Peoria, IL- As the first 1500 fans through the gates received a player poster featuring his likeness, Tyrell Jenkins pitched a complete game shutout to lead the Peoria Chiefs over the Fort Wayne TinCaps 1-0 on Sunday. With the win the Chiefs (13-12) moved above .500 for the first time since April 27 and go for the sweep on Monday night.
Fort Wayne collected two singles against Jenkins in the first three batters but failed to score in the top of the first. The Chiefs right-hander kicked it into gear from there retiring 21 of the next 22 batters. The only exception was a leadoff walk in the third to Felix Cabrera but he only got as far as second base after a strikeout and two grounders.
After struggling to manufacture any offense in the first four frames, the Chiefs broke through against Ruben Mejia in the fifth. Michael Swinson doubled to left field, his second hit of the game. After Casey Rasmus walked, Nick Martini singled to right field plating Swinson. The run broke the scoreless tie putting the Chiefs up 1-0 after five innings.
Jenkins (1-2) shut down the TinCaps the rest of the way, allowing no runs on three hits and five strikeouts in the complete game shutout. It was the longest outing of his career and the first time he has lasted past six innings. Jenkins's complete game was the first of the year for the Chiefs and the last since Austin Kirk completed the feat on July 4th, 2011.
Notes: The complete game by Jenkins marked the first of the year…It was the first complete game for the Chiefs since July 4, 2011 when Austin Kirk no-hit the Clinton LumberKings…Before today, the longest outing in Jenkins' career had been six innings which he accomplished four times last season in Quad Cities…The shutout was the Chiefs first since April 26 against Dayton…The victory gives the Chiefs three straight wins, matching their season high…The Chiefs' pitching staff has now tossed 16 straight scoreless innings…The time of the game was 1:47, the Chiefs' shortest contest of the year and quickest since a 1:45 loss on June 23, 2008 at Burlington…Michael Swinson's second inning single was his first since going on the DL on April 26th… TinCaps did not have a base runner between the third and eighth innings…Peoria ends a six-game home stand Monday in game three against the TinCaps at 6:30 p.m…It is" Markdown Mania Monday" and tickets will be Half Price at $5.00 for Club Box Seats and $3.50 for Lawn Seats…The Chiefs send LH pitcher Kyle Helisek (1-1, 5.06) to the mound to face RH Walker Weickel (0-0, 4.41)...The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pre-game show at 6:15 p.m. Central Time on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for a free app on the iPhone, iPad, Blackberry and Android.
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