Tseng leads Class A club to win in championship opener

Tseng leads Class A club to win in championship opener

TORONTO -- Class A Kane County opened its 2014 Midwest League Championship series vs. Lake County on Wednesday with a 4-3 win at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark.

The Cougars have yet to be beaten in postseason play, having swept Wisconsin in the opening round and Cedar Rapids in the Western Division Championship.

Jen-Ho Tseng, ranked as the Cubs' No.14 prospect by MLB.com, earned the win on the mound for the Cougars, settling in after allowing three runs in his first two innings to record his second win of the postseason. He went a total of five innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out eight. Francisco Carrillo earned the save. Leadoff man Shawon Dunston paced the Cougars at the plate, going 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.

The two sides traded runs in the first two innings, with Lake putting up three to Kane's four. That lead held all the way down to the wire as the Cougars took a 1-0 advantage in the best-of-five series.

Game 2 is Thursday at Fifth Third Bank before the series moves to Lake County for Game 3 on Saturday and Games 4 and 5, if necessary, on Sunday and Monday.

The Cougars are making their 14th playoff appearance in their 24-year history. The last time they won the Midwest League was 2001 with now-MLB stars Miguel Cabrera and Adrian Gonzalez.

Worth noting
• Individual weekend passes for the 30th Annual Cubs Convention go on sale Sept. 16. Each weekend pass is $65 plus convenience fees and is valid for all three days, January 16-18, at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers in downtown Chicago. Passes can be purchased by visiting www.cubs.com/convention or calling 1-800-THE-CUBS.

Fans will have the opportunity to meet the 2015 Cubs Convention feature celebrity guests, including players, coaches, alumni and some of the organization's top Minor League prospects. A specific schedule of guests and events will be released closer to the date.

Attendees are still able to book rooms at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers by visiting www.cubs.com/convention or calling the hotel at 800-325-3535 and asking for the Cubs Convention rate of $187 per night plus tax. Hotel guests may purchase up to four Cubs Convention passes for a reduced rate of $20 each.

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Jamie Ross is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.