The Kane County Cougars picked up their 40th win of the season Thursday night with a 7-3 win over the Clinton LumberKings (29-29) at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.
Tyler Skulina (4-2) picked up the win with his third quality start, allowing two earned runs on two hits and striking out five in six innings. Seon Gi Kim (0-1) suffered the loss. Michael Wagner tossed the final three innings and kept Clinton scoreless for his first save of the season.
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With losses by Quad Cities and Peoria on Thursday, the Cougars are one win from a spot in the first-half playoffs. The magic number for a division title is two, and both spots can be decided on Friday.
The Cougars let the Lumber Kings jump out to early leads (1-0 in the first and 3-1 in the fifth) before taking a 4-3 lead in the sixth thanks to two errors on the same play.
The Cougars added three more runs in the eighth on a run-scoring single, a throwing error and a sacrifice fly to close out the scoring.
The Cougars will go for a sweep and a playoff berth on Friday in the series finale. Daury Torrez (5-3, 3.36) will make the start for the Cougars against the LumberKings' Edwin Diaz (2-2, 3.22). First pitch from Fifth Third Bank Ballpark is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.