Peoria Chiefs Notebook: 2015 Week 11

The Peoria Chiefs ended the first half on a positive note with a 3-2 finish on their brief road trip.

This notebook covers Tuesday, June 16 through Sunday, June 21.

6/16/15: Peoria Chiefs 6 @ Beloit Snappers 1

Alex De Leon’s bat paved the way for the offense as All-Star Luis Perdomo returned to his winning ways in a dominant performance. Perdomo turned in a six-inning outing with one run on six hits and tacked on six strikeouts.

The Chiefs opened up the scoring in the top of the second via a Steve Bean double that was laced into right-center and scored Danny Diekroeger. De Leon came in to score as well on a Nick Thompson fielder’s choice.

In part of his 3-for-3 day at the plate, De Leon hammered his fifth home run of the season to lead off the fifth inning, making it a 3-1 game.

Thompson added his second RBI of the day with a bases-loaded single in the sixth.

Blake McKnight pitched two shutout innings from the pen and struck out three.

6/17/15: Peoria Chiefs 8 @ Beloit Snappers 3

Four homers propelled the Chiefs and supported Austin Gomber in his Game 2 series start.

Oscar Mercado kicked off the home run derby with a solo shot in the top of the first.

After surrendering two in the bottom of the fifth, the Chiefs exploded for six in the sixth, ignited by a Diekroeger double to tie the game at 2. De Leon brought in Diekroeger with a bomb out to deep center. Thompson followed with a solo shot of his own, and to make things even better, Andrew Sohn blasted a third consecutive Chiefs homer.

Gomber (6-3) earned his fifth win in a row with a five-inning outing of three runs on five hits while striking out six.

6/18/15: Peoria Chiefs 7 @ Beloit Snappers 1

Rising star pitcher Jack Flaherty shined once again in the series finale and led the Chiefs to a road sweep.

Runs were abundant in the later innings. Thompson brought in the first run in the top of the fifth with an RBI single.

The Chiefs added two runs in the sixth to make it 3-0 and really opened the game up in the top of the eighth. Diekroeger brought in two with a triple and then came across to score after a throwing error.

Flaherty tossed 5 2/3 innings with one run on six hits and five K’s. The righty improved to 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA.

6/19/15: Peoria Chiefs 1 @ Kane County Cougars 4

The Chiefs couldn’t find an answer on the offensive side in the opener at Kane County.

Daniel Poncedeleon went 6 2/3 innings with four runs, three earned, on nine hits while walking two and striking out five. Blake McKnight threw a scoreless 1 1/3 innings and struck out one.

The Chiefs couldn’t take advantage of three Kane County errors and only managed to get five hits including two from Nick Thompson.

Thompson brought in the only run for Peoria with an RBI double with two outs in the top of the ninth but that’s all she wrote in this 4-1 loss.

6/20/15: Peoria Chiefs @ Kane County Cougars

The game was cancelled due to rain and because it did not affect the standings, it was not rescheduled.

6/21/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 @ Kane County Cougars 4

The Chiefs chewed off the bitter end in the series finale as a walk-off sent Peoria into the all-star break.

After Peoria tied the game earlier via a two-run triple from Darren Seferina, Oscar Mercado plated the go-ahead run in the top of the eighth.

Starter Jhonny Polanco tossed four innings with two runs on five hits and five K’s. The Chiefs bullpen added four scoreless to get the game into the ninth with a 3-2 lead.

The Cougars got to All-Star Robby Rowland with their rally in the bottom of the ninth. Rowland gave up two runs on four hits and was dealt his first loss and blown save of the season.

Who’s Hot

Alex De Leon – The slugging first baseman brought out the big bat during the pre-break road trip. De Leon collected seven hits including two homers and three RBI through the five games in the short week of play.

Oscar Mercado – The All-Star shortstop proved that he can come through when needed at the plate. Along with his five hits on the road trip, Mercado brought in four RBI for the Chiefs during crunch time.

Darren Seferina – The second baseman snapped his hitting streak on Tuesday but that didn’t seem to stop him. Seferina’s eight hits since raised his average to a team-best .297 coming into the all-star break.

Who’s Not

Steve Bean – The backstop has been struggling behind the plate as of late. Through the four games he played on this road trip, Bean only has three hits in his last 16 at-bats as his batting average dipped to .216.

Ronald Castillo – Castillo’s return to the Peoria squad has been a rocky affair in the early going. The outfielder has just six hits in 29 at-bats, lowering his batting average to a mere .207.

Transactions

6/22/15 – RHR Cody Schumacher assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Palm Beach Cardinals.
6/22/15 – OF Blake Drake assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
6/22/15 - Peoria Chiefs sent LHP Dewin Perez on a rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals.
6/22/15 - Peoria Chiefs sent RHP Kevin Alexander on a rehab assignment to GCL Cardinals.

Standings

The Peoria Chiefs finished the first half of the season at 33-35, which put them in fifth place, eliminated from playoff contention. The Quad Cities River Bandits and the Cedar Rapids Kernels clinched the first-half playoff spots for the Midwest League Western Division.

What’s Ahead

West All-Stars manager Joe Kruzel named Luis Perdomo his starting pitcher. The 2015 Midwest League All-Star Game is scheduled for a 7:00 pm start Tuesday night. South Bend Cubs pitcher Jeremy Null will square off for the East against Perdomo. Other Chiefs All-Stars are Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber, Robby Rowland and starting West shortstop Oscar Mercado.

After the All-Star Game at Dozer Park, the Chiefs reclaim their home field on Thursday evening to open a four-game set against the Kane County Cougars.



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