The Kane County Cougars beat the Lake County Captains 7-2 Saturday to sweep the Midwest League Championship Series and win their second MWL title.
The Captains scored first on an RBI double by Clint Frazier in the bottom of the 1st, but the Cougars responded with seven unanswered runs spread out over the next five innings. Jacob Rogers drove in three of those runs, including two on a third-inning homer. Rogers and teammate Jeimer Candelario each had three hits.
Kane County’s pitching dominated Lake County’s offense. SP Daury Torrez gave up one run on five hits and no walks while striking out three in five innings. RP Michael Heesch gave up one run on two hits, a walk and a wild pitch while striking out six in three innings. Closer Francisco Carrillo finished off the Captains with a perfect 9th inning that included two strikeouts.
The Cougars finish their 2014 campaign with an impressive 98-49 record (91-49 in the regular season and 7-0 in the postseason). This is their second Midwest League championship, with the other coming in 2001 when future major-leaguers Miguel Cabrera, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Willingham were on the team.