Chiefs One-Hit Beloit 1-0 on Wednesday

Nick Thompson’s RBI double in the second inning was all the Chiefs needed as Jhonny Polanco and company combined to throw a one-hit shutout against the Snappers to open up the three-game series. Read all about it in the recap.

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Hear from Manager Joe Kruzel postgame:

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

Chiefs Look to Continue Winning Ways Against Snappers

The Peoria Chiefs (11-8, 44-43) are winners of four straight and have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Chiefs are coming off their first four-game sweep in Clinton since 1998 with a 7-2 win over the LumberKings on Monday. The Beloit Snappers (8-10, 34-54) are winners of two straight and are coming off two days of rest since they were rained out Monday and the entire Midwest League had the day off yesterday. This three-game series could prove pivotal for the second half playoff picture as both teams are fighting for a spot and Beloit trails Peoria by only two games.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Wednesday July 15: RH Jhonny Polanco (1-3, 3.92) vs. RH Heath Fillmyer (0-8, 7.77)

Thursday July 16: RH Luis Perdomo (4-7, 2.79) vs. RH Daniel Gossett (3-9, 5.20)

Friday July 17: LH Dewin Perez (1-2, 9.72) vs. RH Junior Mendez (2-6, 4.89)

Things To Watch For:

New Half, New Fire:

After starting the second half with a 3-7 record, the Chiefs have won eight of their last nine games and are currently tied for second place in the Midwest League Western Division with Cedar Rapids. The Chiefs embarked on a six game road trip and finished with a 5-1 record, including their impressive four-game sweep in Clinton. The Chiefs are arguably playing their best baseball of the season and look to continue it in the three-game set with Beloit at Dozer Park.

Young Guns

Much of the recent success has to be due to the additions of 2015 draftees Harrison Bader and Paul DeJong. Bader, the third round pick of this year’s draft out of the University of Florida, has hit safely in all seven games he’s been with the Chiefs. Bader is batting .357 with two doubles, has already stolen four bases successfully, and is proving to be a consistent bat in the middle of the Chiefs lineup. DeJong, the fourth round pick of this year’s draft out of Illinois State University, is batting .294 with a double, triple, homer, and two RBI in his seven games with the club thus far.

DeLeon Favors The Snappers

The Chiefs lead the season series with Beloit 7-2, much in thanks to the bat of Alex DeLeon. He is 14-31 (.452) with six runs scored, two doubles, three homers, and seven RBI this season against the Snappers. In fact, DeLeon owns a home run against both Beloit starters Daniel Gossett and Junior Mendez who he will most likely face on Thursday and Friday.

Back From the Future: Perdomo Comes Home

Chiefs right hander Luis Perdomo is making his first start for the Chiefs since returning from his relief outing in the 2015 Futures Game in Cincinnati at Great American Ballpark. Perdomo faced three batters, including a nasty strikeout to end his day. In addition, Perdomo was named the St. Louis Cardinals Pitcher of the Month for May, started the 2015 Midwest League All Star Game, and has posted a sparkling 2.79 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 77 1/3 innings this season. Perdomo has done a fantastic job of showcasing his immense talent this season and the Chiefs are ecstatic to have him back in their rotation.

Perez Finally Enters The Win Column

The St. Louis Cardinals’ 30th prospect, according to, has had a shaky 2015 thus far. He started off the year with a three-inning scoreless start on April 12 against Wisconsin, but would hit the Disabled List a day later and would not return until May 1. Perez then lost two of his next three starts without making it past three innings of work before another stint on the DL sidelined him for a month. After two rehab starts in the Gulf Coast League, Perez returned to the Chiefs rotation on Independence Day and allowed five runs on six hits and five walks, striking out one before getting pulled after only two and a third innings. However, Perez bounced back to notch his first win of the season his last time out. Perez allowed two runs on seven hits and three walks, fanning four over five innings of work in a win at Burlington. Perez has shown flashes of brilliance throughout his three-year career and he will look to ride his most recent, solid performance into the finale of this three-game set with Beloit.

Chiefs Crank Out Three In 7-2 Win over Burlington

Nick Thompson drilled a two-run homer in the first, Andrew Sohn belted a solo shot in the second, and Alex DeLeon smacked his second homer in as many days as the Chiefs rolled Burlington 7-2 on Monday. Read all about it in the Game Recap.

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Hear from Sohn postgame:

Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s story about last night’s win and Chiefs outfielder Thompson.

Chiefs Square Off With Burlington For Four-Game Set

The Peoria Chiefs (4-7, 37-42) are coming off a 7-1 win over Quad Cities on Sunday, snapping a three-game skid. They welcome the Burlington Bees (4-7, 39-41) for two games at Dozer Park before heading out to Iowa for the final two games of the series. Burlington is coming off a 8-6 loss to Cedar Rapids and are currently on a two-game losing streak.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Monday July 6: LH Austin Gomber (7-3, 3.52) vs. RH Austin Robichaux (7-4, 3.02)

Tuesday July 7: RH Jack Flaherty (3-1, 2.86) vs. RH Keynan Middleton (4-4, 4.74)

Wednesday July 8: RH Matt Pearce (3-9, 3.65) vs. RH Justin Anderson (5-6, 3.38)

Thursday July 9: RH Jhonny Polanco (1-2, 3.99) vs. RH Jeremy Rhoades (4-5, 2.93)

Things To Watch For:

Pitcher’s Duel

Austin Gomber has not lost since the month of April. He went 3-0 with a 2.25 ERA in May, was named a Midwest League All Star, and went 3-0 with 4.09 ERA in June. Gomber is coming off his seventh win of the season against Clinton allowing only two runs on eight hits, walking none, and striking out eight over six and a third innings of work. Remaining undefeated since April might be a tall task with Austin Robichaux opposing him. Robichuax has not allowed a run in his last 24 2/3 innings and currently leads the Bees with seven wins. Robichaux received a no decision his last time out, tossing seven shutout innings, scattering six hits and one walk, striking out six against Kane County.

Bean Looks To Have Stellar Series

Steve Bean currently has a four-game hit streak, but more impressive is the fact that he has gone 8-17 (.471) during that stretch. Bean also has had success against the Bees this season thus far. Bean is 4-12 with a double, a homer, and two RBI in four games against Burlington. His homer was a two-run shot and his first of the year, which came on May 2nd at home where Burlington edged the Chiefs 7-6 in 12 innings.

Who’s The New Guy?

That would be Nick Flair. The Los Angeles Angels drafted Flair in the 34th round of the 2015 draft out of the University of Tampa. Flair played six games for the Arizona League Angels going 5-21 with three RBI before getting the call-up to Burlington. Since his promotion, Flair has gone 7-22 with a double, a homer, and three RBI in six games with the Bees. Flair’s homer came in last night’s loss to Cedar Rapids, a solo shot off of their reliever Brandon Bixler.

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’s article covering the game. 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.


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