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)
Nice split for the Chiefs this weekend in Appleton. Earlier in the week manager Joe Kruzel said “You have to win series to compete, especially at home. Winning on the road is tough in this league.” He speaks from experience having made the playoffs with Quad Cities a handful of times and winning the MWL in 2011 with the Bandits. With that said, this was a good weekend for the Chiefs, starting off in Wisconsin with a split and four really well played games, minus a half inning here or there. Here are the recaps: Game One and Game Two.
Now its a five-hour bus ride home and a Monday day off before a six-game homestand at Dozer Park against Dayton and Bowling Green. We are watching The Gladiator. Very solid first bus movie pick. Here are some thoughts after five hours of baseball in Appleton on a Sunday afternoon:
- Mason Katz hits the ball a long long way. He absolutely crushed both home runs on Sunday. On the second one the left fielder didn’t even move.
- Chase Brookshire works quickly and throws strikes. Maybe not Kurt Heyer quick, but he does not mess around on the mound. He gets it and throws. He and Steve Bean were in a great rhythm in game two with just one mistake all game long.
- Alex Reyes has a fun curveball. Many times Sunday Wisconsin hitters were jumping out of the box only to have the pitch called a strike after he broke. His fastball is 95-96 and once he controls it, look out. (See the bottom of this post for Reyes photos courtesy of Jacob Hansel and the Timber Rattlers)
- It is a long process and a learning curve but Carson Kelly seems to be adapting well behind the plate. He unloaded quickly on a throw to second on a stolen base and flawlessly handled two pop ups in foul territory.
- Rattlers CF Johnny Davis is fun to watch play defense. He is super fast and covers a ton of territory. He robbed Mason Katz (twice), Ronald Castillo and Jake Stone of extra bases in the DH Sunday with one diving catch and three other long running catches. Davis didn’t even play baseball in HS and was a track star who turned to baseball in college.
- Dig the Wisconsin gold Brewers jerseys they wear on Sunday’s. I think you’ll like what the Chiefs have in store for Sunday’s in 2014 as well.
- Congrats to Kevin Herget on his first career save. He bounced back nicely from a throwing error on a sac bunt against he speedy Davis to save game one and get the Chiefs a 3-2 win.
- Michael Schulze just gets on base. Another hit on Sunday in game two and he has been on base seven times in 10 plate appearances this season with a double, two singles, four walks, a steal and four runs scored.
- The Chiefs are taking good at-bats in run scoring situations and have a .294 team average with RISP to show for it. On the other side the pitchers held Wisconsin to a .154 (6 for 39) average.
Thanks for reading, enjoy the Reyes slide show and we hope to see you at Dozer Park Tuesday night!
Welcome to the first double header of the 2014 season as the Chiefs take on Wisconsin in two 7-inning games starting at 1:05 p.m. We get our first look at RHP Alex Reyes in game one and LHP Chase Brookshire in game two. Reyes was ranked by Baseball Prospectus as the #98 prospect in all of Minor League Baseball.
Last season the Chiefs were 4-6 in double header games. The players are looking forward to Tuesday’s home opener (6:30 pm vs. Dayton) and also getting settled into their apartments and host families on the Monday offday. But first of course the two games today against the Rattlers.
Here are Sunday’s GameNotes and I’d imagine all the position players will play in game two today. We get our first look at INF Cesar Valera in game one as he starts for Michael Schulze at third base. If Jimmy Bosco plays in game two then all position players will have played in the opening series.
Game One Lineup
McElroy Jr. CF
You can follow along in a variety of ways. If you want to listen live you can download the Peoria Chiefs App in Itunes, Android Marketplace or Google Play. If you prefer to listen on a PC or Mac, here is the link for both and then choose which type you have. You can also search Peoria Chiefs Network on Tune-In Radio. On Twitter follow@PeoChiefsGame for in game updates. And always on the road I’ll post some fun photos or behind the scenes videos if you follow Peoria Chiefs on Instagram or Snapchat.
I’ll look to post after the DH during our five hour bus ride home with some thoughts on the day and the opening series. Also on Monday keep an eye out for a photo tour of NeuroScience Group Field here in Appleton plus we’ll get you caught up on all the former Chiefs around Minor League baseball.
Thanks for following the Chiefs, reading the blog and interacting on Social Media!
It was a tough day at the field for the Peoria Chiefs on Saturday losing 8-4 to the host Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. Both games so far this season have had identical 8-4 scores. If you missed it earlier, here is Saturday’s game recap. Sunday the Chiefs send Alex Reyes and Chase Brookshire to the mound in the double header against Anthony Banda and Preston Gainey. I’ll have game notes and a lineup Sunday morning on the blog. Also here is the CJ McElroy Jr. pre-game show interview from today’s broadcast.
Here are some off the cuff thoughts on Saturday’s game
- Silfredo Garcia competed. He kept the Chiefs in the game and with runners on base in two instances fought to get outs and playable balls for outs. He wasn’t focused on just getting strikeouts as he appeared to be at times in 2013. I liked what I saw from Garcia.
- Steve Bean played without long sleeves under his jersey which means the Texas native is nuts cause it was cold out there!
- The Chiefs battled for all 27 outs, Even down 7-2 they weren’t quitting and battled every at-bat. That will prove huge as the season continues
- Small mistakes hurt Saturday. It’s weird to say a four run game was decided but a couple plays but this one was. Take away the two base-running mistakes, a dropped flyball and a balk and there’s four runs, two in each direction. That’s how big one play can be.
- Michael Schulze is a very patient #9 hitter. He has now drawn four walks this season and reached base in six of eight plate appearances.
- Joe Kruzel will stick up for his players. He chatted with the base umpire three times on Saturday, making the case for his guys so they didn’t have to.
- Twice now in two games the Chiefs have perfectly executed infield-in plays with outs at the plate. Shows what all that work in Spring Training is for.
- No home runs in two games but some hard hit balls from Mason Katz, Carson Kelly, Jake Stone and Ronald Castillo
- Looking forward to seeing prospect Alex Reyes on Sunday in game one of the DH. He has a 94-96 fastball and a plus curveball. Should be fun to watch!
Well yesterday was a no-go with the snow, rain, wind and cold. It was miserable outside even for a quick walk to lunch or the mall. I know most the guys spent the day either walking around the Fox Cities Mall across the parking lot from the hotel or staying warm in the rooms watching TV, movies or the Cardinals game. Some ventured out to Wal-Mart, bowling or a movie.
I was able to watch both the Cardinals and Triple-A Memphis/Iowa game and followed along on twitter to the Palm Beach and Springfield games involving many former Chiefs. As much as not having a game sucked, it is nice to be able to listen to or watch the former Chiefs in MiLB. There are currently 96 former Chiefs on other MiLB rosters! We’ll have an update on who is where in the coming days.
As for the Chiefs, today they attempt to start a season 2-0 for the first time since the Ryne Sandberg managed 2007 Chiefs started 3-0. That 2007 team also won the opener (9-5) in Appleton and got snowed out the next two days before winning games #2 and #3 in Burlington, Iowa. The franchise record start is 7-0 from 2003, all home games against Burlington and Cedar Rapids. Other good starts include: 1995 3-0, 1994 4-0 (all on road) and 1989 4-0.
Here are today’s GameNotes. The lineup for game two is:
CF CJ McElroy Jr.
2B Mason Katz
DH Carson Kelly
RF Ronald Castillo
LF Kenny Peoples-Walls
1B Jake Stone
C Steve Bean
SS Juan Herrera
3B Michael Schulze
RHP Silfredo Garcia
You can follow along in a variety of ways. If you want to listen live you can download the Peoria Chiefs App in Itunes, Android Marketplace or Google Play. If you prefer to listen on a PC or Mac, here is the link for both and then choose which type you have. You can also search Peoria Chiefs Network on Tune-In Radio. On Twitter follow @PeoChiefsGame for in game updates. And always on the road I’ll post some fun photos or behind the scenes videos if you follow Peoria Chiefs on Instagram or Snapchat.
I’ll post after the game tonight with some thoughts here on the blog as well while watching the Final Four (Go Gators!! Both as an alum and for bracket purposes!). Have a great Saturday and thanks for reading, here are some bonus snow pictures for the day.