Peoria, IL - In his first game at Dozer Park, Kramer Robertson recorded four hits, including his first two career home runs and drove in three to lift the Peoria Chiefs past the Lake County Captains 10-3 on Wednesday night in game one of the series. With the win, the Chiefs improve to 12-8 in the second half and 42-47 overall as they host the Captains for game two of the three-game series on Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. first pitch.
The Chiefs broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the third inning to take a lead against Lake County starter Luis Jimenez. Robertson homered to left-center field for his first professional home run to give Peoria a 1-0 advantage.
The Captains scored three runs in the sixth against Ian Oxnevad to take their first lead of the game at 3-1. Logan Ice led off with a single and scored a batter later when Mitch Longo doubled to right-center field to even the score 1-1. Longo advanced the third on a Conner Capel groundout, and Junior Soto went deep to left field to give Lake County the 3-1 advantage.
Peoria wasted no time tying the game in the bottom of the sixth off Jimenez and reliever Luke Eubank. Stefan Trosclair was hit by a pitch to start the inning, and Vince Jackson singled for his second hit of the night. Ryan McCarvel loaded the bases with a walk, which ended the night for Jimenez, and Eubank replaced him. Trosclair scored on a fielding error by shortstop Luke Wakamatsu to cut the lead in half 3-2. Juan Yepez reached on an infield single and plated Jackson to even the score at 3-3. The bases were still loaded with no outs, but Mick Fennell flew out and J.R. Davis grounded into a double play to end the inning.
The Chiefs added three runs an inning later off reliever Justin Garza to regain the lead. Nick Plummer singled to lead off, and Robertson hit his second home run of the night to give Peoria a 5-3 advantage. The Chiefs took a three-run lead when McCarvel homered to left field for his 10th home run of the season, which extended the Peoria lead to 6-3 lead.
Peoria added four insurance runs on three bases loaded walks in the eighth against Garza and Ryan Colegate to take a seven-run lead. Fennell and Plummer both drew walks to put an end to the night of Garza and Colegate entered out of the bullpen. Robertson reached on an infield single for his fourth hit of the night, and Trosclair drew a bases loaded walk to give Peoria a 7-3 lead. A batter later, Jackson became the fourth walked batter of the inning by Lake County pitching to give the Chiefs an 8-3 lead. McCarvel picked up a third consecutive bases loaded walk to score Robertson and extend the Chiefs lead to 9-3. Brian O'Keefe singled on a slow roller down the third base line that stayed just fair on the infield grass to bring home Trosclair and boost the Peoria lead to 10-3.
Oxnevad took a no decision allowing three runs on nine hits over six innings while striking out one. Ronnie Williams (3-4) picked up the win giving up one hit in 1 2/3 scoreless innings with three strikeouts and a walk. Dewin Perez earned the save throwing a hitless 1 1/3 innings striking out two and walking one.
Notes… Robertson homered for the first time in his professional career in the third inning and added a second home run in the seventh… It was the fourth multi-homer game for a Chiefs player this year, the first since O'Keefe did it on July 2… Tonight was his Dozer Park debut after his first four games came on the road… Robertson extended his hit streak to four games after going hitless in his professional debut… It was his second multi-hit performance in the last four games… It was Robertson's first and the Chiefs fifth four-hit game this season… The last time was Danny Hudzina on June 22 at Burlington… The Chiefs 26 2/3 scoreless innings streak at home dating back to July 4 was snapped when the Captains scored three runs in sixth inning… The Chiefs have not lost to the Captains at home since July 14, 2011 (six straight wins and a tie)… McCarvel hit his 10th homer of the year… Jackson recorded his 12th multi-hit game of the season… Tonight was the 13th straight outing that Oxnevad has gone at least five innings… The Chiefs will play game two of a three-game series against Lake County Thursday… Peoria will send LH Evan Kruczynski (0-1, 6.00 ERA) to the mound against the Captains LH Tanny Tully (4-5, 3.07 ERA)… Tomorrow will be a Baumgarten Distributing Beer & Brat Thursday featuring $2 12 oz. domestic cans and soda plus $3 16 oz. Craft drafts and margaritas, $3 brats, and all tickets are $5… Thursday is also a Taco Bell Live Mas Thursday where you can show a Taco Bell receipt showing a purchase from within the last 7 days to receive a buy one get one FREE ticket (Limit 4 free tickets per transaction)… 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 Networkin the Tune-In Radio App.
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