Peoria, IL - Stefan Trosclair led the Peoria Chiefs with three-hits in a 4-1 win on Thursday evening against the Lake County Captains. The Chiefs improve to 13-8 in the second half and 43-47 overall as they go for the sweep on Friday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.
Peoria got on the board in the first inning against Captains starter Tanner Tully. Kramer Robertson led off with his fifth hit of the series, an infield single. Stefan Trosclair doubled to deep center field to plate Robertson and give the Chiefs a 1-0 advantage.
Lake County tied the game against Chiefs starter Evan Kruczynski in the second inning. With one out, Conner Capel drove a solo home run over the fence in right-center to even the score at 1-1. Alexis Pantoja singled with two outs and advanced to second on a passed ball, but Kruczynski struck out Miguel Eladio to end the inning and keep the tie intact.
The Chiefs powered their way back to a one-run lead against Tully in the second. J.R. Davis slugged a one-out home run to left field to put the Chiefs back in front 2-1. Davis has four homers this season with two coming at Dozer Park.
In the third, a leadoff long-ball by Trosclair to left field off Tully extended the Peoria advantage, 3-1. The blast was his second of the week, his first was an inside-the-parker on Monday in Cedar Rapids.
Peoria put together a two-out rally in the eighth against Captains reliever Ben Krauth. With two away, Matt Fiedler singled to center field and moved into scoring position with a stolen base. Davis delivered in the next at-bat, singling to drive in Fiedler and extend the Chiefs lead to 4-1.
Kruczynski (1-2) tossed six innings while allowing one run on five hits with a walk and six strikeouts in his first professional win. Bryan Dobzanski went 1 2/3 innings in relief, earning his third hold while allowing two hits while striking out three. Eric Carter recorded his eighth save of the season, throwing 1 1/3 shutout innings without allowing a hit and two strikeouts.
Notes… Dylan Carlson is second in the Midwest League with 12 outfield assists… All four of Davis' home runs have been solo shots… The homer was Davis' first against a left-handed pitcher this season, and the second of his career… Trosclair had his first three-hit game of the season and leads active Chiefs with 22 multi-hit games… Kramer Robertson has a five-game hit streak… Kruczynski earned his first professional win while setting career-highs in both innings pitched and strikeouts… He recorded his first quality start of his professional career, and the Chiefs pitching staff has 34 this season… Peoria has won five-straight games at home… The Chiefs have not lost to the Captains at home since July 14, 2011 (seven straight wins and a tie)… Peoria has scored first in 10 straight games dating back to July 3… The Chiefs scored in six-straight innings going back to the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 10-3 win against the Captains… Peoria is 36-18 when allowing four runs or less… The Chiefs will play the final game of the series against Lake County Friday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch… Peoria will send RH Frederis Parra (1-2, 3.06) to the mound against Captains LH Brady Aiken (1-10, 4.39) to the mound… There will be a 3-in-1 fireworks show Rockin' Blast all presented by CAT on Friday… It's also CAT night at the ballpark… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pregame show at 6:45 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 Radio Network in the Tune-In Radio App
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