July 4-8 Homestand Preview, Alumni Update

The Kane County Cougars, Class-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs, open a five-game homestand Thursday against the Quad Cities River Bandits, a Houston Astros farm team.  The upcoming homestand includes three straight nights with post-game patriotic fireworks shows, special entertainment throughout the weekend and a Kids Eat Free day on Sunday. Tickets are available for each game on the upcoming homestand by calling (630) 232-8811 or by clicking HERE.

Thursday 7/4         Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros farm team)                6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)   WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Patriotic Foam Claws for the first 1,500 fans, courtesy of Fifth Third Bank
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           In-game entertainment by the Russian Bar Trio
–           National Anthem – Tony Gordon
–           Post-game patriotic fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Friday 7/5               Quad Cities River Bandits
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Cougars T-Shirts for the first 1,500 fans 21 and older, courtesy of Miller Lite
–           In-game entertainment by Myron Noodleman
–           National Anthem – Russell Pape and Brad Shanks
–           Post-game patriotic fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Saturday 7/6          Quad Cities River Bandits
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 4:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Military Appreciation Night
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           Dog Tags for the first 1,500 fans courtesy of Fifth Third Bank
–           Post-game performance by the Jesse White Tumblers
–           National Anthem – Ann Williams
–           Post-game patriotic fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Sunday 7/7             Quad Cities River Bandits
1 p.m. (gates open at 12 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (12:45 p.m.)

–           Sunday Funday – free kid-friendly entertainment inside the ballpark sponsored by Dave and Buster’s
–           Kids Eat Free Day – all kids between the age of 3 and 10 will receive a voucher at the gates for a free hot dog and small soda
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           Live organ music by Nancy Faust
–           National Anthem – Mike Adamle
–           Pre-game dance performance by Studio M Dance
–           Recognition of Ozzie Scholars
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Monday 7/8            Quad Cities River Bandits
12 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (11:45 a.m.)

–           Half-Price Monday sponsored by Meijer: $5 reserved seat tickets
–           Day Camp Day and pre-game parade
–           Pre-game autograph session
–           National Anthem – Indian Trail Junior High Summer Band
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Homestand Notes

Holiday Fun: The Cougars’ upcoming Independence Day holiday homestand includes three straight nights with a post-game patriotic fireworks show, beginning with the homestand opener on July 4. Pre-game autograph sessions take place on July 4, 6 and 7. Entertainment scheduled for the holiday homestand include the Russian Bar Trio (July 4), Myron Noodleman (July 5), the Jesse White Tumblers (July 6) and live organ music by Nancy Faust (July 7). Sports personality Mike Adamle is scheduled to perform the National Anthem at Sunday’s game.  

Kids Eat Free: Sunday’s July 7 game is a Kids Eat Free Day, as children between the ages of 3 and 10 will receive a voucher at the stadium gates good for a kids hot dog and small soda.

Congratulations scholars: The Cougars will recognize the 2012-13 Ozzie’s Scholars before Sunday’s game. Last fall, the Cougars’ inaugural reading scholarship program asked current and former members of Ozzie’s Reading Club to submit a brief essay explaining how their love for reading was furthered through Ozzie’s Reading Club, the Cougars’ reading incentive program. A total of 10 applicants were awarded a $1,000 savings bond scholarship from the Cougars organization.

 Remembering those who serve and served. The July 6 game is Military Appreciation Night. In conjunction with Fifth Third Bank, the Cougars will recognize the brave individuals who have served and those who currently serve. A member of each of the armed service branches will throw a ceremonial first pitch before the game, and players from both the Cougars and Quad Cities will help hold a giant American flag during the National Anthem that evening.

Fans will be treated to three straight nights of post-game patriotic fireworks shows starting with the 4th of July.

Fans will be treated to three straight nights of post-game patriotic fireworks shows starting with the 4th of July.

The Cougars (32-46, 2-10) conclude a five-game series at Wisconsin this evening before returning home to open a five-game homestand against Quad Cities on Thursday. The team is currently 4 games behind Clinton for a second half playoff spot. Infielder Rock Shoulders leads the Midwest League with 15 home runs and is tied for 4th in the league with 44 walks. Despite being promoted 2 weeks ago, former Cougars pitcher Pierce Johnson’s 74 strikeouts is still 5th-best in the league. Infielder Dan Vogelbach leads the team with 48 RBI and has played in all 78 games for the Cougars. Outfielder Kevin Encarnacion is batting .412 in his first 4 games with Kane County. Pitcher Michael Heesch has a 3.52 ERA in 14 starts while pitcher Tayler Scott has a 4.10 ERA in 15 starts.

Pitcher Ian Krol (’10) has a 1.42 ERA in 11 relief appearances with Washington. Pitcher Vin Mazzaro (’06) has a 2.52 ERA in 27 relief appearances with Pittsburgh. Infielder Miguel Cabrera (’01) has 85 RBI for Detroit. Outfielder Nelson Cruz (’03) has 20 home runs for Texas. Dodgers pitcher Josh Beckett (’00) will require neck surgery that will likely end his season; if so, this will be the first season in Beckett’s 13-year major league career that he will have gone without a win.

Pitcher Brooks Pounders (’12) threw a 9-inning no-hitter last week for Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City). His batterymate was another former Cougar, catcher Juan Graterol (’11). Outfielder Javier Herrera (’05) was named to the Eastern League All-Star Game for Double-A Richmond (San Francisco). Catcher Max Stassi (’10) recorded 8 RBI on June 26 for Double-A Corpus Christi (Houston). The MLB All-Star Futures Game this month will include pitcher Yordano Ventura (’11), who is currently at Triple-A Omaha (Kansas City) and manager Steve Scarsone (’09 Cougars manager), who manages Triple-A Sacramento (Oakland).  Infielder Anthony Aliotti (’10) is batting .354 at Double-A Midland (Oakland). Outfielder Jorge Bonifacio (’12) is back in game action with the Kansas City Royals’ Arizona League team after suffering an injury earlier this season. After a rocky first half of the season, pitcher Jason Adam (’11) has lowered his ERA to 5.44 for Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City). Outfielder Michael Choice (’10) is batting .286 with 11 home runs and 53 RBI at Triple-A Sacramento (Oakland).

2012 Cougars Player of the Year Jorge Bonifacio is close to returning from a hand injury suffered earlier this season.

2012 Cougars Player of the Year Jorge Bonifacio is close to returning from a hand injury suffered earlier this season.

Where’s Ozzie? Ozzie T. Cougar is scheduled to make upcoming appearances in the community at the following locations:

Thursday, July 4 from 5-6 p.m. – Pheasant Run Parade (St. Charles)

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The Kane County Cougars are the Class-A Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
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