The Cougars gain two games on the first place team.
The Class-A minor league affiliate of the Kansas City Royals has won two straight games. Even better, these two games have been against the first place team in the Midwest League’s Western Division. After winning the series opener on Saturday, the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers were hoping to continue their winning ways, and their dominance in the division. But the Kane County Cougars had other ideas. The Cougars hung onto a 1 run lead yesterday to get back in the win column. And today Lane Adams and company would not be denied.
Behind the arm of Kellen Moen, the Cougars would decimate the Rattlers from top to bottom. After a shaky first inning, the Cougars exploded for 9 runs. All of which were scored during the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings. Moen would go 6 innings, strikeout 4, only gave up 2 earned runs and 4 hits. Not bad for someone who was dealing with a stomach virus before the game. On the offensive side, Cougars Third Basemen Michael Antonio provided the big spark that pushed the Cougars to victory. Antonio went 3-4 with a home run along with 4 RBI’s and scored 2 runs.
His home run was actually a grand slam, it was the fourth time that the Cougars had hit one this season. First Baseman Murray Watts also had 2 RBI’s for KC. As for future major league prospect Lane Adams, the centerfielder managed to snag an RBI and score a run. The Rattlers just did not have an answer, and now the pressure is on them to gain momentum back. After the game I spoke with Cougars Manager Brian Buchanan and he said the following: “Kellen was our heart and soul today. We were a little worried before the game because he wasn’t feeling good, but he gave us all we needed.”
As of right now the Cougars gained 2 games in the division, should the second place Beloit Snappers lose tonight the Cougars will gain another game. The Cougars are currently tied in the standings with the Quad Cities River Bandits. And should the Bandits lose tonight, the Cougars will be ahead of the Quad Cities by one game. And that will give them a little breathing room. When I asked Brian Buchanan about the possible division outlook he said: “Right now were not too concerned, the season is still young. Right now were just worried about what were doing day in and day out.”
As for Kellen Moen, he chose not to speak to the media after the game. We here at Q101 hopes he gets well soon. Tomorrow the Cougars wrap up this 4 game series and the first pitch is tomorrow at 11am at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva. Robinson Yambati (1-0) will take the mound for Cougars while Wisconsin counters with David Goforth (3-2). Here is the box score from today’s game: http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=l118&t=g_box&gid=2012_05_14_wisafx_kccafx_1
I got some interviews after today’s game.
Cougars 3rd Baseman Michael Antonio:
Press Conference with future Kansas City Royals prospect Lane Adams: