Peoria Bounced from Playoffs

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs season came to an end on Friday night as they fell 4-3 to the Beloit Snappers in the third and deciding game in the first round of the MWL playoffs Friday night at O'Brien Field.

With the score tied 2-2 in the eighth, Eli Tintor powered the Snappers to the next round. Justin Rayborn came on in relief and hit Dwayne White on a 1-2 count with two away.

That set the table for Tintor who connected on a mammoth home run to left, his second go-ahead homer of the series, to give Beloit a 4-2 advantage. The Chiefs made a comeback effort in the eighth.

With two outs and runners on first and second, Alberto Garcia punched a single to right to score Robinson Chirinos and cut the Chiefs deficit down to one at 4-3. However, that's as close as Peoria would get as they stranded the tying run at second when Kyle Reynolds line out to left.

The Chiefs broke the scoreless tie in the fourth. Robinson Chirinos walked to lead off the inning. Jesus Valdez came up and scalded a ball just out of the reach of centerfielder Tarrence Patterson into the left-centerfielder gap to score Chirinos from first.

Allan de San Miguel blooped a single over Valerio Heredia's head in shallow right field to score Chris Parmelee. Beloit took the lead on a safety squeeze by Patterson to plate Juan Portes to give the visitors a 2-1 edge. That lead didn't last long. The Chiefs knotted it up at two on a RBI groundout off the bat of Chirinos which plated Davy Gregg.

Jesse Estrada was very sharp in a starting role. He fired seven innings and gave up two runs on two hits while walking four and punching out five. Justin Rayborn suffered the loss. He went one inning and gave up the two-run homer. Matt Avery tossed a scoreless ninth. Snappers starter Alexander Smit got the win. He also gave up two runs over seven innings of work. Dan Leatherman picked up the save in the ninth.

Pepsi Player of the Game
Jesse Estrada (RHP)
– Estrada finished the season with a 7-1 total record and a 2-0 record as a starter. The righty allowed just two bloop hits in his seven innings of work.

Notes... The loss was the Chiefs first playoff loss at O'Brien Field in seven games in stadium history... Attendance Friday night was 1,024.


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