Chiefs Finish Season with 5-2 Loss
Clinton, IA - The Peoria Chiefs tied their franchise record for least amount of wins in a season with a 5-2 loss to the Clinton LumberKings Monday afternoon to finish the season 54-85, the same record as the 1983 squad. With a 24-46 second half record, Erick Almonte's Chiefs set a new franchise record for least wins in a half, breaking the old mark of 26 wins.
Peoria hit into a double play in the first inning before taking the lead in the second. Brandon Riley singled and stole second before moving to third on a single by Imeldo Diaz. With Almonte in the first base coaches box, Diaz was picked off first base before Alexis Wilson singled to center to score Riley for a 1-0 lead. Wilson was caught stealing to leave the Chiefs with just one run on three hits.
Clinton took the lead in the third inning with a two-run homer by Thomas Jones. They added on in the fifth with Sam Castro tripled and scored on a single. An error by Edwin Figuera helped Clinton score two more in the sixth as they didn't have a hit in the inning but drew three walks and a bases loaded hit batter.
The Chiefs scored their final run of the season in the top of the ninth. Figuera singled with one out and moved to second on a groundout. Delvin Perez singled home Figuera to make the final score 5-2.
Brady Whalen finished the season with a MWL-best 81 RBI and he joins Richard Jones (2011) as the only MWL RBI Champions in team history. With a stolen base on the day the Chiefs finished the season with 70, their least ever and they also set a new team mark for least sacrifice hits with nine and least amount of triples with 19. The pitching staff set a new mark with 610 walks.
The Chiefs announced their 2020 schedule last week and will open next season in Quad Cities on Thursday, April 9. The home opener against Beloit is Monday, April 13. Game times and promotions will be announced in the off-season with news on the team Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, plus the team website at www.peoriachiefs.com.
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