PEORIA, IL- The Peoria Chiefs offense couldn't get anything going in a 7-0 loss to the Burlington Bees on Friday night in front of the second crowd of the season to exceed 5,000. The Chiefs record is 29-25 but they remain in second place, holding a one-game wild card lead.
Burlington struck just three batters into the game against Chiefs starter Alex Reyes. A one-out single was followed by a home run by Michael Fish for a 2-0 Bees lead. It became 3-0 on an unearned run in the second. Ranyelmy Mendoza led off with a single and stole second on a strikeout. He went to third when Carson Kelly's throw went into center field when no one covered the bag and Mendoza scored on a ground out.
The early lead was more than enough for Bees starting pitcher Harrison Cooney. He tossed a complete game shutout without allowing a walk on only six hits and recording eight strikeouts. Cooney lowered his ERA to 2.05 while not allowing a Chiefs baserunner to get past second.
The Bees scored single runs in both the third and fourth innings for a 5-0 lead. Chad Hinshaw walked to open the third and moved to second on a single. A fly out moved him to third and Eric Aguilera hit a ground ball to score the run. In the fourth, Stephen McGee hit a one-out single and got to second on a passed ball. He advanced to third on a pickoff attempt from Kelly when no one covered the bag again and scored on an Erick Salcedo single.
Burlington got insurance in the seventh against Kevin Herget. Fish hit a towering fly ball down the line in left that resulted in a run-scoring triple. Fish scored on an Angel Rosa double for a 7-0 cushion.
Reyes (3-4) went the first 4 2/3 innings allowing five runs (three earned) on five hits with four walks and five strikeouts in taking the loss. Herget tossed the next 2 1/3 innings yielding two runs on three hits with a walk and five strikeouts. Robert Stock made his 2014 Chiefs debut by pitching a scoreless eighth with a hit, a walk and a strikeout. Steve Sabatino hurled a scoreless ninth on one hit.
Notes: Peoples-Walls had his third three-hit game…All six Chiefs hits were singles…The Chiefs did not draw a walk…The Chiefs bullpen had pitched 15 consecutive scoreless innings before Herget allowed a run in the seventh…Sabatino has pitched 10 2/3 scoreless innings since joining the Chiefs this season…Juan Herrera stole his team-best 20th base…Reyes picked off a runner at second for his second pickoff this year…Ronald Castillo had two hits in his first game since May 20 when he went on the disabled list…This was the first nine-inning complete game shutout against the Chiefs since Lake County's Brett Brach on July 24, 2010…The Chiefs begin a three-game series with the Kane County Cougars Saturday at 6:30 p.m.…The Chiefs will send LHP Jimmy Reed (2-1, 4.41) to the mound against Cougars RHP Juan Paniagua (1-3, 4.34)…The first 1,000 fans will receive a Yadier Molina bobblehead in his 2002 Chiefs jersey…Breakin B'Boy McCoy will be entertaining the Dozer Park crowd all night…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:10 p.m., 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.