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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


Kane County’s Pierce Johnson’s scattered six hits with eight strikeouts to hand the Peoria Chiefs an 8-1 loss at Dozer Park Friday evening before 3,532 fans. This date marked the eleventh year of the Chiefs playing in downtown Peoria, when they played there first game May 24, 2002. The sixth-ranked prospect in the Chicago Cubs system used his slider to perfection to handcuff the Chiefs all night. Carson Kelly’s sacrifice fly produced Peoria’s only run. Tyrell Jenkins took the loss for the Chiefs giving up 5 hits and 4 runs in five innings of work.

-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

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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