The Chiefs started a weekend series against Wisconsin with a 3-0 shutout win on Thursday night. Right-hander Sandy Alcantara pitched out of three bases loaded jams and threw six shutout innings while Steven Gallardo earned his first professional save. Cardinals General Manager John Mozeliak was at the game and joined Nathan Baliva on the Chiefs Broadcast:
Finally here are the Chiefs highlights from our YouTube page:
The 2016 season is finally here and while the weather didn’t completely cooperate, the Chiefs did win both games at home over the weekend in opposite fashion. After dropping the opener in Burlington on Thursday and having the Friday game postponed due to cold and wind, the home opener Saturday resulted in an 8-6 Chiefs win. Some notes from Saturday’s contest.
- The announced attendance of 4299 is the second largest home opener at Dozer Park (opened May 2002) behind the 4322 from 2013
- The 42 degrees first pitch temperature is the coldest home opener in Dozer Park history and the third coldest in team history (35 in 1990, 38 in 2002 at Vonachen Stadium)
- The Chiefs are now 5-9 in home openers at Dozer Park
Here’s some video from the home opener:
The Peoria Journal Star covered the game in full force with beat writer Dave Eminian’s game recap and a cool photo gallery. Vince Lara of Baseball America came to the game and filed this report on Sandy Alcantara. WMBD TV came out to cover the festivities as well plus thier sports report includes part of Jim Cornelison’s great National Anthem.
Chiefs Walk Off Bees Sunday
The Chiefs hit their first home run (Eli Alvarez) on Sunday, then fell behind before rallying to tie the game in the 7th and win it on a Thomas Spitz walk off single. Last season the Chiefs didn’t get a walk off win until the middle of June. The win gives Peoria their first 2-0 start at home since the 2010 team won a team-record 11 straight home games to start the season.
In the media roundup we have coverage from the Peoria Journal Star as Johnny Campos filled in for Dave Eminian Sunday.
The Chiefs welcome the Quad Cities River Bandits to town to finish the homestand Monday – Wednesday with each game at 6:30 p.m. Peoria is scheduled to start Junior Fernandez, Brennan Leitao and Derian Gonzalez in the three games. Tickets are available online or at the Dozer Park box office (open at 10 am). You can follow along with the games on twitter via @PeoriaChiefs or in-game @PeoChiefsGame plus get more information on our Facebook page. Fans can also listen live to every pitch this season with the MILB Inside the Park app (It is FREE!) or on the Tune-In Radio App on your smartphones.
Finally! Spring training is underway. The Minor Leaguers dont report until next weekends and games featuring 2011 Chiefs players are still 2 weeks away.But that doesnt mean there aren’t former Chiefs in action every day and this is your place to get those updates. Searching every 40 man & Non-Roster invitee list has given the following former Chiefs involved in ST games. Keep in mind that many teams will call up even more minor leaguers for Split Squad games so even some that aren’t listed here will see Cactus League and Grapefruit League action.
Saturday action: Sam Fuld (TB) 0-3, Brandon Guyer (TB) 1-2, r, Chris Archer (TB) 1ip, 0h, 0er, 2bb, Mike McCoy (Tor) 0-1, Al Alburquerque (Det) 1ip, 1h, 2bb, 1k, Joe Mather (Atl) 0-2, k, Stu Pomeranz (LAD) 0.2ip, k, Rich Hill (Bos) 1ip, 1h, 1r, 1k Win.
Former Chiefs on 40 Man Rosters
40 Man Rosters
Cubs – Justin Berg, Casey Coleman, James Russell, Jeff Samardzija, Darwin Barney, Wellington Castillo, Marcos Mateo, Rafael Dolis, Alberto Cabrera
Atlanta – Joe Mather
Detroit – Al Albuquerque
Florida – Adalberto Mendez, Jose Ceda
LA Angels – Danny Haren
LA Dodgers – Blake Hawksworth
Milwaukee – Chris Narveson
Oakland – Daric Barton, Jerry Blevins, Josh Donaldson, Coco Crisp
Philadelphia – Placido Polanco
Pittsburgh – Kevin Hart
St. Louis – Albert Pujols, Yadier Molina, Jason Motte, Kyle McClellan
SD – Eric Patterson, Jarrett Hoffpauir
Seattle – Jack Wilson, Brendan Ryan
TB – Sam Fuld, Chris Archer, Brandon Guyer, Robinson Chirinos
Toronto – Mike McCoy, Jose Molina
Washington – Rick Ankiel
Non Roster Invitees
Cubs – Chris Carpenter, Jay Jackson, Trey McNutt, Marquez Smith, Josh Vitters, Lou Montanez, James Adduci, Matt Camp, Brett Jackson
Baltimore – Mitch Atkins
Boston – Rich Hill
Colorado – Matt Pagnozzi
Florida – Darin Downs
Pittsburgh – Sean Gallagher, Donnie Veal
SF – Terry Evans
TB – Russ Canzler
Players who Rehabbed with Chiefs
Cubs – Carlos Silva, Kerry Wood, Carlos Zambrano, Aramis Ramirez, Reed Johnson, Angel Guzman
Arizona – Henry Blanco
Boston – JD Drew
LA Dodgers – Ted Lilly
NY Yankees – Mark Prior
Baltimore – Jake Renshaw
Boston – Ryan Harvey
LA Dodgers – Stuart Pomeranz
NY Mets – Ronny Morla
Pittsburgh – Josh Harrison
Oakland – Yusuf Carter, Josh Lansford, Jose Pina
TB – Hak-Ju Lee
Made it to Grand Rapids, chance of rain tonight and the tarp is on the field at the moment. It just rained for about 5 minutes at 5:15 Eastern time. We face a lefty tonight, haven’t beat a lefty since May 3.
What a homestand, little bit of everything: Good wins, Tough losses, long days, early mornings, rain, tarp pulls and a Memorial Day race.
We made it to South Bend safe and sound. First trip to the Eastern Time Zone and Eastern Division. 6:00 central start tonight with a change to the lineup:
With yesterday’s rainout all starting pitchers were bumped back a day. Jung will follow Searle tonight. Then we will have Antigua and Whitenack in South Bend with Struck, McNutt and Searle/Jung in West Michigan. Also hoping Nelson Perez is healthy and ready to go possibly tomorrow against the SilverHawks.
Chiefs looking for their second straight home win against Cedar Rapids. Ryan Searle has a blister on the middle finger of his right hand so Su-Min Jung gets the start.
Early morning wakeup call with a 7:15 pickup and 7:45 bus to Davenport. Most everyone slept the entire way over. Here is the early morning lineup.
Struck SP (Seems like he starts ALL the day games) Nagel will follow.
Its a hot and sunny day in Davenport. Looks like a great day for baseball!!
Matt Cerda is feeling better but still under the weather as he misses his second straight game.
Ready for game 2 of more here in Quad Cities. Hopefully everyone is more rested and ready to go tonight than last night. Jeff Antigua is on the hill for the Chiefs against RH Eric Fornataro who we beat twice last year, but he beat us April 25.
Rare off day for Justin Bour. Cerda also gets the day off. 6:00 start here tonight. Cubs roving hitting instructor Dave Keller is in the house and will also see the first couple of games in the Cedar Rapids series that starts at home Tuesday.
Wow that was an adventure. 5 hr 6 min game (my longest), about 45 minutes to pack the bus. 20 minutes looking for any fast food place that was still open (and not drive thru only!) before we gave up and hit a truck stop gas station. They only had one guy working so it took the 30 of us a while to get chips, sandwiches, candy, soda, etc. Then a five hour bus ride home, which was much better cause of the win. Got back to the stadium at 6:10 but then we had to unload the bus cause that bus couldn’t travel again today with all the mileage on it yesterday. I walked into the apartment at 6:30 and the players were probably about 20 minutes later.
No BP here today we left at 3 for the Quad Cities.Warming up in field right now.
here is the lineup against the 4th place Bandits (1.5 games behind 2nd place Chiefs).
Mercedes C (not pitch!)
Searle SP followed by Jung
And Game Notes: