It will be more than a month between home losses for the Kane County Cougars as they finished a perfect homestand in front of 9,331 on Saturday night at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. The Cougars (41-20, 86-45) picked up a 2-1 victory over the Clinton LumberKings (26-35, 56-73) for their 13th consecutive victory.
The Cougars remain undefeated at home in August and haven't lost in their ballpark since July 28. Coming into Saturday's game the Cougars had the best record in all of minor-league baseball.
The Cougars used double-digit hits in the first two games of the series, but a 2-run fifth inning is all they needed for Saturday's win. Down 1-0, Cael Brockmeyer connected on a one-out double for the first Cougars runner in scoring position. Jeffrey Baez drove in Brockmeyer as he launched a 2-run home run over the left-field wall.
Clinton took its first lead of the series on an RBI single from Brett Thomas in the third inning.
Ben Wells (3-0) picked up the victory with a quality outing of 6 innings, allowing only 1 run. Michael Wagner pitched in with 2 perfect innings, and Francisco Carrillo (6) earned the save.
The Cougars begin a six-game road trip Sunday beginning with the Burlington Bees. Daury Torrez (11-5, 2.82) will start the series for the Cougars. First pitch from Burlington is 2 p.m.