Chiefs Lose Heartbreaker in 15 Innings Thursday

Just as the clock neared midnight, Clinton put the cap on an 11-8 victory that lasted nearly five hours. Peoria was down 8-2 at one point before tying it up in the ninth on a two-out, two-run blast by Nick Thompson. No runs would be scored from that point up until the top of the 15th where Clinton plated three runs.

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Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s detailed article of Jon Jay’s final rehab game with the Chiefs.

Chiefs Unable to Contain Clinton Wednesday

Despite Jon Jay’s first RBI for Peoria and Blake Drake’s sixth homer of the season, the Chiefs couldn’t contain Clinton as they rolled to an 8-2 win. Check out the Game Story.

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Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s story from last night’s contest, which features quotes from former major-league slugger Edgar Martinez.

Poncedeleon Improves to 5-0, Chiefs Edge Clinton 4-3

Daniel Poncedeleon is tied for second in the Midwest League with five wins as the Chiefs took game one of their three-game set with the Clinton LumberKings. St. Louis Cardinals centerfielder Jon Jay batted leadoff as he began his rehab assignment in Peoria. Check out the Game Recap.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Hear from Poncedeloen after the game:

Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s article and interview with Jay.

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.

Jay To Begin Rehab Assignment With Chiefs Tonight

Jon Jay

Jon Jay making a catch in the Majors

Cardinals outfielder Jon Jay begins a rehab assignment with the Peoria Chiefs tonight when the Chiefs play host to the Clinton LumberKings at Dozer Park. The Cardinals placed Jay on the disabled list May 14 with tendinitis in his left wrist. He will be the first Major League player to rehab with the Chiefs since Jake Westbrook pitched for Peoria June 9, 2013, and the first position player to do so since then-Cubs third baseman Aramis Ramirez played two games June 19-20, 2010.

Jake Westbrook

Aramis Ramirez Jake Westbrook (top) rehabbing for the Chiefs in June 2013 as he beat Quad Cities and Aramis Ramirez (bottom) with the Chiefs in 2009 and 2010.

Jay hit .303 during the 2014 regular season, and he hit .483 during the playoffs, which ranks as the second highest single-season playoff batting average in Major League History behind only Manny Ramirez’s .520 with the LA Dodgers in 2008.Jay’s .295 batting average over the last five seasons (2010-2014) ranks eighth among all Major League outfielders during that span. Last season Jay hit .375 (33-for-88) against left-handed pitching, placing him first among all left-handed hitters. In 2013 Jay set career-highs with 67 RBI, 27 doubles, 151 hits, 75 runs, 52 walks, and finished the season riding a career-long 14-game hitting streak that was snapped at 15 with a pinch-hit appearance in his second game of the 2014 season. He hit a career-high .305 in 117 games in 2012, adding 22 doubles, four triples, four home runs, and 40 RBI. In 2011 Jay played in a career-high and team-high 159 games, hitting 10 home runs and driving in 37 with a career-high 24 doubles and two triples. The last time he played in the Midwest League, Jay hit .342 with Quad Cities after the Cardinals took him in the second round of the 2006 draft. He played 60 games for Quad Cities in 2006, hitting .342 with 13 doubles, three triples, three home runs and 45 RBI. In that season Jay drew 28 walks and struck out only 27 times. Jay was drafted out of the University of Miami where he was a three-time All-American and a first-team All-ACC selection. Jay was named the Cardinals’ “Heart & Hustle” player by the MLB Players Alumni Association, and he currently serves as the Cardinals’ representative to the MLBPA.

Peoria Chiefs MLB Rehab History

Player Date H/A Opponent Stats Pos Res Score Att
Steve Trout 6/11/1987 Home Burlington 8ip, 6h, 0r, 0bb, 6k Win, hb..0-4, rbi started Win  6-0 3127
Scott Sanderson 6/25/1988 Away Clinton 5ip, 4h, 1r, 0er, 0bb, 3k started Win  2-1 3626
Damon Berryhill 7/16/1990 Home Kenosha  1-4 c Loss  5-3 2144
Damon Berryhill 7/17/1990 Away Rockford  1-3 c Loss  7-0 3331
Damon Berryhill 7/18/1990 Away Rockford 1,3, rbi, 2r, HR c Win  7-4 3417
Damon Berryhill 7/19/1990 Home Madison 3-4, 3rbi, 3r, 2 2b c Win 17-3 2422
Damon Berryhill 7/21/1990 Away Waterloo 1-4, r, rbi c Loss  7-3 1319
Damon Berryhill 7/22/1990 Away Waterloo 0-4, r c Loss  11-0 1172
Damon Berryhill 7/23/1990 Away Cedar Rapids 3-4, 3r, 4rbi, 2HR c Loss  11-5 4852
Rick Sutcliffe 7/10/1991 Away Kenosha 9ip, 12 h, 6r, 2bb, 6k started Win 7-6 (11) 4387
Mike Harkey 6/9/1992 Away Cedar Rapids 7ip, 8h, 4r, 2er, 2bb, 11k started Win  7-6 3461
Mike Harkey 6/19/1992 Away Springfield 5ip, 7h, 2r, 1bb, 6k WIN started Win  7-2 3288
Ken Patterson 7/3/1992 Home Kenosha 2ip, 5h, 4r, 1bb, 5k Game 1 of dh relief Loss  5-13 5068
Ken Patterson 7/5/1992 Home Clinton 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 1k relief Win 6-5 (12) 2048
Tom Pagnozzi 4/24/1998 Home Beloit C Win 9-2 2345
Tom Pagnozzi 4/25/1998 Home Beloit C Loss 2-4 (10) 2008
Tom Pagnozzi 4/26/1998 Home Burlington C Loss 6-7 (10) 2058
Tom Pagnozzi 4/27/1998 Home Burlington C Loss 2-3 613
Jesse Orosco 5/30/2000 Home Cedar Rapids 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 1k started Loss  5-9 769
Jesse Orosco 6/1/2000 Home Cedar Rapids 0.2ip, 0h, 0r, 1hb started Loss 0-9 2668
JD Drew 7/26/2001 Home Michigan 1-3, bb rf Loss 7-8 (11) 5980
JD Drew 7/27/2001 Home Michigan 3-5, 2 2b, 3r rf Win  5-4 3273
JD Drew 7/28/2001 Home Michigan  2-3 rf Loss  1-9 3321
Garrett Stephenson 5/8/2002 Home Ft. Wayne 4ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 7k started Win  3-0 1229
Steve Kline 5/24/2002 Home Kane County 1ip, 1h, 1k 1st game Win  3-0 8824
Steve Kline 5/26/2002 Home Kane County 1.1ip, 1bb, 4k started Win  4-2 8854
Garrett Stephenson 7/31/2002 Home Cedar Rapids 4.2ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 4k started Win  6-0 3558
Jason Simontacchi 4/1/2003 Home Bradley – exh bullpen Win NA
Jason Isringhausen 4/1/2003 Home Bradley – exh started Win NA
Joe Girardi 5/30/2003 Home Ft. Wayne 0-3, rbi c Loss  4-8 3721
Joe Girardi 5/31/2003 Home Ft. Wayne 1-4, 2k dh Loss  1-2 4251
Joe Girardi 6/1/2003 Home Ft. Wayne 0-2 c Loss 1-2 (10) 3649
Rich Hill 7/8/2005 Home Wisconsin 8ip, 5h, 2r, 1er, 0bb, 12k WIN started Win 5-2 3118
Nomar Garciaparra 7/27/2005 Home Dayton 2-4, 2rbi ss Win 7-3 (7) 9004
Nomar Garciaparra 7/28/2005 Home Dayton 0-1, r, 2bb ss Win 7-0 9602
Kerry Wood 7/31/2005 Away Ft. Wayne 1ip, 1h, 0r, bb, 2k bullpen Win 5-3 7023
Kerry Wood 8/2/2005 Home Kane County 1.1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 3k bullpen Loss  3-7 8012
Angel Guzman 8/30/2005 Away Beloit 3.1ip, 4h, 3r, 1er, 1hb, 0bb, 3k LOSS started Loss  0-6 1104
Angel Guzman 9/5/2005 Home South Bend 3ip, 6h, 2r, 1hra, 0bb, 4k started Win  8-6 3703
Kerry Wood 5/7/2006 Home Lansing 5ip, 1h, 0r, 1hb, 1bb, 12k started Win  5-3 8426
Mark Prior 5/29/2006 Home Kane County 2ip, 4h, 3r, 2er, 1hra, 3k LOSS started Loss  2-8 5865
Mark Prior 6/3/2006 Home Ft. Wayne 5ip, 3h, 1r, 5k LOSS started Loss  0-2 6828
Scott Williamson 6/15/2006 Away Kane County 1ip, 1h, 1r, 0bb, 1k bullpen Win  7-5 10090
Wade Miller 6/22/2006 Home Quad Cities 3ip, 3h, 0r, 1bb, 3k started Loss  0-4 2390
Wade Miller 6/27/2006 Away Wisconsin 4ip, 4h, 1r, 0bb, 2k started Win  6-4 (10) 4801
Wade Miller 7/3/2006 Home Clinton 3ip, 6h, 4r, 1bb, 1k started Win  13-6 6287
Wade Miller 7/31/2006 Home Dayton 4ip, 3h, 0r, 0bb, 5k started Loss  2-3 2031
Wade Miller 8/5/2006 Away Kane County 4ip, 1h, 0r, 3bb, 4k started Loss  2-4 14249
Juan Mateo 6/3/2007 Home Beloit 3ip, 6h, 3r, 1hra, 1k LOSS started Loss  4-14 3405
Juan Mateo 6/17/2007 Home Clinton 1.1ip, 5h, 5r, 1bb started Loss 8-9 (10) 4143
Juan Mateo 6/23/2007 Away Beloit 3ip, 3h, 1r, 0er, 0bb, 1k started Loss  2-3 3393
Juan Mateo 6/28/2007 Home Wisconsin 4ip, 3h, 0r, 3bb, 3k started Win  3-8 3002
Juan Mateo 7/3/2007 Away Kane County 5ip, 7h, 3r, 2bb, 3k WIN started Win 15-3 9857
Juan Mateo 7/8/2007 Away Cedar Rapids 6ip, 3h, 1r, 2bb, 6k WIN started Win  3-2 2595
Wade Miller 7/15/2007 Home Quad Cities 3ip, 4h, 2r, 5k started Win  6-5 6101
Henry Blanco 7/21/2007 Home Ft. Wayne 1-1, r, 2rbi, bb C Win 9-0 7796
Henry Blanco 7/22/2007 Home Ft. Wayne 1-3, rbi, k dh Win 6-1 3867
Henry Blanco 7/23/2007 Home Ft. Wayne 1-2, 2b, r c Loss 2-6 3623
Henry Blanco 7/24/2007 Home Ft. Wayne 0-3, rbi, k c Win 9-3 5255
Kerry Wood 7/24/2007 Home Ft. Wayne 1ip, 0h, 0r, 1bb, k WIN bullpen Win 9-3 5255
Henry Blanco 7/26/2007 Home Dayton 1-2, bb c Win 4-1 4551
Kerry Wood 7/26/2007 Home Dayton 1ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 2k bullpen Win 4-1 4551
Henry Blanco 7/27/2007 Home Dayton 0-1, bb, k c Loss 2-6 4287
Kerry Wood 7/27/2007 Home Dayton 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 1k started Loss 2-6 4287
Henry Blanco 7/28/2007 Home Dayton  1-3 c Loss 0-4 6507
Henry Blanco 7/29/2007 Home Dayton 1-4, hr, r, rbi c Win 6-5 (10) 3235
Scott Eyre 7/11/2008 Away Kane County 1ip, 2h, 1r, 0bb, 1k bullpen Win 11-10 (10) 10030
Scott Eyre 7/13/2008 Away West Michigan 1.1ip, 4h, 2r, 0bb, 2k started Win 4-3 (10) 5144
Jon Lieber 8/5/2008 Home Burlington 3ip, 5h, 3r, 1hra, 0bb, 3k LOSS started Loss  4-7 2300
Jon Lieber 8/28/2008 Home Clinton 2ip, 1h, 0r, 0bb, 0k bullpen Loss  4-5 4192
Jon Lieber 8/30/2008 Away Kane County 2ip, 2h, 1r, 0er, 1hb, 0bb, 3k bullpen Win  7-6 12069
Angel Guzman 6/30/2009 Away Kane County 1ip, 0h, 0r, 0bb, 2k started Loss  3-4 5206
Reed Johnson 7/3/2009 Away Kane County 1-2, r cf Win  7-1 14,872
Aramis Ramirez 7/3/2009 Away Kane County 1-2, 2b, 2r, bb 3b Win  7-1 14,872
Reed Johnson 7/4/2009 Home Beloit 0-0, bb pinch hit Loss  1-4 6,599
Aramis Ramirez 7/4/2009 Home Beloit 1-2, rbi, bb dh Loss  1-4 6,599
Reed Johnson 7/5/2009 Home Beloit 1-4, r cf Loss  2-4 6,305
Aramis Ramirez 7/5/2009 Home Beloit 1-2, bb 3b Loss  2-4 6,305
Kevin Hart 7/13/2009 Home Ft. Wayne 4ip, 3h, 2r, 1hra, 1bb, 3k started Win  5-2 4,029
Ted Lilly 8/12/2009 Home Burlington 5ip, 2h, 0r, 1bb, 2k WIN started Loss  2-4 2,273
Carlos Zambrano 8/20/2009 Home Clinton 5ip, 4h, 0r, 0bb, 5k started Win  3-0 7,604
Ted Lilly 4/19/2010 Home Burlington 5ip, 2h, 1r, 1bb, 9k WIN started Win  2-1 2330
Aramis Ramirez 6/19/2010 Home Quad Cities 0-3, bb, k 3b Loss  3-7 4776
Aramis Ramirez 6/20/2010 Home Quad Cities 1-3, r, rbi, bb, k dh Win  12-2 3879
Carlos Silva 8/27/2010 Home Cedar Rapids 2.2ip, 2h, 0r, 0bb, 1k ND started Win  3-1 3341
Carlos Silva 9/1/2010 Away Kane County 4.2ip, 6h, 5r, 2bb, 4k, 1hra, LOSS started Loss 0-7 5018
Randy Wells 5/17/2011 Home Quad Cities 3.2ip, 6h, 3r, 1er, 0bb, 1k LOSS started Loss  1-3 1390
Carlos Zambrano 7/8/2011 Home Beloit 4ip, 3h, 1r, 0er, 3bb, 4k started Loss  1-14 (10) 5610
Jake Westbrook 6/9/2013 Home Quad Cities 7ip, 4h, 1r, 0bb, 5k…WIN started Win  9-1 3633

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:

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