Chiefs Rally Falls Short, Can't Sweep Bandits
Peoria, IL - Despite scoring seven runs and tallying 11 hits, the Peoria Chiefs fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits 9-7 Friday night at Dozer Park to settle for a series win instead of a sweep. Brady Whalen went two-for-three with a double and two RBI to earn the Pekin Insurance Beyond the Expected Player of the Game.
The Chiefs entered the bottom of the fifth trailing 6-0 but scored four runs, knocking Quad Cities starter Jose Bravo out of the game. Wadye Ynfante struck out, but reached second on a wild pitch dropped third strike. Josh Shaw followed with a double to score Ynfante to cut the deficit to 6-1. With one out, Jonatan Machado walked to put runners on first and second and Brady Whalen singled with two outs to score Shaw to make the score 6-2. Imeldo Diaz continued his hot hitting with a two-run double to bring the score to 6-4.
Peoria entered the bottom of the seventh trailing 7-4 but they scored a run against Quad Cities reliever Brett Daniels. Machado led off with a single but was thrown out at second as Perez reached on a fielder's choice. Whalen delivered his second hit of the game, a double to score Perez from first to cut the River Bandits lead to 7-5.
The Chiefs continued to put the bats to work, scoring twice in the bottom of the eighth, chasing Brett Daniels from the game. With two outs, Shaw drew a walk and scored on Edwin Figuera's double to make the score 9-6. Machado followed with a single to bring the Chiefs back within two, 9-7. Whalen walked to load the bases but Diaz struck out to end the inning and the Chiefs went in order in the ninth. The two teams split the season series 8-8.
Parker Kelly (3-5) took the loss, pitching 5 1/3 innings allowing seven runs on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Franyel Casadilla pitched 2 1/3 innings allowing two runs on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Evan Sisk pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, issuing only one walk and striking out two.
Peoria hits the road for a four-game roadtrip with the Cedar Rapids Kernels starting Saturday, August 24 at 6:35 p.m. 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.
The Chiefs return home August 28 to take on the Beloit Snappers for their final homestand of the season. Individual game tickets, group tickets and season ticket packages, including full-season, a 35-game ticket package, an 18-game ticket package or a Flex Plan are currently on sale by calling 309-680-4000. Individual game tickets are also on sale with the Dozer Park Box Office open Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and online at www.peoriachiefs.com which also lists all of the season's promotions. Game times and promotions are subject to change.
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