Chiefs manager Marty Pevey said he is happy the team clinched a postseason berth, but said he is still eyeing a bigger picture — a shot to win the division title.
"We're all real proud. It's a good thing and we're glad we're there, but we've still got to finish out the season," Pevey said.
"The one thing it does allow us to do is rest some of our guys. Rebel (Ridling) and Kyler (Burke) can have some time off. So can (Ryan) Flaherty, even though I'm sure he doesn't want it. I can also switch my catchers back and forth so that way they both get their at-bats and are fresh."
Starting catcher Michael Brenly has been with the team since the beginning of the season and is excited to make the postseason. He, too, shares his manager's goals.
"We've worked hard to get in the playoffs, but we all know this is the first of a couple more steps we are going to take this year," Brenly said.
"No one really remembers who won the first or second half. Whoever wins it all probably gets a cool banner and a ring to wear and that's what we ultimately want. The Daytona team won it all last year so we are just trying to follow in their footsteps and bring back another championship to the Cubs (farm system)."
Ridling, the team's first baseman, had a 15-game hit streak snapped Thursday, but contributed an RBI sac fly that scored David Macias for the Chiefs' first run. Ridling is batting .306 with 15 home runs and 91 RBI in 127 games.
"We are hitting the ball well and pitching well right now," Ridling said. "If one of us isn't, there's someone there to pick each other up."
Peoria (75-53 overall) travels to Cedar Rapids (72-56) for a four-game series starting Friday. They currently lead the Kernels by three games in the overall season standings and four and a half games in the second-half standings.
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