Grand Chute, WI - The Peoria Chiefs hit three home runs and collected 15 hits but fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 11-8 in the rain on Thursday night. The loss drops the Chiefs to 6-7 on the season with three games left in the series
The Rattlers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first against Chiefs starter Ronnie Williams. Tucker Neuhaus drew a two-out walk and Monte Harrison hit a towering two-run homer down the left-field line, his third of the season.
Peoria got on the board in the second against Rattlers starter Thomas Jankins. Ryan McCarvel singled to center with one out and scored on a double to left-center by Danny Hudzina. Hudzina advanced to third on a groundout but was stranded when Jankins struck out Matt Davis.
Wisconsin added to their lead in the second. Williams hit Trever Morrison in the leg to start the inning and Gilbert Lara singled to center. After a wild pitch moved Lara to second, Nathan Rodriguez singled home Morrison for a 3-1 Rattlers lead. Rodriguez scored on a fielders' choice grounder off the bat of Ryan Aguilar before Williams got out of the inning with a groundout.
Peoria chipped away in the third. Tommy Edman tripled for the third time in two games and scored on a single to center by Andrew Young. Young moved to second on an errant pick off throw but was left in scoring position with the Chiefs down 4-2.
The Chiefs tied the game in the fifth inning. Edman doubled to right-center for his fifth extra-base hit in his last nine at-bats. With two down, Andrew Knizner homered into the Chiefs bullpen in left-center, his first of the season.
Williams hit Mario Feliciano to start the fifth and after he walked Neuhaus the Chiefs went to the bullpen. Ramon Santos took over and retired the first two batters on a strikeout and fielders' choice. Ronnie Gideon got caught in a run down and Feliciano scored before he was tagged out and Wisconsin led 5-4.
The Chiefs again responded as Hudzina homered over the batters eye in center to lead off the sixth against reliever Aaron Myers. Wisconsin regained the lead in the bottom of the inning when Rodriguez doubled home Morrison who had drawn a lead off walk. Demi Orimoloye crushed a two-run homer to left, his fourth of the season for an 8-5 lead.
Knizner doubled with two outs in the seventh and scored on a single by Brian O'Keefe to cut the Wisconsin lead to 8-6. But Harrison homered in the bottom of the inning off Greg Tomchick and the Rattlers made it 10-6 when Lara singled home Gideon.
The Chiefs kept swinging away and again cut the lead to two in the eighth. Matt Davis doubled down the left-field line and Dylan Carlson homered down the right-field line to cut the lead to 10-8. The homer was Carlson's second in as many days and third of the season.
Wisconsin scored the final run of the night in the bottom of the inning as Orimoloye doubled and scored on a single by Feliciano. Young singled for the Chiefs to start the ninth but Neuhaus made a diving play to rob Knizner of a single and turned a double play. Closer Lance Barker got O'Keefe to ground out to shortstop to end the game.
Williams worked into the fifth and allowed five runs on five hits over four innings in a no-decision. He walked three, hit two, struck out two and allowed a home run. Santos (0-1) took the loss allowing three runs on two hits over two innings while walking one and striking out three. Tomchick allowed three runs on five hits over two innings while giving up a home run.
Notes… The Chiefs have 23 runs scored and 36 hits over the last two games…The eight extra-base hits are a season high…Edman is 7-for-11 with 15 total bases and six runs scored in the last two games…He leads the Midwest League with four triples and leads the Chiefs with five doubles…Carlson has homered in consecutive games…Eight Chiefs had at least one hit and the first six batters in the lineup all had at least two hits…O'Keefe threw out two Rattlers attempting to steal…The Chiefs were 4-for-9 with runners in scoring position…Reliever Mike O'Reilly joined the Chiefs in Appleton from Extended Spring Training as reliever Dailyn Martinez was promoted to Palm Beach on Thursday…Harrison's homer in the first inning was his first in 23 career games over three seasons against the Chiefs and he entered Thursday's game with 10 hits and 34 strikeouts against Peoria pitching over 73 at-bats…The series continues Friday at 6:35 p.m. as the Chiefs start LH Ian Oxnevad (0-1, 5.19) against Rattlers LH Cameron Roegner (0-0, 14.54)…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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