NFL, NBA, NHL stats

Justin Jones Puts Bitter End to Cougars' Weekend

June 23, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Kane County Cougars News Release

Geneva, Illinois - The Kane County Cougars (38-35, 3-1) blew a three run ninth-inning lead and lost, 7-6, on Justin Jones' tenth inning walk-off homer for the Burlington Bees (40-34, 1-3). It was the fourth time this year the Cougars lost in walk-off fashion. The loss denied the Cougars a four-game sweep and snapped a season-high five-game winning streak.

Burlington snatched an early edge on Spencer Griffin's first inning RBI single. In the third, Alek Thomas hit his team-leading seventh homer of the year, a three-run shot to put the Cougars in front 3-1. D.C. Arendas trimmed the Bees' deficit to one-run with an RBI single in the bottom of the inning. Two RBI from Eduardo Diaz, a fifth inning solo homer and a sixth inning bases-loaded walk, handed the Cougars two insurance runs.

In the bottom of the ninth, Cougar reliever Andy Toelken allowed a pair of singles before being pulled for Kai-Wei Lin with one out. Lin allowed a two-run double to Nonie Williams, slashing the Cougar lead to 5-4. With two outs, Harrison Wenson singled in the game-tying run.

In extra innings, the Cougars retook the lead on Geraldo Perdomo's RBI double. However, the Cougars stranded two runners when Diaz wrapped into an inning-ending double play. Lin stayed on to pitch the bottom of the tenth. Justin Jones was the first batter he faced. Jones yanked the walk-off two-run homer inside the left field foul pole.

Lin (2-2) suffered the loss and the blown save (2). Over 0.2 innings he allowed three runs (two earned). Tyler Smith (5-1) took home the win. He pitched a scoreless ninth and the run he allowed in the tenth was unearned.

The Cougars are off Monday before opening a four-game series at Northwestern Medicine Field Tuesday night against Beloit, beginning at 6:30. RHP Levi Kelly (2-0, 2.97) takes the ball for the Cougars against Snappers RHP Rafael Kelly (1-0, 0.00). Purchase tickets by calling 630-232-8811 or on

• Discuss this story on the Midwest League message board...

Midwest League Stories from June 23, 2019

The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.