GENEVA, Ill. - The Kane County Cougars overcame a three-run deficit to claim the rubber game of their three-game series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels, 5-4, Sunday afternoon before 6,338 fans at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.
Cedar Rapids (62-45) took the opening lead for the fourth straight game with three runs in the top of the second. Zack Larson was hit in the shoulder to start the inning. Brett Doe singled to left-center, giving the Kernels runners on the corners.
Tyler Kuresa drove in the Kernels' first run with an RBI single to left field, plating Larson from third. Alex Real followed Kuresa with an RBI fielder's choice, bringing in Doe from third.
Back-to-back singles by Brian Navarreto and Austin Diemer loaded the bases full of Kernels. Rafael Valera extended the Cedar Rapids lead to 3-0 with an RBI fielder's choice, scoring Real.
Kane County (64-41) cut the Cedar Rapids lead to 3-1 with a two-out run in the bottom of the fifth. The Cougars went in front of the Kernels, 5-3, with four runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Edgar Corcino made it a 5-4 contest with a solo home run to center in the top of the eighth for Cedar Rapids. The homer for Corcino was his third of the season.