The Kane County Cougars exploded for 5 runs in the eighth inning and captured their 10th straight victory, a 7-3 decision over the Burlington Bees on Wednesday at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.
The Cougars (38-20, 83-45) trail only the 2001 team, which set a franchise record with 88 wins and captured the Midwest League Championship. This edition of the Cougars tied a team mark with 50 home victories this season.
For the second straight game, the Cougars never led until the bottom of the eighth inning. Trailing 3-2, the Cougars' Cael Brockmeyer delivered a game-tying single. Daniel Lockhart hit a potential double-play grounder to shortstop, but a wild throw enabled Yasiel Balaguert to score the go-ahead run. Carlos Penalver drove home Lockhart with an RBI single and Jeffrey Baez, who nearly hit a solo homer earlier, blasted a 2-run shot that gave the Cougars a 7-3 lead.
The Cougars had rallied twice when Baez scored on Mark Zagunis' RBI double in the third and Lockhart tied the game in the sixth with a single.
Jasvir Rakkar (3-0) stretched his streak of scoreless innings to 14 to pick up the win.
The Cougars welcome in the Clinton LumberKings today at 6:30 p.m. to begin a three-game series when they send Jonathan Martinez (9-5, 3.47 ERA ) against left-hander Blake Holovach (6-4, 3.87).