CLINTON, Iowa - Dillon Maples fired five innings in his debut for the Kane County Cougars and exited with the lead, but the Clinton LumberKings came from behind to pick up a 10-inning, 7-6 victory on Sunday afternoon at Ashford University Field.
Maples surrendered three runs in his five frames with Clinton (16-18) taking the early advantage in the bottom of the second. Tyler Marlette doubled, stole third and scored on a sac fly from Gaby Guerrero. Clinton added two more in the third with Dario Pizzano singling home Ketel Marte and Brock Hebert.
Jeimer Candelario homered in the top of the fourth to put teh Cougars (17-16) on the board. In the sixth, the Cougars grabbed the lead with Dan Vogelbach singling in Pin-Chieh Chen and Rock Shoulders cracking a grand slam off reliever Richarde White.
Lendy Castillo (0-3) was unable to hang on for the Cougars as he coughed up a three-run shot to Janelfry Zorrilla in the bottom of the sixth after the first two hitters in the inning reached on consecutive walks. Castillo didn't give up another baserunner until the bottom of the 10th, but the Cougars didn't do much with relievers Jochi Ogando and Grady Wood (1-1).
Castillo again walked the first two batters in the bottom of the 10th before Patrick Kivlehan bounced a base hit up the middle to knock home Hebert with the winning tally.
The Cougars will wrap up their road trip against the LumberKings on Monday afternoon from Ashford University Field with a 12:30 first pitch. Right-hander Pierce Johnson (1-2) starts for the Cougars against lefty Tyler Pike (1-3). The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Tuesday night when they take on the Peoria Chiefs at 6:30. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit www.kccougars.com.