Kane County right-hander Greg Billo tossed his third straight quality start Thursday night but suffered a hard-luck loss as the Cougars lost 3-1 to the Lansing Lugnuts at Elfstrom Stadium.
The Cougars have scored just 1 run so far in two games in the series and are 4-10 against the Eastern Division. It is only their second losing series out of seven in the second half.
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Billo's only blemish came in the first inning. After striking out his first two batters, he gave up a solo homer to Jake Marisnick, and Lansing never gave back the lead.
Billo (7-2) gave up 1 run on 5 hits, walked one and fanned four. Marisnick's home run was just the second Billo has allowed this year in 84⅔ innings and only the 12th extra-base hit.
Allen Caldwell gave up 2 runs in the eighth to make it 3-0, and Cole White logged a scoreless ninth in his Cougars debut to finish up.
Racers 5, Bandits 1:
Roya St. Clair served as Nikki Nemitz' catcher for four years at the University of Michigan, and her first pro home run came off her former Wolverines teammate.
The undrafted rookie free agent smashed a home run to left-center in the second inning for the first of her 2 hits in the Racers' victory over the visiting Chicago Bandits at Firestone Stadium in Akron, Ohio. The Racers move 2 games behind the Bandits in the NPF standings.
The Bandits signed former Loyola University catcher Jenna Grim for the rest of the season.
Outlaws 10, Fielders 5:
The host Lake County Fielders fell to the Chico Outlaws in a game that saw a combined 10 errors Wednesday night.