Cougars clinch first-half Western Division title

The Kane County Cougars clinched the first-half Western Division title with a 5-2 win over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Saturday.

Cougars SP Juan Paniagua gave up three hits and two walks while striking out nine batters in six scoreless innings.

Cougars RHP Juan Paniagua warms up before a game at Kane County's Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in April. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Cougars RHP Juan Paniagua warms up before a game at Kane County’s Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in April. (Photo by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler)

Cougars C Ben Carhart had two hits, including a solo homer. Cougars DH Cael Brockmeyer drove in a pair of runs on a bases-loaded single.

The Chicago Cubs affiliate’s record improved to 42-20.

Minnesota Twins prospect Lewis Thorpe took the loss in his Midwest League debut for the Kernels. He gave up five earned runs on six hits, three walks, a wild pitch and a hit batsman in 4.2 IP. He struck out one batter.

Another Gordon MWL-bound?

I’ve been in the Twin Cities since Thursday, taking in games at Target Field and Midway Stadium, the respective homes of the Minnesota Twins and the American Association’s St. Paul Saints. It’s big news here in Twins territory that Minnesota selected high school shortstop Nick Gordon with the No. 5 overall draft pick Thursday.

If Gordon is assigned to Cedar Rapids, he will become the third member of his immediate family to play in the Midwest League — and he’ll have big shoes to fill because the other two were MWL prospects of the year.

Nick’s older brother, current Los Angeles Dodgers 2B Dee Gordon, batted .301 with 3 HR, 35 RBI and 73 SB in 131 games with the 2009 Great Lakes Loons.

Their father, former big-league pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon, went 7-5 with a 2.06 ERA and 172 strikeouts in 118 IP for the 1988 Appleton Foxes. He recorded 36 strikeouts in back-to-back starts for the Foxes — a 17-strikeout game followed by a 19-strikeout performance.

Tom Gordon's 1988 Midwest League All-Star card

Tom Gordon’s 1988 MWL All-Star card

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