This notebook covers Tuesday, June 30 through Monday, July 6.
6/30/15: Peoria Chiefs 7 @ Clinton Lumber Kings 2
Austin Gomber threw a dominant performance as the Chiefs plated seven runs to snap a four-game losing streak. Gomber finished off the day with 6 1/3 innings pitched, allowing two runs on eight hits, walking none, and striking out eight. The lefty recorded his sixth straight win.
The Chiefs broke through in the top of the fourth to make it a 3-0 game. Alex Deleon doubled in Danny Diekroeger to send in the first run. A bases-loaded Steve Bean walk brought in the second, and a wild pitch plated the third.
A plethora of errors from the Clinton defense resulted in the Chiefs to tack on three more runs in the sixth inning to make it 6-2.
7/1/15: Peoria Chiefs 12 @ Clinton LumberKings 10
A season-high 17 hits sealed the deal for Peoria in the rubber match with Clinton. It was a back and forth affair between the two teams as the Chiefs scored six of their 12 runs in the final three innings.
Chiefs righty Jack Flaherty had a rocky 5 2/3 inning outing with six runs allowed, four unearned, on eight hits with a walk and two strikeouts. In one inning of relief, Nick Lomascolo yielded two runs on two hits, striking out one and walking two. Robby Rowland took the win despite two runs yielded, one earned, on three hits through 2 1/3 innings.
Eight of the nine Chiefs hitters reached base safely at least once, highlighted by five who had multi-hit games. Darren Seferina continued his hot hitting from June and fell short of the cycle, needing only a home run.
7/2/15: Peoria Chiefs 0 @ Quad Cities River Bandits 2
The Chiefs couldn’t pull it together against the Midwest League’s best team in the series opener.
Matt Pearce lost a tough one to move to 3-9 on the year. Pearce posted 6 2/3 innings with two runs allowed on seven hits while striking out four in a quality start. In the bottom of the fourth, the River Bandits struck twice, including a home run.
Three was the magic number for Peoria, but not in the way they would’ve liked it to be. The Chiefs only had three hits, left three runners on, and went 0-for-3 with runners in scoring position.
7/3/15: Peoria Chiefs 1 @ Quad Cities River Bandits 9
Quad Cities ran all over Peoria pitching in the last game before the series shifted to Peoria for two. While the River Bandits did have 12 hits, the Chiefs had nine themselves, but only one run to show for it.
Chiefs starter Jhonny Polanco was chased after 2 2/3 innings with four runs allowed on three hits and walking five. Reliever Nick Frey went 2 1/3, giving up two runs while walking three, and Anderson Gerdel yielded three runs on five hits through three innings.
The River Bandits put up a four spot in the bottom of the third, two in the fourth and three in the sixth.
Steve Bean went 3-for-4 and scored the only run in the ninth from an Adam Ehrlich two-out hit, but it wasn’t nearly enough.
7/4/15: Peoria Chiefs 5 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 8 (F/11)
The Chiefs offense rallied back after Dewin Perez gave up five early runs. Perez allowed the five runs on six hits and walked five before getting the boot after 2 1/3 innings.
In the bottom of the eighth, the Chiefs knotted the game up at five. Jhohan Acevedo reached base via hit by pitch and moved to second after Darren Seferina reached on an error. Andrew Sohn doubled in Acevedo, but Seferina was held at third. With one out, Oscar Mercado lined out to third and Seferina was doubled off to end the inning.
Cody Schumacher and Nick Lomascolo combined for four hits and two walks over 5 2/3 innings. Schumacher also fanned five hitters.
Robby Rowland threw three innings, and dominated in two but ran into trouble in the 11th. A walk and a single preceded a three-run homer from Ramon Laureno as the River Bandits dealt the Chiefs an 8-5 loss in front of Dozer Park’s largest crowd of the season at 8,370.
7/5/15: Peoria Chiefs 7 vs. Quad Cities River Bandits 1
Luis Perdomo dominated in an eight-inning shutout performance on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. The Chiefs starter, who only had reached 60 pitches at the start of the sixth, rolled through the Quad Cities lineup in his eight innings of work. Perdomo gave up five hits with one walk and eight punchouts.
The Chiefs threw on a four spot in the bottom of the second, highlighted by an Alex DeLeon homer, which tied him with Nick Thompson for the team’s lead at seven.
Kenny Peoples-Walls brought in another insurance run via groundout to make it 7-0 in the sixth.
Kyle Grana couldn’t hold the shutout in the ninth but still got the Chiefs’ win.
7/6/15: Peoria Chiefs 7 vs. Burlington Bees 2
The Chiefs used the long ball to carry them to a large-margin victory against the Burlington Bees.
Nick Thompson kicked things off in the bottom of the first with a two-run homer that carried and left the park thanks to the wind.
In part of his 3-for-5 day, Andrew Sohn hit a solo shot on the first pitch he saw in the bottom of the third to regain the lead for Peoria, 3-2. Alex DeLeon bombed his own two-run shot out to right-center to make it 5-2. Oscar Mercado made it a 7-2 game as he singled in two runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Austin Gomber won his seventh in a row in a great outing of 6 1/3 innings with two runs allowed on four hits while walking three and striking out three. Nick Frey pitched a scoreless 1 2/3 innings, and Kevin Alexander threw a perfect ninth with one K.
Luis Perdomo – The righty’s eight-inning shutout marks the sixth quality start in his 13 appearances this season. His pitching performance also came as a nice bounce back from his prior rough outing at Clinton, where he only went 2 1/3 innings.
Darren Seferina – The second baseman showed no signs of slowing down this month as he currently stands at .318 on the season. Seferina racked up 39 hits with an average of .429 over his last month of play.
Peoria Chiefs offense – The bats came alive in July as the Chiefs have put up an impressive 32 runs through the first six days of July.
Kenny Peoples-Walls – In his second stint with the Peoria Chiefs, Peoples-Walls hasn’t found the right groove at the plate. Through his 27 at-bats so far, only five hits have come through, resulting in an average of .185.
Luis Cruz – In his last 10 games, Cruz has an average of .174 while leaving seven on base and having an OBP of .240.
Adam Ehrlich – After coming back from injury, Ehrlich isn’t performing well offensively with a .125 average in his last 10 days and .179 in his last 30 days.
The call-ups continue for the Peoria Chiefs. Losing Danny Diekroeger puts the cleanup spot up for grabs which to be a battle between DeLeon and Thompson. The back of the bullpen will also need some retooling with McKnight’s move up to Palm Beach. Nick Frey arrived in hopes that he will be the bullpen relief the Chiefs need. The Chiefs will be returning to a five-man pitching rotation after the Daniel Poncedeleon call-up.
Full Transactions List
7/1/15: Nick Frey assigned to Peoria Chiefs from State College Spikes.
7/2/15: Daniel Poncedeleon assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
7/2/15: Danny Diekroeger assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
7/2/15: Jake Gronsky assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Palm Beach Cardinals.
7/4/15: Peoria Chiefs released RF Ronald Castillo.
7/4/15: RHP Blake McKnight assigned to Palm Beach Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
7/4/15: Peoria Chiefs activated RHP Kevin Alexander from the 7-day disabled list.
7/4/15: Peoria Chiefs activated LHP Dewin Perez from the 7-day disabled list.
Midwest League Western Second Half Standings
|Club||W||L||PCT||GB||ELIM #||Home||Away||L 10||Streak|
|Kane County Cougars (ARI)||10||2||.833||-||-||2-0||8-2||9-1||L1|
|Cedar Rapids Kernels (MIN) @||8||4||.667||2.0||-||4-3||4-1||7-3||W3|
|Quad Cities River Bandits (HOU) *||7||4||.636||2.5||59||3-2||4-2||7-3||L1|
|Beloit Snappers (OAK)||5||7||.417||5.0||56||2-0||3-7||5-5||L3|
|Peoria Chiefs (STL)||5||7||.417||5.0||56||3-4||2-3||4-6||W2|
|Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (MIL)||5||7||.417||5.0||56||5-5||0-2||4-6||W3|
|Burlington Bees (LAA)||4||8||.333||6.0||55||4-5||0-3||2-8||L3|
|Clinton LumberKings (SEA)||3||8||.273||6.5||55||1-4||2-4||3-7||L6|
|* first-half division winner|
|@ clinched playoff|
Chiefs RHP Luis Perdomo will be replacing Alex Reyes as the St. Louis Cardinals representative on the World Team in the MLB Futures Game.
Fact of the Week
Five former Peoria Chiefs will be representing their respective leagues in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game in Cincinnati, OH on July 14. Those players are Yadier Molina (St. Louis Cardinals), D.J. LeMahieu (Colorado Rockies), Chris Archer (Tampa Bay Rays), Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim), and Josh Donaldson (Toronto Blue Jays). Pujols will be starting in place of the injured Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera and Donaldson set the record for most votes ever casted for one player with 14 million.
The Chiefs finish off their two-game set at home with Burlington Tuesday night. Peoria hits the road for two at Burlington and a four-game set against the Clinton LumberKings. After a day off next Tuesday, the Chiefs return home for a three-game set with the Beloit Snappers.
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