Kane County Cougars VS Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5-14-12 Pre-Game Report

Both teams warming up before the game.

Today I come to you from Fifth Third Bank Ballpark {Formally Elfstrom Stadium} in far west suburban Geneva where the Kane County Cougars take on the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. This is the third game of a four game series that began on Saturday. So far both teams have split this series with Wisconsin winning in 11 innings on Saturday, and the Cougars hanging onto a 1 run victory yesterday. Today both teams will try and go up 2-1 in this series before the final game tomorrow. This series has been huge for the Cougars because the Rattlers are on top of the Midwest League’s Western Division.

Kane County is tied for 3rd place in that division along with Quad Cities behind both the Rattlers and the Beloit Snappers. The Cougars and Timber Rattlers will meet again this weekend however the Cougars will be making the trip to Northeast Wisconsin for the 3 game series there which begins on Saturday. The Cougars have a huge chance to gain some major ground in the division. And that starts with yesterday’s victory. Of course the Cougars are also looking for a little help in the division as well. The Cougars are hoping that the last place Clinton Lumber Kings can pull off an upset against the Beloit Snappers.

The Cougars are also hoping Cedar Rapids can get a victory over the Quad Cities. Losses by Beloit and the Quad Cities, combined with a Cougars victory will push the Cougars 2 games closer to first place in the Western Division. It will also give them distance from the Quad City Bandits. Kellen Moen will start on the mound for the Cougars today. In seven starts this season he has only compiled a record of 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA. He’s been involved in a lot of no-decisions but on the plus side he’s only walked 10 batters all year and has struck out 35.

He’s only allowed only one home run all year, and has only given up 34 hits on the season. Win-loss record aside he’s one of the best pitchers on this Kane County staff. And the Cougars could definitely use a good start out of him today. On offense Kane County is led by Centerfielder Lane Adams who will be their cleanup hitter today. He’s batting .336 on the year with a slugging percentage of .482. He also has 2 home runs and 24 RBI’s on the young season. The Cougars will need everything they can get out of these two {as well as the rest of the team} if they are going to win today.

Here are today’s starting lineups:

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