Kane County Cougars Homestand Preview, Alumni Report

The Kane County Cougars, Class-A farm team of the Chicago Cubs, open a four- game homestand on Tuesday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, a Milwaukee Brewers farm team. The upcoming homestand includes Harry Potter Night, a Bark in the Park night, Day Camp Day and post-game fireworks shows on Thursday and Friday. Tickets are available for each game on the upcoming homestand by calling (630) 232-8811 or by clicking HERE.

Tuesday 7/30         Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers farm team)   6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Bark in the Park presented by Pet Supplies Plus
–           Bandanas for the first 250 dogs, courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus
–           Pre-game dog parade at 5:50 p.m.
–           Pre-game performance by DanceQuest of Plainfield
–           National Anthem – District 102 Summer Band (Elmhurst)
–           Lucky seat prizes and contests for dogs throughout the evening
–           Fans and dogs can run the bases after the game

Wednesday 7/31    Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
12 p.m. (gates open at 11 a.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (11:45 a.m.)

–           Day Camp Day – discounted tickets for day camp groups of 20 or more
–           Day Camp Parade
–           Pre-game autograph session with Cougars players
–           National Anthem – Quinn Gonzalez
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Thursday 8/1         Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Cougars Albert Almora Travel Mugs for the first 1,500 fans, presented by Presence Mercy Medical Center
–           Pre-game performance by Elite Martial Arts
–           Thirsty Thursday – $1 select beers, sodas and hot dogs from 5:30-8 p.m. presented by Miller Lite
–           National Anthem – Sandra Lee Garrett
–           Take Me Out to the Ballgame – led by Women’s Barbershop Chorus
–           Post-game performance by Quick Change
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

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The first 1,500 fans attending Thursday night’s game will receive an Albert Almora/Cougars travel mug, presented by Presence Mercy Medical Center.

Friday 8/2               Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
6:30 p.m. (gates open at 5:15 p.m.)    WBIG 1280 AM (6:15 p.m.)

–           Harry Potter Night
–           Pre-game Harry Potter costume parade
–           Umbrellas for the first 1,500 fans, presented by Hyundai
–           National Anthem – Yasmine Gordon
–           Post-game fireworks show
–           Fans can run the bases after the game

Homestand Notes

Give it Away: The first 250 dogs attending Bark in the Park on July 30 will receive a bandana, courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus. Presence Mercy Medical Center, which is sponsoring Thursday night’s game, will provide the first 1,500 fans with an Albert Almora Cougars travel mug and post-game fireworks show. Friday night’s game, presented by Hyundai, includes an umbrella giveaway for the first 1,500 fans and a post-game fireworks show as well.

Thirsty Thursday: Thursday’s August 1 game is a Thirsty Thursday, presented by Miller Lite, with $1 select beers, small sodas and hot dogs available from when the gates open at 5:30 p.m. and continuing until 8 p.m.

Be Entertained: The homestand includes two nights with post-game fireworks shows (Thursday and Friday). Quick Change, a ballroom dance-meets-magic duo, will perform on Thursday night. Wednesday’s Day Camp Day includes a pre-game autograph session on the field with Cougars players. Pet Supplies Plus is sponsoring this year’s 2013 Bark in the Park dates, the second of which is Tuesday’s 6:30 p.m. game. Dogs are admitted onto the lawn area for free activities include a pre-game dog parade on the field, lucky seat prizes courtesy of Pet Supplies Plus, and other in-game contests.

The Cougars (40-60, 10-24) conclude a six-game road trip this evening in Peoria and will attempt to win their third straight series. Entering play this evening, the Cougars are 7.5 games behind Peoria for the final Western Division playoff spot. The season concludes on Monday, September 2. Infielder Jeimer Candelario is 3rd in the Midwest League with 29 doubles. Infielder Rock Shoulders is 2nd in the league with 16 home runs. Infielder Dan Vogelbach has played in all 100 games and leads the team with 65 RBI. Pitcher Michael Hamann has 3 saves and has not allowed a run in 6 appearances. Pitcher Armando Rivero picked up his first career save on Sunday.

Detroit infielder Miguel Cabrera (’01), who missed several games last week due to a hip injury, is batting .360 with 32 home runs and 99 RBI, and leads Major League Baseball in batting average and RBI. Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Adrian Gonzalez (’01) is batting .299 with 15 home runs and 65 RBI. Dodgers teammate Ronald Belisario (’02) has made 52 appearances out of the bullpen. Pittsburgh pitcher A.J. Burnett (’98) has a 2.96 ERA in 18 starts, and teammate Vin Mazzaro (’06) has a 3.11 ERA in 35 relief appearances. Washington rookie pitcher Ian Krol (’10) has a 2.00 ERA in 19 appearances. San Francisco pitcher Santiago Casilla (’03-’04) has a 1.54 ERA.

Outfielder Brian Fletcher (’11), who was named Cougars Player of the Year in 2011, had a three-homer game for Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City) last week. Infielder Anthony Aliotti (’10) was recently promoted from Double-A Midland (Oakland) to Triple-A Sacramento. Aliotti batted .350 with 12 home runs and 51 RBI for the Rock Hounds and was named to the Texas League All-Star Game. Catcher Max Stassi (’10) had a streak of 5 consecutive games with a home run for Double-A Corpus Christi (Houston). Pitcher Kyle Zimmer (’12) made his debut with Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City) last week, striking out 7 batters over six shutout innings.  He is 2-0 since making his Double-A debut. Outfielder Brett Eibner (’11) is batting .246 with 16 home runs and 33 RBI at Double-A Northwest Arkansas (Kansas City).  Javier Herrera (’05) is batting .301 with 13 home runs and 53 RBI at Double-A Richmond (San Francisco). Pitcher Travis Banwart (’07-’08) is 6-5 with a 4.95 ERA at Triple-A Sacramento (Oakland). Pitcher Greg Billo (’11), who was named Cougars Pitcher of the Year in 2011, has made 2 starts at Class-A Lexington after missing much of last season due to injury. Pitcher Yordano Ventura (’11) is 3-3 with a 4.23 ERA at Triple-A Omaha (Kansas City).

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Former Cougars pitcher Yordano Ventura (’11) is one step away from the big leagues. The hard-throwing righty is currently at Triple-A Omaha, a Kansas City Royals farm team.

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

Thursday, August 8 from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Special Olympics Illinois Duck Race (Chicago)

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