Beloit jumped out to a first inning lead against Zach Cates. JD Williams singled with one out and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two down, Twins top prospect Miguel Sano doubled home Williams for his league-leading 88th RBI of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Chiefs took advantage of sloppy Beloit defense to gain the lead for good in the top of the third. An error by Tyler Grimes at shortstop allowed Bijan Rademacher to reach to start the inning. DeVoss sacrificed Rademacher to second but a fielders' choice resulted in an out at third as Pin-Chieh Chen reached first base. Dustin Geiger reached on an error by Sano at third and a wild pitch put runners at second and third with two outs. Paul Hoilman drew a walk from Taylor Rogers to set the stage for Soler. The newest Chief launched the first pitch to left-center and over the wall by the scoreboard for a grand slam and 4-1 Chiefs lead. The grand slam, the third home run of Soler's career, was the fourth of the season for the Chiefs and first since May 7.
Beloit bounced back in the bottom of the third against Cates. Williams drew a walk with one out and scored easily when Rosario drove a triple into left-center. Rosario came home on a deep fly ball to center off the bat of Sano that cut the Chiefs lead to 4-3. Cates gave up a double to Sano with one out in the fifth inning and gave way to Luis Liria who escaped the inning with the Chiefs still on top by one run.
Peoria added insurance in the seventh against reliever Steven Gruver. Geiger led off the inning with a double down the third base line and moved to third on a wild pitch. With one down the Snappers elected to intentionally walk Soler. Wes Darvill made the Snappers pay with a single up the middle to bring home Geiger for a 5-3 lead.
Liria and Sheldon McDonald combined to retire 13 straight Snappers out of the bullpen until Bijan Rademacher dropped a fly ball in left field with two outs in the ninth. McDonald walked the next two batters to load the bases and put the tying run at second base. Larry Suarez came out of the bullpen and Darvill made a running catch in shallow center to retire Rosario and end the game.
Cates allowed three runs on six hits and three walked over 4 1/3 innings. He struck out three and hit a batter while leaving with a 4-3 lead in the fifth. Liria (2-4) stranded Sano at second in the fifth and retired all seven batters he faced while striking out three over 2 1/3 innings. McDonald walked two and struck out two over two hitless and shutout innings. Suarez retired the only batter he faced for this second save.
Casey's General Store Player of the Game - Jorge Soler (RF) - The newest Chief launched his first career grand slam and first homer with the Chiefs in the third inning. He walked in the seventh and finished the game 1-for-3 with four RBI and a run scored. Soler has two hits and six RBI in his first two Chiefs games.
Notes: DeVoss did not score for the first time in six games...He leads the Chiefs with nine sacrifices...The Chiefs now have four grand slams on the season, two by Paul Hoilman and one by Taylor Davis...Soler's slam came on his first career at-bat with the bases loaded...The Chiefs are hitting just .221 as a team with the based loaded and before tonight the last grand slam was by Hoilman on May 7 at Quad Cities...Soler drew his first career intentional walk, as the home crowd booed, in the seventh...The Chiefs have drawn 12 intentional walks in 2012...Liria had his first outing of the season longer than 1 1/3 innings in which he did not allow a base-runner....Liria has had just two outings since the All-Star break without allowing a run...Suarez has stranded the last nine runners he has inherited over the last four outings and twice has come in with the bases loaded and two outs and not allowed a run...The series continues Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as the Chiefs send RH Starling Peralta (4-7, 3.17) to the mound against Beloit RH Tyler Jones (3-4, 4.97)...The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.