Peoria Chiefs Notebook: 2015 Week 12

The Peoria Chiefs sit at the bottom of the division to start off the second half with a 1-4 record and are 34-39 overall. Darren Seferina has enjoyed a red-hot June.

This notebook covers Thursday, June 25 through Monday, June 29.

6/25/15: Peoria Chiefs 5 vs. Kane County Cougars 3

The Peoria Chiefs started off the second half with a bang and pounced on Cougars right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang for four runs in the bottom of the first.

In part of a four-run first inning, Nick Thompson sent a three-run blast out to right field for his seventh homer of the year.

Jack Flaherty earned the win in his start of five innings with three runs yielded, two earned, no walks, and six strikeouts.

Blake McKnight turned in three innings of shutout ball with one hit and two strikeouts. Kyle Grana shut the door in the ninth to earn his eighth save of the season.

6/26/15: Peoria Chiefs vs. Kane County Cougars

Game postponed due to rain; to be played on 6/27 as part of a doubleheader.

6/27/15: Peoria Chiefs 0 vs. Kane County Cougars 2 (F/7)

The Chiefs strung together just three hits while their counterpart, Kane County, finished the game with 12.

The Cougars broke through for the first run in the top of the third against Chiefs starter Matt Pearce via throwing error from Darren Seferina. Pearce threw four innings with one run allowed, unearned, on eight hits while striking out six.

The offense went primarily quiet throughout with no threats in the shortened game, as they were shut out, 2-0.

6/27/15: Peoria Chiefs 3 vs. Kane County Cougars 6 (F/7)

Fielding and base running mishaps for the Chiefs proved to be the difference maker in Game 2 of the doubleheader as a four-run fifth inning dealt the Chiefs a 6-3 loss.

Chiefs starter Jhonny Polanco gave up two runs early on in his 4 1/3 inning outing with a total of four runs allowed on four hits, while walking three and striking out four. Polanco’s exit came with the bases loaded in the top of the fifth after back-to-back singles to lead off the inning.

Reliever Dixon Llorens couldn’t put an end to Kane County’s rally. A run came across as Andrew Sohn lost the handle on a sharp grounder that could’ve resulted in a double play. A routine fly ball out to Kenny Peoples-Walls was also misplayed, going off his glove and resulting in two runs to make it a 6-1 game.

The Chiefs showed some life in the bottom of the ninth with a two-run rally. Peoples-Walls redeemed himself for his error with an RBI single with two outs to make it 6-3. Luis Cruz walked to bring pinch-hitter Steve Bean to the plate, representing the tying run. However, Bean grounded out to seal the win for Kane County, 6-3.

6/28/15: Peoria Chiefs 0 vs. Kane County Cougars 3 (F/5)

In another shortened game from the rain, the Chiefs took their third loss in a row while being shut out for a second time in the second half.

The game was scoreless through the first two innings and the rain came down in the top of the third with one out. The game resumed after a 36-minute delay and the Cougars pounced on Chiefs starter Daniel Poncedeleon for three runs right after the game resumed

Poncedeleon went five innings with three runs allowed on eight hits, taking his second loss of the season.

The Chiefs sole scoring threat came in the bottom of the fourth when Oscar Mercado singled and then stole second. It was all for naught though as Mercado was stranded.

Peoria went down in order in the bottom of the fifth and the tarp came out for a second time as the rains returned. The game was called after a 56-minute wait and the Chiefs dropped their third straight, 3-0.

6/29/15: Peoria Chiefs 5 @ Clinton Lumber Kings 6

Peoria hit the road to open a three game set with last-place Clinton. The Chiefs climbed their way back into the game with the tying run on third in the top of the seventh but couldn’t capitalize.

All-Star starter Luis Perdomo continued his recent struggles, chased out after only 2 2/3 innings pitched. Perdomo allowed five runs on four hits in his seventh loss of the season.

Darren Seferina brought the Chiefs within one in the top of the seventh via a two-run triple. He was stranded at third, however, in what would be Peoria’s final scoring threat.

Blake McKnight threw a scoreless final three innings to keep the Chiefs in the game, but it wasn’t enough as they Chiefs dropped the opener 6-5.

Who’s Hot

Darren Seferina – The second baseman was scorching hot during this past week and also through the month of June. Through his last 10 games, Seferina is hitting .417, an OBP of .440, and two stolen bases. Seferina is hitting .393 in June with 14 of his 35 hits being extra base knocks.

Blake McKnight – The right-hander has put together two great outings in the second half for the Chiefs out of the pen. McKnight has yet to allow a second-half run through his six innings.

Who’s Not

Daniel Poncedeleon – After his eight-inning shutout on June 1, the All-Star has hit a bit of a rough patch. Poncedeleon has allowed 12 runs over his last four starts, which increased his ERA from 1.51 to 2.47.

Danny Diekroeger – The man at the hot corner cooled down this past week, hitting .222 in his last 10 games with only one RBI while primarily hitting in the cleanup spot. Diekroeger also left seven runners on through the last 10 games.


Midwest League Western (2nd half and overall)

Club W L PCT GB Home Away L 10 Streak
Kane County Cougars (ARI) 4 1 .800 - 0-0 4-1 4-1 W4
Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) * 3 1 .750 0.5 0-0 3-1 3-1 W3
Burlington Bees (LAA) 3 2 .600 1.0 3-2 0-0 3-2 L2
Clinton LumberKings (SEA) 3 2 .600 1.0 1-0 2-2 3-2 W2
Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) x 2 3 .400 2.0 1-3 1-0 2-3 W1
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) 2 3 .400 2.0 2-3 0-0 2-3 L2
Beloit Snappers (OAK) 1 3 .250 2.5 0-0 1-3 1-3 W1
Peoria Chiefs (STL) 1 4 .200 3.0 1-3 0-1 1-4 L4
Club W L PCT GB Home Away L 10 Streak
Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) * 48 24 .667 - 21-13 27-11 7-3 W3
Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) x 43 32 .573 6.5 20-19 23-13 4-6 W1
Kane County Cougars (ARI) 40 33 .548 8.5 17-17 23-16 9-1 W4
Burlington Bees (LAA) 38 36 .514 11.0 25-14 13-22 5-5 L2
Peoria Chiefs (STL) 34 39 .466 14.5 18-20 16-19 4-6 L4
Clinton LumberKings (SEA) 29 45 .392 20.0 15-21 14-24 5-5 W2
Beloit Snappers (OAK) 27 47 .365 22.0 14-21 13-26 2-8 W1
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL) 25 50 .333 24.5 12-28 13-22 4-6 L2
* 1H winner                
x clinched playoff                


6/24/15: CF Jhohan Acevedo assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
6/24/15: LF Kenny Peoples-Walls assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
6/24/15: RHP Josh Wirsu assigned to Johnson City Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
6/25/15: Peoria Chiefs activated C Adam Ehrlich from the 7-day disabled list.
6/25/15: Peoria Chiefs placed RF Vaughn Bryan on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 22, 2015. (Left Hand injury)
6/29/15: Peoria Chiefs placed RHP Dixon Llorens on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to June 28, 2015. (Hip injury)

What’s Next

Austin Gomber (6-3, 3.58 ERA) takes the bump Tueday in the second game of the three game set with the Clinton LumberKings. After Clinton, the Chiefs will head over to Quad Cities for a two-game set with the River Bandits and then come back home for two games at Dozer against the Bandits on July 4 and 5.

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