Chiefs Blow Late Lead, Swept in Double Header
Appleton, WI - The Peoria Chiefs lost a late lead in game two of a double header and suffered a sweep on the day as the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers won game one 12-8 and game two 2-1 in extra innings. The losses drop the Chiefs to 19-25 on the season with two games left in Appleton.
Game one got out of hand early as Wisconsin scored three runs in each of the first two innings against Chiefs starter Diego Cordero. After two singles and a walk in the first inning, Chad McClanahan drove in three with a double past diving center fielder Wadye Ynfante. In the second inning Brice Turang singled home a run and David Fry launched a long two-run homer for a 6-0 Rattlers lead.
The Chiefs got on the board in the sixth inning against starter Logan Gillaspie. Ynfante singled to start the frame and Nolan Gorman drew a walk. Brady Whalen continued his torrid hitting with a double off the wall in left to plate both runners and cut the Wisconsin lead to 6-2.
Both teams scored six times in the final at-bats. Thomas St. Clair walked four Rattlers and gave up six runs in the bottom of the sixth as Wisconsin pushed the lead to 12-2. Jesus Lujano and Brent Diaz both singled home a pair while one run scored on a walk and another on a wild pitch.
The Chiefs didn't go quietly in the seventh against Wisconsin closer Robbie Hitt. Alexis Wilson led off with a single and Jhon Torres walked. Ynfante reached on an error to load the bases before Gorman singled home Wilson. Whalen drove home two more to cut the Wisconsin lead to 12-5 before Leandro Cedeno's double plated two. A RBI groundout from Josh Shaw cut the Wisconsin lead to 12-8 but that was as close as the visitors got when Torres popped up to end the game.
Cordero (2-3) took the loss as his run of quality starts ended at six. The lefty allowed six runs on nine hits over five innings as he walked three and struck out three. St. Clair allowed six runs on two hits and four walks while striking out two in 2/3 of an inning. Fabian Blanco allowed three inherited runners to score as he gave up one hit and threw a wild pitch in 1/3 of an inning.
Game two got started with the Chiefs scoring an unearned run in the first against Freisis Adames. With one out, Brandon Riley walked and moved to third when Wisconsin catcher David Fry threw the ball away on Ivan Herrera's swinging-bunt single. Whalen's groundout to second scored Riley for the 1-0 lead before Adames got out of the inning.
Spot-starter Michael Brettell was brilliant as he retired the first nine Rattlers before surrendering a double to start the fourth. He stranded that runner at third and forced Wisconsin to leave a runner at second in the fifth inning as well.
The Chiefs squandered numerous chances to add on to the lead, leaving runners in scoring position in the second, fifth and sixth. The fifth inning was especially tough as both Shaw and Torres were easily caught stealing second after reaching on a single and walk respectively. With two on and two out, manager Erick Almonte sent Ynfante home from second on an infield error but the catcher was waiting with the ball for the final out of the frame.
The baserunning errors burned the Chiefs in the bottom of the sixth. Brettell left with one out and runners on the corners before Fry tied the game with a single to left off Freddy Pacheco. McClanahan walked to load the bases before getting out of the inning.
Peoria left a runner at second base in the seventh and didn't move the ghost runner from second in the eighth. Overall in game two the Chiefs were 0-for-11 with a runner in scoring position.
The Chiefs had Pacheco start the eighth inning with a no-pitch intentional walk before going to Franyell Casadilla with two runners on. Fry singled immediately to win the game 2-1 with his second RBI of the contest.
Brettell took a no-decision allowing one run on two hits and one walk over a career-high 5 1/3 innings as he struck out five. Pacheco (0-1) took his second blown save of the season in as many chances and also suffered the loss. He allowed one run on one hit and four walks while striking out five over 1 2/3 innings. Casadilla gave up a hit to the only batter he faced.
The series continues Wednesday at 6:35 p.m. with the Chiefs starting LH Colin Schmid (1-0, 0.00) against Rattlers LH Aaron Ashby (2-1, 4.19). The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:20 p.m. on the Peoria Chiefs Tune-In Page, which is free and also has a free app for smartphones and tablets.
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