Peoria, IL - The Peoria Chiefs Tommy Edman delivered a walk off single for a 3-2 win in game two of a double header split with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Tuesday evening at Dozer Park. Peoria lost game one by a final of 2-0, and end the day 3-2 overall and will wrap up the series with Quad Cities at home on Wednesday at 11:00 AM.
Daz Cameron started the first inning of game one with a double to right field that blooped in against Chiefs starter Jon Kilichowski. Alexander De Goti flew out to deep center field and Cameron advanced to third base. Cameron came home to score when Ronnie Dawson hit a sacrifice fly to right fielder Dylan Carlson, making it a 1-0 Quad Cities lead.
In the fourth, Jake Rogers singled to left field and advanced to second base on an error by Nick Plummer. One hitter later, Anibal Sierra doubled to left scoring Rogers for a 2-0 River Bandits lead.
The Chiefs lone chance to get back into the game came in the seventh inning against River Bandits reliever Derick Velazquez, when Andrew Knizner struck a single to right field with one out. Brian O'Keefe followed with a walk to put the tying run at first base. After Andrew Young struck out, Plummer was hit by a pitch with two strikes to load the bases. Velazquez struck out Danny Hudzina swinging to end the game.
Kilichowski (0-1) went four innings in his first start of the year, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits with three walks and four strikeouts in the loss. Ramon Santos pitched two innings of shutout baseball while allowing one hit with two walks and one strikeout. Brady Bowen appeared in his second game of the season and threw one inning without allowing a base runner.
Neither team was able to score during the first four innings of game two but Ryan McCarvel powered through in the fifth with his second home run of the year, a solo shot that gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Jackson followed McCarvel with a walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch with Plummer at the plate. After Plummer flew out to left field, Tommy Edman came to the plate and struck a single to center field scoring Jackson for a 2-0 lead.
Dawson led off the top of the sixth inning against Chiefs starter Bryan Dobzanski with a single to second base and he stole second. Two batters later, Dawson crossed home plate when Carmen Benedetti doubled to left and cut the Chiefs lead to 2-1. Quad Cities tied the game during the next at-bat as Benedetti advanced to third base on a passed ball and scored on a Cameron sacrifice fly.
In the bottom of the seventh, Plummer hit a two-out double to get into scoring position. Edman again came through in the next at-bat, singling to shallow left field to bring home Plummer in walk-off fashion to win the game, 3-2.
Dobzanski went six innings while allowing two runs, one earned, on three hits with a strikeout in the no decision. Estarlin Arias (1-0) earned his first win of the year, pitching an inning of no-hit baseball while allowing a walk with one strikeout.
Notes… Including tonight in the second inning of game two, the Chiefs have had batters interference called against them twice this season… The Chiefs were 2-for-7 with runner in scoring position…The Chiefs are 0-for-3 with the bases loaded in the first five games… Both of McCarvel's home runs this season were go-ahead homers… The Chiefs had an 11-9 record in doubleheaders in 2016 …The Chiefs will close the three game series with the Quad Cities River Bandits on Wednesday with a 11:00 a.m. first pitch… The Chiefs will start RH Jordan Hicks (1-0, 0.00) and the River Bandits will start RH Ryan Hartman (0-0, 0.00)… Wednesday is KidsActOnEnergy.com Education Day and Bang for Your Buck Wednesday… Hot Dogs, Soda, and Nachos will all be one dollar each…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 10:45 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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