Peoria, IL - Tommy Edman tied a Peoria Chiefs franchise record with two triples in a 15-3 victory over the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Wednesday afternoon at Dozer Park. The Chiefs snapped a four-game losing streak and are 6-6 overall as they head into a four game road series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Thursday at 6:35 PM.
Peoria jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning. Edman led off against Kernels starter Eduardo Del Rosario with a double to center field. Stefan Trosclair walked with one out, and Andrew Knizner connected on a single through the middle to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Brian O'Keefe drove home Trosclair on a single to center, and Matt Davis knocked in Knizner on a single to spot Jordan Hicks a 3-0 lead.
Cedar Rapids responded in the top of the second inning. Mitchell Kranson singled to center field and moved to second on a wild pitch. Ariel Montesino singled with one out and Aaron Whitefield followed with a double that scored Kranson to make it 3-1. Christian Cavaness followed with an infield single that scored Montesino, and Jermaine Palacios drove in Whitefield with a single to tie the game, 3-3.
Shane Billings led off the second with a bunt-single for the Chiefs and scored when Edman tripled off the wall in right field to give Peoria a 4-3 advantage. J.R. Davis singled to score Edman and made it a 5-3 game.
Dylan Carlson led off the third and was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second on an error by Palacios that put Billings on first base. Both runners advanced on a balk by Hector Lujan, and Carlson made it 6-3 when he scored on a wild pitch.
Peoria added to their lead in the fourth inning. O'Keefe reached on a fielder's choice and Matt Davis singled with two outs. Carlson legged out an inside the park home run that scored both O'Keefe and Matt Davis to extend the Chiefs lead to 9-3.
More run support came in the fifth inning when Edman led off with a single. J.R. Davis singled and Trosclair powered a ball over the left field fence for a three-run home run that gave Peoria a 12-3 lead. Andrew Knizner doubled in the next at-bat, and scored when Young singled and made it 13-3.
The Chiefs padded their lead in the seventh when Matt Davis worked a lead off walk. Edman ripped his second triple of the game that scored Matt Davis and made it 14-3. With two outs a wild pitch scored Edman for the final score of 15-3.
Hicks (2-0) struck out a career-high eight hitters over seven innings while he allowed three runs on seven hits. Eric Carter threw one perfect inning with a strikeout. Estarlin Arias struck out two in one inning of work.
Notes… Edman became the seventh Chiefs hitter to record two triples in a game and the first since Alex Mejia on May 12, 2013… The last inside the park home run was by Magneuris Sierra at Wisconsin on August 22, 2016… All nine hitters had at least one hit and eight had multi-hit games… In the first inning the Chiefs took the lead for the first time since the bottom of the seventh inning on Friday, a drought of 30 innings… Peoria's four runs in the fifth inning is a season high for runs in an inning… Hicks' scoreless inning streak ended in the second inning at 14 straight innings… Hicks' eight strikeouts are a career high and his seven innings ties a career high… Edman's four hits are a career high… The last time the Chiefs scored more than 15 runs was June 27, 2011 when they scored 16… The last time Peoria had 20 hits in a nine inning game was on May 20, 2014, the 21 hits is the most in a nine innings game since the the Chiefs had 24 on August 30, 2009 at Cedar Rapids… The Chiefs will start a four game road series with the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers on Thursday at 6:35 PM… The Chiefs will start RH Ronnie Williams (1-0, 4.70) and the Timber Rattlers will start RH Thomas Jankins (0-0, 0.82)… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:20 PM 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.
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