PEORIA, IL- Rob Kaminsky recorded seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings and Kenny Peoples-Walls hit his third home run to give the Peoria Chiefs a 3-1 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Tuesday night. The Chiefs improve to 3-1 in the second half and are 40-33 overall.
Cedar Rapids got a run in the first as Zack Granite led off with a single and got to second on a wild pitch. After moving to third on a fly out, Granite scored when a ground ball to third deflected off the glove of Michael Schulze for an error.
The Chiefs answered with two runs in the bottom half. Vaughn Bryan led off with a single and CJ McElroy Jr. followed with a bunt single right up the third base line. A ground out moved both runners into scoring position and Carson Kelly hit a ground ball up the middle to score Bryan and tie the game at one. After a strikeout, Mason Katz singled past the shortstop, scoring McElroy for a 2-1 Chiefs lead. Peoria made it 3-1 in the fourth when Peoples-Walls hit a one-out home run to left field.
Kaminsky allowed just two hits out of the infield and didn't pitch to more than four batters in any of his five full innings. He came one out shy of his fourth quality start in his last five outings while his seven strikeouts is two shy of his career high. He didn't issue a walk for the third time in his last four starts and has yet to allow a home run in 43 innings pitched.
Kaminsky (3-1) pitched the first 5 2/3 innings allowing one run on four hits with seven strikeouts to earn the win. Robert Stock tossed the next 2 1/3 perfect innings with two strikeouts. Brandon Lee pitched the ninth on one hit with two strikeouts to get the save.
Notes: The Chiefs got eight hits from eight different players…Only Justin Ringo didn't register a hit and his team-best 13-game on-base streak was snapped…The Chiefs have hit two home runs against the Kernels this season and both have been hit by Peoples-Walls…Lee earned his first career save…It's the Chiefs 21st save of the season…Chiefs pitchers did not issue a walk…The Chiefs are 21-13 at Dozer Park…The Chiefs are 14-24 when their opponent scores first…The Chiefs are 9-8 in two-run games…They are 19-29 when scoring four runs or less…The middle game of the series is Wednesday at 7:00 p.m….RHP Arturo Reyes (4-3, 3.27) gets the ball for the Chiefs while RHP Kohl Stewart (1-3, 2.44) starts for Cedar Rapids…It's a Dollar Dog Wins-Day presented by Eisenberg…Hot dogs, ice cream sandwiches and sodas are on sale for just $1…If the Chiefs don't win, all fans can exchange their ticket for a Monday-Wednesday game…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:40 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.