Peoria, IL - The Peoria Chiefs walked off in eight innings to take game one over the Burlington Bees and powered their way to a 7-2 win in game two for a double header sweep Tuesday night. The Chiefs improve to 27-24 overall with game three of the series on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.
In game one, the Bees got on the board first in the top of the fourth inning against Chiefs starter Alex Fagalde. Spencer Griffin sent a one-out double to right center and Julio Garcia drew a walk to put two runners on. Griffin and Garcia moved up to second on a throwing error by catcher Dennis Ortega as Jimmy Barnes drove in Griffin on a sacrifice fly to center for a 1-0 lead.
Peoria tied the game in the bottom of the sixth on reliever Eduardo Del Rosario. Scott Hurst led off with a double off the left field wall and Irving Lopez singled to put runners at the corners. With two outs, Yariel Gonzalez hit into a force out at second base as Hurst scored to tie the game 1-1.
In extra innings, the Bees came up empty in the top half of the eighth; JR Davis pinch ran as the automatic runner at second. Scott Hurst dragged a single to right center to score Davis just ahead of the tag at home for a 2-1 walk off win.
Fagalde pitched six innings without allowing an earned run on four hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. Thomas St. Clair (2-2) earned the win throwing two scoreless innings allowing one hit with no walks and two strikeouts.
The Hurst and Davis combo helped the Chiefs jump out to an early lead in game two of the double header against Bees starter Max Herrmann. Hurst led off the bottom of the first with a walk and Davis doubled down the right field line to put two runners in scoring position. Zach Kirtley drove in Hurst on a groundout to put the Chiefs on the board first 1-0.
Peoria added to the margin in the bottom of the second. Julio Rodriguez and Matt Fiedler singled followed by a Nick Plummer walk to load the bases. Jose Martinez hit into a double play as Rodriguez scored for a 2-0 lead. Hurst doubled to left as Fiedler crossed home plate for a 3-0 advantage.
Burlington answered in the top of the third on Chiefs starter Paul Balestrieri. Connor Fitzsimons hit a solo homer over the left field wall to get the Bees on the board, trailing 3-1. With one out, Torii Hunter tripled and Franklin Torres brought Hunter around on a groundout as the Chiefs lead was trimmed to 3-2.
The Chiefs got the runs back in the bottom of the third inning. Elehuris Montero singled and Gonzalez singled him to third to put runners at the corners with nobody out. Rodriguez doubled to right field scoring Montero and Gonzalez as the lead widened to 5-2. Still with no outs, Fiedler singled to left where the left fielder Barnes committed a fielding error allowing Rodriguez to touch home for a 6-2 advantage.
An insurance run came in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Kida De La Cruz. Montero singled with two outs and Gonzalez drove him in on a double to right field as the Chiefs lead increased to 7-2.
Balestrieri pitched 4 2/3 innings allowing two runs on six hits with two hits and six strikeouts. Andrew Summerville (1-0) threw 2 1/3 scoreless innings on no hits with two walks and four strikeouts.
Notes…The Chiefs are 5-1 in double headers, 4-0 at home…Peoria is 5-2 in extra innings…The Chiefs now have five walk off wins this season, three in double header games and three in extras…Fagalde struck out a career high nine batters in a career high six innings…Hurst recorded his 10th multi-hit game…Montero recorded his 17th multi-hit game…Rodriguez recorded his ninth multi-hit game…Gonzalez has a seven-game hit streak… The Chiefs are 5-3 on Tuesday….Balestrieri struck out a career high six batters…The Chiefs are 15-7 when they score first and are 12-17 when the opponent scores first…Plummer left game two in the bottom of the third after being hit by a pitch in the helmet…Summerville picked up his first win as a member of the Chiefs….The series continues Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. on Bang For Your Buck Wednesday with $1 hot dogs, $1 nachos and $1 popcorn… The Memorial Day ticket special continues with buy one, get one free dugout seats…The Chiefs will start RH Evan Guillory (4-3, 3.09) against Burlington RH Luis Madero (2-2, 2.31)…The broadcast can be heard, starting with the Pre-Game Show at 6:15 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive and is also available on the Peoria Chiefs Network on the Tune-In Radio App…The game is also available on MiLB.tv for subscribers.
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