APPLETON, Wis. -- The Cougars (35-20, 80-45) did not allow a run in the final 18 innings of a three-game series sweep over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (29-26, 65-59). A doubleheader shutout sweep of 9-0 and 3-0 at Fox Cities handed the Cougars their seventh straight win.
The seventh innings of both games were crucial for both teams as the Cougars scored 9 total runs in the final inning of each game.
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In the first game, the Cougars sent 12 batters to the plate in the seventh for 7 runs against two pitchers. After Jeffrey Baez's first solo home run to begin the offensive inning, Jacob Rogers, Jeimer Candelario and Daniel Lockhart all had run-scoring hits. Victor Caratini connected on a 2-run single while celebrating his 21st birthday.
Daury Torrez earned his 11th win with 5 innings of shutout baseball, allowing only 1 hit. The Cougars' defense pitched in with solid plays coming from Yasiel Balaguert, Baez, Penalver and Torrez. David Garner added 2 scoreless innings to seal the victory.
Game 2's second inning looked promising for the Cougars as they loaded the bases with nobody out, but only cashed in 1 run as Baez grounded into a double play. Baez's twin killing was the only difference for a while as Ben Wells (2-0) stranded five runners through the first five innings.
Baez supplied another insurance run as he homered again off starter Clint Terry (3-3) to knock him out of the game. Carlos Penalver singled off reliever Chris Razo and moved to third on a stolen base and throwing error from Wisconsin's catcher. A Razo throwing error allowed Penlaver to score for a 3-0 Cougars lead in the seventh.
Francisco Carrillo walked two batters to bring the tying run to the plate but struck out the side for his third save.
The Cougars now head to Geneva for a six-game homestand. Monday begins a series against the Burlington Bees with Harrison Cooney (8-7, 2.73) throwing against the Cougars' Jen-Ho Tseng (6-1, 2.52). First pitch from Fifth Third Bank Ballpark is at 6:30 p.m.