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Cougars Drop a Heartbreaker

June 13, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) - Kane County Cougars News Release

DAVENPORT, Iowa - Leading 5-2 into the bottom of the ninth inning, the Kane County Cougars were unable to hang on as they fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits, 6-5, in 10 innings, on Wednesday night at Modern Woodmen Park.

Angel Baez tossed three scoreless innings of relief before he walked Tyler Rahmatulla to begin the ninth inning. Rahmatulla quickly scored on a two-run homer from Anthony Garcia to pull the River Bandits (32-34) within one. Virgil Hill singled with one out while Casey Rasmus bounced into a fielder's choice to replace Hill at first. Rasmus scored the tying run on a double by pinch-hitter Luis Mateo, which sent the game to extra innings.

Travis Miller worked a scoreless top of the 10th inning while Quad Cities grabbed the winning run in the bottom of the 10th against Matt Ridings (4-3) as Garcia doubled to the left-center field gap, scoring Colin Walsh all the way home from first. Robinson Yambati started for the Cougars (34-32) and tossed five frames while surrendering two runs on four hits.

Yambati was given the lead in the first thanks to a two-run double by Jorge Bonifacio. Bonifacio added two more RBI in the ninth with a base hit to put the Cougars up by three. Dail Villanueva started for the River Bandits and walked five in 3.1 innings while allowing three runs. One of the walks was to Justin Trapp with the bases loaded.

The Cougars play the finale of a three-game series against the River Bandits on Thursday night from Modern Woodmen Park at 7:00. Right-hander Jason Mitchell (1-4) is expected to start for the Cougars against lefty Jonathan Cornelius (1-2). You can listen to the broadcast on AM 1280 WBIG and, beginning with Cougars on Deck at 6:45 p.m. The Cougars return to Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Friday when they take on the Cedar Rapids Kernels at 6:30 p.m. For tickets, please call (630) 232-8811 or visit

6:45 PM (CT) Pre-Game Show, 7:00 First Pitch on WBIG 1280-AM &

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