Jonathan Cornelius (SP): 7 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Justin Wright (RP): 2 IP, 1 H, 1 K
Patrick Wisdom's 2nd inning 3 run homer was his 5th of the season.
Wisdom's home run was all the Springfield pitching staff would need. Jonathan Cornelius had one of his better outings this year. His 7 IP equaled his longest outing this season. Justin Wright contributed two scoreless innings as well.
Thomas Lee's walk rate has fallen every time he has moved up a level, starting at 4.1% in rookie ball, dropping down to 2.6% at Peoria last year, and getting all the way down to 1.6% this year. Unfortunately, his K% rate which started at 26% in rookie ball has fallen as well, dropping below 16% this year. Last night was a typical Lee outing this season, as he pitched to contact. 9 balls in play fell for hits and another 2 went for errors, which lead to a run in the 2nd and 3 more runs in the 5th.
After the giving up the lead in the 5th, Palm Beach was still able to make it a 1 run game in the 7th, but Sam Tuivailala gave up 3 in the 8th and Daytona put the game out of reach.
Breyvic Valera's stolen base was his team leading 11th of the season. He set a career high with 13 stolen bags in 2013.
Blake McKnight had a rough 1st inning, giving up a triple to the 1st batter he faced and allowing 1 run 2 hits and 1 walk total. He settled in after that until running into trouble in the 6th. McKnight allowed 2 baserunners before giving way to Brandon Lee. Lee allowed 1 of his inherited runners to score along with 3 of his own when he gave up a grand slam later in the inning. The home run put Kane County ahead for good, although Peoria would rally late.
Carson Kelly's home run was his 4th of the season and his 2nd in the last 5 days. Kelly also threw out the only Cougar who attempted a stolen base, made a putout on a play at the plate and picked off a runner.
Juan Herrera's stolen base was his team leading 19th of the season, C.J. McElroy's was his 10th.
The top of the Peoria lineup drove the offense, the 1st 4 hitters went 10-18, 3 R, 2 2B, HR, 3 RBI, 2 BB, K.