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Chiefs Quiet River Bandits 7-1 on Sunday

Alex DeLeon drilled his seventh homer of the season and Luis Perdomo tossed eight shutout innings as the Chiefs snapped their three-game losing streak with a 7-1 win over Quad Cities. Read all about it in the Game Story.

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Hear from Alex DeLeon postgame talking about his homer:

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

Chiefs Fall 8-5 in Extras

The Chiefs completed a three-run comeback thanks to an Andrew Sohn RBI double in the eighth to knot the game at five. However, Quad Cities got a three-run homer in the 11th and won the contest 8-5. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

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Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s story from last night’s game.

Chiefs Head To Iowa Looking to Snap Three-Game Losing Streak

The Peoria Chiefs (1-3) have lost three in a row since taking the first game of their four-game set with Kane County to open up the second half of the season. They begin a five-game road trip in the state of Iowa by squaring off with the Clinton LumberKings (2-2) for a three-game series before heading to Burlington for the remaining two games. Clinton just split a four-game series with Wisconsin.

Probable Pitching Matchups

Monday June 29: RH Luis Perdomo (3-6, 2.55) vs. RH Jeffeson Medina (2-7, 4.45)

Tuesday June 30: LH Austin Gomber (6-3, 3.58) vs. RH Zach Littell (2-2, 3.12)

Wednesday July 1: TBD vs. RH Tyler Herb (4-4, 4.88)

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Chiefs Try To Climb Out Of Last

After dropping their past three games to Kane County at home, the Chiefs embark on their first road trip of the second half of the season tied for last place with Cedar Rapids and Beloit. Cedar Rapids isn’t all that worried as they already clinched a playoff birth in the first half; unfortunately, Peoria and Beloit do not enjoy that same luxury.

Gomber Goes For Team-Leading Seventh Win

Austin Gomber is quietly putting together an incredible 2015 campaign. He is currently 6-3 with a 3.38 ERA, but that doesn’t nearly do him justice for what he has done in his past six starts. Gomber has won four of his last six starts, giving up more than three runs only once, and he has since moved into a tie for first on the team with Luis Perdomo with 68 strikeouts on the season. On May 18, Gomber tossed a seven-inning, complete game shutout allowing only one hit, no walks, and fanning four. Gomber has not lost since April 29.

A Pair Of Catchers Try To Jump-Start The Clinton Offense

James Alfonso and Pat Leyland (son of former major league manager Jim Leyland) each haven’t played more than five games for Clinton this season, but they are already making an impact. Alfonso is batting .412 with three RBI in five games since joining the team while Leyland is batting .529 with a double and three RBI in four games for Clinton. The two catchers split time with Wayne Taylor who has since seen his playing time decrease, but Alfonso and Leyland are proving to be quite the tandem behind the plate early in the second half for the LumberKings.

Chiefs Begin Second Half With 5-3 Win

The Chiefs notched a solid 5-3 win over the Kane County Cougars thanks to Nick Thompson’s team-leading seventh homer and great pitching by both Jack Flaherty and Blake McKnight. Read all about it in the Game Story.

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Hear from Nick Thompson postgame:

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

Chiefs Host Cougars, Commence Second Half

The second half of the 2015 season is upon us and every team now has a clean slate. The Peoria Chiefs host the Kane County Cougars for a four-game series coming off of the All Star Break as both teams are looking for a playoff birth.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Thursday June 25: RH Jack Flaherty (2-1, 1.88) vs. RH Wei-Chieh Huang (3-0, 0.85)

Friday June 26: RH Matt Pearce (3-7, 3.98) vs. RH Ryan Doran (0-0, 0.00)

Saturday June 27: RH Jhonny Polanco (1-0, 2.59) vs. RH Ethan Elias (6-3, 2.84)

Sunday June 28: RH Luis Perdomo (3-6, 3.55) vs. RH Brad Keller (3-7, 2.80)

Things to Watch For:

All Stars Galore

Just two days after the Midwest League’s best took the field for the All Star Game right here at Dozer Park, a good number of them will be doing the same tonight. Daniel Poncedeleon, Austin Gomber, Oscar Mercado, Robby Rowland, and Luis Perdomo were Peoria’s representatives in the All Star Game. Cody Geyer, Ethan Elias, Markus Solbach, Marty Herum, Cody Regis, and Colin Bray represented Kane County. Dozer Park gets the chance to witness these 11 stars try to keep their successful seasons going as they open up the second half in this four game series.

New-Look Outfield

The Chiefs outfield to start the second half of the season looks drastically different from how it looked on Opening Day. The Chiefs started the season with Magneuris Sierra (who is now playing down a couple of levels in Johnson City), Collin Radack (who is currently shelved on the disabled list for Palm Beach), Blake Drake (who was recently promoted to Palm Beach over the All Star Break), and Nick Thompson (who is the only one still on the roster). Former Chief Vaughn Bryan joined the team in late May, former Chief Ronald Castillo followed suit and joined the team in mid-June, and Jhohan Acevedo, along with former Chief Kenny Peoples-Walls, were most recently promoted to Peoria and round out the new-look outfield for the Chiefs in the second half.

Two Teams to Have on Your Radar 

The Chiefs and Cougars have to be your favorites for the final two playoff spots coming out of the Western division. Both teams caught fire towards the end of the first half of the season, but were both unable to secure a playoff birth due to the incredible seasons put together by Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids who basically controlled the division from the start. The Chiefs won six of their final nine games of the season while the Cougars ended the first half with a five game win streak. Both teams have extremely strong pitching staffs and both team’s bats are starting to heat up. It should be a fun race to watch in this second half.

2015 Midwest League All Star Game Comprehensive Coverage from Dozer Park

The East All Stars made quick work of the West All Stars with a 5-0 win in the 51st annual 2015 Midwest League All Star Game right here in Peoria. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

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Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s story. Don’t miss out on reading Milb.com’s article covering the game. Milb.com also did a story focusing on Peoria’s own All Stars.

The first half of the season is now completely in the books and the Chiefs are eager to fight for a playoff birth in the second half beginning with a series with the Kane County Cougars, which starts tonight at 7 pm.

Cards-Cubs Rivalry Comes to Peoria

The Peoria Chiefs (29-32) are coming off a series victory over West Michigan and are currently riding a two-game win streak as they take on the South Bend Cubs (26-33). With last night’s win, and Cedar Rapids losing both games of their double header, the Chiefs are still in contention for a first half playoff birth. The Chiefs can not be eliminated tonight while South Bend certainly can be as they have lost four in a row.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Saturday June 13: RH Daniel Poncedeleon (6-0, 2.14) vs. RH Jeremy Null (6-1, 1.75)

Sunday June 14: RH Matt Pearce (3-6, 3.99) vs. Erick Leal (4-4, 5.19)

Monday June 15: RH Jhonny Polanco (1-0, 2.30) vs. LH Tommy Thorpe (1-4, 5.04)

Things to Watch For:

Cardinals vs. Cubs Single-A Style

The Chicago Cubs teamed up with South Bend this past offseason. They were originally with Kane County and won the 2014 Midwest League championship, but that wasn’t enough to keep them around. This season, the South Bend Cubs are nearing elimination from the playoffs. Sure, they have another half of the season to contend, but thus far, they have yet to show the same domination as last season. The Chiefs have the opportunity to eliminate the Cubs from playoff contention in this series. Cubs fans in the Peoria area will definitely want to make at least one game of this three game set as South Bend will not be back in Peoria until the 2017 season.

Dueling Pianos and Aces

Spanky Entertainment is back at Dozer Park with the beloved Dueling Pianos performing throughout tonight’s contest, much to the delight of the fans. Also to the fans delight, will be the tonight’s pitching matchup. Daniel Poncedeleon has yet to lose a game, however, tonight might be his toughest test yet as he faces one of the top pitchers in the Midwest League, Jeremy Null. The Western Carolina product is coming off of his sixth win of the year after allowing one run on five hits, striking out four over six innings of work. Ponce is coming off his shakiest outing of the season, in which he received a no decision after allowing five runs on 10 hits and three walks, striking out three in only five and a third innings.

Young Star

South Bend’s Gleybar Torres is off to a fantastic 2015 season. He is currently batting .302 with 10 doubles, two triples, and 32 RBI, he was recently named to the Midwest League All Star Game here in Peoria, and he is only 18 years old. Torres is ranked as the No. 93 overall prospect by Mlb.com and he is certainly showcasing his terrific young talent this season.

Jhonny Polanco Returns to a Starting Role

Polanco is the scheduled starter for the finale of this three-game series and it will be his first start since the 2012 season. Polanco is in his third season with the Chiefs and he has been excellent in his last two. Last season, Polanco was 4-1 with a 2.04 ERA, 30 walks, and 70 strikeouts over 57 1/3 innings of work. This season he is currently 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA, 11 walks, and 39 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings pitched.

Seferina is Heating Up

Darren Seferina hit his first professional home run last night to leadoff the home half of the first of last night’s 2-1 victory. He also owns a seven-game hit streak and is batting a red-hot .425 over his last ten games. Seferina has recently stepped into the leadoff role for the Chiefs and he has not disappointed. In the 23 games he has led off, Seferina owns a .307 average with nine doubles, two triples, and four RBI.

Exceptional Defense Provides Chiefs With Series Win

Chiefs starter Jack Flaherty notched his first win of the 2015 season, much in thanks to a diving catch by Blake Drake in centerfield and Nick Thompson gunning down the tying run at the plate as the Chiefs held on for a 2-1 win over West Michigan. Read all about it in the Game Story.

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Hear from Jack Flaherty postgame:

Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s recap featuring an in-depth look at Chiefs reliever Robby Rowland.

Chiefs Best Whitecaps on Thursday, Split Series

The Peoria Chiefs offense exploded for five runs in the first inning and never looked back. Danny Diekroeger had three hits and three RBI as the Chiefs won 8-5 with the rubber match of the series set for Friday at 7 pm at Dozer Park. Here is the Game Recap.

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Hear from Diekroeger postgame:

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

Chiefs Host West Michigan for Three-Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (27-31) are looking to shake off their 1-5 road trip in Michigan; unfortunately they won’t be rid of the state just yet as the West Michigan Whitecaps (29-29) come to town for a three-game series. The Chiefs are nine games behind Cedar Rapids for a first-half birth in the playoffs and time is running out as the Midwest League All Star Game inches closer.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Wednesday June 10: RH Luis Perdomo (2-5, 2.33) vs. RH A.J. Ladwig (5-4, 4.33)

Thursday June 11: LH Austin Gomber (4-3, 3.32) vs. RH Artie Lewicki (0-0, 2.08)

Friday June 12: RH Jack Flaherty (0-0, 2.08) vs. RH Fernando Perez (0-5, 3.75)

Things to Watch For:

DeLeon Swinging a Hot Bat

Alex DeLeon entered the six-game road trip batting .188; he has since raised it 20 points as the Cheifs begin a six-game homestand. DeLeon went 6-12 with a double, two homers, and five RBI in the final three games of the Chiefs road trip. He is currently batting .208 with four homers and 16 RBI on the season and hopes to jump-start the Chiefs offense, which ranks second to last in the entire Midwest League.

Familiar Faces Return to Dozer Park

The Chiefs announced on Tuesday that former Chiefs outfielder Ronald Castillo would join the team from Extended Spring Training and former Chiefs pitcher Dixon Llorens would be assigned to the Chiefs from Palm Beach. Castillo was arguably the Chiefs hottest hitter in the first half of the 2014 season. He batted .291 with four homers and 33 RBI and was named a Midwest League All Star Game starter. Unfortunately, an injury would force Castillo to miss the All Star Game and he never really got back to form, batting only .227 in the second half of the season. Llorens  pitched for Peoria in 2013 and went 3-3 with a 2.85 ERA,  23 walks, and 71 strikeouts over 47 1/3 innings of work. Llorens pitched for Palm Beach last season and posted a 2.06 ERA in 33 outings. He has yet to pitch this season due to injury.

Perdomo Attempts to Bounce Back

Talk about an interesting week for Luis Perdomo. After tossing eight shutout innings, while scattering three hits, walking three, and striking out nine batters in a win over Kane County on May 29, Perdomo was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending May 31. Four days later, Perdomo was named the St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Pitcher of the Month after posting a 1.42 ERA with 33 strikeouts over 31 2/3 innings in May. However, that very same day, Perdomo was touched up for seven runs in only five and a third innings of work in a loss at Great Lakes. Perdomo looks to return to his dominant stuff in the opening game of the homestand.

Jack Flaherty Wants to Win

The Cardinals No. 6 prospect, according to Baseball America, has yet to win a game this 2015 season. Flaherty has made three starts this season and has surrendered only one earned run in each. Flaherty was the Chiefs Opening Day starter, but left the game after three innings due to an injury that shelved him until May 31. Flaherty has since made two starts, but has received only a combined three runs of support. Flaherty searches for his first win of the season in the finale of this three-game series. His counterpart, Fernando Perez, is also in search of his first win, however he has had three times the chances to do so.

Artie Lewicki is Healthy

The Tigers No. 12 prospect, according to MLB.com, is basically the West Michigan Jack Flaherty. Lewicki, a top prospect in his respective organization, started opening day for the Whitecaps, but left the game before finishing his fifth inning of work due to injury. Lewicki hit the DL and is finally making his return, here in game two of the series. Lewicki was 2-2 with a 2.45 ERA pitching mostly out of the bullpen last season for West Michigan.

The Chiefs Look to Contain the Midwest League’s Top Hitter and Friends

Michael Gerber is having a fantastic 2015. He is batting a scorching .350, which is best in the entire Midwest League, with 11 doubles, three triples, five homers, and 35 RBI for the Whitecaps. Unfortunately for the Chiefs, Gerber isn’t the only Whitecap swinging a hot bat this season. Will Kengor is batting .344 with 14 RBI, Will Maddox has only played 13 games, but has a .395 average, and Ross Kivett is batting .290 with a homer and 22 RBI this season.

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