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posted: 8/19/2012 9:25 PM

Cougars falter late in 7-4 loss

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BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Despite falling behind early, the Kane County Cougars battled back to carry a lead into the eighth inning but couldn't hold it in a 7-4 loss to the Burlington Bees on Sunday at Community Field.

Trailing 3-0 in the fifth inning, the Cougars (62-63, 28-27) picked up their first hit against starter A.J. Cole as Alex Llanos singled Michael Antonio into scoring position. Chris Elder singled to bring Antonio home.

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In the sixth, the Cougars tied the game when Jack Lopez singled and scored on a fielder's choice off the bat of Dean Espy. Espy scored on an Antonio double to tie it at 3-3.

Kane County kept the pressure on the Bees in the top of the seventh by taking the lead for the first time.

Llanos started the inning with a single against Seth Frankoff (5-7) and scored on a single by Elder. Jason Mitchell (4-6) came in to protect the lead in the eighth, but he allowed 4 runs.

Sean Jamieson walked to start the inning, and Max Muncy singled. A groundout advanced both runners before Wade Kirkland was intentionally walked.

Bobby Crocker then hit a double to score the tying and go-ahead runs. Burlington added 2 more runs before David Macias worked the ninth for his sixth save.

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