Chiefs Sweep Kernels in Record Setting FashionJune 8, 2012 - Midwest League (MWL) Peoria Chiefs
Jose Rosario escaped danger in the second inning, setting a franchise record in the process. Andy Workman and Abel Baker singled to start the frame before Zachary Borenstein grounded into a fielders choice. Chevy Clarke walked to load the bases before Rosario settled in and struck out Wendell Soto for the second out of the inning. Rosario then got Trevor Hairgrove to ground out to Wes Darvill at third to end the threat and secure a franchise record of 29 scoreless innings for the Chiefs pitching staff.
An inning later in the top of the third, Frazier Hall ended the Chiefs shutout streak with a two-out solo homerun over the elevated wall in right field giving Cedar Rapids a 1-0 lead. The streak reached 29 2/3, breaking the record set at 28 in July of 2007.
The Chiefs jumped on the board themselves in the bottom of the third against Jairo Cruz. Oliver Zapata walked with one out and Zeke DeVoss followed with a single to put runners on the corners. Pin-Chieh Chen yanked a double down the first base line scoring Zapata to tie the game at 1-1. With two runners in scoring position, Anthony Giansanti laced a single in to left field scoring DeVoss, but a strong throw from left fielder Ryan Jones nabbed Chen at home to keep Peoria's lead at 2-1.
The Kernels knotted the score a frame later in the fourth. Borenstein doubled to start the inning, and a sacrifice bunt by Clarke advanced him to third. With the infield in, Soto hit a ground ball that Paul Hoilman was unable to handle, allowing Borenstein to score and Soto to reach safely at first on the error.
The Chiefs jumped back out on top in the bottom of the sixth. Giansanti singled to start the inning, but was thrown out trying to advance on Hoilman single. Darvill smacked a triple off the right field wall plating Hoilman to give Peoria a 3-2 lead. Moments later Darvill scored on a wild pitch.
Rosario (5-5) went six innings allowing two runs on five hits while walking one and striking out four. Sheldon McDonald hurled two innings of scoreless relief, allowing just one hit while striking out three. Yao-Lin Wang tossed one perfect inning while striking out two to record his seventh save of the season.
Casey's General Store Player of the Game - Anthony Giansanti (LF) - The utility man finished 3-for-4 with an RBI in the 4-2 win Friday over Cedar Rapids. Giansanti extended his hit streak to 11 games while raising his average to .313 in helping Peoria finish off the three-game sweep of the Kernels.
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