Bees Outslug Chiefs 9-5
Burlington, IA - The Peoria Chiefs fell behind early and couldn't catch up even with homers from Eric Patterson and Ryan Harvey as the road team fell to the Burlington Bees 9-5 Friday night. With the loss the Chiefs are now 8-14 on the second half, 43-49 overall and lose the season series to Burlington 6-5.
Burlington jumped on top against Grant Johnson and the Chiefs in the 1st inning with the help of a bloop hit. With two outs, Damaso Espino singled to right and was on the move when Rusty Brown blooped a double in front of a diving Sam Fuld in centerfield. Espino scored when the throw home was cut off, giving the Bees a 1-0 lead.
An error in the 3rd allowed the Bees to add to their lead. Johnson hit Darwinson Salazar in the head to start the inning and then got Irving Falu to ground to first base. But Drew Larsen, threw wild to second trying to start a double play and both Salazar and Falu were safe. Geraldo Valentin took advantage doubling home Salazar and Falu scored on a groundout by Espino. Rusty Brown capped the inning with a sacrifice fly to deep right that brought home Valentin from third for a 4-0 Bees lead.
Burlington extended their lead in the 4th inning with two more against Johnson. Eddie Solis led off with a single and Kenard Springer made it 6-0 with a long two-run homer to left-center.
The Chiefs finally got to Bees spot-starter Justin Sherman in the 6th inning. Anthony Granato led off with a sharp single to left and advanced to second on a groundout by Fuld. Eric Patterson followed with a long homer to deep right to get the Chiefs on the board at 6-2. The homer, Patterson's 6th of the season, was his first since June 14th.
After Burlington scored three times in the 7th, Ryan Harvey homered the Chiefs back to a four run deficit. He crushed a Kraig Schambough offering over the left-field wall in the 8th inning with two on and two out. Harvey is now tied for the MWL lead in homers with 15 and has homered in back to back games for the first time all season.
Jerry Blevins relieved Johnson in the 5th and struck out a career high seven batters while going four innings for the first time in his career. He allowed two hits, one a three run homer while striking out two batters in each of his first three innings of work.
Johnson (1-4) took the loss going just four innings while allowing six runs on five hits and one strikeout. Two of the runs against him were unearned. Johnson has now lost three straight starts since he defeated Cedar Rapids at O'Brien Field on June 29th. Pepsi Players of the Game
Ryan Harvey (RF) - Harvey has now homered four times in the Chiefs last seven games. He was 3-for-4 Thursday with a single, double, homer and three RBI. Harvey is now tied for 1st in the MWL in homers and tied for 3rd with 61 RBI.
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