Category: Minor 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

Chicago Cubs’ right-hander Carlos Zambrano pitched four innings in a rehab assignment on Friday night as the Peoria Chiefs fell 4-1 to the Beloit Snappers. Zambrano allowed just an unearned run on three hits with three walks and four strikeouts in a no-decision in front of 5,610 fans. With the loss, Peoria falls to 5-10 in the second half and has dropped each of its last three series. Big Z allowed one unearned run on three hits in four innings. He walked three and struck out four in the no decision. Su-Min Jung allowed just one hit in four innings and also walked four batters. Pete Levitt (0-1) pitched two innings and suffered the loss. He allowed three runs on four hits with one walk and three strikeouts.

-Bob

Chicago Cubs hurler Randy Wells allowed just one earned run over 3 2/3 innings of rehab work, but suffered the loss as the Peoria Chiefs fell to the Quad Cities River Bandits 3-1 Tuesday night on two unearned runs in front of 1,390 fans. Both teams started major leaguers as Quad Cities started St. Louis Cardinals reliever Brian Tallet who struck out five of the six batters he faced. Peoria is now 20-18 this season and 11-6 at home. Quad Cities answered in the fourth with three runs in Wells’ final inning. With nobody out, Patrick Elkins ripped a two-run double into right field to give the River Bandits their first lead of the game. Yunior Castillo made it 3-1 with a line drive single to right that brought Chris Edmondson across home plate. Wells threw 48 pitches before he was replaced by Austin Kirk, who came in and got Peoria out of the inning.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs concluded a successful nine-game homestand with a 6-2 victory over the Burlington Bees Thursday night before 1,543 fans. Pierre LePage went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI, while Dallas Beeler did not allow a run in his return to the rotation. Peoria improved to 19-15 on the season and finished the homestand 7-2. For the third consecutive night, Peoria grabbed a 1-0 lead its first trip to the plate. LePage singled up the middle and advanced to third when Rubi Silva knocked a base hit into right. Greg Rohan brought LePage home with a sacrifice fly to right field off Bees’ starter Tyler Vail. Miss Illinois 2010 Whitney Thorpe-Klinsky threw out the first pitch and signed autographs for the fans during the game.

-Bob

The Peoria Chiefs lost two late leads and left the winning run in scoring position four times after the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Clinton LumberKings Friday afternoon. Bryce Shafer walked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the top of the 14th as Peoria fell to the LumberKings for the first time this season. The Chiefs fell to 14-14 on the season and are 2-1 on the current home stand. For the first time this year, Clinton grabbed the lead before the Chiefs with a run in the fourth inning. Shaver Hansen led off the with a line drive base hit to center and moved to second on a wild pitch courtesy of Peoria starter Austin Kirk. With one out, Stefan Romero knocked a RBI single into left field that scored Hansen from second. It was the first time Clinton has led the Chiefs this season through 48 innings of play. Attendance on Education Day was 2,043.

-Bob

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