BURLINGTON, Iowa -- Tayler Scott was sharp over 7 innings and received offensive support from his battery mate, Carlos Escobar, as the Kane County Cougars earned a 3-2 win over the Burlington Bees on Friday night at Community Field.
Scott (3-2) allowed 2 runs while scattering 8 hits. Burlington (23-32) got on the board first in the bottom of the third when Sherman Johnson walked with two outs, took second on Scott's error and scored on Kyle Johnson's hit.
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In the fourth, the Cougars (27-31) tied the score when Jeimer Candelario ripped a long home run to right off Alex Keudell (4-2). An inning later, Bijan Rademacher led off with a double, advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Marco Hernandez and scored on Escobar's single to shallow left.
Kyle Johnson tied the game in the bottom of the fifth with a single to bring home Wendell Soto, but the Cougars reclaimed the advantage in the seventh. Hernandez blooped a single to right-center with two outs and scored from first when Escobar tripled to the gap in right-center.
Stephen Perakslis (S, 1) relieved Scott and worked a scoreless eighth. In the bottom of the ninth, Perakslis gave up a hit to Sandy Martinez before walking the bases loaded. He fell behind Wade Hinkle, but Hinkle popped up a 2-0 fastball that Candelario caught in foul territory to seal the victory and earn Perakslis his first save.
The Cougars continue their six-game road trip today at 6:35 p.m. against the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Perfect Game Field. Left-hander Michael Heesch (2-4) starts for the Cougars against lefty Brett Lee (4-3).