PEORIA, IL - It was a wet Sunday afternoon in Peoria and the Peoria Chiefs defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 10-3. Jeff Antigua dampened the Rattlers offense with seven scoreless innings. Dustin Geiger swamped the Rattlers with three hits and three RBI to pace a 13-hit attack.
Peoria (61-70 overall, 26-36 second half) started the bottom of the first inning with four consecutive singles. Geiger and Jorge Soler had singles that knocked in runs to put the Chiefs up 2-0.
Geiger struck again in the third inning. Pin Chieh Chen, who scored four runs in the game, doubled to start the inning. Geiger followed with an RBI single and the Chiefs were up 3-0.
Jacob Rogers made it 4-0 with a mammoth homer off the scoreboard in right-center field in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Chiefs added a run with assistance from the Rattlers in the seventh. Chen reached on an error. Geiger walked to put two runners on base. An error on a grounder to short by Soler allowed Chen to score for a 5-0 lead.
Antigua handcuffed the Rattlers for seven innings. The lefty allowed three hits, did not walk a batter, and struck out seven.
Peoria sent ten men to the plate in the bottom of the eighth inning and scored five runs to take a 10-0 lead.
Wisconsin (74-57, 30-32) went to bat in a steadily worsening downpour in the top of the ninth inning and loaded the bases with one out on a single, an error, and a hit batsman. Ben McMahan drew a bases loaded walk to force in a run. Nick Ramirez grounded into a force play at second that let the second run score. Mike Garza followed with an RBI single to right-center. But, that was as close as the Rattlers would get to the Chiefs.
The loss was the third straight for Wisconsin.
Game three of the series is Monday night. Chad Pierce (7-4, 3.34) is the scheduled starting pitcher for the Timber Rattlers. Starling Peralta (4-8, 3.38) is the scheduled starter for the Chiefs. Game time is 6:30pm. Tune in for the broadcast on AM1280, WNAM or timberrattlers.com starting with the Miller Lite Pregame Show at 6:10pm.
Jacob Rogers (1st, 0 on in 6th inning off Mark Williams, 1 out)
WP: Jeff Antigua (2-2)
LP: Mark Williams (7-10)
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