Kane County 2 – Burlington 1 (11 innings)
The Kane County Cougars just keep willing their way to wins. Saturday night on the road, the club rallied against the Burlington Bees with an 11th-inning run that gave them a 2-1 win. It marks the second straight night the team scored late to down Burlington.
Carlos Penalver led off the top of the 11th with a single to left field before advancing on a sacrifice bunt. Two batters later, with two outs in the inning, a wild pitch by Bees’ reliever Trevor Foss allowed Penalver to advance to third. After a walk to Will Remillard, Jordan Hankins delivered a clutch RBI single that proved to be the game-winner.
Kane County pitching was dominant on Saturday, combining for 11 innings of one-run, five-hit baseball, while notching 15 strikeouts and issuing just one walk. Right-handed reliever James Pugliese (1-0) tossed three scoreless frames in which seven of the nine outs he recorded came via strikeout.
In 12 1/3 innings of work this season, opponents are hitting just .156 against Pugliese.
Burlington led the game until the top of the sixth inning, when Remillard singled to center to tie the game at one apiece. Neither team scored again until Kane County took the lead in the top of the 11th.
Kane County improves to a Midwest League-best 26-10 this season with the win, while Burlington falls two games below even at 16-18.