Chiefs Keep Playoff Hopes Alive with 7-1 Win
Beloit, WI - The Peoria Chiefs kept their slim playoff hopes alive with three early runs and two long homers in a 7-1 victory over the Wild Card leading Beloit Snappers Wednesday night. The win moves the Chiefs to 33-33 on the half, four games behind Beloit with four games left to play. Beloit clinches the Wild Card with a win over the Chiefs on Thursday.
The Chiefs took advantage of two early Beloit mistakes and jumped to a first inning lead against Steven Gruver. Zeke DeVoss led off the game with a bunt base hit and he stole second. With one out Gruver balked and DeVoss advanced to third. Dustin Geiger hit a grounder that Miguel Sano booted at third base as DeVoss scored for the first run of the game. With two outs Wes Darvill singled to right and Javier Baez drive home Geiger with a single of his own. Yasiel Balaguert drove home Darvill with a single and the Chiefs led 3-0 before Gruver escaped the inning.
Baez added to the lead when he crushed a monster home run over the large scoreboard in left-center field and into the trees in the third inning. The solo blast followed a double play ball and put the Chiefs on top 4-0. Baez now has three homers on the season, all mammoth shots on the road.
The Chiefs put the game out of reach in the fourth inning. Sergio Burruel led off with a single and moved to third on a double by Pin-Chieh Chen. Consecutive sacrifice flies from DeVoss and Oliver Zapata put the Chiefs on top 6-0 and knocked Gruver from the contest.
Jose Rosario cruised through six innings with just two hits allowed. He forced Beloit to strand two runners in the second inning and then retired 10 in a row before issuing a walk. An error by DeVoss put two on with nobody out in the sixth but Rosario sandwiched a strikeout between two grounders to keep the shutout intact.
Geiger put the Chiefs on top 7-0 with a long home run of his own in the seventh. The shot to left, his second of the year, gave Geiger two RBI on the night. Beloit finally got on the board in the seventh. Rosario left after JD Williams connected on a one-out double. Austin Reed gave up a single to Adam Pettersen as Williams scored for the 7-1 final score.
Rosario (6-5) allowed one run on three hits over 6 1/3 innings. He struck out three and walked two while improving to 2-0 against Beloit on the season. Reed did not allow a run on two hits over 1 2/3 innings. Hunter Cervenka threw a perfect ninth inning.
Casey's General Store Player of the Game - Jose Rosario (RHP) - Rosario is now 3-0 in his last four starts and has gone at least six innings in those four outings. He leads the Midwest League with 73 strikeouts and only allowed three hits over 6 1/3 innings.
Notes: The Chiefs bullpen has allowed one earned run in its last 36 1/3 innings of workCervenka has not allowed a base runner in 8 2/3 innings or a hit in his last 10 1/3 innings of workThe season series is tied 4-4 heading into tomorrow's gameThe Chiefs are 33-33, they have not been over .500 since leaving Beloit 2-1 on April 7Baez has back-to-back two-hit gamesDeVoss leads the team with 16 stolen basesChen has eight doubles on the seasonGeiger also homered against Kane County on Monday nightThe Chiefs are 10-2 in JunePeoria has 11 homers in June after hitting just four in MayThis was the Chiefs first road win on Wednesday night all season (1-4)Peoria is 28-7 when allowed four runs or less and 16-7 when scoring five or moreSeven of the Chiefs 28 homers this season have come in the third inningThe three game series concludes Thursday night at 7:00...Peoria will send All-Star LH Kyler Burke (2-2, 2.13) to the mound against Snappers RH (0-2, 2.37)Thursday is the final road game of the first half, Peoria is 14-20 on the road in 2012The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.
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