GENEVA, Ill. — Three Kane County pitchers combined on an eight-hit shutout as the Cougars beat the Clinton LumberKings 8-0 Thursday night.

Henry Alberto Rodriguez (3-3) scattered six hits over five innings to earn the win. He struck out seven.

Shane Presutti followed by throwing one-hit ball over three innings, while Derrick Gordon closed out the game in the ninth.

Broc Coffman (5-2) suffered the loss.

Despite the loss, the LumberKings remained in strong playoff contention. They are second in the Midwest League’s Western Division standings, a game-and-a-half behind leader Beloit but two games in front of Cedar Rapids.

The top two teams from each half in both divisions qualify for the playoffs.

Kane County scored three runs in both the third and fourth innings to break the game open. Knocking in runs were Michael Massaro with a groundout, Jermaine Mitchell on a forceout and Greg Dowling with a single to center.

Alex Valdez had an RBI single to center in the fourth, while Massaro belted a two-run homer to right.

The Cougars scored in the fifth when Toddric Jones walked with the bases loaded and added another run in the eighth on a homer to right by Valdez.

Manny Pina had three hits to lead Clinton’s offense, while Marcus Lemon added a double and single.

Clinton finishes the first half of the season with three games at Peoria. Tonight’s contest is at 7 p.m., Saturday’s is at 6:30 p.m. and Sunday’s at 2 p.m.

The entire league has an off day Monday.

The annual Midwest League All-Star Game is slated for Tuesday at Kane County.

After another off day Wednesday, the LumberKings open second-half play with a four-game home set with Kane County on Thursday

COUGARS 8, LUMBERKINGS 8

CLINTON KANE COUNTY

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Lemon dh 4 0 2 0 Massaro cf 5 1 1 3

Vallejo 2b 4 0 0 0 Cobb 2b 3 0 1 0

Whittlmn 3b 4 0 0 0 Mitchell rf 5 0 0 1

Tracy lf 3 0 1 0 Dowling 1b 4 1 4 1

Herren rf 4 0 1 0 Pratt dh 4 0 0 0

Gomez 1b 3 0 0 0 Castillo c 4 0 1 0

Peterson ss 4 0 0 0 Hernandz ss 1 2 0 0

Pina c 4 0 3 0 Johnson lf 3 1 1 1

Paisano cf 3 0 1 0 Valdez 3b 3 3 2 2

Totals 33 0 8 0 Totals 32 8 10 8



Clinton 000 000 000 —0

Kane County 003 310 01x —8

E—Tracy, Cobb, Hernandez 2. DP—Clinton 2, Kane County 4. LOB—Clinton 11, Kane County 7. 2B—Lemon. HR—Massaro (1), Valdez (4).

IP H R ER BB SO

Clinton

Coffman (L,5-2) 2 2/3 3 3 3 3 0

Hollis 1 1/3 2 3 3 1 0

Izquierdo 2 4 1 1 2 2

Slusarz 2 1 1 1 1 1

Kane County

Rodriguez (W,3-3) 5 6 0 0 2 7

Presuitti 3 1 0 0 2 2

Gordon 1 1 0 0 1 1

WP—Rodriguez, Presuitti 2. Time—3:13. Attendance—7,199.