April 2013

Sunday Game Notes, Lineup, etc.

Well let’s say we took a unique route to the ballpark today with a fill-in bus company and driver. Oops. Oh well we are here and ready to win the series with former River Bandit Tyrell Jenkins on the mound. Jenkins was 1-2 with a 3.51 ERA in this ballpark lats season in 12 starts with 63 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings of work. You can check out his full pitchers page in today’s GameNotes

We will face starter Vincent Velasquez, a former 2nd round pick who is the Astros #13 prospect. Velasquez had a very strong 2012 season in the NY Penn League after missing all of 2011 with Tommy John surgery. He will be followed in the piggyback system by former Bradley University star Joe Bircher. I had the chance to watch Joe pitch a few times at Peoria Chiefs Stadium with Bradley the last few seasons and the lefty has very good stuff. He was 3-4 with a 3.31 ERA in 13 starts last year in the NYP League and I’m sure he is looking forward to pitching in Peoria later this season. Bircher was all Missouri Valley at BU in 2012 and second team in 2011. He struck out 113 last year, the most for a Bradley pitcher since 1956. He set BU career records in strikeouts (302) and innings (359.2) while finished second in starts (50), fourth in win (21) and fifth in ERA (3.58).

Here is the Chiefs Sunday lineup for the series finale:

Swinson LF
Mejia SS (first game batting 2nd, 6 game hit streak)
Valera 2B (first game batting 3rd, 4 game RBI streak)
Walton 1B (first game batting 4th)
Wisdom 3B (first game not batting 3rd)
Vargas DH
Martini RF
Tilson CF
Velazco C
Jenkins RHP

pregame show at 1:40 with the first pitch at 2pm online and follow us on twitter as well. Happy Sunday!

Saturday Game Notes, Lineup and Miscellaneous

Watching the Cardinals score run after run after run in the 6th against the Brewers sure is fun! The Chiefs are on the field taking batting practice for the first time since Tuesday and ready for LHP Dail Villanueva to make his 13th career start at Modern Woodmen Park. Villanueva is one of 10 Chiefs who played for Quad Cities last season and he had a lot of success at home going 8-2 with a 3.49 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 67 innings. He held opponents to a .239 average at MWP.

Here are today’s GameNotes and the Lineup:

Swinson RF
Valera LF
Wisdom 3B
Wilson 2B
Walton 1B
Mejia SS
Martini CF
Klein C
Vargas DH
Villanueva LHP

That sets the Chiefs up today with three LH bats and three switch hitters. Tilson (L), Rasmus (S) and Velazco (R) on the bench.

Did You Know? Last night, the first overall pick of the 2012 draft, Carlos Correa was 1-for-4 with a RBI double. Before Correa, the last #1 overall pick to face the Chiefs was Justin Upton with South Bend during the 2006 season. Other #1 overall picks to face the Chiefs since 2000 are Adrian Gonzalez (Kane County 2001), Joe Mauer (Quad Cities 2002) and Matt Bush (Ft. Wayne 2005).

Upton vs. Chiefs: 4-for-21 (.190) 2 2b, 8r, 8bb, sb
Bush vs. Chiefs: 6-for-25 (.240), 5rbi
Mauer vs. Chiefs: 13-for-34 (.382), 2 2b, 4r, 6rbi
Gonzalez vs. Chiefs: 21-for-58 (.362), HR, 4 2b, 17r, 11rbi

First pitch tonight at 7pm. Pregame show around 6:40. Enjoy the broadcast online and follow @PeoChiefsGame for in-game updates as the 4-3 Chiefs chase down the 5-2 Bandits in the standings

Finally, a Road Game! Friday Game Notes/Lineup/Photos

Well after a Thursday rain out, our second in a row, we are ready for our first road game of the season. Yesterday Quad Cities called as we were loading the bus and told us to hold off a few minutes. We were just pulling away from the stadium when they cancelled the game.

Today we left at 2pm and watched Miracle on the way over which is one of Manager Dann Bilardello’s favorites and a great film. No work on field so the guys hit in the cage. Quad Cities media was here early to interview some of the 10 ex-Bandits on our roster.

Here is today’s Lineup: 412 Lineup

and here are the April12GameNotes. It is dang cold here today in Davenport and doesn’t look like it is going to warm up anytime soon. Broadcast starts at 6:40 pm Online or on the Apps. You can also follow along on Twitter with in-game updates. I’ll post stadium pictures over the weekend when hopefully we’ll see the sun for the first time in days…Enjoy!

Tuesday Game Recap & Video Highlights

Well no streak lasts forever and the Chiefs ran into a great effort from Beloit starting pitcher Raul Alcantara on Tuesday night in a 4-1 loss. Peoria hit just three balls out of the infield against Alcantara over seven innings and picked up one hit, a single, against the right-hander. The Chiefs had not allowed a homer in 54 1/3 innings before Bruce Maxwell III and Renato Nunez went back-to-back against Hector Hernandez in the fourth. The Chiefs and Snappers play game three Wednesday night. Here is tonight’s game recap.

Also below are the video highlights, including a great play at the beginning by Patrick Wisdom and the Chiefs 9th inning run. In between are the two Snappers home runs. Back at it tomorrow.

Monday Night Recap & Video Highlights

The Chiefs won again on Monday to get their third straight win. Jacob Wilson hit a home run in the first inning for the second night in a row. That ended up being all Joe Cuda needed as he struck out five over five innings for his first win of the season. Tonight was the first Chiefs win in a night game in 2013 and Zach Petrick nailed down the two-inning save, the first of his pro career.

The bullpen has been outstanding, allowing just three earned runs all season and just one earned run in the last 20 2/3 innings of work. Tonight Cuda, Corey Baker and Petrick combined to strike out 14 batters, a season high. Here is the Game Recap and Joe Cuda was our Pekin Insurance Beyond the Expected Player of the Game: cuda480x270

The video/audio highlights are below. The Wilson homerun is MIA but the rest are there.

Series Opening Monday Game Notes & Lineup

After winning two against the Rattlers over the weekend, the Chiefs are ready for a new series with Beloit (Oakland A’s) Snappers. There’s a lot going on today so not much to blog besides the GameNotes  and tonight’s Lineup .

As always, listen online or download the FREE Peoria Chiefs App on iTunes, Android or Blackberry. Intern Ryan Piers is back with us tonight and will host the pregame show is at 6:10.  He has an interview with yesterday’s winning pitcher Kyle Helisek plus highlights. I’ll have Patrick Wisdom on the field pregame and hope to have audio/video on the blog post-game. Enjoy!

Highlights of Sunday’s HR Derby/Chiefs Win

Boom, what a start by the Chiefs with two homers in the first inning. The sun was out and it was a beautiful warm day in downtown Peoria and the Chiefs bats warmed up. Two dingers for Patrick Widsom, one for Jacob Wilson and one for Alex Mejia in a 7-2 win. Great outing by Kyle Helisek too. The first of Wisdom’s shots was a 3-run first inning blast and Wilson went back to back with him. The highlights are below, edited by Ryan Rogy one of our great video interns, who also capped it with the score graphic!

and no doubt about it, Wisdom was the Pekin Insurance Player of the Game and Kristin Disanti threw together these sweet graphics for the website and social media!

Sunday Series Finale Game Notes & Lineup

This afternoon the Chiefs go for their second straight win after yesterday’s 4-3 win in 13 innings, Kyle Helisek makes the start for  the Chiefs in the series finale against Wisconsin. Here are Sunday’s GameNotes.

And here is the Lineup. Some changes as Vargas leads off and Wilson moves to the 4 slot. Wisdom DHing and Valera in the outfield for the first time. Walton plays first base. Days off for Washington, Swinson and Rasmus.

I did talk to Casey Rasmus and he is switch hitting this year for the first time. He got a hit in his first RH at-bat yesterday and is listed in the Cardinals media guide as a Left handed hitter but is a Switch Hitter now. He will join me on field in the Ameren Illinois Chiefs Countdown today for our video board interview. We hope to get the edited for tomorrow’s blog.

As always, listen online or download the FREE Peoria Chiefs App on iTunes, Android or Blackberry. Pregame show is at 1:45. Enjoy!

Saturday Game Recap & Video Highlights

There it is, the first win of the season for the Chiefs! It is always fun to win on a walk off. Did Casey Rasmus get his hand in under the tag? You be the judge in the highlights. I vote yes, and I thought so live as well. Wisconsin’s manager clearly disagreed postgame. Either way the umpire said safe and they can’t take it back. Hopefully the first of many days that the Peoria Chiefs and St. Louis Cardinals win on the same day!

Great team effort today in this win. Michael Swinson and Rasmus both had 3 hits. Casey stole two bases and scored twice while driving in a run. Michael had two RBI and a double. Doubles as well from Patrick Wisdom and David Washington who had a RBI. Nick Martini contributed  two hits as well while Alex Mejia singled and was hit by a pitch and Jacob Wilson got hit twice.

On the mound, Tyrell Jenkins retired the first seven Rattlers and kept the Chiefs in the game through his five innings of work. Then the bullpen took over and shut Wisconsin down. Joe Donofrio (3ip), Jhonny Polanco (2ip) and Dixon Llorens (3ip) combined to go 8ip, 2h, 0r, 1bb and 6k.

Here is the Game Recap from the website and a photo of the post-game celebration

The Chiefs celebrate with Michael Swinspn Saturday (Credit: Dennis Sievers)

The Chiefs celebrate with Michael Swinson Saturday (Credit: Dennis Sievers)

Chiefs Saturday Game Notes & Lineup

Well at least the games have been close, but now it is time to get a win. The Chiefs fell 2-1 last night on top of the Thursday night 5-4 loss in 11 innings. Last night was a quick game and the Chiefs hit just four balls out of the infield. Have to tip our cap to Damien Magnifico and Leonard Lorenzo of the Rattlers. Lorenzo faced 12 Chiefs and retired them all with five strikeouts.

On the bright side, Charlie Tilson showed off his speed and base running instincts as the Chiefs took a 1-0 lead. He beat out a bunt single and then distracted Magnifico into a pickoff error to move to second. On a grounder to third, Tilson took off for third immediately as Alfredo Rodriguez threw to first. The return throw bounced into left field and Tilson popped up from his slide and sprinted home. As the old saying goes, you cant teach speed. But it sure is fun to watch.

Here are today’s GameNotes and Lineup

Tyrell Jenkins gets his first start of the season, here is his Game Notes Page and if you want to look ahead to tomorrow, Kyle Helisek  will be on the mound in the series Finale.

As always, listen online or download the FREE Peoria Chiefs App on iTunes, Android or Blackberry. Pregame show is at 12:45. Enjoy!