Former Chiefs in Wild Card Games

The MLB Playoffs get rolling tonight with the Oakland A’s visiting the Kansas City Royals in the AL Wild Card game on TBS. Tomorrow night the Pittsburgh Pirates host the San Francisco Giants on ESPN. There are former Chiefs to watch in both games as we wait for the St. Louis Cardinals-LA Dodgers series to get started on Friday night in California.

The AsLineupA’s and Royals have already set their lineups for tonight’s 7pm game (right) and Chiefs fans will recognize some familiar names. In fact the top three batters in Bob Melvin’s lineup played in Peoria on their way to the Major Leagues. Coco Crisp was with the Chiefs at the end of the 2000 season, Sam Fuld spent all of 2005 in center field at Dozer Park and Josh Donaldson was the Chiefs catcher in 2008 before the Cubs traded him to Oakland. Tonight they all return to the post-season and are in Oakland’s starting lineup. The other two Chiefs connections for this game, Jeff Samardzija (2006) with Oakland and Casey Coleman (2008) with the Royals, are not on the Wild Card game active rosters. It is safe to assume that if Oakland wins tonight, Samardzija will get the ball against the LA Angels of Anaheim in the ALDS. If that happens we will be guaranteed a Chiefs vs. Chiefs matchup when he faces Albert Pujols (2000).

In the National League Wild Card game on Wednesday, expected former Chiefs infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison (2005) to be leading off and playing third base for the Pirates. He is the only former Chiefs player on either the Pirates or Giants though Pittsburgh pitching coach Ray Searage had the same role in Peoria in 1995 and 1996.

We will get more into former Chiefs on the other playoff team rosters when rosters are set Thursday and Friday for the ALDS and NLDS. The number could hit double digits for former Chiefs playing in the 2014 MLB post-season and may reach as high as 15 if Tony Campana (Angels), Jason Motte (Cardinals) and Samardzija appear in games.

The most former Chiefs to appear in an single post-season is 14, set in 2006, and 10 different players appeared in post-season games last year. The number has reached double digits six times and with the post-season starting tonight, 2014 could very well be the seventh!

Chiefs Around MLB

Another strong weekend for former Chiefs in the Majors including a Walkoff Home Run, Playoff Clinching, a MLB first HR and a MLB first RBI. Overall 36 players appeared in games Friday – Sunday with 12 playing in the Friday Dodgers-Cubs game at Wrigley Field (11 on Cubs and Darwin Barney on the Dodgers). The Cardinals joined the Dodgers, Angels, Nationals and Orioles in the playoffs yesterday so the amount of ex-Chiefs headed for October baseball continues to grow. Of the teams still vying for playoff spots there are Chiefs on Detroit, Pittsburgh and Oakland.

Speaking of Oakland, lets start there with a big Sunday for Josh Donaldson (2008). With Oakland fading in the playoff race and battling into extras against the lowly Phillies, Donaldson collected three hits and finished the game in style:

Down in Miami, Justin Bour (2010) started all three games against Washington and went 4-for-11 with three RBI and on Friday night he launched his first MLB Home Run!

Speaking of firsts, the Cubs Rafael Lopez (2012) picked up his first hit and first RBI as a Major Leaguer on Friday against the best pitcher in the game, Clayton Kershaw:

And the first MLB triple for Jorge Soler (2012) produced a run as well

Albert Pujols (2000) has the Angels in the playoffs and continues to climb up the career MLB lists. Pujols_AlbertWith this Saturday home run he has 519, two behind Frank Thomas, Willie McCovey and Ted Williams for 20th on the All-Time list. He also has 101 RBI for the season and 1599 for his career with 1095 extra-base hits.

Alcantara_BackTwo more home runs came from the Cubs-Dodgers series with Arismendy Alcantara (2011) and Welington Castillo (2007) going deep (Castillo’s is only available as a link)

And on the mound Chris Archer (2009) set a new career-high with 10 wins as he beat the White Sox on Saturday with 6 1/3 shutout innings and just two hits allowed.

Of other players of note over the weekend, Yadier Molina (2002) had two doubles and four hits against the Reds while Jason Motte (2003) picked up his first win since 2012 on Saturday! Josh Harrison (2008-09) had four more hits and enters the last week of the season leading the NL in batting average .3184 to .3183 over Justin Morneau. Harrison would be just the 2nd former Chiefs player to win a MLB batting title after Pujols did so in 2003.

Former Chiefs in MiLB Playoffs

Yes there is one MiLB game left in the season, (tonight the Triple-A Championship game takes place in Charlotte as the Pacific Coast League Champions Omaha take on the International League Champions Pawtucket on NBC Sports Network) but all the league playoffs are over so let’s take a look through the rosters and box scores and check in on former Chiefs in MiLB playoffs. Though Casey Coleman (2008) helped Omaha all season, he is now up with the Kansas City Royals so there are no former Chiefs in tonight’s game.

Petrick pitching for the Chiefs in April 2013.

Petrick pitching for the Chiefs in April 2013.

Triple – A Pacific Coast League:

  • Memphis Redbirds – St. Louis Cardinals: Memphis lost in the first round 3-0 to the above mentioned Omaha Storm Chasers. Three former Chiefs played in the PCL first round series. Mike Mayers (2013) started one game on the mound and took a loss with a final line of 4ip, 8h, 5r, 2bb, 3k. Zach Petrick (2013) also made a start with a no-decision and a line of: 6ip, 6h, 2r, 0er, 1bb, 4k. Sam Tuivailala who is now with the Cardinals pitched once allowing two hits over one scoreless inning and he struck out two. Of the three, only Petrick was in Memphis all season going 7-6 with a 4.62 ERA over 24 games and 20 starts. He struck out 82 batters in 115 innings.
  • Reno Aces – Arizona Diamondbacks: Reno also lost to Omaha, 3-2 in the PCL Finals. Brett Jackson (2009) played in four games for Reno and was 0-for-3 with three walks and two runs scored. He has since been promoted to the Diamondbacks as a September call-up and made his Arizona debut last weekend.
Lee was a MWL All-Star and represented the Chiefs/Cubs in the Futures Game in 2010.

Lee was a MWL All-Star and represented the Chiefs/Cubs in the Futures Game in 2010.

Triple – A International League: 

  • Durham Bulls – Tampa Bay Rays: In the past we have seen former Chiefs Chris Archer, Jeff Beliveau, Brandon Guyer, Russ Canzler and Robinson Chirinos in Durham. In 2014 it was Hak-Ju Lee (2010) playing in 93 regular season games and two post-season games. Lee returned this season from an horrific 2013 knee injury and batted .203/.287/.276 in those 93 regular season games. Lee scored 36 runs with nine doubles, 23 RBI, four homers and 12 stolen bases. In two post-season games he was 0-for-3 as the Bulls fell to the above-mentioned Pawtucket Red Sox 3-2 in the IL Finals.

 

 

Double-A Eastern League:

Michael Brenly, son of former Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, was the Chiefs catcher in 2009.

Michael Brenly, son of former Cubs broadcaster Bob Brenly, was the Chiefs catcher in 2009.

  • Portland Sea Dogs – Boston Red Sox: It’s not often that we get a former Chiefs in the Eastern League. But this season the Sea Dogs had a fantastic campaign before bowing out in the first round of the playoffs to Binghamton 3-2. Behind the plate was Michael Brenly (2009) for one of those playoff games. Brenly was 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in the post-season. He played in 46 games for Portland putting up a slash line of .168/.245/.273. Brenly had seven doubles, two homers and 18 RBI in the regular season.

Double-A Southern League: 

  • Chattanooga Lookouts – Los Angeles Dodgers: Loaded with talent this season, the Lookouts sprinted to the Southern League playoffs and cruised through round one before being upset by the Jacksonville Suns in the Finals. On the pitching staff was Nick Struck (2010) who threw a 5-inning rain-shortened no-hitter for the Chiefs in 2010. In the 2014 SL playoffs, Struck made one start allowing two unearned runs on three hits over four innings in a no-decision. He struck out four and did not issue a walk. This season with Chattanooga, Struck made 19 starts and posted a 5-6 record with a 5.47 ERA. He struck out 58 and walked 45 over 104 1/3 innings.

Double-A Texas League:

  • Frisco Roughriders – Texas Rangers: Frisco lost in the first round to Midland 3-1 as Erik Hamren (2009) pitched twice. Covering 1 2/3 innings he allowed one earned run on one hit and three walks. Hamren pitched for Frisco 15 times in the regular season earning a save and a 0-1 record to go along with an ERA of 1.13. He struck out 21 and walked eight over 16 innings.
Marquez Smith finished the 2007 season with the Chiefs and batted behind Josh Donaldson in Ryne Sandberg's lineup early in 2008

Marquez Smith finished the 2007 season with the Chiefs and batted behind Josh Donaldson in Ryne Sandberg’s lineup early in 2008

Advanced – A California League: 

  • Bakersfield Blaze – Cincinnati Reds: It has been six years since Marquez Smith (2007-08) played in Peoria and he just turned in a fantastic season with Bakersfield including a playoff run. In four playoff games and a series loss to Visalia, Smith went 5-for-10 with a double, two RBI and eight walks (six intentional walks). Smith had a mind boggling season for Bakersfield with a slash line of .323/.438/623. He hit 29 home runs and drove in 126 runs in 120 games. Smith added 32 doubles among his 137 hits and drew 83 walks. He also hit one Double-A home run to finish the 2014 season with an even 30.

Advanced – A Florida State League

  • Daytona Cubs – Chicago Cubs: The Daytona Cubs lost to the Fort Myers Miracle in the FSL Finals 3-1 with 10 different former Chiefs participating in their seven playoff games. On the mound six ex-Chiefs pitched in relief: Gerardo Concepcion (2012) 3g, 3ip, 0er, 3bb, 4k; Michael Jensen (2012) 2.2ip, 4h, 2r, 1bb, 1k; Austin Kirk (2011) 2g, 3.1ip, 0r, 3bb, k; Stephen Perakslis (2012)
    Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter for the Chiefs July 4, 2011

    Austin Kirk threw a no-hitter for the Chiefs July 4, 2011

    3g, 5.1ip, 7h, 2er, bb, 6k, 1-1 record; Starling Peralta (2011-12) 2g, 2ip, 3h, 0er, 4bb, k; Jose Rosario (2012) 3g, 7.1ip, 3h, 04r, 4bb, 8k; Yao-Lin Wang (2012) 3ip, 4h, 1er, 3k. At the plate three former Chiefs played for Daytona in the post-season: Wes Darvill (2012) played in 3 games going 2-for-8 with a double and a run scored; Marco Hernandez (2012) played in 6 games going 6-for-22 with two runs scored and four RBI; Bijan Rademacher (2012) played in six games going 9-for-23 with a home run, double, two runs scored and six RBI.

Midwest League

  • Kane County Cougars – Chicago Cubs: A handful of former Chiefs played for Kane County this season as they won the MWL Championship. Some moved on before the playoffs started by Yasiel Balaguert (2012), Jacob Rogers (2012) and Ben Wells (2012) all played in the Cougars post-season run. Balaguert played in six games going 4-for-26 with one run scored, three RBI and four walks. Rogers was 7-for-27 in seven games with two homers, five RBI, four runs scored and six walks. Wells pitched once out of the bullpen with 2ip, 1h, 0r, 1k.
Joe Scanio pitched for the Chiefs in all of 2013 and in April of 2014 before injuring his hand.

Joe Scanio pitched for the Chiefs in all of 2013 and in April of 2014 before injuring his hand.

Short-Season A – New York/Penn League

  • State College Spikes – St. Louis Cardinals: The Spikes won the NYPL Championship with eight players who have been in Peoria, seven this season. Two did not appear in their playoff run but the other six contributed greatly. Robelys Reyes (2014) played in six games going 4-for-22 with a 2b, 3b, rbi and walk. Jake Stone (2014)  was 2-for-13 in four games with a run scored and two walks. Brett Wiley (2013) played in three games going 3-for-10 with a 3b, r and rbi. Kenny Peoples-Walls (2014) did not play in the post-season run. On the mound Brandon Lee (2014) pitched twice without allowing a run or hit over 3ip. Josh Lucas (2013-14) earned a save and pitched four times. In 5.1ip he allowed seven hits and one run while striking out eight. Joe Scanio (2013-14) pitched twice allowing four hits over five scoreless innings with one walk and five strikeouts. Jeff Rauh (2014) did not pitch in the playoffs.

 

 

Former Chiefs Have Great Weekends in Majors

What a great weekend in the Majors for former Chiefs players. With the weekend callup of Brett Jackson by Arizona and the addition last week of Sam Tuivailala in St. Louis there have now been 44 former Chiefs players on MLB rosters in 2014! Ten of those players made their MLB debuts: Arismendy Alcantara, Javier Baez, Dallas Beeler, Justin Bour, Ryan Buchter, Eric Jokisch, Rafael Lopez, Jorge Soler, Matt Szczur and Tuivailala.

It was a great weekend for former Chiefs in the Majors. From the young rookies to the strong veterans, nearly every series in the Majors was impacted by an Ex-Chiefs player. Here are some of the highlights with video (some embedded, and others as links depending on MLB’s permissions) and articles from team websites and beat reporters going in reverse order.

SUNDAY:

So many highlights from Sunday but we have to start with a Triple Play. Josh Harrison (2008-09) started the 5-4-3 around the horn TP for the Pirates. Ironically the ball was hit by another former Chiefs OF Matt Szczur (2010-11) but more on him later:

In addition to starting the first triple play in PNC Park history, Josh also went 2-for-5 with two RBI and a run scored in the game. He leads the NL with a .317 batting average.

The main story from the Phillies-Marlins game was the implosion of Philly closer Jonathan Papelbon and his ejection. But that meltdown was keyed by former Chiefs first baseman Justin Bour (2011) who tied the game with a pinch-hit single. The appearance was the first ever in the Majors as a pinch-hitter for Bour and led to the Marlins 4-run 9th inning to beat Papelbon and the Phils.

In Toronto, Tampa Bay earned the win as Chris Archer (2009) delivered nine strikeouts over seven innings, Brandon Guyer (2008) collected three hits and two doubles and Jeff Beliveau (2009-10) earned his first career save.

Out in Seattle, Sam Fuld (2005) and Coco Crisp (2000) helped the A’s beat the Mariners. Crisp had two hits, a double and scored a run. Fuld had a RBI single and as the second batter of the game, went deep!

Yadier Molina (2002) had three hits, a double and scored a run as the Cardinals swept the Rockies.

Brett Jackson (2009) picked up his first MLB At-bat of the 2014 season as a 4th inning pinch-hitter for Arizona. And Robinson Chirinos (2005) went 3-for-5 with two RBI then talked to the Rangers TV network after Texas swept Atlanta:

Back to the Cubs/Pirates game, Matt Szczur capped a great weekend in Pittsburgh by robbing the reigning NL MVP with this fantastic diving catch:

Matt also went 1-for-3, Eric Jokisch (2011) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two and Javy Baez (2012) stole a base.

SATURDAY

On Saturday there were six former Chiefs in the Cubs -Pirates game at Matt Szczur hit his first MLB home run!

As you can see at the end of the clip, they had some trouble getting the ball for Matt but eventually did.

Earlier in the game Javy Baez also went deep

but again it was Josh Harrison who stole the show and got the Pirates even as they went on to win the game.

Not many players hit homers off Cy Young winner Felix Hernandez in Seattle. but on Saturday Josh Donaldson (2008) sure did:

FRIDAY

On Friday night there were NINE former Chiefs who played in the Cubs-Pirates game in Pittsburgh. Baez, Welington Castillo (2007), Arismendy Alcantara (2011), Logan Watkins (2010), Blake Parker (2006/2008), Rafael Lopez (2012), Szczur and Zac Rosscup (2012) with the Cubs and Harrison with Pittsburgh. Jorge Soler (2012) was gone from the Cubs for the weekend on paternity leave.

Harrison was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and Baez crushed another baseball:

To cap off this post lets go back to how we started, with defense. Nice catch in Toronto Friday night by Guyer for the Rays!

 

 

 

Soler Starts With a Bang

Soler posing at Beloit Aug 12, 2012. (Paul Gierhart)

Soler posing at Beloit Aug 12, 2012. (Paul Gierhart)

We didn’t get to know Jorge Soler all that well in 2012, as the then 20-year-old, joined the Peoria Chiefs on August 10 and played in just 20 games. However he made quite the impact on those who saw him play with a .338 average, three homers, five doubles and 15 RBI in those 20 games. He also stole four bases and drew six walks to just six strikeouts. Injured off and on over the two years since, Soler made his MLB debut last night (162nd former Chief in the Majors) for the Cubs, exactly two years after playing in his 14th Midwest League game. In his first at-bat, he did this:

Wow.

We saw the power with the Chiefs and while they all came on the road, fortunately all three of his Peoria home runs are on YouTube. The first is from my account and includes my Chiefs Radio Network call. The other two are fan videos from Wisconsin and Kane County (Go to 1:45, ball clears the LF deck and lands in the trees):

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As for Chiefs in MLB history, Soler is the 7th former Chiefs player to homer in his first at game:

  • Hector Villanueva: June 1, 1990 off Ken Dayley at Busch Stadium in his 2nd AB after pinch hitting.
  • Alex Cabrera: June 26, 2000 off Yorkis Perez (Hou) in Arizona as a pinch hitter in first MLB At-Bat.
  • Keith McDonald: July 4, 2000 off Andy Larkin (Cin) at Busch Stadium as a pinch hitter in first MLB At-Bat
  • Eliezer Alfonzo: June 3, 2006 off Orlando Hernandez at Shea Stadium in his 3rd at-bat
  • Brandon Guyer: May 6, 2011 off Zach Britton at Camden Yards in 1st at-bat
  • Javier Baez: August 5 off Boone Logan at Coors Field in 6th at-bat (12th inning game winner)
  • Jorge Soler: August 27 off Mat Latos in Cincinnati in 1st at-bat

Two other Chiefs have homered in their first MLB at-bats but not in their first game*. Both are pitchers:

  • Gene Stechschulte: April 17, 2001 off Armando Reynoso (Ari) at Busch Stadium as a pinch-hitter in the 6th inning of a 17-4 Cardinals loss. The homer was in his 26th MLB appearance in his 2nd MLB season. He didn’t even pitch in the game, just batted for Mike James with St. Louis down 15-1.
  • Mark Worrell: June 5, 2008 off Tim Redding at Nationals Park. Homered in his 2nd MLB game as a reliever, a 2-run homer in the 6th inning of a 10-9, 10-inning loss. Another former Chief, Joe Mather his his 1st MLB home run in the 10th inning of this game as well.

*Thanks to both Dave Eminian and Kevin Capie of the Peoria Journal Star for providing Associated Press information on the above lists.

Behind the Numbers of Juan Herrera’s Promotion

Juan Herrera was promoted to Palm Beach following Wednesday’s game, in which he crushed his second home run of the season in front of St. Louis Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak. Mozeliak was in attendance for the Chiefs 7-4 win over Beloit. Below are the highlights from the game with Herrera’s bomb starting them off:

Herrera was acquired in the deal that sent Marc Rzepczynski to the Cleveland Indians back in 2013. Herrera started out playing for the Indians in the Dominican Summer League where he batted .297 with a homer and 20 RBI in 2011. The following year, Herrera batted .283 with 15 RBI for the Arizona Summer League Indians.

Herrera started out with Mahoning Valley (Cleveland’s Short-A affiliate) and batted .275 with a homer and 11 RBI in 39 games before being traded. Herrera played four games with the State College Spikes before being moved up to Peoria for the remainder of the 2013 season. Herrera batted .271 with four doubles and three RBI in 23 games with the Chiefs that year.

Herrera was named the starting short stop for the Chiefs this year and has proven to be one of the top prospects in the entire organization. Mlb.com currently has Herrera ranked as the No. 9 prospect in the system and the No. 1 infielder.

This season, Herrera batted .274 with a pair of home runs and 56 RBI, which is good for best on the team; he is 10 RBI ahead of Carson Kelly. In 101 games with the Chiefs, Herrera had 104 hits, 22 doubles, and three triples. He had 24 multi-hit games, three of those were three-hit games and one was a four-hit performance, which was good for a career-best. Herrera’s 27 stolen bases were second-best on the team behind CJ McElroy Jr’s 38. Herrera was a Midwest League All Star.

Herrera had a clutch, walk-off hit against the Burlington Bees at home on May 28. The highlights from the victory are shown below:

Herrera has been an intricate part of this 2014 Peoria Chiefs team and he will certainly be missed as we are now in the thick of the race for a wildcard spot. However, we wish Juan the best of luck with Palm Beach and their quest for a playoff spot!

 

 

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

St. Louis won another wild one in ten innings, this time against the Reds. The Cards jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Justin Masterson gave up four runs, including a three-run homer off the bat of Jay Bruce. The Cardinals came back and had a 5-4 lead headed into the ninth thanks to a clutch RBI single by A.J. Pierzynski. Trevor Rosenthal blew his fifth save of the year after giving up a RBI double to Bruce and the game was knotted at five. Jhonny Peralta had the clutch hit in the bottom of the tenth:

 

The Memphis Redbirds extended their winning streak to nine games after beating El Paso 7-4. Ed Easley fueled the Redbirds by drilling his eighth homer of the year, two doubles, and four RBI. Marco Gonzales improved to 3-1 in a Memphis uniform after allowing two runs off eight hits, walking none, and striking out three over six innings of work. Kevin Siegrist tossed a scoreless inning of relief in his first appearance since being optioned to Memphis.

Both Johnson City and the GCL Cardinals suffered a loss on Monday. Johnson City fell to Bristol 6-3 and the GCL Cards took a 4-3 loss to the GCL Mets. Jack Flaherty allowed one run over five innings and received a no decision for the GCL Cards.

Former Chief James Russell tossed two scoreless innings of relief for Atlanta in their win over the Pirates. Former Chief Albert Pujols was one for three with a RBI single as the Angels topped the Red Sox. Former Chief Javier Baez absolutely crushed his fifth home run of the year into the upper deck at Citi Field in the Cubs’ 4-1 win over the Mets.

Sunday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The parent club narrowly escaped with a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres. Matt Carpenter launched his seventh home run of the season and drove in three runs to help propel the Cardinals offense. Trevor Rosenthal came in to close out the ninth with a three-run lead. Rosenthal managed only one out and had walked the bases loaded before Seth Maness relieved him. After a two-run single by San Diego’s Abraham Almonte, Matt Adams made an incredible diving stop at first and Maness got a fly out to end the game. Adam Wainwright won his 15th game of the year. Check out the Game Recap.

Memphis won their eighth straight game after taking care of El Paso 7-5. Randal Grichuk drilled his 23rd homer for Memphis. It was his 24th overall, which is good for best in the entire Cardinals organization. Tim Cooney won his 12th game of the season, which is most in the Pacific Coast League. Xavier Scruggs was a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. Read about it here.

Springfield won their fourth consecutive series after beating Midland 5-1. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Charlie Tilson each had a RBI single. Jonathan Cornelius improved to 11-9 with a 4.00 ERA on the year. Below is Stanley’s homer:

Palm Beach suffered a tough 7-6 loss to Fort Myers in 11 innings. Former Chiefs Bruce Caldwell, Mason Katz, and David Washington each had a RBI. Washington hit a RBI double to start the scoring off in the second inning. Former Chief Corey Baker suffered his second loss of the year after allowing three runs off five hits over three and and third innings of work.

State College swept Auburn in their double-header. Former Chief Brett Wiley had a fantastic day. He was a combined 4-8 with two doubles, two runs scored, and a RBI. Former Chief Brandon Lee picked up the win in game one and former Chief Josh Lucas secured the win in game two. Former Chief Robelys Reyes hit his third home run of the year, a two-run shot in game two. Read about the games here.

Johnson City split their double-header with Pittsburgh Pirates affiliate Bristol. Bristol crushed them in game one 14-6 as Steven Farinaro was charged with his fourth loss of the year. In game two, Casey Turgeon spanked his fourth home run of the season and Johnson City won 8-2.

Former Chief Darwin Barney was two for three with a RBI double in the Dodgers loss to Milwaukee. Former Chief Josh Harrison had a pair of hits and a run scored.

Four Former Chiefs homer in the Majors on Tuesday

It was a huge day for former Chiefs in the majors. They combined to record 15 hits, two doubles, five homers, and eight RBI on Tuesday.

A pair of former Chiefs launched homers for the Cubs in their extra-inning victory over the Rockies.

Welington Castillo drilled a solo shot in the sixth inning to put the Cubs on the board and jump-start the comeback. Castillo finished the night going one for three with a run scored, a homer, a pair of RBI, and two walks. Castillo is batting .236 with eight homers and 32 RBI on the season.

Javier Baez made his MLB debut batting second in the Cubs lineup last night. He struggled to start the game, going hitless in his first five at-bats with three strikeouts. However, his sixth at-bat was the only one that mattered last night:

 

Albert Pujols, who has the most homers for former Chiefs in the majors, added another one on Tuesday. Pujols deposited his 21st home run of the season over the left field wall to knot the game at four in the eighth inning against the Dodgers. It was his 513th career home run, passing Ernie Banks and Eddie Matthews for sole possession of 21st place on the all-time home run list.  Pujols is batting .277 with 21 homers and 70 RBI thus far in 2014. Below is the game-tying homer:

 

Robsinon Chirinos belted two homers in Texas’ 16-0 rout of the White Sox. He hit a solo shot in the second to make it 3-0 and added another solo shot in the fifth to make it 9-0. Chirinos finished the day going three for five with three runs scored, two homers, and three RBI. Chirinos is batting .240 with 11 homers and 31 RBI on the season for Texas.

 

 

 

Greg Maddux, Hall of Famer!

As Greg Maddux goes into the Baseball Hall of Fame today, here’s a look back at two posts from January (when he was elected) combined into one post as we honor the first former Peoria Chiefs player ever elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame, here is a tribute to Greg Maddux by the numbers and with pictures. Congrats Greg!

Start with our 2010 Jersey Retirement ceremony in Peoria:

A look at Maddux by the numbers:

1 – Hits allowed by Maddux against Cedar Rapids on May 14 at home in a rain-shortened six inning game.

2 – Round in which Maddux was drafted by the Cubs in 1984 out of Valley High School in Las Vegas, NV

4 – National League Cy Young Awards won by Maddux and NL ERA titles won.

8 – National League All-Star Selections.

10 – Maddux ranks in the Top 10 on the Chiefs single season list for Wins, Innings Pitched, Starts and Complete Games

12 – Number Maddux wore with the Chiefs in 1985

13 – Wins for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs. He was 13-9 with a 3.19 ERA and 125 strikeouts. Maddux finished fourth in the Midwest League in wins and starts, fifth in innings pitched and 13th in ERA.

18 – Maddux’s age on Opening Day 1985 when he started against Springfield in a 4-1 Peoria home win with a franchise debut record 12 strikeouts over 8 innings of work.  The #18 also represents the number of Gold Gloves Maddux won, more than any player to ever play in the Majors.

21 – At-bats for Maddux in 1985 with the Chiefs (pre-DH). He hit .238 with a double and a RBI.

27 – Starts for Maddux with the Chiefs in 1985

31 – Number he wore in the Major Leagues, retired in Peoria, Chicago and Atlanta.

35 – MLB playoff appearances for Maddux

72 1/3 – NL record in 2001 for Maddux without issuing a walk

95 – Wins for Maddux as a Cub before signing a free agent deal in Atlanta in the winter of 1992.

97.2 – Percent of Hall of Fame ballots with Maddux’s name listed. Tom Seaver (98.8) in 1992 holds the all-time record.

300 – Win #300 came on August 7, 2004 against the San Francisco Giants

355 – Career wins, 8th all-time. One more than Roger Clemens and the most in MLB history since Warren Spahn retired in 1965 with 363.

546 – Career putouts. Most ever for a pitcher in MLB history.

740 – Career starts, 4th all-time.

999 – Career walks. Maddux is one of two pitchers (Fergie Jenkins) with more than 3,000 strikeouts and less than 1,000 walks issued.

1986 – Maddux debuted with the Cubs the season after he pitched in Peoria. His MLB debut came in the 17th inning of a September 2 game against Houston when he pinch ran for future Chiefs manager Jody Davis.

1988 – Maddux’s breakout season for the Cubs going 18-8

1992  – The first of four Cy Young Award seasons and the first 20 win season for Maddux.

1995 – The 1995 season was magical for Maddux and the Braves as he won his fourth straight Cy Young Award with one of the best pitching seasons in the last 40 years and the Braves won their first World Series in Atlanta. In 28 starts in 1995, Maddux issued just 23 walks and posted a 19-2 record with a 1.63 ERA.

2004 – Return to Chicago with a 16-11 season and a 4.02 ERA

2008 – Maddux’s final season. Split between San Diego and Los Angeles, Maddux made his final appearance in Chicago in game one of the NLDS with an inning of work against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. He then threw twice in the NLCS against the Phillies, which his final outing in game 5.

2010 – Maddux has his number 31 retired in Peoria on June 11.

3000 – Strikeout #3000 came against the Giants on July 26, 2005

3371 – Career strikeouts, 10th all-time.

Here’s a clip of Maddux pitching from 1985 on WTVP with Ed Hammond on the call: 

 


Looking through my various spreadsheets I was able to get the result of 24 of Greg Maddux’s 1985 Chiefs starts. I didn’t have full box score lines on all of them but an hour with Microfilm at the Peoria Public Library allowed me to get all 27 results and box scores from the Peoria Journal Star archives. So here is the Greg Maddux Game by Game lines from 1985. Also includes an exhibition game in which Maddux pitched for AAA-Iowa against the Cubs, the Midwest League All-Star Game and a post-season start.

Date              Result            Opponent                 Line
April 12       W 4-1         vs. Springfield         8ip, 4h, 0r, 1bb, 12k. Team record K in debut
April 17      L 3-2             at Appleton              6ip, 3h, 3r, 2er, 2bb, 3k, E. Lost on UER.
April 22     W 8-1            vs. Beloit                   7ip, 5h, 0er, 4bb, 9k. Win (2-1)
April 28     ND W 6-5    at Springfield          7ip, 7h, 5r, 1bb, 7k. Chiefs win in 9th
May 3         W 3-2            at Springfield          CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 2bb, 2k. Double at plate
May 8         W 8-3            vs. Burlington         6.1ip, 6h, 2er, 4k. Win (4-1)
May 14      W 2-1            vs. Cedar Rapids    CG 6ip, 1h, 1r, 2bb, 3k. Rain shortened
May 20      L 7-3             at Madison                5.2ip, 10h, 7r, 4er
May 25      W 6-2            vs. Madison            CG 9ip, 8h, 2r, 2bb, 6k Win (6-2)
May 30*   L 5-1              vs. Chicago              3ip, 3r. First 2 IP Sho. Ron Cey 2r 2b.
June 4       L 3-1              at Quad Cities         7ip, 6h, 3r, 2er, 6k. Dante Bichette 2-3 2b
June 9       W 9-7            at Quad Cities         8.2ip, 9h, 7r, 6er, 5bb, 7k
June 14    L 4-1              at Beloit                    7ip, 9h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 6k
June 20    W 9-4            vs. Wisconsin        6.1ip, 10h, 4r, 1bb, 2k
June 25    W 11-6           at Springfield        6.1ip, 9h, 6r, 5er, 1bb, 3k. 3-4, rbi
June 30    W 4-1            vs. Cedar Rapids  CG 9ip, 5h, 1r, 0bb, 8k
July 5        W 12-2          at Waterloo           CG 9ip, 7h, 2r, 3bb, 6k
July 8**   ND L 4-2      Midwest League   1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 0k
July 13     ND W 5-4     vs. Madison           5ip, 7h, 4r, 3bb, 3k
July 18     ND L 4-2 (12)  at Madison        8.1ip, 7h, 2r, 1er, 0bb, 2k
July 23    L 8-7                vs. Quad Cities     4.1ip, 7h, 6r, 3bb, 2k. QC scored 6 in 4th
July 28    W 6-2             at Burlington        6.1ip, 5h, 2r, 2bb, 4k
Aug 2       L 1-0               vs. Clinton             8ip, 7h, 1r, 2bb, 3k
Aug 7       L 4-1               vs. Wausau       6ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 3bb, 6k. Mickey Mantle in att
Aug 13 G2 ND L 3-2    at Wausau             5.2ip, 6h, 2r, 1er, 4bb, 1k
Aug 18    W 8-3              at Clinton              5.2ip, 6h, 1r, 2bb, 6k Win (13-7) last win
Aug 23    L 5-4               at Burlington        6.1ip, 7h, 4r, 3er, 2bb, 1k
Aug 28    ND W 9-8     vs. Quad Cities     5ip, 9h, 5er, 4k. Chiefs clinch Division title
Sept 2     L 4-1                vs. Quad Cities    CG 9ip, 3h, 4r, 0er, 2bb, 5k
Sept 7*** L 5-3             vs. Kenosha         4.1ip, 8h, 5r, 1k. Game 2 MWL Finals

*exhibition game between the Iowa Cubs & Chicago Cubs in Des Moines, IA
**Midwest League All-Star Game in Cedar Rapids, IA
***Midwest League Finals Game 2 vs. Kenosha

Microfilm of 1985 files for the Peoria Journal Star

Microfilm of 1985 files for the Peoria Journal Star

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