The fact that Cougars newcomer Kyle Schwarber won Midwest League Player of the Week recognition should come as no surprise.
Schwarber has destroyed the baseball since arriving in Kane County two weeks ago, and he went 9-for-22 with three homers and seven RBI last week to earn the honor.
More surprising was the fact that Daury Torrez won the Pitcher of the Week honor. Torrez recovered from a brief hiccup in his season to go a season-high eight shutout innings June 26 for the Cougars, striking out seven.
“He’s a guy, when he’s on top of the ball consistently, he’s going to get some ground-ball outs and pitch to contact,” Cougars pitching coach David Rosario said.
“He got a little bit away from that and we worked on it and as a result we put a good couple weeks of work in and suddenly he clicked again and we saw the Torrez that we saw early in the season.”
Flying under the radar, Torrez is 8-3 this season with a 3.14 ERA.
“When you have a lot of decisions like that, it shows that you’re in games and pitching innings and giving your team a chance to win,” Cougars manager Mark Johnson said. “He’s done a heck of a job the past few weeks.”
Hermans’ big adventure
It was a whirlwind day Tuesday for Cougars pitcher Zak Hermans.
With Class AAA Iowa scheduled for a doubleheader and in need of arms, Hermans was summoned to start Game 2 of the doubleheader against Omaha in Des Moines.
He went 3 1/3 innings, allowing two runs on four hits in a game that Iowa eventually won in extra innings on a walk-off home run from Brett Jackson. Armando Rivero, a Cougar in 2013, got the win in relief.
Hermans flew out Tuesday morning, pitched, and was back with the Cougars Wednesday.
“It was a great opportunity for him to see Class AAA and be around some older guys,” Johnson said. “I’m sure it was just a flash. Any time you can go and help a team out and do a good job, that’s always fulfilling.”
Brockmeyer’s big day
Cael Brockmeyer had never hit for the cycle at any level of his baseball career until he pulled the trick Sunday in Beloit, and it not only provided a career highlight, it helped the Cougars win.
He was 3-for-4 with a double and home run going into a 7-7 tie in the ninth inning. He came to the plate with two runners on base.
“It was a long, hot day and I was telling myself that I didn’t really want to play extras,” Brockmeyer said. “I wanted to get that run in.”
Brockmeyer did just that as he swatted one off the wooden wall, with the ball bouncing away away from the outfielder. After the winning runs scored, Brockmeyer went for the triple.
“The runs already scored so I figured, may as well go for it now, and it worked out,” Brockmeyer said.Tags: Kane County Cougars