Peoria, IL- The Burlington Bees scored two runs in the 13th inning to beat the Peoria Chiefs 5-3 on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Chiefs to 66-60 and 28-31 in the second half, three games behind Clinton for the final wild card spot.
The Bees grabbed the lead in the first inning for the second night in a row, this time against Brad Watson. With one out Angel Rosa singled and stole second as Exicardo Cayones struck out swinging. Wade Hinkle brought home Rosa with a single before Watson got out of the inning with a strikeout, the Bees leading 1-0.
After the Chiefs put two on with no outs but failed to score in the bottom of the first against Brandon Love, the Bees added to their lead in the second. Zach Wright reached on a leadoff single and moved to second on a ground out. Garrett Cannizaro doubled to score Wright putting the Bees up 2-0.
Peoria answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning to tie the game. Breyvic Valera reached on a bunt single and with the hit-and-run on, scored on a Juan Herrera double to left cutting the Bees lead in half. Ildemaro Vargas singled to left to score Herrera and tie the game at 2-2 before the next three Chiefs were retired, ending the inning.
After both teams failed to score through the next four innings, the Bees scored a run in the top of the seventh against Jay Voss. Pedro Toribio singled to lead off the inning and moved to second on a Johnson sac bunt. Rosa singled to center to plate Toribio, putting the Bees up 3-2.
The Chiefs answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the seventh against Joey Krehbiel. Vargas singled to lead off and advanced to second as Krehbiel's pickoff attempt ended up in right field. With a runner on second and one out, C.J. McElroy Jr. singled to right to score Vargas and tie the game at 3-3.
Peoria let two golden opportunities slip away, first to take the lead in the eighth and the second to win the game in the ninth. With the bases loaded in the eighth and one out Herrera grounded into a double play to end the Chiefs threat and leave the score tied heading into the ninth. In the bottom of the ninth the Chiefs put a runner on second with no outs, but McElroy Jr. struck out swinging and after Tilson was intentionally walked pinch hitter Jordan Walton grounded out to end the inning.
After the Chiefs left the bases loaded in the 11th and stranded a runner at second in the 12th, the Bees scored two runs in the top of the 13th against Joe Scanio. Chevy Clarke doubled to lead off the inning and Cannizaro was hit by a pitch to put two aboard. After Riley Good replaced Cannizaro, Johnson singled with one out to load the bases. Rosa hit a bouncing ball to first that Schaffer misplayed, allowing Clarke to score and leaving the bases loaded. Scanio hit Cayones with a pitch, allowing a run to score before coaxing a double play to escape the inning, the Bees leading 5-3. The Chiefs went down in order in the bottom of the 13th, sealing Burlington's win.
Watson pitched 5 2/3 innings giving up two runs on six hits and two walks while fanning eight. Voss tossed 1 1/3 innings allowing one run on two hits. Joe Donofrio pitched three scoreless innings giving up one hit and one walk while striking out five. Dixon Llorens pitched two scoreless innings giving up one hit and two walks while striking out two. Scanio (3-4) pitched one inning giving up two runs (one earned) on two hits and no walks while hitting two batters and striking out one.
Notes The Chiefs are 8-6 in extra innings….Peoria stranded 14 on base, a season-high…McElroy Jr. recorded his 12th multi-hit game of the season while notching his fourth three-hit performance…Vargas recorded his 25th multi-hit outing while Valera notched his team-leading 38th…Llorens has pitched 25 1/3 straight scoreless innings dating back to June 14…Schaffer's single in the seventh was his first base-knock in 20 at bats…Each of the Chiefs recorded a hit in the game…Donofrio has retired 33 of the first 37 batters he has faced this season…Donofrio tied a season with three innings pitched a career with five strikeouts, equaling the total he fanned against Wisconsin on August 7….With their two double plays tonight the Chiefs have hit into 21 twin-killings in 22 August games…The Chiefs recorded 12 hits in the game with 11 of them being singles…The Chiefs take on the Bees for game three on Friday at 6:30 p.m… It's Flat Screen Friday where six different fans 18 and over will win a brand new Flat Screen TV presented by Xfinity…It's Red Hot Friday with $.25 hot dogs and former Cardinals pitcher Danny Cox will throw out a first pitch and sign autographs on the concourse…The Chiefs start RH Mike Mayers (0-1, 2.45) against the Bees LH Chris O'Grady (1-1, 3.00)… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Premier Print Group Pre-Game Show at 6:15 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.