiago is scheduled to start on the mound for the Cougars.
The Kane County Cougars are a professional minor league baseball team that plays in the Chicago area. They have won a single league championship in the history of their team, back in 2001. They are currently a single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.