Geneva, IL - The Peoria Chiefs scored four runs in the second and never gave up the lead in an 8-6 win over the Kane County Cougars Sunday night. The win moves the Chiefs to 38-31 in the second half with one game left.
The Chiefs got rolling in the second against Emilio Vargas. Evan Mendoza singled to right, Juan Yepez walked and Matt Fielder singled to load the bases with one out. Dylan Carlson gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead with a single and Mick Fennell walked to bring home Yepez. After an out JR Davis singled to center to score two more for a 4-0 Chiefs lead.
Kane County scored two in the bottom of the second off Anthony Shew. The first four batters reached on a double, walk and two singles as the Cougars cur the Chiefs lead to 4-2.
Peoria loaded the bases against Trevor Simms in the fourth and added on. Carlson was hit by a pitch to start the inning and he stole second before Fennell walked. An error loaded the bases and Carlson scored on a double play. Stefan Trosclair singled home Fennell to put the Chiefs on top 6-2 with his team-leading 56th RBI.
After Kane County scored in the fourth inning on a solo homer, the Chiefs got another run off Simms in the fifth. Yepez singled with one out and went to second on an errant pickoff throw by Simms. With two down, Carlson singled to center to give the Chiefs a 7-3 lead.
Kane County scored an unearned run in the fifth to again get within three before the Chiefs answered. Davis doubled off new reliever Cal Becker with one out and Evan Mendoza doubled him home for an 8-4 Chiefs lead. The Cougars scored two late runs to narrow the gap to 8-6.
Shew (5-0) earned the win as he allowed four runs, three earned, on six hits over five innings. He walked two and struck out four while allowing a home run. Leland Tilley allowed one run, his first earned run allowed with the Chiefs, on one hit over two innings as he struck out two. Max Almonte threw one shutout inning as he allowed two hits, walked one and struck out three. Yeison Medina earned his 11th save as he allowed one run on two hits over one inning while striking out two.
Notes… The Chiefs batted around in the second inning…Peoria leads the MWL in batting average with the bases loaded this season at .327 (36-for-110), 17 points ahead of the next best team…Evan Mendoza started at shortstop for the first time as a pro as Kramer Robertson got the day off…Peoria pitchers set a new franchise record with 117 home runs allowed as the Cougars hit two on Sunday…The Chiefs clinched the season series 9-7 with one games left…The Chiefs won 11 games on Sunday this season, only Thursday (12) saw more wins…The teams play the final regular season game on Monday at 1:00 p.m. with both starters yet to be announced…Both teams are expected to throw a number of pitchers 1-2 innings each as they prepare for the playoffs…The broadcast can be heard starting with the pregame show at 12:45 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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