Burlington, IA - The Peoria Chiefs allowed four unearned runs in the second inning and never recovered in a 9-2 loss to the Burlington Bees Saturday night. The loss, their seventh in a row, drops the Chiefs to 3-13 in the second half and 33-52 overall.
Burlington got a run with a two-out rally in the first inning against lefty Colin Schmid. Nonie Williams singled and moved to third on a single by Spencer Griffin. A passed ball scored Williams while a balk moved Griffin to third before Schmid got out of the inning.
An error by Edwin Figuera at third base in the third inning led to four unearned runs scoring for Burlington. Kevin Maitan led off with a double and was still at second when Williams hit a grounder to third with one out. Figuera threw past first base to put runners on the corners and Griffin singled home Maitan for a 2-0 lead. Schmid picked Griffin off first base before a single and two doubles gave Burlington a 5-0 lead.
The Chiefs got on the board in the sixth against starter Hector Yan and reliever Eduardo Del Rosario. Edwin Figuera singled to center and Delvin Perez singled as well. Figuera moved to third with Perez out at second on a fielder choice off the bat of Brady Whalen with one out. Brendan Donovan walked to load the bases and Burlington changed pitchers. Bryce Denton was hit by a pitch to bring home Figuera and keep the bases full. Brandon Riley worked a full count and drew a run-scoring walk for his 20th RBI of the season as the Chiefs cut the Burlington lead to 5-2 before the inning ended.
Burlington responded in the bottom of the inning against reliever Sebastian Tabata. Tim Millard led off with a walk and two singles loaded the bases. After two nice defensive plays by Perez, the Bees drew two more walks and led 7-2 when Eli Kraus replaced Tabata. Francisco Del Valle worked a full count before delivering a two-run single to center for a 9-2 lead
Schmid (3-4) took the loss as he allowed five runs, one earned, on 10 hits over five innings while walking one and striking two. Tabata allowed four runs on two hits and three walks in 2/3 of an inning. Kraus allowed two hits over a 1 1/3 shutout innings as he walked one and struck out two. Evan Sisk walked one and struck out two in a hitless and shutout inning.
Game two of the series is set for Sunday at 2:00 p.m. as RH Michael Brettell faces Bees RH Dylan King. The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 1:45 p.m. on the Peoria Chiefs Tune-In Page, which is free and also has a free app for smartphones and tablets
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