Game Recap: Cougars Lose At Wrigley

CHICAGO - The Kane County Cougars would lose their second straight game in three years to the Peoria Chiefs at Wrigley Field, this time by a score of 5-2. The Cougars would pitch ok, as they had only a few mistakes but those mistakes the Chiefs would cash in on.

Ian Krol started for the Cougars and pitched well in the first few innings, as he didn't give up his first hit until the third. In that inning with one out, Nelson Perez singled up the middle, and then would move to second on an errant pick off throw by Krol. Mario Mercedes would make him pay with another single to center to score Perez.

The other mistakes that Krol made came in the fourth inning. With one out, Greg Rohan singled up the middle. One out later, D.J. Fitzgerald singled to short. Jae-Hoon Ha then got a 0-2 mistake fastball from Krol and hammered it out of the park for a three run homer.

Krol later said "I threw the ball right down the middle, what else does a hitter want?"

Krol would get out of a second and third and one out in the next inning with a strike out and a fly out. After that Connor Hoehn did a nice job for two innings of work. In the eighth, he ran out of luck. He would give up a single to Logan Watkins to lead things off. Matt Cerda then bunted him to second. One out later, Justin Bour walked. After that the Cougars brought in Bo Schultz. He gave up a single to center to score Watkins for the Chiefs final run of the game.

The Cougars had a lot of chances in the game. Even though they only had six hits, the Cougars left nine men on-base. The Chiefs would give the Cougars six walks and only one of those would score.

The Cougars did score the first run of the game in the third inning. Michael Gilmartin, who would finish a homer short of the cycle, would lead-off the inning with a single to left and then steal second. One-out later, Leonardo Gil singled to left to get Gilmartin to third. Tyreace House then continued his on-base streak, reaching his 35th straight game, with a single to center to score Gilmartin. A wild pitch would then move both runners up a base. One out later, Anthony Aliotti walked to load the bases, but Rashun Dixon struck out to end the inning.

After the game, Gilmartin said "the only way it could've gone better is if we had won or I would've hit a homerun."

There were more chances for the Cougars in the next two innings as both times they would leave men on third base. With two outs in the fourth, Gilmartin tripled to right center, but Chris Affinito struck out to end the inning. In the fifth inning with one out, House walked and then stole second and went to third on a ground out. He would stay on third as Aliotti lined to short to end the inning.

The next time the Cougars scored would be in the sixth, as with two outs, Max Stassi walked and Gilmartin would follow with a double to right center to score Stassi. The Cougars then had more chances in the seventh and eighth innings as they left more runners on-base. In the seventh with two outs, both Conner Crumbliss and Aliotti walked. The Chiefs then made a pitching change and Dixon would ground out to third to end the inning.

In the eighth inning, Myrio Richard led-off with a single to center. He would then get to second on a stolen base and third on a wild pitch. The Chiefs reliever Manolin DeLeon then struck out Stassi, Gilmartin and Affinito to end the inning.

After the game Cougars manager Aaron Nieckula said, "three things killed us, 0-2 pitches, on the defensive end they scored three runs on the homer by Ha, and not getting runners in from scoring position."