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The Peoria Chiefs yielded seven runs in the third inning in an 11-3 loss to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Saturday night before 6,111 fans. The Chiefs record is 24-24 in the second half and 61-56 overall. Wisconsin got on the board first with seven runs in the third inning against Arturo Reyes. Johnny Davis led off with a bunt single and Chris McFarland followed with a double that Vaughn Bryan misplayed to allow Davis to score. Michael Ratterree walked before Reyes got the first out. Clint Coulter was the next hitter and he crushed his 18th home run to left field to open up a 4-0 Timber Rattlers lead. Taylor Brennan walked in front of consecutive singles by Dustin DeMuth and Steven Halcomb to load the bases. Jose Pena doubled off the wall in left to score two runs and Steve Sabatino relieved Reyes. Sabatino’s first batter was Davis, who hit a sacrifice fly to left to end the scoring in the inning at 7-0 Wisconsin. The Chiefs lost at home on a Saturday for the first time this season and their record is 8-1. The five-game series concludes Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

-Bob

A scoreless game was finally broken in the sixth inning when Ronald Castillo flipped a single into shallow centerfield to score Mason Katz from second base with two outs, as the Peoria Chiefs won the home opener at Dozer Park 1-0 over the Dayton Dragons on Tuesday night. With the win it moves the Chiefs to 3-2 on the young season with five games left in the home stand. The Chiefs finally broke through in the sixth. Junior Morillo, who started on the mound for Dayton, came out of the game with an apparent injury prior to a full count pitch to Katz, and was replaced by Daniel Wright. After throwing ball four, Wright balked Katz to second, and Carson Kelly flew out deep to left for out number two. Castillo blooped a single to center, and Katz scampered home with the game’s only run. This was Peoria’s first 1-0 home opener win, since 1998 against Burlington. RHP Arturo Reyes (1-0, 9.00) will make the start for Peoria while Dayton will start RHP Nick Travieso (0-0, 3.00) at 6:30 pm Wednesday.

-Bob

St. Louis Cardinals starting  pitcher Jake Westbrook tossed seven shutout innings in his rehab start with the Peoria Chiefs to lead the squad to a 9-1 win over the Quad Cities River Bandits Sunday evening at Dozer Park before 3,633 fans. Westbrook has been on the Cardinals’ disabled list since May 9 with elbow inflammation. Jake retired the first 14 River Bandits he faced and overall allowed one run on four hits over seven innings. He struck out five and did not issue a walk while throwing 76 pitches, 53 for strikes. Westbrook got eight groundouts and three strikeouts in his first 11 batters faced before a foul pop up ended the fourth. He induced two more groundouts to start the fifth before allowing a single, double and a run. All told Westbrook struck out five, got 14 groundball outs, picked a runner off first and just one out in the air.

-Bob


The Peoria Chiefs fell 5-4 in 11 innings in the 2013 season opener Thursday night against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers in front of 4,322 fans, the largest home opening crowd in Peoria since 1988. The Timber Rattlers were the first to score, platting two runs in the second inning against Chiefs starter Kurt Heyer. The Timber Rattlers led off the top of the third inning with three straight hits. The first from leadoff hitter Tyrone Taylor, and the second from Orlando Arcia on a double. Mitch Haniger brought in both Taylor and Arcia with a double for the 2-0 lead. Heyer made the opening night start and allowed two runs on four hits over three innings. He walked three and struck out three. Corey Baker threw two shutout innings with three strikeouts and one hit allowed. Jhonny Polanco allowed one run on three hits with a strikeout and a walk in two innings. Joseph Scanio allowed one unearned run on two hits with a strikeout in his three innings. Dixon Llorens (0-1) suffered the loss with one run allowed in one inning as he walked two.

-Bob

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