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Chiefs Win on Walkoff Wild Pitch

June 22, 2019 - Midwest League (MWL) - Peoria Chiefs News Release

Peoria, IL - Thanks to a Delvin Perez stolen base and a wild pitch, the Peoria Chiefs got a 5-4 walkoff-win against the Cedar Rapids Kernels Saturday Night at Dozer Park. The Chiefs improve to 2-1 in the second half with the weekend finale set for Sunday at 5:05 p.m.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the bottom of the first against Cedar Rapids starter Josh Winder. Brendan Donovan walked with one out, stole second and advanced to third on a single from Juan Yepez. Donovan scored on a sac fly by Leandro Cedeno to put the Chiefs ahead 1-0. Yepez stole second and scored on a double from Bryce Denton to increase the Chiefs lead to 2-0.

Cedar Rapids responded in the top of the third against Chiefs starter Franyel Casadilla. A walk, single and groundout put runners on second and third. With two outs, Gilberto Celestino hit an infield single to score the first run of the game, but the tying run was thrown out at home trying to score from second.

The Kernels tied the game in the top of the fourth. Chris Williams doubled and scored when Wander Javier reached on a fielding error to tie the game at two.

Peoria regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Yepez led off the inning with a solo homerun, his fourth of the season and second in as many days, to give the Chiefs a 3-2 lead.

Cedar Rapids took their first lead of the game in the top of the seventh against Chiefs reliever Thoams St. Clair. After a leadoff single, Trevor Casanova hit a two-run homerun to give the Kernels a 4-3 lead.

The Chiefs tied the game in the bottom of the seventh against Cedar Rapids reliever Brian Rapp. With one out, Brandon Riley singled and reached third on an errant pickoff attempt. Riley scored the tying run on a fielder's choice from Perez.

Peoria walked off in the bottom of the ninth against Kernels reliever Jose Martinez. With one out, Perez stole second and Yepez was intentionally walked to put two runners on base. During Leandro Cedeno's at-bat, Perez took off for third and as the pitch sailed to the backstop he kept running and scored the winning run.

Casadilla took a no decision as he pitched five innings allowing two runs, one earned on three hits with one walk and six strikeouts. St. Clair pitched two innings allowing two runs on two hits with one walk and one strikeout. Parker Kelly (2-1) earned the win, with two shutout innings as he allowed one hit and struck out two.

The Chiefs conclude their series with the Cedar Rapids Kernels Sunday at 5:05 p.m. Promotions can be found on the team website or social media accounts. Peoria will start RH Alvaro Seijas (4-5, 3.07) against Cedar Rapids RH Andrew Cabezas (2-5, 4.98). The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 4:50 p.m. on the Peoria Chiefs Tune-In Page, which is free and also has a free app for smartphones and tablets. The game is also available on to subscribers.

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