We are ready for some baseball today! The field looks great here at Classic Park, Dan Stricko and his crew have done a fantastic job with the rain and snow the last 48 hours. I’m going to head down and get some photos during batting practice. Make sure you follow Peoria Chiefs on Instagram and Snapchat to get this behind the scenes footage.
We will play two 7-inning games today starting at 4:30 Central time. Nick Petree starts game one and Arturo Reyes starts game two. I’ll have an interview with Carson Kelly on the broadcast between games this evening.
Here are the Game Notes and the Game 1 lineup:
Again keep an eye out on Instagram and Snap Chat for some BP stuff over the next hour and the broadcast starts at 4:15 Central time!
What an interesting 48 hours we have had in the Cleveland area. Rain all day Monday and snow today. We played through the rain yesterday and won 9-6. We will now attempt a DH on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. Eastern. Here are the audio highlights from Monday as the Chiefs battled through two rain delays to win their third straight:
Ronald Castillo doubles home a run in the first:
Mason Katz makes it 4-0 in the first with a 3-run double:
Zach Loraine gets a big K in the first batter he faces with 2 on and 2 out in the 7th to keep a 6-5 lead:
These would have been today’s Game Notes. Now we will have Nick Petree and Arturo Reyes throwing in the Wednesday DH and I’d imagine all the position players will get into some action Wednesday if the weather clears. Here is the photo Lake County posted of the field this morning as the game was postponed with the snow
And finally a slide show of the sights around Classic Park on a dreary, rainy Monday.
We made it to Eastlake, Ohio. Unfortunately it looks like the rain followed us here. We were rained out yesterdayagainst Bowling Green at home which got us on the road a couple hours earlier than planned. It rained most of the trip including a downpour in South Bend as we stopped for dinner. Fortunately by the time we arrived at the hotel in Willoughby, Ohio (about 20 miles NE of downtown Cleveland on Lake Erie) it had stopped raining as we unpacked. On the bus we watched Bull Durham and Blazing Saddles, both picked by pitching coach Jason Simontacchi. We also got a tour and history of Toledo, OH over the PA system as we drove through. Toledo native and Chiefs manager Joe Kruzel provided tidbits such as “Toledo is known as the Glass City” “Jamie Farr from MASH was from Toledo but you’re all too young for that” and Toledo “IS NOT Little Detroit, Ohio beat Michigan.” It was pretty funny and informative!
Today it is raining again and let’s hope we get the game in after being rained out yesterday. Plus Tuesday is calling for temperatures in the high 20s and 2-3 inches of snow. This is APRIL right? Here is my current view from the Classic Park press box:
Assuming we do get to play tonight, it is another look at Alex Reyes for the Chiefs. And here are tonight’s Game Notes
If you missed the highlights over the weekend, here are the five home run calls from the Chiefs Radio Network,
1. Ronald Castillo puts the Chiefs on top 3-2 Friday night
2. Carson Kelly and Castillo go back-to-back Saturday and as you can hear, it was predicted on the air.
3. Castillo slam on Saturday
4. Katz HR to follow Castillo’s slam
And here are the Saturday HR’s on video…watch the Castillo HR at 1:20. I’ve never seen a ball hit that building in CF in my 11 years with the Chiefs
Thanks for reading, I’ll post a lineup on Twitter soon and hopefully we’ll have the broadcast at 5:10 Central Time on the Apps and Listen live links.
Baseball is finally in full swing all around the country, and there are former Chiefs doing great things on the field at the major league level. If you missed what some of your favorite players have done recently, here’s a quick recap:
Any bases loaded hit feels good, but when it’s a double to clear the bases, especially against your biggest rivals in your home opener, it’s extra special, as Yadier Molina’s first inning two-bagger against Cincinnati on Monday showed:
Molina would help spearhead another win the next night, as his homerun to lead off the second sparked a four run inning to tie the game in an eventual 7-5 victory:
Tony Campana of the Diamondbacks had a four-hit game on Thursday in San Francisco, including the eventual game-winning RBI single in the tenth for a 6-5 victory.
Josh Donaldson showed off his opposite field power for the Athletics, crushing a two-run shot to right-center on Thursday afternoon, helping to complete a sweep of the Twins. The homer was his first of the season.
Later in that same game, Donaldson knocked in Sam Fuld, another former Chief, with a single to complete the Oakland scoring.
Speaking of Fuld, he too launched his first long ball of the season on Thursday.
Albert Pujols hit a mammoth two-run homerun to left on Wednesday night, accounting for the only runs in a 2-0 Angels win in Seattle. The homer put Pujols into 26th place on the all-time list with 494, passing Lou Gehrig and Fred McGriff:
Oh yeah, Pujols hit a two-run dinger the night before too, that carried even further into the Seattle night, and gave him his 1,500th career run batted in:
Junior Lake smashed his first homerun of 2014 on Wednesday for the Cubs, driving one completely out of Wrigley Field in Chicago and onto Waveland Avenue:
Robinson Chirinos did the same thing on Tuesday for the Rangers, only his drive cleared everything at Fenway Park in Boston:
Chris Archer of the Rays threw seven shutout innings and got ground ball out after ground ball out in a no decision on Tuesday against Kansas City:
Dan Haren appears to be back to old form with the Dodgers, as he matched reigning AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer of the Tigers through six innings on Tuesday, leaving in a 1-1 game:
Jeff Samardzija has pitched extremely well in his first two starts of the season, but he will be looking for his first W as the Cubs take on the Chiefs parent club, the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in St. Louis.
No real way to sugar coat it tonight, tough game for the Chiefs and a tough series offensively with 2 runs scored against the Dragons. Tip your cap to Dayton as they made big pitches in key situations and also got clutch hits. Here’s our game recap and my thoughts.
- Dayton jumped on the Chiefs tonight in the first five batters with three runs. Unfortunately that would be all the runs they needed as the Chiefs collected seven hits, all singles, and were shutout for the first time in 2014.
- Little plays made a big difference Thursday, even ones that don’t show up in the Box Score. A throw to the wrong base allowed Dayton to move up 90 feet in the first and put two in scoring position. The next play was a bloop 2-run single instead of a caught pop-up because the infield was in. Later in the game a throw behind a runner caught off base instead of to the base in front of the runner allowed two Dragons to move up 90 feet. Small plays, with big ramifications.
- The first game off for Mason Katz and Ronald Castillo, I’d expect both back in the lineup Friday.
- Carson Kelly kept swinging a hot bat with a line drive single pulled to left and a couple hard-hit outs.
- Matthew Young had a nice game with two solid hits, one to LF and one to RF. He had the only multi-hit game for the Chiefs.
- More good defense for the Chiefs tonight. Great catch in shallow LF by SS Juan Herrera and a diving catch in CF for CJ McElroy Jr.
- Jimmy Reed battled through six innings on 94 pitches for Peoria’s first quality start of the season. He got out of a couple tough innings after giving up three in the first and showed what a competitor he is.
- The Chiefs need to break through with RISP. Now 0-for-11 in the last two games with RISP the Chiefs have just three runs scored in the last 34 innings of play.
- That’s three home games and no home runs for either team. Dozer Park plays as a pitcher’s park and has for the last few years but it’s strange to see three straight games with no home runs for either team. Let’s see if that changes in the Bowling Green series.
Here are tonight’s video highlights from Matt & Brian with ScheffTech Productions. Thanks for reading!
Here we are ready for our first rubber match of a series in 2014. The Chiefs have alternated wins and losses so far in 2014 going 3-3 in the process. The Chiefs send Opening Day starter Jimmy Reed to the hill against RHP Sal Romano. You can check out the details in today’s Game Notes.
There are a couple changes to the lineup with two players, Mason Katz and Ronald Castillo getting their first day off of the season and that necessitates some movement in the lineup.
McElroy Jr. CF
I wanted to get you caught up on some audio from the last couple days. My Broadcasting Assistant Chris Shuker had Mason Katz and Nick Petree on the pregame show for the radio broadcast the last two nights and last night I interviewed Zach Loraine on the field in the Ameren Illinois Chiefs Countdown. Here are all three of those interviews:
Nathan with Zach Loraine:
Chris with Nick Petree:
Chris with Mason Katz:
And finally a slideshow from Dennis Sievers/Sievers Photography from Wednesday’s Action
The alternating of wins and losses continued as the Chiefs fell to Dayton 4-1 Wednesday night. At 3-3 the Chiefs will go after the series win Thursday night.
Here’s the Journal Star article from our beat writer Dave Eminian with quotes from starting pitcher Arturo Reyes and Manager Joe Kruzel.
Nine thoughts on tonight’s action with video highlights at the end:
- Nick Travieso was a first round pick for a reason and the Dragons pitcher showed it tonight keeping the Chiefs off balance through five innings. The 14th pick (5 selections before Michael Wacha) of the 2012 draft allowed just one run over five innings with six strikeouts and earned his first win of the season.
- Carson Kelly swung the bat well tonight with three hits and a double. He now has two extra-base hits and two multi-hit games this season.
- Again you see something new every night in baseball. Tonight it was both managers arguing the same play. As Dayton attempted a 1-6-3 DP, Jimmy Bosco was called safe at second and Michael Schulze out at first. Jor Kruzel argued that Schulze beat the throw to first. As he argued with the base ump. Dayton manager Juan Nieves waited by the third base line to change pitchers. As soon as the argument was over he changed pitchers and after handing the ball to his reliever went straight to the base ump to argue the safe call at second base. Bizarre indeed.
- Katz is a RBI machine, driving home his 7th run of the young season.
- The Chiefs didn’t do a good job holding runners on base tonight. Dayton stole three bases and twice got fantastic jumps to steal the bag without a good throw even helping.
- We’ve now seen all the Chiefs players in their defined roles for 2014 and start a second turn through the rotation Thursday with Jimmy Reed taking the ball for the second time.
- Tonight was the Chiefs turn to struggle with RISP but give Dayton credit for making good pitches. The Dragons were 0-for-12 Tuesday and the Chiefs 0-for-5 tonight.
- The Chiefs have only lost three season series to Dayton all-time: 2001, 2008 and 2011. Here’s hoping 2014 doesn’t get added to the list on Thursday.
- Speaking of Thursday, get 98 cent tickets for $1 beer/soda on Thirsty Thursday at Dozer Park. Thanks to KISS -FM 98.5 and Baumgarten for the sponsorship of the night!
Here are the video highlights from tonight. Great job by Matt and Brian of ScheffTech on the editing! Thanks for reading and I’ll have game notes and a lineup Thursday afternoon.
Tonight we are getting ready for home game #2 and overall game #6 as the Chiefs go for back to back wins against Dayton. Thus far in 2014 the Chiefs have alternated wins and losses and hopefully that ends tonight as Arturo Reyes makes his first start and second appearance. We saw the 2013 40th round pick out of the pen for two innings on Opening Night on Thursday in Wisconsin as he picked up the win.
You’ll see some additions to the chart to the right here. Having some fun with my Mountain Dew (And Diet Dew) intake plus I had to have the new Dozer Dog (Foot long, all beef corn dog) and wow was it fantastic.
Here are the Game Notes for Wednesday night’s contest and we have a few changes to the lineup from yesterday as well. Joe Kruzel’s squad will lineup tonight as follows:
CJ McElroy Jr. CF
Mason Katz 2B
Carson Kelly DH
Ronald Castillo RF
Steve Bean C
Juan Herrera SS
Jake Stone 1B
Jimmy Bosco LF
Michael Schulze 3B
Arturo Reyes RHP
The Chiefs will face RHP Nick Travieso tonight. In his debut against West Michigan on Thursday he allowed two runs on seven hits over six innings and received a no decision. He struck out three and walked two as the Dragons lost 5-4.Travieso made 17 starts for Dayton in 2013 going 7-4 with a 4.63 ERA. He struck out 61 and walked 27 in 81 2/3 innings of work. He joined the Dragons at the end of May and allowed one earned run or less in five of his final eight starts of the season. Travieso tossed six scoreless innings giving up only three hits in his fifth win of the season on July 25. Travieso struck out a season-high seven in his fifth win on July 6 with one run allowed on four hits and a walk. The Reds drafted Travieso as the 14th overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Cincinnati Reds out of Archbishop McCarthy HS (FL). He is ranked by both MLB.com and Baseball America as the Reds #8 prospect. In high school he won a Florida 6A State Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012 after transferring from American Heritage High School. The right-hander signed a national letter of intent to pitch at the University of Miami before being drafted by the Reds. Travieso is the grandson of Cuban immigrants and also played hockey as a youngster. He has never faced the Chiefs or a Cardinals affiliate.
Our team photographer Dennis Sievers got some great shots last night. Of the 111 images captured here are about 20 for you to enjoy in a gallery. Thanks for reading and look for a post-game recap this evening!
My apologies for a lack of a Blog on Tuesday. The home opener, while fun and exciting, always gets you pulled in a bunch of different directions as a staff member and yesterday was no different from pulling Tarp at 9am to moving boxes, tables and chairs, to testing equipment. Then post-game doing some training with the interns in their first game so that everyone knows how to upload video, distribute a game recap and post to the website.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on last night’s home opening 1-0 win over Dayton plus video highlights at the bottom of this post. Also Dave & Dave cranked out some great coverage for the Journal Star. Check out the game report, a look at what Opening Day means to players and fans and Ron Johnson’s photo gallery.
- The home opener is always fun. Great to see the familiar faces around the stadium from season ticket holders, to longtime game-day employees (ushers, ticket takers, concession workers) and Host Families. It’s also great to meet the new employees, the interns working in baseball for the first time are always pumped for opening day and it is fun to see.
- On the field the Chiefs played well again Tuesday, executing when they needed to on offense, defense and pitching. It shows again, this is why they do drills in Spring Training and early work in season because those situations happen in games, often.
- Nick Petree made some tough quality pitches. Granted he got himself in trouble with a career-high five walks but he also got out of those situations with a career-best six strikeouts and some timely ground ball outs. With the numbers Petree put up at Missouri State University and last year with State College, five shutout innings is not a surprise at all though he did use 90 pitches to get there.
- Matthew Young just missed his first home run of the season and settled for his first triple since 2012 as his line drive smashed high off the wall in left-center and bounced back past the two Dragons outfielders. Young is a hustler and even sprinted to first base after being hit by a pitch later in the game.
- Chris Thomas is efficient. He got the save by throwing 1 pitch. With runners on first and second and two outs in the ninth, Thomas was summoned to get the final out and he got a comebacker on the first pitch to end the game. That’s two outings for Thomas, two games finished and two batters faced. Total.
- I often mention one of the things I love most about baseball is that you’ll see something you’ve never seen before. Last night was no exception. In 11 years on this job I don’t believe I have ever seen a pitcher leave a game tied (0-0 in this case) with no one on base and still take a loss. That happened to Dayton’s Junior Morillo. He got hurt while throwing ball 3 to Mason Katz in the 6th inning and a new pitcher had to come in. With the count 3-2, ball 4 meant the walk was charged to Morillo. The new hurler, Daniel Wright then balked Katz to second and with two down, Ronald Castillo drove in Katz with a bloop single. That run, charged to Morillo despite him being out of the game with no one base, saddled the lefty with a loss.
- Great defense again last night. Michael Schulze with a very nice 5-2 fielders choice on a contact play and both Juan Herrera at SS and Katz at 2B made nice plays as well.
- Zach Loraine was fantastic in middle relief and Chris Perry came in throwing strikes out of the bullpen as well. The duo logged 3 2/3 shutout innings and struck out three. Loraine got the win and was our Pekin Insurance Beyond the Expected Player of the Game.
- A fantastic national anthem by Cathy Black-Grant last night to kick off the season. Cathy sang with us last season and it was great to have her back to get us going on Opening Night 2014.
Here are last night’s video highlights! I’ll have the lineup and Game Notes this afternoon, thanks for reading!
With the season starting this week there are over 120 former Chiefs who got into action either in the Major or Minor Leagues. Including those on the DL here is where the former Chiefs are listed on current rosters.
St. Louis: MLB – Yadier Molina (2002), Jason Motte (2003). Double-A Springfield: Joe Donofrio (2013), Kurt Heyer (2013), Jonathan Keener (2013), Zach Petrick (2013), David Popkins (2013), Patrick Wisdom (2013). High-A Palm Beach: Corey Baker (2013), Joe Cuda (2013), Adam Ehrlich (2013), Kyle Helisek (2013), Tyrell Jenkins (2013), Cory Jones (2013), Thomas Lee (2013), Dixon Llorens (2013), Nick Martini (2013), Mike Mayers (2013), Alex Mejia (2013), Jesus Montero (2013), Steven Ramos (2013), Casey Rasmus (2013), Robert Stock (2013), Charlie Tilson (2013), Sam Tuivailala (2013), Breyvic Valera (2013), Ildemaro Vargas (2013), David Washington (2013), Jacob Wilson (2013).
Arizona: MLB – Tony Campana (2008). Triple-A Reno: Blake Lalli (2006-08). High-A Visalia: Hector Hernandez (2013)
Atlanta: Triple-A Gwinnett: Mitch Atkins (2006), Ryan Buchter (2009)
Baltimore: MLB – Ryan Flaherty (2009);
Boston: Triple-A Pawtucket: Mike McCoy (2003-04). Double- A Portland: Mike Brenly (2009).
Chicago Cubs: MLB – Darwin Barney (2007), Welington Castillo (2007), Junior Lake (2009), James Russell (2007), Jeff Samardzija (2006) Triple-A Iowa: Arismendy Alcantara (2011), Javier Baez (2012), Alberto Cabrera (2008-09), Casey Coleman (2008), Luis Flores (2008-10), Marcus Hatley (2008-11), Eric Jokisch (2011), Brett Jackson (2009), Marcos Mateo (2008), Yoanner Negrin (2011), Blake Parker (2007-08), Zac Rosscup (2012), Matt Szczur (2010-11), Josh Vitters (2009), Logan Watkins (2010). Double-A Tennessee: John Andreoli (2012), Frank Batista (2010), Hunter Cervenka (2012), Wes Darvill (2012), Taylor Davis (2012), Zeke DeVoss (2012), PJ Francescon (2011-12), Anthony Giansanti (2010-12), Dustin Geiger (2011-12), Matt Loosen (2011), Rafael Lopez (2012), Jeff Lorick (2010-11), Jonathon Mota (2006-10), Dae-Eun Rhee (2011), Ryan Searle (2010), Rubi Silva (2011), Jorge Soler (2012). High-A: Zach Cates (2012), Pin-Chieh Chen (2012), Marco Hernandez (2012), Michael Jensen (2012), Austin Kirk (2012), Chadd Krist (2012), Andrew McKirahan (2012), Stephen Perakslis (2012), Starling Peralta (2011-12), Bijan Rademacher (2012), Austin Reed (2012), Jose Rosario (2012), Tim Saunders (2012), Yao-Lin Wang (2012), Oliver Zapata (2012). Kane County – Yasiel Balaguert (2012), Gerardo Concepcion (2012), Jacob Rogers (2012).
Chicago White Sox: MLB – Donnie Veal (2006).
Colorado: MLB – DJ LeMahieu (2009)
Detroit: MLB – Al Albuquerque (2008)
Houston: MLB –Marwin Gonzalez (2008). Triple-A Oklahoma City:Darin Downs (2005)
Kansas City: Double-A NW Arkansas: Micah Gibbs (2011)
Los Angeles Angels: MLB – Albert Pujols (2000)
Los Angeles Dodgers: MLB – Danny Haren (2002)
Miami: Triple-A New Orleans: Justin Bour (2010), James Leverton (2010).
Milwaukee: Triple-A Nashville: Matt Pagnozzi (2004)
New York Yankees: MLB – Brendan Ryan (2003). Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre: Russ Canzler (2007)
Oakland: MLB – Daric Barton (2004), Coco Crisp (2000), Josh Donaldson (2008), Sam Fuld (2005)
Pittsburgh: MLB – Josh Harrison (2008-09) Triple-A Indianapolis: Jay Jackson (2008), Josh Kinney (2001).
San Francisco: Triple-A Fresno : Rafael Dolis (2007)
Tampa Bay: MLB – Chris Archer (2009), Brandon Guyer (2008), Jose Molina (1994). Triple-A Durham: Jeff Beliveau (2009-10), Hak-Ju Lee (2010)
Texas: MLB – Jim Adduci (2007), Robinson Chirinos (2006). Double-A Round Rock: Zach Russell (2013)
Toronto: Double-A New Hampshire: Austin Bibens-Dirkx (2009), Yusuf Carter (2006-07)
Washington: MLB – Jerry Blevins (2005)
Japanese League – Chris Narveson (2001-02)
27 Major Leaguers, 97 minor leaguers
Still in extended/rehab
Cardinals – Bruce Caldwell (2013), Luis Perez (2013), Brett Wiley (2013), Josh Luvas (2013), Jhonny Polanco (2013), Steve Sabatino (2013),
Cubs – Trey McNutt (2010), Jae-Hoon Ha (2010), Dallas Beeler (2011), Ben Wells (2012)
Baltimore – Brady Adamek (2013)