Kane County Cougars at Peoria Chiefs

May 9th, 2001
Pete Vonachen Stadium, Peoria, Illinios

Jim Kavourias had his bigest day yet, as a Cougars. He hit for the cycle going four for five with the cycle. He drove home three runs and hit his tenth homer of the year to lead the Cougars. He is second in the league to Dayton's, Samone Peters who has eleven. Jim scored four times and also walked once.

The rest of the Cougars offense also had a good day. Adrian Gonzalez had three hits, a double and two singles. He also scored three times. Miguel Cabrera had three hits, two singles and a triple, he also scored twice. Josh Wilson also had three hits. Wilson hit his first homer of the season, as grand slam. Matt DeMarco had two hits.

The Cougars are now 23-10 on the season and have won three in a row. They are still behind the River Bandits. I don't know by how many or how they are doing since i'm writing this sitting while sitting in a hotel room in Peoria.

Gus Lopez pitched ok, he went into the seventh inning for the second time in a row, but this time he did not complete the inning. Lopez gave up seven hits, which is the most he has given up this year. Gus allowed five runs but only four of them were earned. Four earned runs are the most he has given up this year. The good part is that Gus did get his third straight victory. He retired 9 out of his last 10 hitters he faced

Eudy Lajara pitched one and two thirds innings of no-hit ball. He also struck out two. This outing was a far cry from what he did his last two outings. He went 3.2 ip, 6 h, 6 r, 5 er, 0 bb, 4 k. He lowered his earned run average from 8.03 to 7.23. Steve Sawyer came in for the ninth inning and gave up two hits. Sawyer has not been scored upon in his last 15 innings pitched. That is since his third outing of the season.

At the beging of the day the Cougars had a couple of people among the leaders in the league. Kavourias was second of course in the league in homers. Will Smith is leading the league in runs batted in with 38. Smith is six ahead of teammate Adrian Gonzalez who is second with 32. 

The scoring began in the top of the first when with two outs, Adrian Gonzalea singled to left. Jim Kavourias then cranked out his tenth homer of the year to left field.

The Chiefs would chip away in the second when with two outs Albert Rodgers took Lopez deep to left center field.

In the third the Cougars would get one more when with two outs Gonzalez doubled to center. Kavourias then hit a double that scored Gonzalez.

The Chiefs would then match them by scoring one in the bottom of the inning when with two outs, Brian Fatur reached on an error by third baseman Matt DeMarco. Fatur then stole second. John Gall then singled to left to score Fatur.

One more for the Cougars in the fourth when Miguel Cabrera then tripled. The ball would hit off of the wall, then right fielder Mike Floyd fell over the ball and had to be help off the field. One out later, Dennis Anderson would hit a sacrifice fly to left to score Cabrera.

More fun in the fifth when Smith lead off the inningwith a single to left. Gonzalez then reached on an error by second baseman Sandy Santana. Kavourias then singled to center to score Smith and Gonzalez. Two outs later Wilson singled to left to score Kavourias. Anderson then doubled to right to score Wilson. The Chiefs made a pitching change. DeMarco then reached on another error by Santana, this time it cost them again when Anderson scored.

The scoring for the frame did not end in the top. The Chiefs put three on the board in the bottom of the inning when Landon Brandes lead off the inning with a single to left. Sandy Santana then walked. Chris Morris who had come in for Floyd, triple to right to score both Brandes and Santana. One out later John Gall grounded out to short, on the play Morris would score.

The Cougars then blanked the Chief the rest of the game, but it got interesting. In the sixth Kavourias hit a triple to center. Josh Willingham them walked. Cabrera followed with a single to right to score Kavourias.

In the seventh with two outs Chip Ambres reached on an error by short stop Chase Vosell. Smith walked. Gonzalez then singled to right to score Ambres.

This is the point when things got interesting in the eighth. Kavourias lead the inning off with a walk. Willingham then reached on another error by Santana. It might've been a double play but Santan droped the relay throw from third, everyone was safe. Cabrera then singled to left to load the bases. Josh Wilson then hit a grand slam to center to finish the scoring but the game was just getting interesting. The next hitter was Dennis Anderson and he gets plunked in the middle of the back, thanksfully he is held back from going after pitcher Damon Ponce De Leon. The Chiefs then make a pitching change, bringing in Matt Vrienga and he gets out of the inning.

Plate umpire Ria Corteso had an eventfull day. She threw out of the game, Brian Fatur in the seventh for arguing balls and strikes. Then she had to deal with the bean ball.

Chip Ambres CF 6 1 0 0
Will Smith LF 5 1 1 0
Adrian Gonzalez 1B 6 3 3 1
Jim Kavourias RF 5 4 4 3
Josh Willingham DH 5 1 1 0
Miguel Cabrera SS 6 2 3 1
Josh Wilson 2B 5 2 2 5
Dennis Anderson C 3 1 1 2
Matt DeMarco 3B 5 0 2 0
Mike Floyd RF 2 0 0 0
Chris Morris CF 2 1 1 2
Brian Fatur LF 4 1 0 0
Aneuris Diaz 3B
John Gall DH 4 0 2 2
Ryan Hamill C 3 0 0 0
Matt Oritz C 1 0 0 0
Tim Lemon CF/RF 4 0 1 0
Chase Voshell SS 4 0 1 0
Albert Rodgers 1B/LF 4 1 2 1
Landon Brandes 3B/1B 4 1 2 0
Sandy Santana 2B 3 1 0 0

E-Hamill, Santana 3, Voshell, DeMarco, LOB KC-8, PEO-4, 2B-Gonzalez, Kavourias, Willingham, Anderson, Brandes, 3B-Kavourias, Cabrera, Morris, HR-Kavourias (Axelson), Wilson (DeLeon), Rodgers (Lopez), (SACF-Anderson, SB-DeMarco, Fatur, CS-Anderson, DP-Santana (Sawyer)(6-4-3)

Kane County 2 0 1 1 5 1 1 4 0 15 17 1
Peoria 0 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 5 9 5

Gustavo Lopez 6.2 7 5 4 1 3 W (3-1) 1 0 0 27 28 9 7
Eudy Lajara 1.1 0 0 0 0 2 ND 0 0 0 4 4 1 1
Steve Sawyer 1 2 0 0 0 0 ND 0 0 0 4 4 2 0

Josh Axelson 4.2+2 12 9 6 0 2 L (1-4) 2 0 0 25 26 6 5
Jeremy Cook 1.1 2 1 1 1 0 ND 0 0 0 7 8 3 1
Damon Ponce DeLeon 1+5 3 5 2 2 0 ND 0 0 1 7 10 1 1
Matt Vriesenga 1 1 0 0 0 1 ND 0 0 0 4 4 0 3
Santo Samora 1 0 0 0 0 1 ND 0 0 0 3 3 1 1

HB-Anderson (DeLeon), SO-Ambres, Willingham, Cabrera 2, Morris, Fatur, Ortiz, Leon, Voshell, BB-Smith, Kavourias, Willingham, Santana

Fatur ejected in 7th by HP Ria Cortesio