Its great to finally be back home and we will get very comfortable and familiar with Peoria and O’Brien Field over the next few weeks. After a nine game road trip and a couple of long series with rain and travel we will now play 20 home games over the next 24 days. Nine this homestand, then three games in Kane County and a day off on May 16 before an 11 game homestand in 10 days that starts on May 17.
This is a unique homestand with two day games and a Sunday night game which we have not done since 2006. The Friday 11 am game and the Sunday 5pm game are because Bradley is also home this weekend against Southern Illinois and they will play before us on Saturday.
I’m really looking forward to our first fireworks show on Saturday, set to Star Wars music with it being Star Wards night complete with characters and guests on hand from the 501st Midwest Garrison.
Against Clinton, who we swept last week, the Chiefs again are presented with a left-handed heavy lineup. The Chiefs staff handled the lefties from Clinton last week but did not handle the lefties very well against Beloit. Clinton tonight bats 4 lefties and one switch hitter.
Thursday will feature 1st rounder vs. 1st rounder as Hayden Simpson pitches against Taijuan Walker who was just promoted to Clinton on Tuesday. Walker was a supplemental 1st rounder in June and he is ranked as the Mariners #4 prospect in Baseball America.
May 4 Lineup
Wednesday Game Notes: May4GameNotes
Wow its early…and cold! Bus left O’Brien Field at 7:30 am after we got back last night about 12:20. Fun times. The Chiefs try to avoid the sweep this morning and get a winning roadtrip at 5-4 with RH Su-Min Jung on the hill. It is sure gonna be good to get home!
Greg Rohan is still not with us and hopefully feeling better for the homestand though I wouldnt expect him in the lineup before the weekend.
May 3 Lineup
Tuesday Game Notes: May3GameNotes
The Chiefs made a series of roster moves today adding former Chiefs pitchers Su-Ming Jung and Justin Bristow from Extended Spring Training. Both are coming off arm injuries. Jung will start Tuesday while Bristow goes into the bullpen mix. Juan Serrano was promoted to Daytona and made it there last night. Meanwhile Dallas Beeler (oblique) and Graham Hicks (flexor pronator) have been placed on the DL. Lopez goes solo tonight instead of with Beeler piggybacking and Jung slides into Hicks’ spot in the rotation tomorrow. Right now we are shorthanded with just 24 players on the roster.
Greg Rohan, who has the flu and a fever, did not make the trip over with us today and stayed back in Peoria to hydrate and get some rest. This also keeps the other players from catching whatever it is that Rohan has. I would guess that with an 11 am game tomorrow that he will not come over then either.
May 2 Lineup
Lopez had his best outing of the season (5 shutout innings) here on April 14 so hopefully he has the Bees’ number.
Monday Game Notes: May2GameNotes
Well April ended with a 12-10 record and the craziest game I’ve seen in a long time. Nine homers yesterday in Beloit, Chiefs gave up a franchise single-game record six and still won, 13-8 in 10 innings. Good thing 5 of 6 homers allowed were solo shots. The Chiefs tied the game with 2 outs in the ninth after giving up back to back to back homers in the 8th. Then Smaily Borges’s 2nd solo shot of the game led off the 10th and starter a 5 run inning.
To clarify they stole two of Greg Rohan’s hits after the game in scoring complaints from the Beloit staff so he lost his RBI double in the 1st and his infield single in the 10th was made a fielders’ choice. Rohan now finished 3-for-6 with no RBI and it saved their pitcher an earned run. Bogus. But it is what it is.
The Chiefs finish April 1st in the MWL in team batting at .276, 3rd in runs scored at 121, 5th in doubles with 40, 6th in homers with 13 and have the least amount of hitting strikeouts at just 134. On the pitching side the Chiefs are 9th in ERA at 3.92 (went up 0.21 yesterday) and have allowed the 2nd most homers at 24 with the six yesterday. Chiefs are tied for 1st in fielding percentage with Bowling Green at .974 and 2nd in double plays turned with 22. It is very rare at this level to have more double plays turned (22) than errors (20) after a month of play.
Individually, Micah Gibbs picked up enough plate appearances yesterday to now rank 3rd in the MWL in batting average at .375 and he is the MWL Leader in OBP at .500. Greg Rohan is 6th at .357 despite losing the two hits yesterday. Rohan is also 1st in RBI (21), 1st in doubles (10), 1st in hits (30) and 5th in total bases (49). Pierre LePage is the toughest batter in the league to strikeout with 1k/28 plate appearances. Matt Szczur is right behind him in 2nd at 1k/12.50 PA.
On the pitching side, Eric Jokisch at 3-0 is tied with many others for Most wins and Win PCT. Today’s starter Austin Kirk is 10th in the MWL in ERA at 2.00 and Juan Serrano leads the league in fewest baserunners allowed per 9 innings by a reliever at 5.68.
Jokisch has the most wins in April by a Chiefs pitcher since 1989 while Rohan has the most RBI and doubles in April since 2003. All in all a pretty successful first month for a team that played 15 road games and just seven at home while enduring three double headers, one suspended game and one game that ended early.
May 1 Lineup
Gibbs gets a day off after catching 2 straight games and Rohan is sick with a fever and although he made the commuter trip over, is not starting today.
Sunday Game Notes: May1GameNotes