Quality Pitching, Timely Hitting Lifts Chiefs to Victory
Peoria, IL - A combination of quality pitching and a key hit with runners in scoring position were enough to carry the Chiefs to a 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids Wednesday.
Peoria starter Wilfredo Pereira, who entered action tonight second in the High-A Central in ERA amongst qualified pitchers, did not allow a hit through his first four innings of work and he maneuvered around just one baserunner.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Peoria offense gave Pereira some run support, albeit just one run. After Jordan Walker extended his hitting-streak to 11 games with a one-out triple, he later scored on a fielding error by Daniel Ozoria to give the home team an early 1-0 advantage.
Pereira surrendered his lone hiccup in the fifth. After an error began the inning, the right-hander faced Jair Camargo with runners on the corners and two away. With the count 1-1, Camargo grounded one into center to tie the contest. Pereria worked out of the fifth and was later lifted with two away in the sixth. In what will be his final start of 2021, Pereria went 5.2 innings and did not allow an earned run. His ERA locks in at 3.33 on the season.
In the sixth inning, Walker delivered yet again. The 19-year-old lined a single into left field and gave the Chiefs a precarious 2-1 lead. Walker has now driven in a run in five straight games, the longest stretch by a Chiefs batter this season.
From there, the Peoria bullpen led the Chiefs to the finish line. Jacob Schlesener earned the win after notching an inning and a third of scoreless baseball. Leonardo Taveras and Emmanuel Solano teamed up for the last six outs. Solano earned his first career save in exciting fashion. With a runner at second and one out, Masyn Winn robbed Camargo of a game-tying hit by making a leaping grab to snag the out. He then doubled off the tying-run at second base to seal it.
The Chiefs and Kernels will continue their series tomorrow. For the final time this season, it will be Thirsty Thursday at Dozer Park. Domestic drafts start at $2, while craft beers begin at $4. College students can get in for just $5 with a valid student ID.
The Chiefs announced their 2022 schedule on Tuesday. Dozer Park will play host to 66 games next season. The 2022 home opener is set for Tuesday, April 12 against the Great Lakes Loons, the High-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Season ticket packages and promotions will be announced at a later date.
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