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updated: 8/16/2012 10:56 PM

Cougars get help in 5-3 win

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Special to the Daily Herald

With only 4 hits, the Kane County Cougars took advantage of 4 wild pitches and 2 errors to defeat the Clinton LumberKings 5-3 on Thursday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

Clinton scored before the first out was recorded as Dillon Hazlett started the game by reaching on a three-base error off the glove of Julio Aparicio in right field.

Jamal Austin bounced the next pitch into center field, scoring Hazlett to put the LumberKings on top. Austin was in the middle of the action again in the third as he singled and scored on a balk from Kyle Zimmer (2-2).

Zimmer didn't allow another run as he lasted 7 innings while scattering 7 hits.

Kane County (61-61, 27-25) didn't pick up their first hit until the fourth, when Jack Lopez blooped a single against Bobby Shore (3-3), who lost his control from there.

Shore hit a batter and walked a batter to load the bases. Lopez scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Michael Antonio to put the Cougars on the board.

Shore then uncorked 3 wild pitches in the fourth inning to help the tying and go-ahead runs come home. A Ramon Morla error in the sixth assisted Antonio to the dish, giving the Cougars a 2-run cushion.

Clinton managed 1 run in the eighth off Rudy Brown (first save), but Brown posted a perfect ninth inning after the Cougars picked up an insurance score in the eighth with Antonio singling home Aparicio.

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