Cedar Rapids, IA - The Peoria Chiefs gave up three home runs to Jaylin Davis and left two runners on base when the game ended in a 7-6 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Tuesday night. The loss drops the Chiefs to 13-23 on the season with one game left in the series.
Cedar Rapids took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning against Ian Oxnevad when Jaylin Davis homered to center field with one out. Davis homered again in the fourth inning off the batters eye to give the Kernels a 3-0 lead.
The Chiefs tied the game with back-to-back two-out hits off Tyler Beardsley in the fifth inning. Dylan Carlson doubled with one out and after a strikeout, Nick Plummer drew a walk. Tommy Edman's single scored Carlson and Andy Young tied the game with a triple to left field before Beardsley got out of the inning.
In the seventh inning, Andrew Vazquez took over on the mound for the Kernels. He walked Carlson and Bryce Denton to start the inning before Plummer struck out trying to sacrifice. Edman walked to load the bases and Young put the Chiefs on top 4-3 with a single over the head of a shifted second baseman. Stefan Trosclair popped out to shallow left and Andrew Knizner lined out to end the inning with the bases left loaded.
The lead didn't last long as Davis launched his third homer of the game over the right-center field wall on the first pitch of the bottom of the seventh. Oxnevad retired the next three to end the seventh with the game tied 4-4.
Oxnevad started the eighth inning and Aaron Whitefield drew a walk to put the go-ahead run on base. Christian Cavaness hit a line drive to center and ended up with a RBI triple as the ball bounced past a diving Plummer and rolled to the wall. Austin Sexton took over for Oxnevad and hit Jermaine Palacios before Lewan Diaz doubled the Kernels to a 7-4 lead. With one out and Diaz on third, Davis had a chance at a four-homer game but grounded out to shortstop.
The Chiefs rallied in the ninth against Hector Lujan. Plummer singled to left and Edman singled before Young walked to load the bases. Trosclair singled home Plummer to cut the Kernels lead to 7-5 and Knizner reached on a RBI fielders' choice to cut the lead to one as Edman scored. Lujan struck out Brian O'Keefe and Jose Martinez to end the game with runners left at first and third.
Oxnevad (0-3) took the loss allowing six runs on seven hits over seven innings plus two batters in the eighth. He walked two and struck out seven, which ties a season high. Sexton allowed one run on one hit with one hit batter and one strikeout in his lone inning.
Notes… Knizner doubled twice and has a 13-game hit streak…The last time the Chiefs allowed three homers to one batter was July 22, 2010 at Fort Wayne when Jonathan Galvez hit three homers and drove in five…Peoria has allowed a MWL leading 41 home runs on the season…Jaylin Davis has four career homers off Oxnevad with one last season in the Appalachian League…He is 15-for-29 (.517) in eight games against the Chiefs this season and just 15-for-96 (.156) in 26 games against the rest of the league…The Chiefs are 3-6 against the Kernels on the season…Peoria had just two hits with the bases loaded in 18 at-bats before Tuesday and picked up two bases loaded hits in the game…The Chiefs are 0-9 when opponents hit more than one homer in a game this season…The Chiefs are 3-6 in one-run games…Oxnevad had gone a career-high seven innings in both starts against the Kernels this season…The teams play the final game of the series Wednesday at 12:05 p.m. with the Chiefs starting RH Steve Farinaro (1-2, 5.46) against Kernels RH Sean Poppe (1-1, 2.29)… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 11:50 a.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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