Chiefs make it three straight with 7-3 win
Peoria, IL - The Peoria Chiefs made it three straight victories over the Cedar Rapids Kernels, defeating their division foe 7-3 Thursday night at O'Brien Field.
Trailing 1-0, the Chiefs used a bizarre sequence to tie it and then take the lead in the second. Alberto Garcia singled to left and Yusuf Carter legged out an infield hit. And with Carter charging down the line at first, Dallas Morris hurled the ball passed first allowing Garcia to score all the way from first on the play. With Carter at third, Mark Reed put the Chiefs on top with a RBI single to left. After a hit-and-run single by Ryan Lilly to advance Reed to third, the Chiefs' catcher came in to score on a wild pitch with Lilly moving to second. Ryne Malone added an RBI of his own when he laced a single to center to plate Lilly and give Peoria a 4-1 advantage.
Cedar Rapids crept within a run in the sixth. Mark Trumbo came through with a sacrifice fly and Anderson Rosario added an RBI single to cut the Chiefs lead to 4-3. However, Peoria gave themselves some more breathing room in the eighth. Ryan Norwood knocked his 14th round tripper of the year and Carter and Reed pitched in with back-to-back RBI singles to open up a four-run cushion.
The Kernels got on the board first. After Todd Blackford retired each of the first five hitters he faced, Anderson Rosario ripped his third homer of the year, a line-drive shot to left, to make it 1-0. Blackford lasted 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs, two earned, on seven hits. With the win, the righty improved to 9-5 on the season. Jesse Estrada came on in relief and retired all seven batters he faced. Matt Avery finished off the Kernels in the ninth. Cedar Rapids starter Robert Mosebach suffered the loss going seven innings and giving up four runs.
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Yusuf Carter (RF) - Carter was 3-4 with a run scored and an RBI on the night.
Notes... By winning the first three games of the series with Cedar Rapids, the Chiefs put themselves in position to sweep their sixth four-game series of the season...Blackford now trails staff mate and team-leader in wins Mitch Atkins by just one in the victories column...Attendance Thursday night was 2,706...LHP Jesus Yepez (4-6, 3.88) will be on the mound for the Chiefs going up against RHP Anthony Ortega (1-3, 3.74)...First pitch of the first game is slated for 7:00 PM and the pre-game show will kick-off at 6:45 on www.peoriachiefs.com
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