Chiefs Welcome First Place Tin Caps for Three-Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (27-13, 60-48) host the Fort Wayne Tin Caps (24-16, 56-52) for a three-game set to conclude the home stand. The Chiefs swept Lake County with a dramatic 2-1 win last night while the Tin Caps are coming off a 5-4 win over Burlington.

Probably Pitching Matchups:

Friday, August 7: RH Matt Pearce (7-9, 2.94) vs. RH Dinelson Lamet (305, 3.58)

Saturday, August 8: LH Ian McKinney (0-0, 0.00) vs. RH Ernesto Montas (9-6, 3.28)

Sunday, August 9: LH Dewin Perez (2-3, 7.39) vs. RH Chris Huffman (6-6, 3.28)

Things to Watch For:

Home Field Advantage

The Chiefs have won eight straight and 13 of their last 15 games at home as they look to extend their torrid stretch against the Tin Caps. The Chiefs are 14-6 at home in the second half and have not lost at Dozer Park since July 21, a 7-5 extra-inning loss to Clinton. The eight-game home winning streak could be in trouble when facing the Eastern Division leaders who have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games.

Pin-Point Accuracy

Matt Pearce has not walked a batter since June 8th; a stretch that has spanned eight starts and over 50 innings, which is good for a Midwest League record that he keeps on extending. During that stretch, Pearce has gone 4-3 and lowered his ERA from 3.99 to 2.94. Pearce looks to continue his incredible accuracy on the hill in the opening game of this three-game set tonight.

Ian McKinney Makes His Chiefs Debut

The fifth round draft pick in the 2013 draft will make his Peoria Chiefs debut in game two of this series on Saturday. McKinney was 4-2 with a 2.76 ERA, 12 walks, and 40 strikeouts over 45 2/3 innings of work for State College this season before being promoted. McKinney started his 2015 campaign in Palm Beach where he tossed three scoreless innings of relief with five punchouts on May 19 against St. Lucie before being sent back down to Extended Spring Training where he remained until the start of State College’s season.

Youth Serves in Fort Wayne

A pair of 18-year olds have fueled the Tin Caps to the top of the Eastern Division in the second half with a playoff birth in their grasp. Ruddy Giron is batting .311 with eight doubles, four triples, nine homers, and 39 RBI this season and was ranked as the No. 6 prospect in the Padres organization according to MLB Pipeline’s Midseason rankings. Luis Urias began his 2015 campaign in Tri-City where he batted .355 with a double and an RBI in 10 games before being promoted to Fort Wayne. Since his promotion, Urias has continued his hitting success with a .351 average, three doubles, and 10 RBI in 28 games for the Tin Caps. Urias is ranked as the Padres No. 27 prospect according to MLB Pipeline’s Midseason Rankings.

Chiefs Complete Sweep of Captains with 2-1 Win

Nick Thompson drew the game-winning RBI walk in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Chiefs the 2-1 win, their eighth-straight victory at home. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

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Hear from Jack Flaherty postgame:

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

Chiefs Handle Captains 7-1 Wednesday

The Chiefs won their seventh straight home game after defeating the Captains 7-1 and go for the sweep tonight. Read all about last night’s win in the Game Story.

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Hear from Jake Gronsky postgame:

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

Streaking Captains Port in Peoria for Three-Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (24-13, 57-48) are coming off a 3-3 road trip in the state of Wisconsin and begin a six-game home stand with a three-game series against the Lake County Captains (18-18, 54-50). The Captains have won five in a row and are 7-3 in their last 10 games.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Tuesday, August 4: LH Dewin Perez (2-3, 7.42) vs. RH Jordan Millbrath (3-9, 4.84)

Wednesday, August 5: LH Austin Gomber (11-3, 3.21) vs. RH Sean Brady (7-7, 3.61)

Thursday, August 6: RH Jack Flaherty (6-1, 2.87) vs. LH Justus Sheffield (7-4, 4.21)

Things to Watch For:

Hot Hitting Fueling the Captains

The Captains have not only won five in a row, but are also winners of six of their last seven, and 11 of their past 14 games as they have climbed from the depths of the Midwest League Eastern Division to only 3.5 games out of first place in the second half. This hot stretch has been courtesy of some extremely consistent hitting by the Captains lineup. There have been numerous hitters contributing over the past ten games. Greg Allen is batting .421 with a homer and four RBI. Bobby Bradley, the MWL home run leader, is batting .333 with four homers and 11 RBI, Francisco Mejia is batting .425 with seven RBI, and Yu-Cheng Chang is batting .325 with two homers and 12 RBI.

Gomber Making a Name For Himself

Austin Gomber looks to continue his absolute domination of the Midwest League when he takes the mound in game two of this series. Gomber has not lost a game since April 31, and just finished up posting a 4-0 record with a 2.48 ERA in the month of July. Gomber’s incredible 2015 campaign hasn’t gone unnoticed either; MLB Pipeline recently ranked Gomber as the No. 22 prospect in the Cardinals organization in their Midseason Rankings. The lefty goes for his 11th straight win tomorrow night.

Young Hurlers Square Off In Series Finale

Two 19-year olds will take the mound in the final game of this series when Jack Flaherty faces Justus Sheffield. These two are both highly-touted prospects who were drafted out of high school in the first round of last year’s draft and are already excelling in the Midwest League. Jack Flaherty has not lost since May 31 and is coming off his sixth win of the season, in which he struck out a career-high seven batters. Sheffield is currently tied for third in the Midwest League with 105 strikeouts, but the All Star has gone 0-2 with a 4.41 ERA in his last four starts.

Chiefs Sang Game One of Series With Cougars 8-5

The Chiefs scored five funs in the first frame and went on to beat the Midwest League Western Division leading Kane County Cougars 8-5 on Friday. Read all about it in the Game Story.

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Hear from Player of the Game Andrew Sohn:

Check out the Peoria Journal Star’s story from last night’s win.

Top Teams Square Off: Chiefs host Cougars for Three Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (18-10, 51-45) are on a roll to say the least. They have won eight of their last 10 games, are only five games out of first place in the Midwest League Western Division, and hurled a no hitter last night. The Kane County Cougars (23-5, 59-37) ended the first half of the season on a hot streak, but did not secure a playoff birth. However, they are well on their way to clinching one in the second half as they are currently the hottest team in the entire Midwest League.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Friday, July 24: LH Austin Gomber (9-3, 3.10) vs. RH Markus Solbach (9-2, 2.30)

Saturday, July 25: RH Jack Flaherty (5-1, 3.06) vs. LH Josh Taylor (1-1, 2.08)

Sunday, July 26: RH Matt Pearce (6-9, 3.10) vs. RH Chris Oliver (2-0, 4.7)

Things to Watch For:

Western Division Showdown

Kane County and Peoria are the top two teams in the second half and are set for a weekend series that has a playoff-like atmosphere. The Chiefs and Cougars are both playing their best baseball of the season and are both in line to secure the final two playoff spots in the Western Division. The Chiefs have an opportunity to close in on first place while, on the other hand, the Cougars have an opportunity to extend their lead and continue their dominance of the Western Division.

Chief Killers

The Cougars lead the season series 7-3 and there have been a number of reasons as to why. Ildemaro Vargas is torching his former club thus far. Vargas started the 2015 season with the Springfield Cardinals in Double-A, but was released shortly after the season commenced. The Diamondbacks signed him and sent him to Kane County where he has been on fire, especially when playing the Chiefs. In nine games against the Chiefs this season, Vargas is 17-30 (.567) with four doubles, a homer, and two RBI. Chuck Taylor has enjoyed similar success against the Chiefs this season, going 9-18 (.500) with an RBI in six games against Peoria. However, no one has stifled the Chiefs as much as Markus Solbach who will start the opening game of this series. Solbach hurled a complete game shutout at Dozer Park last year when he was playing for South Bend. This year, Solbach tossed seven shutout innings with five strikeouts on May 30, but received a no decision.

Pitch Perfect

The Peoria Chiefs pitching staff has been exceptional over the past two games. Dewin Perez turned in his best start of the season en route to a 2-0 win over Clinton on July 22. The very next day, St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia, who was on a rehab assignment with the Chiefs, Steve Sabatino, and Cody Schumacher combined to throw a no hitter in another 2-0 win over Clinton. The Chiefs look to enjoy more pitching success with Austin Gomber, Jack Flaherty, and Matt Pearce on the hill for this series. Gomber has not lost since April 29 and is looking to become the 31st pitcher in Chiefs history to win 10 games in a season. Flaherty notched a win in his only start against Kane County back on June 25. Pearce has not walked a batter in his last six starts.

Chiefs No Hit Clinton 2-0 Thursday

St. Louis Cardinals lefty Jaime Garcia, who was on a rehab assignment with the Chiefs, started it off with five innings and a filthy six strikeouts, Steve Sabatino went two and a third innings of relief, and Cody Schumacher finished off the fourth no hitter in Dozer Park history. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

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Check out the Peoria Journal Star’s story from last night’s no hitter.

Chiefs Stump LumberKings 2-0 Wednesday

Dewin Perez turned in his best start of the season as the Chiefs evened the series at a game a piece on Wednesday. Read all about it in the Game Story.

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Hear from Oscar Mercado postgame:

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

Chiefs Fall To LumberKings in 10 Innings 7-5

The Chiefs mounted a three-run comeback with Brian O’Keefe’s sac fly to tie the game at five in the bottom of the eighth inning, however Clinton grabbed two runs in the tenth and took the opening game of the three-game series. Read all about it in the recap.

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

Chiefs Host Struggling LumberKings for Three-Game Stint

The Peoria Chiefs (16-9, 49-44) are coming off a three-game sweep of the Burlington Bees and are currently five games behind Kane County for first place in the Midwest League Western Division. They will face the Clinton LumberKings (5-20, 31-63) who are losers of 11 straight, which isn’t even there longest losing streak of the season. They lost 15 games in a row near the end of the first half of the season.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Tuesday July 21: RH Luis Perdomo (5-7, 2.67) vs. LH Pat Peterson (4-5, 4.42)

Wednesday July 22: LH Dewin Perez (1-2, 10.35) vs. RH Lukas Schiraldi (4-7, 4.60)

Thursday July 23: LH Austin Gomber (9-3, 3.10) vs. RH Zach Littell (2-5, 4.19)

Things To Watch For:

Chiefs Offense Heating Up

There have been a number of Chiefs helping the team to a 13-2 record in their last 15 games by swinging hot bats. Harrison Bader is batting .324 with six runs scored in his past 10 games and is 7-18 (.389) with two doubles against Clinton this season. Luis Cruz has a season-best six-game hit streak and is batting .346 with six RBI in his past 10 games. Alex DeLeon has nine RBI in his last 10 games and had six RBI in the three-game sweep of Burlington. All of Kenny Peoples-Walls three home runs this season have come in his last 10 games. Steve Bean is 11-30 (.367) with two doubles, a triple, and two RBI against Clinton this year. Oscar Mercado is batting a team-best .339 with a double and four RBI against lefties this season, which bodes well for the opening game of this series.

Gomber and Perdomo Continue To Dominate

Luis Perdomo is coming off two fantastic starts, both resulting in wins for the young right hander. Perdomo tossed eight shutout innings allowing only five hits and one walk, fanning eight batters in a win over Quad Cities on July 5. Perdomo followed that start with a seven-inning complete game win over Beloit on July 16, in which he allowed only one run on seven hits and no walks, striking out eight. Perdomo is 5-7 with a 2.67 ERA, 26 walks, and 84 strikeouts over 84 1/3 innings this season and is looking to continue his July success, in which he’s started 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA, one walk, and 16 strikeouts over 15 innings. Austin Gomber has been equally as dominant and still has yet to lose a game since April 29. Gomber is off to a 2-0 start with a 1.42 ERA, eight walks, and 20 strikeouts over 19 innings for the month of July. Gomber is currently third in the Midwest League with 96 strikeouts.

LumberKings To Watch Out For

Kristian Brito, Chantz Mack, and Martin Peguero seem to have had the Chiefs number this season. Brito is batting .319 with four doubles, a triple, two homers, and seven RBI against the Chiefs, Mack is batting .326 with six doubles, and 10 RBI, and Peguero is batting .348 with two doubles and an RBI. Peguero is also batting .323 with four doubles and five RBI on the road and is batting .333 with three doubles and four RBI against lefties this season. Mack owns a .314 average, three doubles, a homer, and three RBI against left handers this season. Chris Mariscal is also hammering lefties, batting .396 with five doubles and eight RBI. Lefties Gomber and Dewin Perez both will be put to the test by trying to silence these batters and extend the LumberKings lengthy losing streak.

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