Peoria, IL - Frederis Parra hurled seven shutout innings with seven strikeouts to help the Peoria Chiefs defeat the Kane County Cougars 4-0 Saturday night. The win improves the Chiefs to 32-30 in the second half and their Wild Card lead extends to three games over Clinton, who lost to Wisconsin, with eight games to play.
The Chiefs pulled ahead in the first inning against Kane County starter Emilio Vargas. Dylan Carlson led off with a walk and Kramer Robertson singled to left, giving the Chiefs runners at first and second. With one out Danny Hudzina singled to third to plate Carlson, and Robertson advanced to third when the throw to first was dropped.
Peoria extended their lead against Vargas and the Cougars in the second. Evan Mendoza led off with single to center and scored when Matt Fiedler tripled to the right-center gap, sliding in feet-first ahead of the tag to give Peoria a 2-0 advantage. The triple was Fiedler's second of the season and the Chiefs 31st as a team.
The Chiefs continued the scoring in the third with Vargas still on the mound for Kane County. With one out, Stefan Trosclair blasted a solo home run deep over the left field wall to extend the Chiefs lead to 3-0. The homer traveled 379 feet and was Trosclair's 13th of the season which is the second most on the active roster.
Peoria tacked on another run in the fifth against Vargas. Robertson led off with a double that took a high hop over Eudy Ramos at third base and went into left field. Trosclair drove Robertson in with a double to left and improved the Peoria lead to 4-0.
Parra (4-6) threw seven scoreless innings in a win, allowing four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Leland Tilley threw two scoreless innings, allowing one hit while hitting a batter and striking out five.
Notes… The Chiefs magic number is five…Hudzina has a nine-game hit streak which ties him for the fourth longest this season with five others… He also collected his ninth two-hit game and 12th multi-hit effort of the season… Fiedler extended his hitting streak to six games… Trosclair's homer snapped a four-game hitless stretch and the bookend hits were each Saturday home runs at Dozer Park… He had his 26th two-hit game and 29th multi-hit game which is the most for any active Chiefs hitter… Trosclair also had his 12th multi-RBI game this year, seven of which are two-RBI games… Robertson has 10 two-hit games and 15 multi-hit games this season… Dennis Ortega played in his first game with the Chiefs after being added to the roster on Friday… Parra earned his fourth quality start of the season, and the 52nd overall for the Chiefs… The Chiefs are 42-25 when scoring first… Peoria is 30-54 when scoring four runs or less, but are 54-25 when allowing four or less… The final home stand of the season continues Sunday at 2:00 pm as the Chiefs host Kane County…The Chiefs will start LH Austin Warner (2-3, 2.93) against Cougars RH Connor Grey (2-1, 2.18)… The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a team photo player poster presented by PJStar.com and CityLink… Sid the Science Kid from PBS will make an appearance… It's PNC Kids Sunday at Dozer Park of the season and kids 12 and under receive $5 tickets and Free hot dog, drink and chips with a paid kids ticket… Kids 12 and under can also get pre-game player autographs… It's also a senior Sunday with seniors 55 and over can get $5 tickets when buying them in-person at the Dozer Park box office… The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pregame show at 1:45 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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