Beloit, WI - The Peoria Chiefs allowed three home runs as a pair of two-run leads slipped away in a 5-4 loss to the Beloit Snappers Friday night. The loss ends a three-game losing streak as the Chiefs fall to 5-3 on the season with the rubber game of the series set for Saturday afternoon.
For the second night in a row the Chiefs put two on the board in the first innings against the Snappers. Tommy Edman doubled to right field off fill-in starter Boomer Biegalski and Andy Young launched a long home run just inside the left-field fair pole for a 2-0 lead.
Beloit got a home run of their own in the second inning off Chiefs starter Ian Oxnevad. Luis Barrera drew a one-out walk and moved to second on a wild pitch with two down. Collin Theroux's first hit of the season was a game-tying home run to left-center, his first professional homer.
The Chiefs responded immediately in the top of the third. Young singled to center with one out and scored all the way from first on a single and an error. Stefan Trosclair beat out an infield single to shortstop and the when Edwin Diaz's throw went into right field, Young circled the bases while Trosclair was thrown out at second base.
Peoria added on in the fifth inning against reliever Nick Highberger. Edman doubled to left-center with one out and scored on a single to right by Trosclair for a 4-2 Chiefs lead.
Beloit tied the game again in the bottom of the seventh against reliever Ramon Santos. Luis Barrera singled to center and made it to third as the ball skipped past Shane Billings to the wall. With one out in the inning Theroux hit his second two-run homer of the night to tie the game.
Brady Bowen took over in the eighth for the Chiefs and retired the first two batters. Miguel Mercedes gave Beloit the lead with a towering home run to left for a 5-4 advantage and their third homer of the night. The Chiefs got the tying run on second with one out in the bottom of the ninth but a strikeout and pop up ended the game.
Oxnevad took a no-decision as he allowed two runs on three hits and three walks over 4 1/3 innings while striking out five. Santos allowed two runs on two hits over 2 2/3 innings while striking out one. Bowen (0-1) took the loss allowing one run on one hit over one inning while striking out one.
Notes… The game started at 8:01 p.m. after the teams waited out potential bad weather…It started raining in the top of the sixth inning…McCarvel's five-game hit streak ended…Edman had two doubles and scored twice…Peoria has scored in the first inning in all three road games…The Chiefs are 2-1 in one run games and this was their first loss of the season when scoring more than one run…Nick Plummer was placed on the DL with an oblique strain pregame…Matt Davis and Shane Billings joined the team and immediately entered the lineup…Oxnevad has gone 4 1/3 innings in both starts and allowed a home run in both starts…The Chiefs are 3-0 when wearing their red batting practice jerseys in a game…The series concludes Saturday at 4:00 p.m. as the Chiefs send RH Steve Farinaro (0-0, 0.00) to the mound in his 2017 debut against Beloit RH Brendan Butler (0-1, 3.38)…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 3:45 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.
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