Peoria, IL - The Peoria Chiefs were out slugged in an 8-2 loss to the Cedar Rapids Kernels on Monday night at Dozer Park. The Kernels hit four home runs as part of a 16-hit night as the Chiefs dropped to 5-5 on the season and will face Cedar Rapids on Tuesday at 6:30 PM.
The Kernels got on the board in the first inning against John Kilichowski, when Jermaine Palacios singled from the lead off spot and moved to second base when Travis Blankenhorn was hit by a pitch. Palacios scored when Mitchell Kranson singled to left-center to make it 1-0, but Blankenhorn was thrown out at home plate to stop the damage from getting any worse.
Cedar Rapids added to their lead in the second inning when Ben Rortvedt reached on a single, and scored on a single by Brandon Lopez to make it 2-0. Vince Jackson helped Kilichowski get out of the inning, throwing out Brandon Lopez at the plate for his second outfield assist of the game.
In the bottom of the second the Chiefs got on the board with a home run off Kernels starter Chris Beeker by Ryan McCarvel, his fourth of the season to make it a 2-1 Kernels lead. Cedar Rapids answered back immediately in the bottom half, when Jaylin Davis hit a solo home run to make it 3-1.
Lewin Diaz led off with another home run in the fifth and Aaron Whitefield also homered for Cedar Rapids in the sixth, putting the Kernels up 5-1. In the eighth, Whitefield led off with a single and advanced to second on a walk before scoring on a RBI single by Davis to give Cedar Rapids a 6-1 lead.
Peoria narrowed the gap in the eighth when Shane Billings led off with a single to shallow right field. With two outs, Stefan Trosclair tripled to deep right field and scored Billings to make it 6-2.
In the ninth, Brandon Lopez struck a two-out single to left field and Whitefield launched a two-run home run, his second of the night, to put the game out of reach and give Cedar Rapids an 8-2 advantage.
Kilichowski (0-2) allowed five runs on 12 hits and a walk while striking out five. Spencer Trayner went two innings without allowing a run or a hit, with three strikeouts and a walk. Greg Tomchick allowed three runs on four hits and three walks with one strikeout.
Notes… Kilichowski allowed a career high 12 hits, his previous high was seven… The Chiefs have allowed 16 hits in consecutive games… Jackson's two outfield assists on Monday night tied his total for all of 2016… All four of McCarvel's home runs have been hit at Dozer Park… O'Keefe has a team-best four multi-hit games… The Chiefs have surrendered at least one home run in four straight games and at least three home runs in three straight contests…The Chiefs will play game two of three against the Kernels on Tuesday at 6:30 PM… The Chiefs will start RH Bryan Dobzanski (0-0, 1.50) and the Kernels will start RH Tyler Beardsley (1-0, 1.80)…Tuesday is a Chick-Fil-A Thanks for Your Service Tuesday where veterans and first responders get $3 tickets with valid ID…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:15 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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