PEORIA, IL- The Peoria Chiefs got down early on Wednesday night in the middle game of their three game series with the Dayton Dragons, and fell by a 4-1 score. The loss drops the Chiefs to 3-3 on the season and evens up the series with the Dragons at a game apiece.
After going 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position Tuesday night, Dayton wouldn't let a second inning opportunity be wasted. They loaded the bases with no outs on a walk and consecutive singles, and Jeff Gelalich lined a two run single to right to give the Dragons an early 2-0 lead.
The Chiefs got their run in the third after CJ McElroy, Jr. had a bunt single, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild throw by the catcher. Mason Katz drove him in with a ground out to second base.
Dayton tacked on single runs in the sixth and seventh. Arturo Reyes allowed a walk, wild pitch, and stolen base of third, with a strikeout mixed in. Sean Buckley lined an RBI single to center, and Reyes was lifted for Joe Scanio. He got the final two outs of the sixth and the first two outs of the seventh before a walk and double scored Dayton's fourth run.
Reyes (0-1) went 5 1/3 innings, allowing three runs on four hits. He struck out four and walked three. Scanio worked the next 1 2/3 innings, giving up a run on a walk and two hits. Kyle Barraclough pitched 1 2/3 shutout innings with a walk and strikeout, and Blake McKnight recorded the final out, stranding runners at second and third.
Notes: Steve Bean threw out his first attempted base stealer, after the first five were successful against him on the season, including the first two tonight…Arturo Reyes' three walks matches his career high, while the four strikeouts is one off his career best…The RBI from Katz gives him at least one in four of the six games played this season…Kelly's three hit night was his first of the season, and second multi-hit game of 2014…McElroy stole his first base of the season…The Chiefs have committed at least one error in each game, except for the season opener…The Chiefs were 0-for-5 with runners in scoring position...The loss continues the alternating wins and losses through six games…The finale of the three game series is Thursday at 6:30pm…It will be Thirsty Thursday, with 12-ounce domestic beers and fountain drinks each on sale for just $1…Tickets will be 98 cents, presented by 98.5 KISS-FM…$1 hot dogs, $1 ice cream sandwiches and $1 sodas plus a free ticket to a future Monday-Wednesday game if the Chiefs lose to a future M-W game!$1 hot dogs, $1 ice cream sandwiches and $1 sodas plus a free ticket to a future Monday-Wednesday game if the Chiefs lose to a future M-W ga..LHP Jimmy Reed (0-0, 1.80) will make the start for Peoria against RHP Sal Romano (1-0, 6.00)…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:10pm, on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android. The broadcast is also available on the Peoria Chiefs Network in the Tune-In Radio App.