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posted: 7/21/2014 10:01 PM

Cougars swept by Great Lakes

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MIDLAND, Mich. -- Joey Curletta did all the damage for Great Lakes (14-15, 48-52) on Monday afternoon, but it was just enough to finish a sweep over the Kane County Cougars (19-11, 64-36) with a 3-1 victory at the Dow Diamond.

Both teams threatened the first two innings but couldn't get a run home. Great Lakes found the scoreboard first in the bottom of the third. Alex Santana bunted Jesmuel Valentin to third base setting up an RBI double for Curletta.

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Zachary Bird started the game with a 4-11 record and a three-game losing streak. After keeping the Cougars scoreless through the first four innings, Jeimer Candelario tied it with two outs in the fifth. Candelario sent a solo blast over the wall in right-center to knock Bird out of the game and deny him of the win.

The tie was short-lived as Curletta found another opportunity to give the Loons the lead in the bottom half. With Santana at first, Curletta drilled a 1-0 from Daury Torrez (9-5) over the left-field wall to put Great Lakes ahead 3-1.

That was all the scoring the Loons would need as their bullpen again worked 4 scoreless innings. Michael Johnson (3-2) started the relief session with 1⅓ innings of perfect baseball. Matt Campbell tossed a scoreless ninth for his fourth save.

The Cougars enjoy an off-day Tuesday before welcoming the South Bend Silver Hawks on Wednesday to start a stretch of 40 games in 41 days. Wednesday's game also begins a six-game homestand.

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