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Chiefs Welcome Streaking LumberKings to Dozer Park for Three-Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (22-23) are coming off a double-header sweep of division-leading Quad Cities on Memorial Day. They are now home for a seven-game homestead to close out the month of May. The Clinton LumberKings (21-24) are winners of three straight, but are 1-2 in the season series with the Chiefs thus far. Peoria leads Clinton by two games in the Midwest League Western Division.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Tuesday May 26: RH Daniel Poncedeleon (4-0, 1.82) vs. RH Zach Littell (1-0, 4.22)

Wednesday May 27: RH Matt Pearce (3-3, 2.52) vs. RH Jefferson Medina (1-4, 3.77)

Thursday May 28: RH Fernando Baez (2-3, 4.81) vs. RH Tyler Herb (2-1, 5.01)

Things to Watch For:

Jon Jay Comes to Peoria

The St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder will begin a three-game rehab stint with Peoria for their series with Clinton. Jay was placed on the disabled list on May 14 with left wrist tendonitis. Jay is batting .248 with two doubles, 11 runs scored, and six RBI in 2015. Jay played for the Quad Cities River Bandits in 2006 and batted .342 with three homers, and 45 RBI in 60 games in his first professional season.

Poncedeleon Looks to Improve to 5-0

Poncedeleon makes his eighth start of the year on Tuesday to kickoff the homestead and will attempt to improve to 5-0 on the season. Poncedeleon is coming off his fourth win of the season, in which he allowed a career-high five runs, three of them earned, off seven hits, walked three, and struck out three over six and a third innings of work at home against Cedar Rapids. The Chiefs won that game 7-5 on May 19.

Clinton is Heating Up

The LumberKings are winners of four of their last five and are currently riding a three-game win streak. Memorial Day was extremely similar for both the Chiefs and LumberKings; they both swept a double header. Clinton got a complete game from their starter Lukas Schiraldi, who will not face the Chiefs in this series, in a 5-1 win over Burlington in game one of the double header.

Justin Ringo Looks to Walk It Out on Wednesday

The Chiefs leader in on-base percentage (.366) and walks (22) will be licking his chops as Jefferson Medina takes the mound for Clinton in game two of the series. Medina is currently tied for third in the Midwest League with 25 walks allowed. Medina has dropped three of his last five starts and has walked 14 batters over 29 innings during that stretch.

Former Chiefs Weekly Update

MLB

Jorge Soler (2012) – Soler batted .310 with four doubles and a pair of RBI this past week for the Chicago Cubs. Soler ended the month of April in a bit of a slump, but has quickly broken out of it as he is batting .308 in the month of May thus far.

Jeff Samardzija (2006) – Samardzija tossed his second-straight, eight-inning outing, which resulted in his fourth win of the year for the Chicago White Sox. Samardzija is now 4-2 with a 4.28 ERA on the season and has won three of his last four starts. In his latest outing this past week, Samardzija allowed two runs off three hits, walked one, and fanned a season-best nine batters over eight innings of work.

DJ LeMahieu played SS and 2B for the Chiefs in July and August 2009

DJ LeMahieu played SS and 2B for the Chiefs in July and August 2009

DJ LeMahieu (2009) – LeMahieu batted .385, belted his second homer of the season, and drove in six runs in the past week. LeMahieu is batting .333 with a pair of homers and 23 RBI for the Colorado Rockies this season.

Al Albuquerque (2008): Albuquerque put together a fantastic week out of the bullpen for the Detroit Tigers. He allowed no runs off three hits, yielded no walks, and struck out six over four and two-thirds innings of relief. Albuquerque lowered his ERA to 4.15 on the season

Marwin Gonzalez (2008) – Gonzalez batted a smoking .438 with two doubles and two RBI for the division-leading Houston Astros this past week. Gonzalez has played all over the infield for the Astros this season and is batting .263 with two homers and 12 RBI thus far.

Justin Bour (2010) – Bour is starting to get more starts at first base for the Miami Marlins, and for good reason too, as he batted .318 with two doubles, his second homer of the year, and two RBI this past week. Bour leads all former Chiefs in the majors with a .365 average.

Josh Harrison (2008-09): Harrison remains on this list for the second straight week as he continues to swing a hot bat for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Harrison batted a consistent .385 (he batted .480 the week before) with two doubles and four RBI. He has since raised his average to .255 with four homers and 14 RBI on the season.

Triple-A

Donnie Veal (2006) – Veal makes the list for the second straight week as he tossed another three scoreless relief appearances for Gwinnett (Braves). Veal has yet to allow an earned run this season and hasn’t allowed any runs since April 16. That’s 12-straight scoreless outings for Veal.

Taylor Davis (2012): Davis is currently riding a seven-game hit streak, five of which have been multi-hit performances. Davis has improved his average from .262 to .371, hit his second homer of the season, and drove in five runs during that stretch for the Iowa Cubs.

Rubi Silva (2011) – Silva’s power keeps him on the list for a second straight week. Silva clubbed two homers and provided eight RBI this past week for the Iowa Cubs. Silva bumped his average up another 21 points since last week and is batting .279 with three homers and 15 RBI this season.

Petrick pitching for the Chiefs in April 2013.

Petrick pitching for the Chiefs in April 2013.

Jay Jackson (2008) – Jackson tossed four scoreless innings over two relief outings this past week for El Paso (Padres). Jackson allowed only two hits, walked none, and struck out five. Jackson earned a promotion to Triple-A after posting a 1.69 ERA over six appearances for Double-A San Antonio. Jackson has a 1.53 ERA in 10 appearances with El Paso thus far.

Zach Petrick (2013): Petrick has won three straight starts, two of which came from impressive outings this past week for Memphis (Cardinals). In those two outings Petrick allowed a combined five runs off nine hits, walked one, and struck out 10 over 14 innings of work. The 10 strikeouts all came in his second outing of the week against Sacramento (Giants).

Double-A 

Marco Hernandez (2012) – Hernandez batted .392 with three doubles and three RBI for Portland (Red Sox) this past week. The 22-year-old is batting .294 with a homer and six RBI on the year.

Frank Batista (2010): Batista improved to 5-0 with a 1.11 ERA for Tennessee (Cubs) this season after an impressive win this past week. Batista allowed one unearned run off two hits, walked one, and struck out seven over six and a third innings of work. Batista has walked only 13 versus 40 strikeouts over 48 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Kyle Barraclough (2014) – Barraclough has yet to give up a run since his promotion to Double-A Springfield (Cardinals). Barraclough made three relief appearances this past week and did not yield a hit, walked two, and struck out five over four and a third innings of work.

Advanced-A

Jimmy Reed (2014) – Reed tossed a complete game shutout this past week for Palm Beach (Cardinals). Clearwater (Phillies) stood no chance against Reed as he scattered five hits, walked none, and struck out five as he improved to 3-2 with a 2.47 ERA on the season.

Former Chief of the Week:

Javier Baez (2012) – Baez makes his second straight appearance on this list, first as our Former Chief of the Week, after a power-driven week for the young slugger of the Iowa Cubs. Baez belted three homers, two of which came on May 24 against Tacoma, to go along with seven RBI. Baez is batting .311 with five homers and 17 RBI so far this season.

Here is Baez’s two-run jack from May 23:

Here is Baez’s second of two homers on Memorial Day:

Bean’s Slam Powers Chiefs Past Kernels

Steve Bean hit the first grand slam for the Chiefs since teammate Justin Ringo hit one on June 14 of last season. The slam came in the bottom of the sixth inning and gave the Chiefs a 6-4 lead. They would not look back from there as they went on to beat the Kernels 7-5 on Tuesday afternoon. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Hear from Steve Bean after the game:

Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s story.

Gomber Tosses One-Hitter in Chiefs win

Chiefs lefty Austin Gomber tossed a seven-inning shutout, surrendering only one hit while doing so, as the Chiefs bested the Cedar Rapids Kernels 1-0. Check out the Game Story.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Check out what Austin Gomber had to say after the game:

Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian wrote about the win and Bradley University product Max Murphy’s homecoming to Dozer Park in his latest article.

Milb.com detailed Gomber’s big day as well.

Chiefs Host Cedar Rapids for Rare Five-game Series

The Peoria Chiefs (19-17) host the Cedar Rapids Kernels (22-14) for an unusual five game series beginning tonight at Dozer Park. The reason behind this five-game series is the suspended game from May 14 in Cedar Rapids, IA will be completed tonight, with Cedar Rapids as the home team, and game two of the series immediately following as a seven-inning game. Order will be restored in game two as Peoria will regain their normal home team duties at their own ballpark.

Let’s update you on the suspended game. The game will resume in the top of the fourth with Cedar Rapids leading the Chiefs 6-2. Trey Vavra had a three-run shot in the second, his fourth of the year for the Kernels. Danny Diekroeger will be leading off for the Chiefs as first pitch is set for 5 pm.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Monday May 18 (Game 2): LHP Austin Gomber (2-3, 3.50) vs. LHP Mat Batts (3-2, 2.34)

Tuesday May 19: RHP Daniel Poncedeleon (3-0, 1.35) vs RHP John Curtiss (2-2, 5.06)

Wednesday May 20: LHP Dewin Perez (0-1, 11.37) vs LHP Stephen Gonsalves (3-1, 1.75)

Thursday May 21: RHP Matt Pearce (3-2, 2.12) vs. RHP Michael Cederoth (1-3, 5.00)

Things to Watch For:

Poncedeleon goes for his fourth win

People are in for a treat at Dozer Park. The Chiefs send their most effective pitcher to the mound in search of his fourth win. In six starts, Poncedeleon has yet to yield more than two earned runs. He has walked only seven batters and struck out 33 over 33 1/3 innings of work thus far. In his last start, Poncedeleon allowed two runs, one earned, off six hits, walked one, and fanned three in only four inning of work, receiving a no decision.

Kernels are loaded with prospects

The Kernels hold four of the Twins’ top 30 prospects on their roster according to MLB.com. Nick Gordon (#5) is the son of former major league pitcher Tom Gordon and brother of the MLB league leader for batting average Dee Gordon. Unlike his brother, Nick is not leading the league in batting average, he is batting .242 with 21 RBI. Stephen Gonsalves (#11) takes the hill against the Chiefs on Wednesday. He has faced the Chiefs twice and has yet to earn a decision. He has allowed four runs off nine hits, walked five, and struck out nine over ten innings of work. Fernando Romero (#20) is currently on the disabled list. Michael Cederoth (#30) will face the Chiefs on Thursday.

Max Murphy returns home

Bradley University product Max Murphy returns to the field he called home for college ball. Murphy is batting .260 with a pair of homers and 16 RBI on the season.

The Chiefs have a chance to jump Cedar Rapids in the standings

The Chiefs currently sit three games behind the second place Kernels. The Chiefs will move two games ahead of the Kernels and take sole possession of second place if they sweep the series. The Chiefs will be tied for second place with the Kernels in the Midwest League Western Division if they take four of five in the series.

Former Chiefs Weekly Update

This is our latest blog installment, which entails a weekly update highlighting former Chiefs in both the majors and the minors, whom have put together a noteworthy week in baseball.

MLB

Yadier Molina (2002) – Molina has definitely found his stroke as he has bumped his average all the way up to .290 this season. In the past week, Molina batted .391 with a run scored, a double, and looks to continue swinging a hot bat as the Cardinals head to New York for a series with the NL East leading Mets.

Albert Pujols (2000) – Pujols batted .238 with two runs scored, two doubles, a homer, and two RBI this past week. That homer was Pujols’ sixth of the season, but more importantly, it was his 526th of his career. Pujols is now only eight homers away from tying Jimmie Foxx for 17th on the all time homerun list.

Chris Archer - 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer – 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer (2009) – Archer went 1-0 with a 2.08 ERA in two starts this past week. He walked only two batters and fanned 12 over 13 innings of work. Archer is 4-4 with a 2.47 ERA on the season for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Triple-A

Donnie Veal (2006) – Veal made three appearances this past week for Gwinnett (Braves) and did not allow a baserunner in either. Veal has yet to yield an earned run so far this season over 12 1/3 innings pitched.

Javier Baez (2012) – Baez batted .400 with a homer and seven RBI this past week and has raised his average to .299 on the season. Baez is heating up and making a good case to make his 2015 season debut with the Cubs soon.

Rubi Silva (2011) – Baez’s teammate batted .400 with four runs scored, a homer, and four RBI this past week for Iowa. Silva is batting .258 in his first season at the Triple-A level.

Alberto Cabrera (2008-09) – In three appearances this past week, Cabrera did not yield a baserunner, collected two saves, and struck out four. Cabrera is 2-0 with a 1.17 ERA, six walks, and 20 strikeouts over 15 1/3 innings for Toledo (Detroit).

Marcos Mateo (2008) – Mateo allowed no runs off two hits, walked one, and struck out four over four and a third innings pitched this week. Mateo is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA, five walks, and 24 strikeouts over 19 1/3 innings for El Paso (Padres).

Marcus Hatley (2008-11) – In his first season in the Cardinals organization, Hatley is impressing. Hatley allowed no runs off three hits, walked two, and struck out four over six and two thirds innings of relief this past week and has an ERA of 1.64 on the year for Memphis.

Brett Jackson (2009) – Jackson has been tearing it up this week batting .400 with a pair of homers and four RBI for Sacramento (Giants). Jackson has raised his average to .303 on the season.

Double-A

Tyrell Jenkins pitched for the Chiefs in 2013 and was named a MWL All-Star but missed the game with an injury

Tyrell Jenkins pitched for the Chiefs in 2013 and was named a MWL All-Star but missed the game with an injury

Tyrell Jenkins (2013) – Jenkins made two starts this week and went 1-0 after allowing one run off 10 hits, walked five, and struck out seven over 14 innings of work for Mississippi (Braves). Jenkins was involved in the trade that brought Jason Hayward to St. Louis.

Michael Jensen (2012) – Jensen tossed three scoreless appearances this week and struck out four. Jensen is 1-1 with an astounding 0.48 ERA, seven walks, and 19 strikeouts over 18 2/3 innings of work this season for Tennessee (Cubs).

Chris Thomas (2014) – Thomas allowed no runs off one hit, walked three, and struck out five over four and two thirds innings of work this week for Springfield (Cardinals).

Advanced-A

Pin-Chieh Chen (2012) – Chen batted a red-hot .421 with his second homer of the season and four RBI this past week for Myrtle Beach (Cubs). Chen is batting .284 with 16 RBI on the season.

Josh Lucas (2014) – Lucas made three scoreless relief appearances this past week. Lucas allowed five hits, no walks, and fanned three batters. Lucas is now 2-1 with a team-best 0.41 ERA for Palm Beach (Cardinals).

Alex Reyes (2014) – One of the Cardinals hottest pitching prospects put together another solid two starts this week. Reyes allowed a combined three runs off two hits, walked six, and struck out 17 over only nine innings of work in his two starts for Palm Beach.

Former Chief of the Week

Josh Harrison (2008-09) – Harrison has been on fire this week, batting .480 with seven runs scored, three doubles, a pair of homers, and four RBI for the Pirates. After an extremely slow start to the season, Harrison seems to be on his way to returning to All-Star form.

Here is Harrison’s homer on Friday against the Cubs and former Chiefs pitcher Jason Motte:

Here is Harrison’s three-run blast from Tuesday:

Chiefs Fall to Beloit in Series Finale

The Chiefs couldn’t complete the comeback two days in a row as they lost to Beloit 8-5 in the final game of the three-game set. Alex DeLeon was two for four with a double and a RBI. Check out the Game Recap.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Chiefs Stun Beloit in Comeback Fashion

The Peoria Chiefs were down 6-1 at one point during the game; Collin Radack, and company, had other plans. Radack drilled a three-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Chiefs to an 8-6 victory Saturday night. Read all about it in the recap.

Check out the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Check out what Radack had to say after the game:

Chiefs shutout Beloit 6-0 on Friday

In case you missed it last night, the Peoria Chiefs waited out an hour and a half rain delay to shutdown the Beloit Snappers 6-0 in the opening game of an eight-game homestand.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Dylan Corbet caught up with Danny Diekroeger after the game to get his thoughts on the game:

Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian took an in-depth look at one of the hottest bats in the Chiefs lineup this season, Collin Radack.

Former Chiefs in Spring Training: Week 4 Update

The St. Louis Cardinals saw minimal action in Spring Training this week with a rain out on Monday and an off day on Tuesday. However, former Chiefs outfielder Charlie Tilson scored the game-winning run in a 1-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

The Chicago Cubs went winless in the fourth week of Spring Training, but former Chiefs outfielder Matt Szczur has continued to play at an elite level. Szczur went two for five this week with a triple and is now batting .355. In his first at-bat of Spring Training, former Chiefs outfielder Pin-Chieh Chen recorded a double.

Elsewhere around the league, former Chiefs have been tearing up Spring Training, especially Albert Pujols. Pujols clubbed another two homers this week, including a mammoth shot off of fellow former Chief Jason Motte:

Former Chiefs infielder Marquez Smith, now with the Cincinnati Reds, arguably had the game of his career on Thursday. Six days after his 30th birthday, Smith was two for two with a double, a homer, and four RBI.

The homer was Smith’s first ever in his Spring Training career:

Josh Donaldson continued his red-hot Spring Training by belting out his third homer. Donaldson is now batting .333 with six RBI.

Chris Archer - 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Chris Archer – 2009 Chiefs, 3rd in AL ROY

Former Chiefs hurler Chris Archer tossed his second straight start without yielding an earned run. Archer is 1-2 with an impressive 1.93 ERA in Spring Training and has reportedly been named the Rays’ Opening Day starter for the upcoming season. Archer is the first Opening Day starter for the Rays not named James Shields or David Price since 2007.

Opening Day is only nine days away so make sure to check out our update of former Chiefs in the final week, and our overall recap, of the 2015 Spring Training.

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