Peoria Chiefs Notebook: 2015 Week 10

The rain, rain couldn’t go away during this homestand. The Peoria Chiefs played around the stormy elements they were dealt with to pull out a 3-2 record.

This notebook covers the period of Tuesday, June 9 through Monday, June 15.

6/10/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps 5 (F/6+)

After last Tuesday’s day off, Luis Perdomo didn’t have an ideal outing in the series opener of the final homestand prior to the all-star break. The Whitecaps pounced on Perdomo early as they jumped out to a 4-0 lead after four innings.

The Chiefs tried to claw their way back into the game with two runs in the bottom of the fifth. With two on and one out, Oscar Mercado knocked in Adam Ehrlich with an RBI-single. Danny Diekroeger followed up with an RBI-groundout to split the deficit in half.

The rain came pouring down with in the top of the seventh and wouldn’t let up as the game was called after a 48-minute delay.

Perdomo took his sixth loss of the season after going six innings with four runs on 11 hits while fanning five. Jhonny Polanco came out of the pen and surrendered a run on two hits.

6/11/15: Peoria Chiefs 8 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps 5

The Chiefs didn’t waste any time on Thursday as the first six Peoria hitters reached base safely in a five-run bottom of the first.

Oscar Mercado, who batted in the three hole, plated the first Chiefs run with an RBI-single. Danny Diekroeger one-upped Mercado with a two-run triple laced to right-center. After an Alex De Leon walk, Steve Bean squibbed a tapper through the right side of the infield for a single, and Ronald Castillo rounded it out with a sac fly, making it 5-0.

The Chiefs threw on three more runs in the bottom of the seventh to put the game out of reach, 8-3.

Austin Gomber threw a solid game with 5 1/3 innings with three runs on seven hits while striking out six. Robby Rowland added a perfect 1 1/3 innings with two punchouts. After Dixon Llorens worked into some trouble with two runs given up, Kyle Grana came in to relieve him and earn his seventh save of the season.

6/12/15: Peoria Chiefs 2 vs. West Michigan Whitecaps 1

A run in the top of the first was the only flaw in a great performance by Jack Flaherty. The Cardinals 2014 first-round draft pick turned in 5 1/3 innings of four-hit ball with one run while walking two and striking out four.

Darren Seferina led off the bottom of the first with a lead-off homer to even things back up right away. Danny Diekroeger gave the Chiefs the lead in the bottom of the third with an RBI ground out that scored Seferina.

From the bullpen, Blake McKnight pitched a scoreless 2 2/3 innings and Kender Villegas finished out the game with a perfect ninth to earn the save.

6/13/15: Peoria Chiefs 7 vs. South Bend Cubs 6 (F/16)

The five-hour marathon of 16 innings at Dozer Park ended on a sharp Vaughn Bryan grounder that scored Darren Seferina.

Daniel Poncedeleon threw an excellent outing of six innings with one run on one hit and three strikeouts but received a no-decision. The rain struck right at the top of the seventh and play resumed after a 79-minute delay.

After blowing a 3-1 lead in the eighth, the Chiefs rallied back on the bottom of the ninth with a two-out, two-run single from Oscar Mercado to tie it up at 5.

The Cubs took the lead in the top of the 13th but it wasn’t enough as the Chiefs struck again with their back up against the wall. This time, it was Andrew Sohn who delivered with a soft liner to left to score Steve Bean.

The bullpen proved to outlast the Cubs offense with some great contributions, including Kender Villegas’ three perfect innings while fanning five hitters.

6/14/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 vs. South Bend Cubs 7

The Cubs handled the Chiefs with an offensive day that included 15 hits, including a 5-for-5 day by Cubs shortstop Gleyber Torres.

Starter Matt Pearce took the loss after pitching seven innings, with four runs, three earned, on nine hits with four K’s and allowing two big flies. Nick Lomascolo had rough outing in relief, allowing three runs on six hits in two innings.

Darren Seferina provided the offensive spark for Peoria with a two-run homer in the third and an RBI double in the fifth. However, that’s all she wrote for Peoria as they were dealt with the 7-3 loss.

6/15/15: Peoria Chiefs vs. South Bend Cubs (cancelled)

The weather played a factor at Dozer Park once again as the rubber match of the series couldn’t reach a finish. After the top of the third, dark blue clouds swarmed the skies above Dozer Park was later called off after 38 minutes of rainfall. The two teams will not meet later on this season so there will not be a makeup for the game.

Who’s Hot

Jack Flaherty – After returning from the disabled list, the 19-year-old righty has proven he’s got the stuff to be the ace of the Chiefs pitching staff. Flaherty is 1-0 in his last two starts with a 1.59 ERA through 11 1/3 innings pitched and a 1.96 ERA over all four outings this season.

Vaughn Bryan – The switch-hitting outfielder has kept a steady pace at the plate since his call up to rejoin the Chiefs last month. During this homestand, Bryan kick-started a five-game hit streak, which includes three multi-hit games.

Who’s Not

Luis Perdomo – The reigning Pitcher of the Month entered an odd funk through the month of June so far. In Perdomo’s last two starts, he has allowed 10 earned runs on 17 hits through 11 1/3 innings pitched.

Tyler Bray – Bray’s month was quite rocky as his ERA skyrocketed to 5.60. The poor performance led to the right-hander being sent back down to the State College Spikes.

Standings

The 30-33 Chiefs sit in fifth place in the eight-team MWL Western Division and have been eliminated from first-half playoff contention. The Quad Cities River Bandits have clinched a playoff berth with a 41-21 record.

Notable Notes

Reliever Robby Rowland joins four other Chiefs all-stars as a late roster addition to the Midwest League West team. The other all-stars are Luis Perdomo, Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber and Oscar Mercado.

Transactions

6/10/15 – RHP Silfredo Garcia assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
6/10/15 – RF Ronald Castillo assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
6/10/15 – RHP Dixon Llorens assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Palm Beach Cardinals.
6/10/15 – OF Magneuris Sierra assigned to Johnson City Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
6/14/15 – RHP Josh Wirsu assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
6/14/15 – RHP Anderson Gerdel assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
6/14/15 – RHP Kender Villegas assigned to State College Spikes from Peoria Chiefs.
6/14/15 – RHP Tyler Bray assigned to State College Spikes from Peoria Chiefs.
6/15/15 – IF Michael Massi assigned to Peoria Chiefs from GCL Cardinals.
6/15/15 – C Adam Ehrlich placed on the 7-day disabled list (lower back).

What’s Next

The Peoria Chiefs close out the first half of the season with a six-game road trip with the Beloit Snappers and the Kane County Cougars.

After the MWL All-Star Game on Tuesday, June 23 at Dozer Park, the Chiefs will remain home to open a four-game set with Kane County.



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