BURLINGTON, Iowa - Despite not getting a base hit until the top of the sixth inning in game two of their doubleheader on Friday night at Community Field, the Kane County Cougars prevailed over the Burlington Bees in a 4-1 victory after taking game one in 10 innings, 2-1.
David Bote picked up the first hit for the Cougars (16-15) in the nightcap as he singled to begin the sixth against Eduardo Santos (0-1), who was making his first career start. Bote advanced to third on a throwing error by Santos and scored on another throwing error by reliever Kurt Spomer.
Rock Shoulders and Bijan Rademacher helped extend the Cougars' advantage in the seventh as each blasted a solo home run off lefty Garrett Baker. Eddie Orozco (S, 2) worked the final three outs as he wiggled out of a bases loaded situation.
Felix Pena (2-0) walked five in the contest as he tossed through the first six innings but only gave up two hits. Burlington (11-18) picked up their only run after Kyle Johnson walked and stole two bases before crossing the plate after a throwing error by catcher Willson Contreras.
Game one also got off to a slow start offensively as the Cougars didn't break the scoreless tie until the top of the fifth when Rademacher singled and scored on a base hit by Marco Hernandez. Tayler Scott maintained the shutout until the bottom of the sixth when Anthony Bemboom went deep to even the score at 1-1.
Neither team managed a run again until the 10th when the Cougars strung together three singles including a two-out knock from Oliver Zapata which also brought Rademacher to the dish. Ian Dickson (S, 1) recorded the final three outs after Nathan Dorris (1-0) fired off a pair of perfect innings.
The Cougars continue on their six-game road trip Saturday night when they take on the Clinton LumberKings at 6:00 from Ashford University Field. Left-hander Michael Heesch will start for the Cougars against fellow lefty Scott DeCecco. The Cougars are back at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Tuesday, May 14, when they take on the Peoria Chiefs at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.