Peoria, IL - Anthony Shew struck out 11 for the Peoria Chiefs while holding the Clinton LumberKings to one run on four hits in a 2-1 win on Friday. The Chiefs are 29-25 in the second half and lead the Beloit Snappers by 1 ½ games in the Wild Card race with 16 games to go.
The game was scoreless until the bottom of the second, when the Chiefs started the scoring against LumberKings starter Steven Ridings. With one out, Dylan Carlson walked and went to third when Matt Fiedler roped a single to right field. Fiedler stole second, drawing an errand throw from Clinton Catcher Nick Thurman to score Carlson and give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. Fiedler moved to third on a passed ball, but Ridings worked out of the inning by retiring the next two Peoria hitters.
Anthony Shew was lights-out for the Chiefs over his first six innings of work. The righty retired the first nine LumberKings he faced, striking out three and holding the rest to ground ball outs. Clinton collected just two hits over the first 6 2/3 innings of the game before finally scoring against Shew. Gareth Morgan homered to deep left-center field, just out of the reach of a leaping Nick Plummer, to tie the game at 1-1.
Peoria took the lead back in the bottom of the seventh against Clinton reliever Wyatt Mills. Juan Yepez led off with a walk, but wasn't on first for long. Dylan Carlson pulled a double to right field, plating Yepez who slid in feet-first ahead of the tag to stake Peoria to a 2-1 lead.
Shew (2-0) went 7 1/3 innings in the win, holding the LumberKings to one run on four hits with 11 strikeouts in a quality start. LeLand Tilley got his first save of the season while as he walked one and struck out two over 1 2/3 hitless innings.
Notes… Shew set a career high with 11 strikeouts… He also set a new career high in innings pitched with 7 1/3… Three of Shew's six starts this season have been quality starts, and Peoria has 48 total this season… He's won two straight starts, tying a career-long win streak set back in June… Carlson extended his hit streak to seven games… Robertson and Hudzina both have three-game hit streaks… Trosclair leads the team with 13 hit by pitches… McCarvel had his team-leading 21st double… Tilley's last save was August 12, 2016 for Johnson City and he is now 5-for-5 in save chances in his pro career…Robertson hit his first double at Dozer Park this season and eighth overall… The Chiefs are 48-4 with a lead entering the eighth and 52-2 with a lead entering the ninth… Peoria is 20-21 in one-run games… The Chiefs are 51-24 when allowing four runs or less… The Chiefs will play the second game of a four-game series against Clinton starting at 6:30 p.m. Saturday…The Chiefs will send LH Ian Oxnevad (3-10, 4.22) to the mound against Clinton LH Nick Wells (5-9, 6.14)… There will be a post-game fireworks show presented by CEFCU… The first 1,000 fans (all ages) will receive a Homer Gnome… Saturday is Harry Potter Night... Saturday is Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association Night…. It's Signature Saturday at Dozer Park, where various Chiefs players will be available to sign autographs pre-game on the main concourse… 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.
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