Stayin' Alive

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs extended their season for at least another day as they defeated the Beloit Snappers in game two of this best of three series 6-1 Thursday night at O'Brien Field. With the win, the Chiefs forced a game three which will be held in Peoria tomorrow night at 6:30.

With the scored tied 1-1 in the fourth, the Chiefs took their first lead of the series. With one away, Ryan Norwood singled and stole second. After a Kyle Reynolds walk, Yusuf Carter ripped a single up the middle to score Norwood and give the Chiefs a 2-1 edge.

Peoria added to their lead in inning number six. With runners on second and third and nobody out, Kyle Reynolds pulled a liner to right to plate Norwood. With Carter at the plate, reliever Danny Vais delivered a wild pitch to bring home Alberto Garcia and make it a 4-1 ball game.

The Chiefs broke it open in the seventh. Norwood hit a one-hop smash up the middle to bring home Robinson Chirinos. Jesus Valdez scored one batter later on a passed ball to make it a 6-1 score.

Beloit got things started in the first. Tarrance Patterson walked and stole second. William Luque laid down a sacrifice bunt, and Patterson came around to score all the way from second after a fielding error by Valerio Heredia.

The Chiefs got that run right back in their half of the first. Heredia singled to lead off the frame. He stole second and moved up to third on the throwing error by Jose Leger. Robinson Chirinos delivered a sacrifice fly to score Heredia and knot the score at one apiece.

Starter Scott Taylor picked up the win. He allowed no earned runs over seven innings of work. The righty walked two and struck out four. Scott Koerber came on in relief and fired a scoreless eighth, and Matt Avery worked a scoreless ninth on his 23rd birthday. Beloit starter Eddie Morlan allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits over five innings of work.

Pepsi Player of the Game
Scott Taylor (RHP) & Ryan Norwood (1B)
– Taylor gave up just the one unearned run in the first in picking up victory number nine in total on the season. Norwood was 3-4 on the night with two runs scored and a run driven-in.

Notes... The Chiefs are now 6-1 at home against Beloit this year and are 6-0 in the playoffs in O'Brien Field history... Attendance Thursday night was 1,246... The Chiefs will send RHP Jesse Estrada (7-1, 3.32) the mound tomorrow going up against LHP Alexander Smit (7-1, 2.99) for the Snappers... First pitch is slated for 6:30 PM and the pre-game show will kick-off at 6:15 on www.peoriachiefs.com.


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