May 18, 2017 - Midwest League (MWL) - Peoria Chiefs
One Big Inning Dooms Chiefs Again
Peoria allows five in 2nd, falls 7-4 at Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids, IA - After taking a 3-2 lead the Peoria Chiefs allowed five runs in the bottom of the second inning and lost to the Cedar Rapids Kernels 7-4 on Wednesday afternoon. The series-ending loss drops the Chiefs to 13-24 on the season as they return home for a four-game series.
Cedar Rapids jumped on Chiefs starter Steven Farinaro in the bottom of the first to take the lead. With one down Jermaine Palacios singled and Lewin Diaz launched his fifth homer of the season over the right-field wall for a 2-0 Kernels lead.
The Chiefs came right back against Kernels starter Sean Poppen as Brian O'Keefe reached on an error to start the second inning. Ryan McCarvel and Dylan Carlson both singled to load the bases and Vincent Jackson got the Chiefs on the board with a RBI single to right. Bryce Denton's sac fly to deep left scored McCarvel to tie the game and Matt Davis singled home Carlson to put the Chiefs on top 3-2. However Davis was thrown out at second base on the play and a groundout by Tommy Edman ended the inning with a runner left at third.
Cedar Rapids responded in a big way in the bottom of the inning. With one out #8 hitter Ben Rortvedt singled to center and Brandon Lopez followed with a single. Aaron Whitefield tied the game with a single and Palacios crushed his second homer of the series and fourth of the season for a 6-3 Kernels lead. Two batters later Mitchell Kranson homered as well for a 7-3 Kernels lead.
The Chiefs scored in the seventh without a hit against reliever Zach Tillery. Denton and Davis both walked with one out and a fielders' choice put runners on the corners. Andy Young was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Stefan Trosclair walked to force home Denton and cut the Kernels lead to 7-4. However O'Keefe flew out to center field to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Peoria put two on in the eighth as McCarvel singled and Jackson singled with one out. But Alex Robinson struck out Denton and Davis and the Chiefs didn't get a runner on base in the ninth.
Farinaro (1-3) took the loss allowing seven runs on 12 hits over three innings. He did not issue a walk or strike out a batter and he allowed three home runs. Ronnie Williams threw two shutout innings and he struck out three and allowed one hit. Dewin Perez allowed two hits over two shutout innings and Frederis Parra allowed two hits over one shutout inning.
Notes Andrew Knizner who has a 13-game hit streak got the day offThe Chiefs are 4-6 in day gamesPeoria is 4-9 in the final game of a seriesPeoria has allowed 44 home runs on the season, tied for fourth most in all of Minor League BaseballPeoria allowed eight homers in the series including three homers in two straight games and are now 0-10 when allowing more than one homer in a gameThe Chiefs are 4-15 when allowing at least five runsPerez has not allowed a run in four day games in his Chiefs career dating back to 2015 when he was a starterWilliams didn't allow a run for the first time in his Chiefs careerFarinaro tied a career-high with 12 hits allowedJackson had his second mutli-hit game of the seriesAll seven Chiefs hits were singlesPeoria tied a season high by turning three double playsThe Chiefs allowed a season-high 17 hitsThe Kernels won the first-half series against the Chiefs 7-3 as the teams do not play again until a July 7-10 series in IowaThe Chiefs return home for a four-game series against the Beloit Snappers (Minnesota Twins) with a 6:30 p.m. Thursday startThursday is a Baumgarten Distributing Beer and Brat Thirsty Thursday with $2.00 domestic 12 ounce cans and sodas, $3 16 ounce craft drafts, $3 margaritas, $3 brats and $5 field seats for college students with a valid college IDThursday Taco Bell Live Mas Thursday where fans can bring in receipt from a Central Illinois Taco Bell for a buy one get one free ticket offer (limit four free tickets)The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 11:50 a.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and AndroidThe broadcast is also available on the Peoria Chiefs Network in the Tune-In Radio App.