Peoria Chiefs Notebook: 2015 Week 9

It was a rough week for the Peoria Chiefs with all of the weak areas showing in a 1-5 stretch during the short road trip. Starting shortstop Oscar Mercado is among four Chiefs Midwest League All-Stars.

This notebook covers the period of Tuesday, June 2 through Monday, June 8.

6/3/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 @ Great Lakes Loons 4

The Peoria Chiefs offense was dismal and timely clutch hitting didn’t appear in their vocabulary as the Chiefs stranded 12 base runners in the series opener.

A top of the first inning rally of two men on was tarnished and the Loons capitalized on Peoria’s mishaps with two runs in their half of the first.

Matt Pearce took the loss despite throwing a career-high seven innings of six-hit ball with three runs, two earned, one walk and three strikeouts.

The Chiefs broke through in the top of the third with an RBI double from Nick Thompson.

Great Lakes scored in the seventh and eighth to take the lead in the late going.

The Chiefs had a golden opportunity with the bases loaded in the top of the ninth but couldn’t take advantage as they fell to Great Lakes, 4-2.

6/4/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 @ Great Lakes Loons 7

Great Lakes exposed reigning Pitcher of the Month Luis Perdomo, as the runs came pouring down on the Chiefs righty.

Perdomo was pulled after 5 1/3 innings and earning the loss after yielding seven runs, six earned, on six hits with five walks. Blake McKnight and Robby Rowland combined for 2 2/3 shutout innings from the pen.

The offensive support only put together three runs. Andrew Sohn put the Chiefs on the board with an RBI in the top of the second, and Oscar Mercado added two in the seventh.

6/5/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 @ Great Lakes Loons 3

Trying to avoid a sweep, the Chiefs came out of the gates with an early 2-1 lead.

Oscar Mercado opened up the scoring with an RBI base knock in the top of the first, but the Loons struck back with two-out RBI double from Josmar Cordero in the bottom half.

Andrew Sohn, who went 2-for-4, reclaimed Peoria’s lead in the top of the second. The Loons fought back later on in the bottom of the fifth.

A seven-pitch at-bat in the bottom of the ninth was a battle between Loons Michael Ahmed and Chiefs reliever Kyle Grana. Ahmed won and drove the ball back up the middle to give the Loons the walk-off victory and sweep the Chiefs.

6/6/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 @ Lansing Lugnuts 6

The woes continued on the road trip for Peoria as the long ball favored Lansing in the end of this series opener.

Alex De Leon sent a drive out to right field that clanked off the foul pole to tie the game up, 2-2, in the top of the seventh.

However, it became a dinger derby in the seventh with the Lugnuts crushing a pair of two-run bombs off Chiefs reliever Kender Villegas to make it 6-2.

Jack Flaherty took a no-decision on a career-high six innings pitched with two runs, one earned, on four hits while fanning five. Villegas went only 1/3 of an inning with four runs on three hits including both home runs. Nick Lomascolo threw 1 2/3 shutout innings with two strikeouts.

6/7/15: Peoria Chiefs 10 @ Lansing Lugnuts 5

The Chiefs shook off a rocky start from Daniel Poncedeleon and also their four-game losing streak in a big win against the Lugnuts by scoring five runs in the ninth inning.

After losing a four-run lead earlier, the Chiefs redeemed themselves and retook the lead in the top of the ninth. Darren Seferina doubled to lead off the inning and later scored after a throwing error on an Oscar Mercado sacrifice attempt to make it 6-5. Danny Diekroeger followed with a sac bunt attempt and also reached base safely, making it a 7-5 ballgame. With two men on, Alex De Leon launched a bomb to left-center that padded the Chiefs lead, 10-5.

Poncedeleon threw a rough 5 1/3 innings with five runs on ten hits and three walks while striking out three. Blake McKnight tossed 2 2/3 shutout frames with only one hit and Robby Rowland pitched a perfect ninth to finish off the Lugnuts.

6/8/15: Peoria Chiefs 4 @ Lansing Lugnuts 12

A nightmare for the Peoria pitching staff erupted in the series finale. The Lugnuts teed off on Chiefs starter Matt Pearce. Pearce came out after 4 1/3 innings after giving up seven runs on six hits, two walks, seven strikeouts, and surrendering a home run.

Tyler Bray couldn’t stop the bleeding for Peoria’s desperate attempt to get back in the game. Bray threw 1 1/3 innings with five runs allowed on five hits.

Lansing received a great offensive spark from D.J. Davis, who tied a franchise-record with eight RBI.

Peoria, on the other hand, had little to show on their part. Vaughn Bryan and Alex De Leon each contributed an RBI. The Chiefs left eight on-base and went 1-for-13 with runners in scoring position as they dropped the rubber match, 12-4.

Who’s Hot

Danny Diekroeger – While his xxx-game hitting streak snapped, Diekroeger collected eight hits through this week’s stretch of road games. The third baseman also added four RBI to his 3-for-4 game against the Lansing Lugnuts on 6/7.

Alex De Leon – After receiving more playing time as a result of the Justin Ringo release, the Chiefs first baseman showed off some of his power in the Lansing series with six hits, two homers, and five RBI.

Who’s Not

Matt Pearce – It wasn’t the best road trip for the Peoria righty. Pearce’s outing against Lansing with seven runs on six hits in 4 1/3 innings is one he would like to forget. An error in his start on 6/3 at Great Lakes turned out to be a costly one as one of his three runs allowed over six innings was unearned.

Awards

As noted above, right-hander Luis Perdomo was named the system-wide Pitcher of the Month for May - by both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation. He was also the league’s Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 25-31.

Perdomo, 22, made five May starts and allowed only five earned runs (11 total), for a 1.42 ERA on the month. His team was shut out twice and scored just one run in another of his starts, giving him just 11 runs of support over the five games.

All-Stars

The Chiefs placed three pitchers on the Midwest League West Division All-Star staff, including three starters. Daniel Poncedeleon, Luis Perdomo and Austin Gomber will be joined by starting shortstop Oscar Mercado as selected by the 16 MWL managers.

The 51st Midwest League All-Star Classic will be played in Peoria at Dozer Park on Tuesday, June 23 at 7:00 p.m.

More details here.

Transactions

The Chiefs had no roster moves this past week.

Standings

The Chiefs dropped to fifth place in the Midwest League Western Division. They have their backs against the wall as their first half elimination number is down to four games.

What’s Next

The Chiefs head back home to Dozer Park to open a three-game set with the West Michigan Whitecaps in part of a six-game homestand. The Chiefs will send out Luis Perdomo (2-5, 2.33 ERA) against Whitecaps righty A.J. Ladwig (5-4, 4.33 ERA) in the series opener Wednesday night.



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