The Cardinal Nation’s Player of the Day for Saturday is Chiefs second baseman Darren Seferina, who had a hand in both scores, going 2-for 4 with a run scored and an RBI.
Results for game played Saturday, September 13.
In the home first with Cedar Rapids already up by one, the Chiefs immediately responded. Darren Seferina singled and Oscar Mercado was hit by a pitch. Seferina moved to third when Paul DeJong reached on a fielder’s choice and came home on a sacrifice fly by Harrison Bader to tie the game at one. That 1-1 tie remained until the seventh inning, when the Kernels put two runs on the board to take the lead.
The Chiefs rallied in the bottom of the ninth, but fell short by one run. Kenny Peoples-Walls led off with a triple and Seferina singled him home to make it 3-2. Mercado struck out looking and Seferina stole second to get into scoring position as DeJong struck out. With the tying run in scoring position, Bader struck out to end the game.
Peoria starter Matt Pearce took the loss. The right-hander pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs on five hits, including the difference-making two-run home run. Tyler Bray, Steve Sabatino and Jery Then combined for 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief.
Offense for the Chiefs was limited, headlined by the 2-for-4 night of second baseman Seferina, who had a run scored and an RBI. Peoples-Walls was 2-for-3. The remainder of the lineup was hitless.
To continue to the finals, the Chiefs must win the next two games in Cedar Rapids, where they went 5-5 in the regular season.
Sunday’s game:vs. Cedar Rapids, Ian McKinney (0-0, 0.00) 4:05 CDT
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