A rain-shortened 7-inning contest handed the Great Lakes Loons a three-game sweep over the Kane County Cougars with an 8-6 final score on Friday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Scott Baker made his second rehab start for the Cougars (35-57, 5-21) and yielded 6 runs on 6 hits in 22⁄3 innings. Baker gave up 4 runs in the first inning for the second straight outing. Leo Rodriguez walked to start the game while he and Robbie Garvey both scored on a double off the bat of Corey Seager. Seager came home after an error by Gioskar Amaya. James Baldwin added an RBI double to make it 4-0.
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The Cougars came back with a run in the first inning and two in the second. Rock Shoulders's sac fly brought home Amaya. In the second, Amaya cracked a 2-run homer to pull the Cougars within 1.
Great Lakes added a pair in the third against Baker as Baldwin doubled home Aaron Miller and scored on a bunt single from Malcolm Holland.
Michael Heesch (3-8) came out of the bullpen for the Cougars and worked the final 41⁄3 innings until the rain came. He allowed the Loons to grab the lead for good in the seventh with Webster Rivas doubling and scoring on a Rodriguez sac fly. Jeremy Rathjen walked and came across on a wild pitch.
Crayton Bare kept the Cougars off the board in the bottom of the seventh to earn his first save.