Category: Class A

The River Bandits scored twice in the eighth to force the game into extras, but the Bowling Green Hot Rods spoiled the comeback with a 4-3 victory in 12 innings and three hours and 41 minutes to a crowd of 4,624 fans at Modern Woodmen Park for Pro Wrestling Night on Thursday with special guest Mick Foley. Andrew Toles knocked in the game-winning run on a single to score Brandon Martin on River Bandits’ reliever Juan Minaya with no outs in the 12th. Martin led off the inning by slicing a double down the right field line. Vincent Velasquez gave up three runs on five hits, walked three and fanned five in five innings and did not get a decision. Left-hander Mitchell Lambson, making his 28th appearance out of the Quad Cities bullpen, struck out four in three shutout frames after starting the sixth. Juan Minaya (1-3) tossed three scoreless innings before allowing the run in the 12th and suffered the loss. Bowling Green starter Dylan Floro allowed one unearned run in six innings, but did not get a decision. Ryan Garton (1-3) tossed three and two-thirds innings to earn the win, while Stone Speer collected his first save of the season after throwing the 12th.

-Bob

I went down to O’Brien Field to photograph the next to last home game of the season of the Peoria Chiefs. Looking to shoot some behind the scenes stuff of the crowd rather than the game, after nearly six months of shooting baseball over the summer. Hope you enjoy the snapshots as I get ready for fall season.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs’ three-game winning streak ended when the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers scored three runs in the ninth inning to hand the Chiefs a 4-1 loss on Tuesday on Illini Night at O’Brien Field before 1,334 fans. The loss dampened a night that started with new Illinois men’s basketball coach John Groce throwing out a ceremonial first pitch. The Timber Rattlers had three straight singles to start the inning against Peoria reliever Justin Berg to break the tie. A second run scored on an error by Wes Darvill and Berg was lifted for Austin Reed. Click here for game stats.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs committed 5 costly errors were defeated by the Burlington Bees 5-1 before 3,234 fans on Bradley University Community night at O’Brien Field. All five of there runs scored were unearned. The Chiefs could manage just two hits off Burlington starter Tanner Peters (2-4), who also struck out eight in five innings of work. Chiefs starting pitcher Jeffry Antigua (1-2) took the loss. Bradley Braves new women’s head basketball coach Michael Brooks threw out the first pitch prior to the start of the game. Click here for the game box score.

-Bob

It was a warm and beautiful evening Friday night, with start of the second half of the Class A Midwest League. With long time MLB rivals the Cubs and the Cardinals getting ready to battle. A huge crowd of 5,513 baseball fans at O’Brien Field were treated to a pre-game appearance by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Once the game got underway the Famous Chicken entertained fans of all ages.

-Bob

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