The second round of the Midwest League playoffs began Saturday with the Lake County Captains and the Kane County Cougars taking early advantages in their respective best-of-three series.
In Game 1 of the Eastern Division Championship Series, the Captains beat the TinCaps 5-1 at Fort Wayne’s Parkview Field. WP Luis Lugo struck out nine batters in five innings. He gave up one unearned run, three hits, one walk, and two wild pitches.
Official attendance was announced at 1,940, which brings the total attendance (regular season and postseason) at Parkview Field in 2014 to 411,028, a new record for the six-year-old ballpark.
In Game 1 of the Western Division Championship Series, the Cougars beat the Kernels 5-2 at Cedar Rapids’ Veterans Memorial Stadium. RF Mark Zagunis led the offense for Kane County with a RBI triple and a solo home run.
Pujols reaches career milestones
Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols reached a pair of career milestones during his team’s 8-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Saturday.
First he scored his 1,500th career run, on his 517th career home run. Later in the game he collected the 2,500th hit of his major-league career.
Pujols began his professional career with the Peoria Chiefs, batting .324 with 17 HR and 84 RBI in 109 games. He was named the Midwest League’s Most Valuable Player that season, and also was co-winner of the MWL Prospect of the Year award.