Chiefs Lose 7-6 in 11 ThursdayApril 26, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Peoria Chiefs
Both teams left runners on base in the first two innings before the Chiefs broke through against Felix Sterling in the top of the third. Pin-Chieh Chen started the inning with a double to left-center before Zeke DeVoss lined out to shortstop. Wes Darvill put the Chiefs on top when he launched his first professional home run into the right-field berm for a 2-0 lead.
Lake County came right back against Michael Jensen in the bottom half of the inning. Zach MacPhee led off with a walked and moved to third on a double by Todd Hankins. Francisco Lindor got the Captains on the board with a single to left and Jordan Smith tied the game with a hot shot off Darvill at third base. Jensen buckled down to retire the next two batters and keep the game tied 2-2.
The Chiefs got the lead right back against Sterling in the fourth. With two down Marco Hernandez beat out a drag bunt and scored on a triple by Eduardo Gonzalez for a 3-2 Peoria lead. Sterling escaped the inning as Chen bounced out to second.
Again the Captains came right back against Jensen in the bottom of the inning. Jerrud Sabourin singled and was forced at second with Leonardo Castillo safe at first. MacPhee was hit by a pitch and Hankins walked to load the bases. Castillo scored on a wild pitch to tie the game before Alex Monsalve singled home a pair for a 5-3 Lake County lead.
Gonzalez started the Chiefs seventh by drawing a walk from reliever Francisco Valera and Chen beat out an infield single. DeVoss cut the Lake County lead to 5-4 with a single to right and Darvill beat out an infield single to load the bases. Ryan Cuneo was hit by a pitch to force home Chen to tie the game and Paul Hoilman put the Chiefs up 6-5 with a single to left. Valera got a line out and a strikeout before giving way to right-hander Kyle Blair. With the bases still loaded, Blair got Hernandez to bounce out to second to end the inning.
Jeff Lorick came on for the ninth to try to nail down his third save but immediately got into trouble when he walked Smith. Jordan Casas attempted to sacrifice but beat it out when the Chiefs didn't cover first in time. A passed ball moved both runners up 90 feet and Robel Garcia drew a walk to load the bases. Lorick struck out Sabourin but Castillo tied the game with a sacrifice fly to center. Lorick struck out MacPhee to send the game to extra innings tied at 6-6.
The bottom of the 11th started with Casas singling to right field off reliever Austin Reed. Garcia laid down a sacrifice bunt and when Reed's throw sailed to right field, Casas moved to third while Garcia took second. Sabourin gave the Captains a 7-6 win with a sacrifice fly to right field to end the game.
Jensen allowed a career-high five runs on six hits over five innings of work. He struck out four and walked three in his first no-decision of the season. Luis Liria threw one hitless inning with a walk and two strikeouts. Willengton Cruz allowed two hits and one walk over two shutout innings. Lorick allowed one run on two hits and two walks in 1 1/3 innings of work. He struck out two and suffered his first blown save of the season. Reed (0-1) allowed one run on one hit over one inning of work.
Casey's General Store Player of the Game - Wes Darvill (DH) - Darvill hit his first professional home run and later added a single to finish 2-for-6. He has a 10-game hit streak and has drive in a run in four straight starts.
Notes: Hoilman has a 11-game hitting streak while Darvill has a 10-game streak...Darvill now has six multi-hit games and he has driven in at least one run in four straight gamesThe homer was the first of his career in 617 at-batsThe Chiefs sent nine batters to the plate in the three-run seventhJensen has gone at least five innings in all five starts this seasonHe allowed a career-high five runs and a career-high three walksCuneo leads the Chiefs with 13 RBIPeoria is 7-2 when scoring at least five runs this seasonCruz didn't allow a run for the first time in five outings this season and it was his second relief outingLorick leads the team with seven appearances out of the bullpenHe had not allowed a run in eight innings this season before the sac fly with one out in the ninthThe Chiefs issued three lead-off walks Thursday night and two of them scoredThe blown save was the first in four chances for the Chiefs this seasonCabezas was charged with two passed balls in his second game with the ChiefsThe Chiefs were 3-9 on the road against the East Division last seasonThe Chiefs are 2-3 all-time at Classic Park and 4-4 against the Captains, a team they had never lost a series to before tonightThe Chiefs are now 1-1 in extra innings this season, with both games going 11 inningsThe series concludes Friday at 5:30 CDT as the Chiefs start RH PJ Francescon (1-1, 2.57) against Captains LH Elvis Araujo (0-3, 2.25) The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pre-game show at 5:15 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.
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