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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

The Burlington Bees scored seven runs in the fourth, which helped them knock off the West Michigan Whitecaps 9-1 on Wednesday night at Community Field. The Bees (36-54, 10-15) have been relying on their offense during the last couple of weeks and for good reason, as the Bees scored six runs or more for the fifth consecutive contest. Burlington, which has won five of its last six games, used a huge seven-run fourth to come back and beat West Michigan (45-50, 12-13). After West Michigan scored one run in the top of the fourth, the Bees answered back in a big way in the bottom of the inning against Montreal Robertson. Robertson (2-4) started off the frame by giving up a single to Andrew Ray and walking Wade Hinkle. Anthony Bemboom‘s double scored Ray to tie the game. After Exicardo Cayones walked and Michael Bolaski struck out, Chevy Clarke plated Bemboom with a single to give Burlington the lead. Angel Rosa, making his Bees debut, doubled home two runs to give the Bees a 4-1 advantage. Chad Smith came in for Robertson and Sherman Johnson greeted him with a three-run home run. Brandon Love (2-4) tossed 2.2 innings of relief, leaving the game in the middle of an at-bat due to a lower body injury. Joey Krehbiel picked up for him and fired 2.1 perfect innings with three strikeouts.

-Bob


Jacob Wilson cracked a walk off, three-run homer to center field in the bottom of the ninth to give the Peoria Chiefs a 13-10 win Wednesday night against the Lake County Captains before 2,053 fans. It was one of six extra base hits that led to the Chiefs win, bumping their record to 11-12 this season. Lake County scored early after former first-round pick LeVon Washington singled to lead off the game against Joe Cuda. Captains shortstop Dorssys Paulino reached on a Breyvic Valera error and two batters later, Joe Sever drove in Washington with a single. Paulino scored on a double-play by Nellie Rodriguez, putting the Captains up 2-0 after the top half of the first inning. The Chiefs responded against the Captains’ Mitch Brown with four runs in the bottom of the first frame. With two outs, Wilson became the Chiefs first baserunner after being hit by a pitch. Patrick Wisdom struck out swinging, but reached first on a wild pitch while Wilson found third on a throwing error by catcher Eric Haase. After Carson Kelly walked to load the bases, Geoff Klein belted a grand slam, his first long ball of the year. The hit doubled his season RBI total and put the Chiefs up 4-2. Down 10-8, the Chiefs scratched across a run in the eighth inning. Wilson led off the frame with a single, but was thrown out trying to score on a Kelly double. Kelly later scored, however, on an error by Erik Gonzalez, but the tying run was thrown out at second. The Chiefs weren’t done, scoring four runs in the bottom of ninth to win the game. Nick Martini led off with a single and advanced to third on a Casey Rasmus pinch-hit double. He then scored on a Steven Ramos sacrifice fly to center field tied the game at ten. After Francisco Valera stuck out and Tilson was hit by a pitch, Wilson smashed a three-run home run to win the game for the Chiefs.

-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

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