With pitch counts and innings limitations, winning 10 games at the low Class A level is not an easy feat.
The Cougars hadn’t had anybody pull the trick since 2010, when current Cubs minor leaguer Dan Straily won 10 games.
Sunday, Daury Torrez added his name to the list.
In his fifth try, Torrez pitched the Cougars to a 9-5 win over Quad Cities on Sunday, improving his record to 10-5. Torrez went six innings, allowing three runs on five hits, walking one and striking out six.
“It’s a credit to his durability and the way he competes,” Cougars manager Mark Johnson said. “Ten wins, first full season, that’s a heck of a milestone. And he’s still strong. It just shows how much he prepares. The kid just loves to throw.”
Torrez had plenty of help from his offense to get the win. After scoring seven total runs in the five games prior to this series, all losses, the Cougars (70-42 overall, 25-17 second half) lit up the River Bandits (56-55, 21-21) to the tune of 23 runs in the three-game sweep. It was the Cougars’ seventh home sweep this season.
A 17-hit attack did the job Sunday. Every Cougar had at least one hit, and three players, Cael Brockmeyer, Danny Lockhart and Chesny Young, logged three hits. Brockmeyer belted his fifth home run of the season.
“With this team, when things get going, we just build off of it,” Brockmeyer said. “Every team goes through a little funk. We knew it was something that we would get out of. We never really got down. We just stuck with it. We came out and started swinging it and got another sweep at home.”
The Cougars got things cooking in the bottom of the second with three runs. Jeimer Candelario tripled and scored on a Brockmeyer single. Brockmeyer was doubled in by Young, who scored on a Trey Martin groundout.
The lead was cut to 5-3 going into the bottom of the sixth, but Brockmeyer led off with his home run to spark a four-run rally. Young singled and scored on a Jeffrey Baez triple. Baez scored on a sacrifice fly from Shawon Dunston Jr. Ben Carhart later singled in Danny Lockhart.
The Cougars are 44-15 at home this season.
“There’s no rhyme or reason,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what it is, I really don’t. Sometimes it just happens. It’s always good to come home.”Tags: Kane County Cougars
Cougars 9,Quad Cities 5
Recap: Daury Torrez became the first Cougars pitcher to win 10 games in a season since Dan Straily in 2010, tossing six solid innings. The Cougars supported him by pounding out 17 hits, including three apiece for Cael Brockmeyer, Danny Lockhart and Chesny Young.
Cougars record: 70-42 overall, 25-17 second half
Up next: Kane County (Duane Underwood 5-3) at Peoria (TBD), 7 p.m. Monday, WBIG-AM (1280), (kccougars.com)