Category: Midwest League

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

This was the 10th Anniversary of IPMR‘s Legend at the Ballpark with their special guest Baseball Hall of Famer “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks. The Peoria Chiefs defeated the Kane County Cougars 4-1 behind the strong pitching of lefty Kyler Burke before a huge crowd of 6,086 rowdy fans. Click here for complete game statistics.

-Bob

On the night Paul Hoilman set the franchise record for longest hit streak in team history at 22, the Peoria Chiefs were unable to take advantage of another quality start from Kyler Burke as they fell 2-1 to the Beloit Snappers Wednesday night at Peoria Chiefs Stadium before 2,370 fans. The Snappers jumped out to a lead in the top of the third. Rory Rhodes singled and advanced to second on a balk by Burke. A groundout moved Rhodes to third before Adam Pettersen joined him on the base paths with a one-out walk. Leadoff hitter Wang Wei-Lin brought home Rhodes slapping a ground ball past the diving Wes Darvill at third to open the scoring at 1-0. After setting franchise record for longest hitting streak in his first at bat, Paul Hoilman was at it again in the fourth. The first baseman tripled with one out off Steven Gruver (2-3) and trotted home with a sac fly from Taylor Davis knotting the score at 1-1. Beloit got their lead back in the seventh. After hitting the leadoff hitter Jonathan Goncalves, Burke allowed a bloop single to Rhodes, Kyle Knudson followed with a sac bunt while reaching on a fielders’ choice to load the bases for Adam Pettersen. Pettersen gave Beloit the lead with a sac fly down the right field line that allowed Goncalves to tag and score giving Beloit a 2-1 lead. Click here for the complete game stats.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs scored four runs in the third and another five in the fifth to top the Cedar Rapids Kernels 9-6 on Sunday afternoon. Greg Rohan went 2-for-4 with three RBI and a home run while Rubi Silva went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI to lead Peoria. Peoria’s starter Cam Greathouse finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched with four runs, three earned on four hits and one walk with four strikeouts. Jeff Antigua (1-0) who entered the game as the second Chiefs pitched earned his first win of the season throwing 2 2/3 innings allowing two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out two batters. Eduardo Figueroa came in to pitch the last two innings of the game and record his first save of the year.

-Bob

Last night was special as I had the pleasure to spend time with and capture some lifetime memories of my friend Payton McSimov. Pete “Mr. Baseball” Vonachen greeted everyone in the main office and quickly presented Payton with an official league baseball & Pro-model bat to get autographed by the team. We were then escorted to the team locker room where all of the players and coaches were extremely courteous as they posed for pictures and autographed his gifts. One of my favorite shot’s is of Payton, his father Chad, his grandfather Ralph Sutton and Pete Vonachen posing for a photo on the bench before the game. He had the opportunity to play catch with Peoria Chiefs catcher Luis Flores on the field and visit in the dugout with the payers again before the start of the game. Before he left the field he stood next to Chiefs manager Casey Kopitzke during the National Anthem. He left the field to make his way up to his reserved box seat’s. They were located directly behind the Chiefs dugout. After all the pre-game activities it was time to relax with his family and “big brother” Bradley Basketball star Sam Maniscalco. Then he sat back to watch his favorite team while dining on chicken strips, french fries and ice cold lemonade. You can’t beat fun at the old ballpark and to see the smile it brought to his face was absolutely priceless!

-Bob

Payton McSimov, Easter Seals Kid

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