Clinton, IA - The Peoria Chiefs rallied to tie the game in the sixth inning but ultimately lost 3-2 to the Clinton LumberKings on a walk-off fielders' choice in the bottom of the 10th inning. The loss drops the Chiefs to 24-19 in the second half, a half game out of the wild card spot as the series evens at one win each.
The Chiefs jumped out to a lead for the fourth time on the roadtrip as they got to Clinton starter LJay Newsome in the third inning. Mick Fennell crushed his first professional home run with one out in the frame to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead as the ball landed in the Lumber Lounge in right field.
Clinton came right back against Chiefs starter Frederis Parra in the bottom of the inning. Johnny Slater, the nine hitter, led off with a single and with one out Joe Rizzo tied the game with a base hit. Clinton still had two on when Yojhan Quevedo hit a grounder to shortstop. Kramer Robertson's throw to second on the force out bounced past JR Davis allowing Bryson Brigman to score for a 2-1 Clinton lead.
The Chiefs were still down 2-1 when Robertson led off the sixth inning with a double to right against Newsome. He moved to third base on a deep fly out by Dylan Carlson. Brian O'Keefe delivered a sacrifice fly to the wall in center field to easily score Robertson and tie the game 2-2.
Both teams had numerous chances to take the lead in the ensuing innings but left runners in scoring position and hit into double plays. Clinton got a one-out triple from Gareth Morgan to lead off the 10th against Colton Thomson. The Chiefs brought Carlson in from right field for a fifth infielder and brought the infield in against Nick Thurman. Robertson made a diving play up the middle at shortstop on Thurman's grounder but his throw home was not in time to get Morgan as Clinton won 3-2.
Parra allowed two runs, one earned, on eight hits over six innings as he struck out four and walked one in a no-decision. Dewin Perez walked three and allowed one hit on one shutout innings. Yeison Medina pitched out of a jam in the eighth and struck out two while walking two over two shutout innings. Thomson (1-1) took the loss as he allowed a run on one hit over 1/3 of an inning.
Notes…Fennell hit his first professional home run in his 241st at-bat over two seasons…He moved into ninth on the Chiefs career list for at-bats (796) and plate appearances (908)…O'Keefe has a RBI in five straight games and is tied for sixth on the Chiefs career list with nine sacrifice flies…He now has sole possession of most career double plays hit into with 30, breaking a tie with Chris Duncan from 2000-02…Robertson has four straight multi-hit games and four straight games with a double…He has six doubles in four games…The Chiefs are 14-14 in day games…Peoria pitchers have hit 86 batters, tied with the 2012 team for the second most in a season in team history…The Chiefs are 0-5 in extra inning road games this season and 3-8 overall in extras…The series continues Monday at 6:30 p.m. as the Chiefs start LH Austin Warner (1-2, 4.70) against Clinton RH Steve Ridings (0-1, 6.35)…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pregame show at 6:15 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.
This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.