EASTLAKE, OH- The Peoria Chiefs earned their first road sweep in nearly three years with a pair of 4-0 wins over the Lake County Captains Wednesday night. The double header sweep gives the Chiefs a five-game win streak and an 8-4 record heading into a three-game series in Fort Wayne, IN that begins Thursday night.
Nick Petree (1-0) and Arturo Reyes (2-1) each threw six shutout innings on Wednesday and led the Chiefs pitchers to 14 shutout innings on the day. Ronald Castillo had a RBI in each game as the Chiefs scored multiple runs in three innings over the double header.
"They (Petree and Reyes) gave us more than what we needed and threw six shutout innings each, Arturo had the no-hitter into the fifth and both were in command," said Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel. "We finished both games out which was nice to see. I can't say enough nice things about how they attacked hitters and mixed pitches well."
With Petree cruising through the Captains hitters in game one, the Chiefs got the offense going on a cold night against Dace Kime. Michael Schulze singled in the third inning and with one out scored in a double by Juan Herrera. Carson Kelly drew a walk and after a double steal, Herrera scored on a wild pitch. With the infield in, Castillo singled home Kelly for a 3-0 Chiefs lead.
Petree didn't allow a runner past first base until the sixth inning and by that time the Chiefs were on top 4-0. Schulze reached on an error and took second on a passed ball. Another error on a bunt by C.J McElroy Jr. scored Schulze for the 4-0 lead.
Petree allowed four hits, all singles, and walked two while striking out five over six shutout innings. Kyle Barraclough walked one and gave up a single in one shutout frame.
Game two started out the same as game one with Reyes keeping the Captains off the basepaths. The Peoria offense broke through against Jordan Milbrath in the fourth inning. Jimmy Bosco led off with a triple to center field and with one out he scored in a single up the middle by Castillo. With two outs, Steve Bean collected his first RBI of the season with a single to center to put the Chiefs up 2-0.
The offense added on in the fifth. Schulze reached on a fielders' choice and McElroy walked before a wild pitch put both runners in scoring position. Bosco took advantage with a single to left-center that scored both runners and doubled the Chiefs lead to 4-0.
Reyes struck out a career-high eight while also tying his career high with six innings pitched. He didn't allow a hit until the first batter of the fifth inning and walked one on two hits overall. Chris Thomas walked two and struck out two in the final inning of the doubleheader.
"This was a great double header sweep and a great sweep on the road," said Kruzel. "We played clean defense today which is also a credit to the pitchers working quick and keeping the game flowing.
Bean had a big two-out RBI and Bosco with the two-strike hit to double the lead. Both were big hits and pushed us to the win."
Notes: Game two started with a 37 degree temperature and feels-like of 28…The Chiefs last three- game sweep on the road was April 25-27, 2011 at Clinton...The last three-game sweep on the road against an Eastern Division team was July 31-August 2, 2009 at South Bend...Peoria's last five-game win streak was June 4-11, 2012 when the Chiefs won seven straight...The last back to back shutouts were on June 6-7, 2012 vs. Cedar Rapids and the last time the Chiefs won both games of a DH via shutout was April 20, 2011 at Quad Cities 4-0 and 1-0...The Chiefs are 6-3 all-time at Classic Park…Castillo has a five-game hit streak and five-game RBI streak…McElroy stole a base in both games…Herrera leads the Chiefs with five steals…Bosco and Bean both collected their first RBI of the season…The Chiefs starting pitchers struck out 13 batters and allowed six hits combined over 12 shutout innings…Lake County committed 12 errors on the series, the Chiefs did not have an error in Wednesday's double header…Peoria heads to Fort Wayne, IN for a three-game series against the Padres-affiliated TinCaps…Game one of the series is Thursday at 7:05 ET/6:05 CT…The Chiefs are slated to start $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 (0-1, 3.27) against TinCaps RHP Pete Kelich (0-2, 7.56)…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 4:45 p.m. Central Time, 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.