This notebook covers the period of 4/21 to 4/27.
4/21/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 4
Starter Luis Perdomo racked up the strikeouts with ten in 5 1/3 innings pitched but received a no decision. Catcher Luis Cruz knotted the game up for the Chiefs in the second with an RBI triple hit into the right-center field gap.
While working out of a few jams earlier, Perdomo found himself with the bases loaded and only one out in the sixth. The righty was able to get Bandits leadoff man Bobby Boyd to strike out on three pitches. Bandits first baseman Jamie Ritchie showed his patience, bringing the count full and drawing a walk that would bring in the tying run. After giving that score, Perdomo would get out of the bases loaded jam with a fly out to center.
In the bottom of the sixth, an odd play gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead from a bang-bang call at the plate. River Bandits CF Derek Fisher overthrew the ball in hopes of nabbing Chiefs DH Nick Thompson who was slow getting to third. The throw beat Thompson as he made a break for home, but Thompson’s just slipping past the tag.
The slim lead for the Chiefs didn’t stick around for too long though. Zach Loraine could not shut the door as he allowed two runs on three hits and only throwing 16 pitches before manager Joe Kruzel gave him the boot. The Chiefs couldn’t mount a late rally as they dropped this one, 4-3.
4/22/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 6
The River Bandits pounced on Chiefs starter Austin Gomber in the second game of this set of three. While striking out eight, Gomber surrendered six earned runs on only four hits with three of those hits being long balls.
After Gomber’s six runs, the Chiefs bullpen shut down the River Bandits’ bats. Righty Jhonny Polanco struck out five while giving up only one hit in 2 1/3 innings pitched, and Robby Rowland also fanned one with only one hit in a scoreless ninth inning.
Peoria’s bats couldn’t back up the bullpen efforts to keep the River Bandits in check. The only offensive support for the Chiefs came from corner infielders, 3B Danny Diekroeger and 1B Justin Ringo. Diekroeger had an RBI groundout in the first, and Ringo doubled to right in the bottom of the sixth that scored Diekroeger.
4/23/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 4
The Chiefs received a little help from Quad Cities in scoring their three runs as all were unearned.
A solid start from Daniel Poncedeleon went for naught with the bullpen once again giving up the lead in the late going. Poncedeleon’s line in 5 1/3 innings pitched included two earned runs on seven hits with seven punchouts.
The ball didn’t even leave the infield for the River Bandits in their seventh inning rally. Back-to-back wild pitches with runners on from RP Nick Lomascolo gave the River Bandits their first lead of the evening, 4-3.
RF Collin Radack led off the bottom of the ninth with a single right back up the middle. Utilizing small ball techniques from Alex De Leon and Steve Bean, Radack was moved over to third with pinch-hitter Danny Diekroeger up at the plate. An anxious Diekroeger swung at the first pitch, hitting into a game-ending groundout to second.
4/24/15: Peoria Chiefs 1 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5
The Chiefs looked to continue their stellar road play in the series opener, but the Timber Rattlers had other plans.
Fernando Baez had a rough outing in five innings pitched. The right-hander gave up three runs on three hits and walked three. The home run was Baez’s worst enemy as both Wisconsin’s Carlos Leal and Sthervin Matos took Baez deep.
RP Blake McKnight gave up two runs but only one earned as another crucial Chiefs error slapped an extra run on the board for the Rattlers.
The sole offensive highlight for the Chiefs came from Danny Diekroeger, who had an RBI single in the top of the third.
4/25/15: Peoria Chiefs 0 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 2
The bats remained silent for the Chiefs as they struggled to put together merely four hits against Rattlers starter Cy Sneed.
A few mishaps for Chiefs righty Will Anderson dealt him the loss despite a solid outing. Anderson gave up two runs on six hits, one being a home run, through six innings.
In five innings of work, Sneed downed the Chiefs only giving up three hits in shutout fashion, adding five strikeouts. Victor Diaz would come in relief for the Rattlers, receiving the four-inning save.
The Chiefs stranded a total of 12 men on base, marking also only the second time they’ve went scoreless this season.
4/26/15: Peoria Chiefs 1 @ Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 5
A dominant performance from Wisconsin’s Zach Hirsch halted Peoria and its shot at avoiding the sweep in the final game of the series. Hirsch only gave up one run through seven innings of work. The bullpen shut the door on the Chiefs with a scoreless outing in the final three frames.
Only four of Wisconsin’s five runs were earned. Matt Pearce surrendered four runs, three earned, on eight hits and a base-on-balls through 5 2/3 and was charged with his second loss in three decisions.
Danny Diekroeger provided Peoria’s only run with an RBI single in the top of the first.
With cold pitching, lackluster offense, and defensive errors left and right, the Peoria Chiefs didn’t have a player for honorable mention during their losing streak that is still intact.
Peoria Chiefs Offense: The offense had its struggles over these past six games. Timely, clutch hitting wasn’t evident during this stretch as the Chiefs finished the week with an eye-popping 74 men left on base through this six-game span. Since their 15-run outburst on April 18 against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers at Dozer Park, the Chiefs have scored 15 runs in their last eight games.
The current six-game losing streak dropped the Chiefs to a three-way tie for fourth place with the Kane County Cougars and the Beloit Snappers in the Midwest League Western division.
What’s Up Next
The Chiefs will host the Beloit Snappers and the Burlington Bees in a six-game home stand that starts Tuesday night. It may not be the best news since the Chiefs currently hold the worst home record in the Midwest League at 2-7.
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