GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars, minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, will open the 2017 Midwest League Playoffs on Wednesday evening against the Cedar Rapids Kernels, a Minnesota Twins affiliate. The Cougars depart this evening for Cedar Rapids as the best-of-three series opens on the road at Perfect Game Field on Wednesday at 6:35 PM. Game two will take place at Northwestern Medicine Field on Thursday at 6:30 PM and a third "if necessary" game would also take place at home on Friday evening at 6:30 PM.
Playoff tickets are available by calling 630-232-8811 or by ordering online at kccougars.com. Thursday's game will feature a playoff special that includes a $5 reserved seat ticket and a hot dog. Thirsty Thursday specials, presented by Miller Lite, will also be available with select beers, sodas and hot dogs just $1.
In addition, all proceeds from the 50/50 raffle on Thursday will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. The Kane County Cougars Foundation, Inc. will match dollar for dollar all proceeds raised by 50/50 raffle sales.
The Cougars will look to bring home their first Midwest League Championship since 2014 and are vying for their third league championship in franchise history. This marks the 16th playoff appearance in the 27-year history of the Cougars organization.
This season's team, led by former Major League manager Butch Hobson, compiled a regular season record of 72-65. Clinching the first half Western Division Championship, the Cougars finished third overall in the Midwest League with a team ERA of 3.35 under the direction of pitching coach Rich Sauveur. Starter Sam McWilliams finished second overall in the Midwest League with an ERA of 2.84 while leading all Cougars pitchers with 11 wins and 98 strikeouts.
The Cougars went 9-8 against the Kernels during the regular season. If Kane County advances into the divisional championship round, they would face the winner of the Quad Cities/Peoria series in a best-of-three game series.
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About the Kane County Cougars
The Cougars, Class-A Minor League affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks, have been at the forefront of family-friendly entertainment since 1991. In 2015, the franchise became the first Class-A team in Minor League Baseball history to welcome 11 million fans through the gates. A total of 158 former Cougars have reached the Major Leagues including Miguel Cabrera, Nelson Cruz, Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Kyle Schwarber.
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