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  • Schwarber’s big day powers Cougars Jun 29, 2014 12:02 AM
    The Kane County Cougars relied on the long ball and it paid off in a big way. The Cougars hit 4 home runs in a 10-2 victory over the Beloit Snappers. Kyle Schwarber had one of his best performances for the Cougars (7-2, 52-27), as he finished with 5 RBI on 4 hits, including a seventh inning grand slam. Schwarber added a solo shot in the third inning.

  • Cougars stop Snappers in 10 innings Jun 27, 2014 10:37 PM
    The Kane County Cougars put in a little extra work, and the result was a 3-2 victory in 10 innings over the Wisconsin Snappers in Midwest League action at Pohlman Field on Friday.

  • 3 former Cubs throw out first pitches before Cougars game Jun 26, 2014 10:25 PM
    Lee Smith’s ceremonial first pitch before Thursday night’s Kane County Cougars game floated in the middle of the zone and then dropped when it reached the plate. Steve Trout’s took a high arc before settling just above the strike zone. Gary Matthews’ took a similar route but not quite as high. It would be quite the stretch to call this a competition, with the casual outfits and the friendly smiles. But it certainly brought out memories of fiercer times — some that have faded but so many more the 1984 Cubs refuse to retire from their memories. The three met up at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark, where they signed autographs and chatted with fans about their days playing for the 1984 Cubs. When Smith retired as a Montreal Expo in 1997, he was MLB’s all-time leader in saves, a mark broken by Trevor Hoffman in 2006. Smith spent the first eight years of his career in Chicago, including the final six as the closer. Now, he works as a consulting pitching instructor in the San Francisco Giants’ minor league system. Trout also built his legend on the mound, spending his first five seasons with the White Sox and the next five with the Cubs. He won 80 games between the two. He still lives in the Chicago area and says he spends his time looking for fun things to do, such as watching local baseball games. Matthews made his name in the outfield for the Cubs. His first year with the team was 1984, which became his best year as a pro when he led the league in on-base percentage and finished fifth in NL MVP voting. Now he serves as a speaker at various events, including MLB’s youth-development program. The three visited the Cougars game to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1984 Cubs, who won the National League East with a 96-65 record but fell to the San Diego Padres 3-2 in the National League championship series. “Again, it’s something about the Cubs and not being able to finish it,” Matthews said. “It’s sad, in a way.”

  • Timber Rattlers hold off Cougars 3-2 Jun 25, 2014 10:01 PM
    Jacob Rogers came oh-so-close to giving the Kane County Cougars another dramatic home victory, but the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers held on to win 3-2 Wednesday afternoon at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva.

  • Martin, Cougars steal win from Timber Rattlers Jun 24, 2014 11:04 PM
    Troy Martin stole 5 bases to set a club record, and the Kane County Cougars soared to a 9-3 victory over the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in Midwest League action at at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Tuesday night.

  • Schwarber homers in Cougars’ victory Jun 20, 2014 11:33 PM
    On Thursday night, Kyle Schwarber fell just short of belting his first professional home run. On Friday night, Schwarber — the Cubs’ first-round pick of the MLB amateur draft earlier this month — hit a solo home run to center field ain the fifth inning, and the Kane County Cougars captured a 6-4 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

  • Bryant, Schwarber impressive after promotions Jun 20, 2014 3:00 PM
    Kris Bryant and Kyle Schwarber made impressive debuts after their promotions in the Cubs' minor-league system. Bryant homered in his first game for Class AAA Iowa, and Schwarber had a single in his debut for the Kane County Cougars.

  • Cougars impressed with even-keeled Schwarber Jun 21, 2014 12:05 AM
    Kyle Schwarber is well aware that he has a tough act to follow. Kris Bryant, the Cubs first-round pick from last year, continues to make the adjustments needed to reach the Major Leagues. Thursday night at Triple-A Iowa, Bryant hit a home run in his debut for the Iowa Cubs.

  • Cougars win rain-shortened game Jun 20, 2014 1:55 AM
    The Cougars picked up the season right where they left off as they started off the second half with a 7-0 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels in a rain-shortened game Thursday at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark. The Cougars (46-25) saw all their runs come with two outs in the third inning as the Kernels (31-40) had trouble finding the scoreboard all day.

  • Cougars lose on another walk-off homer Jun 15, 2014 7:10 PM
    The Kane County Cougars fell victim to a walk-off home run for the second consecutive day as the Beloit Snappers completed a three-game sweep over the Cougars with a 5-4 victory Sunday in 12 innings.

  • Snappers top Cougars 3-2 in pitching duel Jun 13, 2014 10:58 PM
    Beloit’s Dylan Covey bedeviled the Kane County Cougars on the mound as he pitched a complete game in the Snappers’ 3-2 win at Pohlman Field.

  • Cougars cruise past Chiefs Jun 12, 2014 11:24 PM
    Coverage of Kane County Cougars baseball: The Kane County Cougars downed the Peoria Chiefs 4-1 to complete a Midwest League series win over the Chiefs on Thursday night.

  • Cougars game postponed by rain Jun 10, 2014 10:49 PM
    Tuesday’s game between the Kane County Cougars and the Peoria Chiefs was postponed due to rain, according to Cougars’ website. To make up the game, the teams will play a doubleheader that starts at 5 p.m. Wednesday at Dozer Park, the website said.

  • Cougars pop Kernels Jun 9, 2014 11:13 PM
    The Kane County Cougars completed their first-half home schedule with a 28-7 record after defeating the Cedar Rapids Kernels 2-1 on Monday night in Midwest League action at Fifth Third Ballpark in Geneva.

  • Kernels snap Cougars’ home win streak Jun 8, 2014 10:22 PM
    An early offensive day turned into a pitching duel later in the game as the Cedar Rapids Kernels (28-35) edged the Kane County Cougars (42-21) by a score of 3-2 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Sunday.

  • Cougars win, clinch first-half title Jun 7, 2014 11:25 PM
    Even a downpour couldn’t spoil the Cougars day as the Midwest League’s best team clinched a First Half Western Division Championship with a 5-2 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday night.

  • Cougars beat Clinton to pick up 40th win Jun 5, 2014 10:50 PM
    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.

  • Chiefs rally late to upend Cougars Jun 1, 2014 12:38 AM
    The Chiefs did not score until the seventh inning, but their 5 runs in the final two frames were enough to pass a 3-run Kane County Cougars lead Saturday as the Cougars fell 5-3. After being swept by the Cougars (37-19) in Geneva earlier in the week, the Chiefs (30-25) came back to take Game 1 of a three-game series at Dozer Park.

  • Kane County Cougars to hold ‘Bark in the Park’ theme night May 31, 2014 2:02 PM
    Baseball fans and dog owners can bring their canine companions to the Kane County Cougars game Wednesday, June 4, for "Bark in the Park" theme night with the purchase of a ticket to the game. Dogs can walk in a parade, participate in contests and watch the game with their owners.

  • Rogers’ blast boosts Cougars May 30, 2014 11:59 PM
    Kane County Cougars coverage: Jacob Rogers ended a 15-inning scoreless streak against the LumberKings with a 3-run homer in the sixth inning, helping the first-place Kane County Cougars rally to to beat Clinton 4-1 in Midwest League action at Ashford University Field on Friday night.

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