Chiefs Fall 5-2 on Tuesday
Clinton, IA -The Peoria Chiefs lost 5-2 to the Clinton LumberKings on Tuesday night as the home team completed their second two-game sweep of the Chiefs in 10 days. With the loss the Chiefs fall to 28-36 on the half and 58-74 on the season with six games left. The Chiefs wasted no time in taking a first-inning lead against struggling Clinton starter Ryan Tatusko. With one down Nate Samson picked up his team-leading 137th hit of the season with a single to right. Samson was forced at second as Jovan Rosa reached and Brandon Guyer singled to left. A wild pitch by Tatusko moved both Chiefs runners up 90 feet and Rebel Ridling put Peoria on top 2-0 with a double off the right-field wall. Tatusko got Cliff Andersen on a slow roller to second base to end the inning with the Chiefs on top. Chiefs starter Robert Hernandez cruised through the first three innings before running into trouble and losing the lead in the bottom of the fourth. Mitch Moreland doubled to right-center and scored on a long two-run homer by 2008 first rounder Justin Smoak. With the game tied, Hernandez then allowed back-to-back one-out singles to Miguel Alfonzo and Carlos Dominguez. Andres James hit a comebacker to Hernandez for a potential inning-ending double play, but the Chiefs hurler threw high and wide to second loading the bases. Engel Beltre gave Clinton a 3-2 lead with a fielders choice and stole second before Matt Lawson flew out to end the frame. Clinton kept the offense going in the fifth as they knocked Hernandez from the game. Tim Smith led off with a walk and scored on the second double in as many innings by Moreland. Jake Muyco relieved Hernandez and Moreland moved to third on a long flyout by Smoak. Muyco struck out Jonathan Greene, but Alfonzo drove Moreland home with an infield single for a 5-2 Clinton lead. The Chiefs did get the tying run to the plate twice in the top of the ninth against Mike Hamburger. Jake Opitz led off a singled and Luis Flores drew a walk. Flores was forced at second on a double play off the bat of Jonathan Wyatt as Opitz advanced to third. Samson drew the second walk of the inning but Rosa bounced out to third to end the game. Hernandez (1-4) lasted just four innings for the third straight start and surrendered the 21st home run of his Chiefs career. The 20-year-old allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits while striking out three. Muyco allowed just one hit while striking out four in his three shutout innings. Zach Ashwood threw a scoreless eighth inning while walking one.
Player of the Game -Nate Samson (SS) - The Chiefs 21-year-old shortstop singled in his first two at-bats and reached base four times on the night. He leads the team in AB (466), hits (138), runs scored (68), sacrifices (21) and walks (39). With six games left to play, Samson is ninth in the MWL in batting average (.296) and fifth in hits.
Notes... The Chiefs are now tied for their worst record of the season at 16 games under .500 which last happened on May 20 when they were 14-30... Former first base coach Min Sung made his professional debut in right field while batting seventh in the lineup...He grounded out to first in the second inning and walked to lead off the fourth before being replaced in the outfield by Elvis Lara...Hernandez is the Chiefs career leader in home runs allowed (21) while also moving into a tie for 9th on the Chiefs career starts list with 34...Tatusko is now 3-10 on the season with two of his wins coming against the Chiefs...The Chiefs started the season 32-15 in games in which they scored first, but are now just 5-16 when scoring first since July 23...Samson picked up his team-leading 40th multi-hit game of the season while Rosa now has 39 multi-hit games...One day after setting the Chiefs single-season record for most doubles, Rosa collected another one and now has a MWL best 41...Jonathan Wyatt returned to the Chiefs lineup for the first time since Thursday after battling a virus...The Chiefs finish the season series 1-7 in Clinton this season and 13-16 in the state of Iowa...Clinton leads the overall season series 8-6 with two games left in Peoria this week...Peoria has won the season series against the L-Kings just twice since 1998...The two teams now head to Peoria for a two-game series which begins Wednesday at 6:30 PM...All fans get free hot dogs and peanuts through the seventh inning courtesy of Vienna Beef...All fans also get scratch-off tickets for free giveaways and prizes...If the Chiefs strike out the first three batters in the seventh inning, one lucky fan will receive free gas for up to five years courtesy of American Hole N One...The Chiefs will start RH Kevin Kreier (5-9, 4.20) against Clinton RH Michael Main (2-2, 2.79)...The game can be heard live beginning with the pre-game show at 6:15 PM online at www.peoriachiefs.com or on WOAM 1350 AM.
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