July 2014

Tuesday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The Cardinals won the second game of their four game series with Pittsburgh in exciting fashion for the second night in a row. Kolten Wong started off the scoring with a two-run double in the second. Pittsburgh would come back and lead the Cardinals 4-2 after an Andrew McCutchen two-run homer in the fifth. Matt Holliday wasted no time and hit a two-run double in the bottom half of the inning to knot the game at four. They would remain tied until Wong drilled a walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth, his third homer of the season. Below is the line-drive shot:

John Gast had a perfect game going through five and two thirds innings for Memphis, but after two rain delays he would come out of the game. Angel Castro took over for Memphis and blew the game as they would go on to lose to Nashville 4-2. Stephen Piscotty was two for four with two RBI. He is batting .306 with six homers and 51 RBI on the year. Read about it in the Game Story.

State College rolled Auburn 10-2 behind Rowan Wick’s 12th home run of the season and former Chief Robeyls Reyes’ three-run shot. This was Wick’s first homer in four games, the longest drought of the season thus far. Reyes finished the game going two for five batting leadoff for the Spikes. Check out the Game Recap.

Johnson City lost their series with Elizabethton after losing 9-3 Tuesday night. The GCL Cards have now lost two in a row, their longest losing streak of the season, after being shutout by the GCL Mets 7-0 in a game shortened by rain.

Former Chief of the Day Sam Fuld had a perfect night at the plate for the Minnesota Twins in their 2-0 shutout of the Seattle Mariners. Fuld was three for three with a solo home run, his second of the year. Former Chiefs Coco Crisp and Marwin Gonzalez also tacked on a RBI on Tuesday while former Chief Brandon Guyer delivered a three-hit performance for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Behind the Numbers of Chris Perry’s Promotion

(Dennis Sievers/Peoria Chiefs)

(Dennis Sievers/Peoria Chiefs)

The Chiefs will have to negotiate the second half of the Midwest League season without their most consistent reliever as All-Star Chris Perry was promoted to Palm Beach after Tuesday’s game.  It is going to be “next man up” in the bullpen but will likely take a team effort to replace what Perry meant to the Chiefs through 87 games this season.

Perry turned in one of the best seasons for any reliever in the Chiefs 32 year history. In 28 games he went 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA covering 49 innings of work. Perry saved three games, earned five holds and finished off eight contests. He struck out 80 batters while walking just 15 over his 49 innings. The numbers lead to a 0.90 WHIP, a 14.7 K/9IP ratio and a .165 opponents average against.

So where do all those numbers rank among the Midwest League leaders and in Chiefs history? Glad you asked.

As for the Midwest League, Perry leaves the Chiefs ranking 2nd in the league in reliever K/9IP, 4th in reliever opponents average against and fourth in relievers WHIP.

If you sort the 32 year Chiefs history by pitchers who threw at least 49 innings (Perry’s total) you’ll get 302 names. There are 70 who like Perry, pitched only in relief. Of those 302, Perry is #1 in strikeouts per 9 innings and his 14.7 number beats the previous high by one full strikeout. Ben Julianel posted a 13.7 number in 2003 over 51 2/3 innings.

Perry’s 0.90 WHIP ranks fourth among relievers behind Jared Blasdell 0.75 in 2002, Alex Maestri 0.87 in 2007 and Brian Reed 0.89 in 1995. Of those three Maestri made four starts in 48 games and totaled 83 2/3 innings while Reed pitched 60 times for 61 innings and Blasdell threw 65 2/3 innings in 53 appearances.

(Dennis Sievers)

(Dennis Sievers)

Perry’s .165 average against is also fourth behind Brandon DeJaynes .151 in 2003,

Blasdell at .155 in 2002 and Heath Slocumb .162 in 1989. 

Perry’s 80 strikeouts are tied for 8th among all Chiefs pitchers with zero starts. The other pitcher with 80, Keith Glauber, needed 64 innings in 1996 to rack up 80 strikeouts. How dominant are Perry’s K numbers? Well put it this way, Michael Sodders holds the Chiefs single season strikeout record at 177 in 1989. His K/9 IP ratio is 7.7, or nearly half of what Perry posted in 2014.

Good luck in Palm Beach Chris!

 

Monday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

Adam Wainwright tossed another gem for St. Louis on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tossed seven shutout innings allowing seven hits, three walks, and struck out five, but received a no decision. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Matt Adams launched a walk-off homer, his 10th of the year, to beat the Pirates 2-0 and move to only four games back of first in the NL Central. Below is the walk-off blast:

Memphis had a walk-off of their own as Luis Mateo drove home the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to cap the 2-1 comeback for Memphis over division-leading Nashville. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed only one run off off six hits, walked none, and struck out six in seven innings of work. Check out the Game Story.

Springfield was locked in a pitcher’s duel with San Antonio that went into extras. Mike O’Neill delivered the game-winning RBI double in the 11th to propel Springfield to a 3-2 victory. Former Chief Mike Mayers allowed two runs off five hits, walked none, and struck out five in seven innings of work. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom both produced a RBI. Here is the Recap.

State College notched a narrow 3-2 victory over Auburn. Nick Thompson drilled a three-run home run in the seventh, his second homer of the year. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for four with a double. Check out the Game Recap.

Johnson City got blown out 15-7 by the Twins affiliate Elizabethton. Casey Turgeon was three for four while crossing the play three times. Read about it in the Game Story.

The GCL Cardinals finally lost after a fantastic seven-game win streak. Catcher Joshua Lopez was one for four with a double and two RBI on the day.

Former Chief Marwin Gonzalez legged a three-run triple in Houston’s blow out win over Texas on a one for four night with two runs scored.

Former Chiefs in MLB All-Star Game

With the Sunday night announcements of the 2014 MLB All-Star Teams, the Chiefs will have four former players on rosters for the first time ever. This ASG will also be the first time former Chiefs have started on both teams (Josh Donaldson & Yadier Molina). Below is a table listing all the former Chiefs who were named to MLB All-Star Games and their results from the game.

YEAR PLAYER TEAM Game Result Notes
1986 WALLY JOYNER  ANGELS 0-1 STARTING 1B
1988 RAFAEL PALMEIRO CUBS 0-0, BB
1988 GREG MADDUX CUBS DNP
1989 DEVON WHITE ANGELS 0-1
1991 RAFAEL PALMEIRO RANGERS 0-0, BB
1992 GREG MADDUX CUBS 1.1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1HRA
1993 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-3 STARTING DH
1993 DEVON WHITE BLUE JAYS  1-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB
1994 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 3IP, 3H, 1R, 2K STARTING P
1995 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-0
1995 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
1995 HEATH SLOCUMB PHILLIES 1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K WIN
1996 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
1997 MARK GRACE CUBS 0-1
1997 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1HR STARTING P
1998 RAFAEL PALMEIRO ORIOLES  2-2, R, RBI
1998 DEVON WHITE DIAMONDBACKS  3-3, 3B, R
1998 GREG MADDUX BRAVES 2IP, 3H, 1BB, 1K STARTING P
1999 RAFAEL PALMEIRO RANGERS  1-2, RBI STARTING DH
2000 JOE GIRARDI CUBS DNP
2000 GREG MADDUX BRAVES DNP
2001 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-0 BB
2003 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  1-3, RBI STARTING LF
2004 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI STARTING 1B
2004 JACK WILSON PIRATES 0-2
2005 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  1-2 STARTING DH
2006 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-3, K STARTING 1B
2007 PLACIDO POLANCO TIGERS 0-1 STARTING 2B
2007 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS DNP
2007 DANNY HAREN A’S 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 2K STARTING P
2008 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS  2-3 STARTING DH
2008 DANNY HAREN DIAMONDBACKS 2IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K HOLD
2009 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-3 STARTING 1B
2009 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS 1-2, R, RBI STARTING C
2009 DANNY HAREN DIAMONDBACKS 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0K
2010 ALBERT PUJOLS CARDINALS 0-2, K STARTING 1B
2010 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS  1-1 STARTING C
2011 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS  1-1
2011 PLACIDO POLANCO  PHILLIES DNP
2012 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS DNP
2013 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS 0-2 STARTING C
2014 YADIER MOLINA CARDINALS STARTING C
2014 JOSH DONALDSON A’S STARTING 3B
2014 JOSH HARRISON PIRATES
2014 JEFF SAMARDZIJA CUBS/A’S

Donaldson is the 9th different Chiefs player to be named a starter. Albert Pujols leads the way with 7 starts while 2014 will be the 4th for Yadier Molina. Greg Maddux made three starts while Placido Polanco, Danny Haren, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Wally Joyner had one start each.

Pujols leads the way with 6 hits in 19 AB while Devon White has 4 hits and both Palmeiro and Molina have 3 each. Maddux threw 8.1 inning while Haren has 5 IP.

Saturday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday. After winning three straight, the Cards blew a one-run lead in the ninth and lost the middle game of their three-game series with the Marlins. Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to extend the Cards lead 5-1, but the Marlins scored five unanswered runs to topple the Cards at Busch Stadium. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for five with a RBI. Check out the Highlights.

Memphis won their second game in a row behind Boone Whiting’s first win of the season. Whiting allowed only one run off five hits, walked two, and fanned seven batters in five innings of work. Randal Grichuk launched his 14th home run of the season as Memphis beat New Orleans 6-3. Below is Grichuk’s homer:

Springfield struggled to find runs yet again, but Kyle Hald led them to victory with a great pitching performance. Hald allowed only one run off seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in seven innings of work as he improved to 7-2 on the year. Former Chief David Popkins was two for three on the night. Read about the win in the Game Story.

Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins tossed a gem for Palm Beach, in which he allowed an unearned run off five hits over seven innings pitched to lead Palm Beach to a 4-1 win over Bradenton. Former Chief Gerwuins Velazco was one for three with a two-run double. Here is the Game Recap.

State College narrowly escaped Jamestown in the late innings for a 3-2 win. Rowan Wick scored the game-winning run in the eighth, crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for two with a RBI double. Read about the narrow win in the Game Story.

Juan Perez got his first start of the year for Johnson City and notched his third win of the season as they beat Princeton 3-1. Blake Drake hit his first professional home run, a two run shot. Check out the Recap.

The GCL Cards improved to 12-2 on the year after beating the GCL Nationals in a shoot-out 12-8. 2014 first round draft choice Luke Weaver made his professional debut and tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Jack Flaherty also made his debut as he allowed two runs off two hits and struck out two in an inning of work.

Former Chief Albert Pujols had another monster game against Houston as the Angels cranked out three homers in a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Astros 11-5. Pujols was three for five with a homer, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. With his 19th homer, Pujols tied Mel Ott for 23rd on the all-time home run list. Below is Pujols’ 19th home run of the year:

 

Former Chief Robinson Chirinos launched his eighth home run of the season on a two for four night with three RBI as the Rangers beat the Mets 5-3.

Former Chief Chris Archer pitched into the ninth inning as he improved to 5-5 on the year with the Rays 7-2 win over the Tigers. Archer allowed two runs off six hits, walked four, and struck out four. Here are the highlights from Archer’s solid outing.

 

Friday’s Org Report and Former Chiefs Update

The St. Louis Cardinals barely edged the Marlins on Friday 3-2. They were cruising until the ninth up 3-0 before Trevor Rosenthal had trouble closing the Marlins out. After allowing two runs, Rosenthal got a game-ending double play to secure their third win in a row. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for two with a RBI double and bumped his average back up to .292. Check out the highlights.

Memphis got a 3-2 victory as well thanks to a great pitching performance from Tim Cooney. He allowed two runs off six hits, walked one, and struck out five over eight innings of work as he garnered his eighth win of the year. Stephen Piscotty was three for four with two RBI. Here is the Game Story.

Corpus Christi blanked Springfield on Friday 8-0. Cody Stanley had the only multi-hit night going two for four. Springfield, as a whole, only managed four hits against Corpus Christi’s pitching. Former Chief Kurt Heyer suffered the loss after allowing three runs off five hits over five and two thirds innings. Here is the Recap.

Former Chief Corey Baker was fantastic in his first start, but ended up with a no decision as Palm Beach blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and ended up losing 7-4. Baker tossed five shutout innings allowing only two hits, walking none, and striking out three. Former Chief Mason Katz launched his second homer for Palm Beach, his 16th overall. Check out the Game Story.

State College won a shoot-out on Friday 11-9 over Jamestown. Jake Stone launched a grand slam, his second homer in as many games and his third of the year. Stone would finish the game going two for four with 5 RBI. Read about it in the Game Recap.

Johnson City blanked Princeton 7-0 behind Ian McKinney’s incredible start. McKninney tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and fanning 10 batters. McKinney is currently 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and only two walks over 18 innings of work.

The GCL Cardinals rolled the GCL Nationals 7-1 as they improved to 11-2 on the season. Elier Rodriguez was perfect at the plate going three for three with a double and a run scored.

Former Chief Albert Pujols had a huge part in the Angels’ 7-6 walk-off win over Houston. Pujols was three for four with his 18th home run of the season, three runs scored, and two RBI.

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