GENEVA, Ill. – Though the visiting Clinton LumberKings managed just one hit in a 5-2 loss to the Kane County Cougars on Wednesday, there was still plenty of late-inning drama in the Midwest League baseball game at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

For the sixth time in seven games, the LumberKings saw their opponent score first, as they lost for the fourth consecutive game. Off a quality start in his season debut, Daniel Missaki (0-1) struggled through much of his outing Wednesday night. Though the Brazilian right[hander struck out six and walked only one, Missaki allowed eight hits, all singles, and five runs over six innings.

The Clinton starter ran into trouble right out of the gate, as a leadoff walk to Colin Bray in the first led to the game’s first run. After Bray stole second base, Chuck Taylor drove him in with the first of his three singles. 

The Cougars then used rallies in both the second and the fifth to plate a pair of runs in each inning, both highlighted by one of Taylor’s other two base hits.

Cougars starter Jared Miller (1-1), who struggled in his season debut, retired 16 of the first 17 men he faced, as only Chris Mariscal, via a walk in the fourth, reached base through the first five innings. Miller finally broke in the sixth, as Gianfranco Wawoe lifted a solo home run, his first of 2015, for Clinton’s first, and only, hit of the night. The LumberKings added another run in the inning on Mariscal’s sacrifice fly and trailed 5-2 after six.

In relief of Miller, 29th-round pick Nick Baker tossed two shutout innings for Kane County before he handed the ball to closer Mason McCullough. That’s where the drama began. McCullough walked Mariscal to begin the ninth, and after he struck out Alex Jackson, the Kane County closer brought the tying run to the plate with a walk of Estarlyn Morales.

Behind 3-1 in the count, McCullough then hit Joe DeCarlo, which loaded the bases for Adam Martin. McCullough proceeded to strike out Martin. Clinton Manager Scott Steinmann then went to the bench for the first pinch hitter of the season. Left-handed-hitting Wayne Taylor replaced right-handed Kristian Brito to face the right-handed McCullough, but Taylor grounded out to third base to end the rally and close out the 5-2 Cougars win.

The series was scheduled to continue with a morning game today.

COUGARS 5, LUMBERKINGS 2

Clinton ab r h bi Kane Co. ab r h bi

Fields cf 4 1 0 0 Bray cf 3 2 2 0

Mariscal ss 1 0 0 1 CTaylor rf 4 0 3 2

Jackson rf 4 0 0 0 Herum 1b 4 0 1 2

EMorales lf 3 0 0 0 Heyman lf 4 0 1 0

DeCarlo 3b 3 0 0 0 Trahan c 4 0 0 0

Ward pr 0 0 0 0 McQuail dh 4 0 0 0

Martin c 4 0 0 0 Regis 3b 3 1 0 0

Brito 1b 3 0 0 0 Ozuna 2b 3 1 1 0

WTaylor ph 1 0 0 0 Alcantara ss 3 1 1 0

Torres dh 3 0 0 0

Wawoe 2b 2 1 1 1

Totals 28 2 1 2 Totals 32 5 10 4     

Clinton 000 002 000 -- 2

Kane County 120 020 00x -- 5

E -- DeCarlo (4), Ozuna (1), Trahan (1). LOB -- Clinton 5, Kane County 4. HR -- Wawoe (1). SF -- Mariscal. SB -- Fields (3), Brady (2). CS -- CTaylor (2).

IP H R ER BB SO

 Clinton

Missaki L 0-1 6 8 5 5 1 6

OMorales 2 2 0 0 0 2

 Kane County

JMiller W 1-1 6 1 2 1 1 5

BAler 2 0 0 0 1 2

McCullough S 2 1 0 0 0 2 2

WP -- Missaki. HBP -- DeCarlo (by McCullough). U -- Thomas Roche (p), Arturo Gonzalez (b). T -- 2:25. Att. -- 1,211.

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