Category: O’Brien Field

Bradley University took a 5-run lead into the ninth inning, but still could not put an end to its Missouri Valley Conference skid as visiting Southern Illinois (24-27, 6-12 MVC) used five extra base hits in its final at bat to rally for an 8-7 win Sunday afternoon at Dozer Park on senior day. The Braves (16-28, 1-17) dropped its 15th consecutive Valley game, despite holding a 7-2 lead with one out and nobody on base in the top of the ninth. Freshman right-hander Elliot Ashbeck retired his eighth consecutive Saluki hitter when he got Luke Mottashed to pop out to open the ninth, but five straight Salukis reached on three doubles, a home run and a walk. Senior right-hander Patrick Flanagan relieved with a runner at second base and the Braves still clinging to a 7-6 lead and he was within one pitch of closing out the win after he retired SIU slugger Austin Montgomery on a first-pitch foul out.  After plunking Ryan Casillas with a pitch, Flanagan jumped ahead of Cody Daily, 0-2, but gave up a 2-run double to the Salukis third baseman for SIU’s fifth extra-base hit of the inning. Despite the deflating events of the top of the ninth, Bradley had a chance to rally against SIU closer Todd Eaton Brady Wilkin started the home half of the ninth with a high-chopper to second and wound up at 2nd base when Wes Neece’s throw went into the first base camera bay. After Nolan Sponsler grounded out to second, moving Wilkin to third, SIU elected to pitch to the league’s top hitter, Mike Tauchman, who was 8-for-11 in the series. SIU appeared to catch a huge break when Tauchman skied a pop up on the infield, but shortstop Jake Welch could not make the catch after racing across the front of the mound to the first base side.

-Bob

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

It was a warm and beautiful evening Friday night, with start of the second half of the Class A Midwest League. With long time MLB rivals the Cubs and the Cardinals getting ready to battle. A huge crowd of 5,513 baseball fans at O’Brien Field were treated to a pre-game appearance by the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales. Once the game got underway the Famous Chicken entertained fans of all ages.

-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

Peoria Chiefs starting pitcher Gerardo Conception (2-4) held the Kernels hitless through 5.1 innings. Trailing 1-0, Ryan Jones picked up the first hit in the 6th inning as he beat out an infield single that was hit up the middle and backhanded by Chiefs second baseman Zeke DeVoss. Kaleb Cowart then followed with an infield single for the second hit. Concepcion allowed no runs on two hits while striking out four and walking four. The Kernels were held to six hits as the Peoria Chiefs shut out Cedar Rapids 4-0 on Wednesday night before 4,568 fans. Peoria added three runs in the 6th inning, Zeke DeVoss doubled to begin the frame. He came home on Taiwan Easterling’s 2-run home run to left field. Later in the inning, Javier Baez’s RBI single plated Wes Darvill. Click here for game boxscore.

-Bob


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