Sunday DH Notes, Lineup & Playoff Race

IMG_3131The Chiefs and River Bandits were one of three games in Iowa to be rained out on Saturday night. As  you can see from the picture to the right the tarp was on the field and it was raining pretty hard all Saturday afternoon. Beloit at Burlington and Clinton at Wisconsin were both rained out as well. All three venues will have Sunday double header’s that impact the Wild Card race. The Wild Card is all that’s left to play for in the West. Kane County beat Cedar Rapids Saturday night in the only game that did get played and by virtue of that win and by holding the tiebreaker against the Chiefs, Kane County clinched the Division Title. With nine games left the Chiefs are nine games back and Kane County leads the season series (Tiebreaker #1) 4-2. The playoff appearance is the first for a Cubs affiliate in the Midwest League since Chris Archer, Brett Jackson, Ryan Flaherty, DJ LeMahieu and Jeff Beliveau among others got the Chiefs to the 2nd half Western Division title in 2009. That was also the Chiefs last playoff appearance so hopefully both droughts can end this week.

Here are the Western Division standings as we head into play on Sunday:

Midwest League Western
W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak Last10
Kane County Cougars 42 20 .677 - 27-6 15-14 33-17 W4 7-3
Peoria Chiefs 32 28 .533 9.0 16-11 16-17 26-23 W1 5-5
Quad Cities River Bandits 31 29 .517 10.0 17-12 14-17 26-22 W1 7-3
Burlington Bees 30 29 .508 10.5 17-13 13-16 23-25 L1 5-5
Clinton LumberKings 29 30 .492 11.5 12-15 17-15 23-25 L3 4-6
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 29 31 .483 12.0 17-14 12-17 22-27 W4 5-5
Cedar Rapids Kernels 27 35 .435 15.0 14-16 13-19 20-30 L5 3-7
Beloit Snappers 26 34 .433 15.0 16-16 10-18 22-26 L1 3-7

As far as the Wild Card goes the Chiefs are +1 on QC, +1.5 on Burlington, +2.5 on Clinton, +3 on Wisconsin, +6 on Cedar Rapids and Beloit. These three games in Quad Cities are crucial. As far as tiebreakers go, the Chiefs lead QC 2-1 but do not have the tiebreaker against Burlington, Clinton or Wisconsin. The Chiefs tied the season series with Burlington and Wisconsin but the #2 tiebreaker is head to head runs scored and the Chiefs lose both of those.


As for today’s double header, the Chiefs will start Rob Kaminsky in game one at 1:15 pm and Blake McKnight in game two. The game one lineup is to the right. The Chiefs are still without big bats in Ronald Castillo and Justin Ringo (DL). As you can see in the Game Notes Arturo Reyes gets the ball in game three of the series Monday. That will set up Chase Brookshire, Alex Reyes and Jimmy Reed in the three-games at home against Kane County on Tuesday – Thursday. Speaking of the homestand check out the Promotional Highlights for the six games that includes appearances by Ozzie Smith, Spiderman/IronMan, three fireworks shows, Dueling Pianos, a Diamond Dig, two giveaways and much much more!


Thursday Org Recap & Former Chiefs Update

The Cardinals organization went 3-2 on the night as Memphis improved to .500 while Springfield and Palm Beach both had great outings on the hill lead them to victories. T

he Cardinals started out on the right foot as they had a 2-0 lead headed into the sixth thanks to a solid performance from Michael Wacha thus far. Things unraveled in the bottom half of the sixth as the Royals scored three runs off Wacha and would not look back from there, going on to win the ballgame 3-2. Matt Carpenter followed up his five-hit performance on Wednesday by producing another RBI in this one. John Jay had the only multi-hit night for the Cards going two for four with two runs scored. Here is the Game Recap.

Memphis notched their their 30th win of 2014 with a 7-4 victory over Nashville in their homestand opener. Former Chief Zach Petrick improved to 3-3 after allowing only three runs off four hits, struck out four, and walked four over five and a third innings of work. Scott Moore went one for four with his sixth home run of the season and three RBI; David Aardsma locked down his 11th save of the season. Memphis’ game story can be found here.

Sam Gaviglio led the way for Springfield in their 5-1 victory over Arkansas. Gaviglio followed up Wednesday’s shutout for Springfield by allowing only one run off six hits, walked none, and struck out five over six innings pitched en route to his third win of the year. Jonathan Rodriguez is tearing it up in this series thus far; he went two for four with a triple and three RBI last night and is five for eight with four RBI on the series. Former Chief Patrick Wisdom went two for four with a double. Read about their dominant win here.

Palm Beach is currently riding a three-game win streak after blowing out Clearwater 9-2 last night. Former Chief of the Day Silfredo Garcia is shutting down opponents in High-A ball. Silfredo tossed six shutout innings, in which he gave up five hits, walked two, and struck out five garnering his third win in four starts since his promotion to Palm Beach. Garcia is currently 3-1 with a 1.93 ERA; he allowed 22 runs over 29 2/3 innings for the Chiefs while he has only allowed seven runs over 23 1/3 innings for Palm Beach. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell had a huge day at the plate going three for four with a run scored and three RBI while newly promoted former Chief Jimmy Bosco went one for four, producing two RBI in just his second game with the club. Read about the strong performance here.

Former Chief Justin Bour made his major league debut for the Miami Marlins last night and did not disappoint. Bour went two for five with an RBI base hit in the seventh; the Marlins would go on to beat the Rays 11-6. Here is Bour’s first hit and his first RBI.

Former Chiefs Darwin Barney and Junior Lake each had big nights at the plate for the Cubs as they beat the Mets 7-4. Lake went one for five with a two-run triple that he tried to stretch into an inside the park home run after an errant throw to third, but was unfortunately thrown out at the plate. Barney legged two doubles and crossed the plate three times. Here is Lake’s two-run triple.


Greetings from Pohlman Field

Last night was a tough loss for the Chiefs to start this 6-game road trip and 3-game series. If you missed the Game Recap here it is. The Chiefs bullpen has been fantastic all season so hopefully last night was just a blip on the radar as we sprint to the finish here in the first half.

Tonight Alex Reyes takes the hill for his third outing against Beloit this season. Reyes has faced Beloit twice this season and pitched really well both times. On April 28 here in Beloit he retired the first 12 Snappers and allowed two runs on one hit over five innings while striking out eight to earn the win. Seven days later he lost to Beloit 1-0 allowing one run on five hits over six innings with two walks and eight strikeouts. Of the batters in the Beloit lineup tonight six have faced Reyes going a combined 3-for-26 with eight strikeouts and three walks. BJ Boyd has the most success going 2-for-5.

Reyes is 3-1 on the road this season with a 2.81 ERA and 33 strikeouts over 25.2 innings. He is holding opponents to a .157 average on the road while the MWL hits .254 against Reyes in Peoria. Alex struggled in May going 1-4 with a 5.67 ERA in five starts while the average against was .222 after being .164 in April. Here’s hoping facing the Snappers, a team he has success against, will get Reyes back to his April form (2-0, 2.60 ERA).


Here is the lineup IMG_3117that will back him as we get our first look at Robelys Reyes at second base. Vaughn Bryan gets a day off tonight and so does Richy Pedroza who has a 4-game hit streak. The Chiefs scored three runs on eight hits over five innings against tonight’s Beloit starter Lee Trivino on May 7. CJ McElroy was on base twice with a run scored, RBI and stolen base. Carson Kelly and Steve Bean each had RBI while Bean added a single. Kenny Peoples-Walls, Mason Katz and Ronald Castillo also had hits and are in the lineup tonight. Juan Herrera did not face Trivino on May 7 as Cesar Valera started at SS and collected two hits. Every player in the Chiefs lineup tonight that was on the roster in May had a hit off Trivino except Kelly who had a RBI groundout and scored a run.

Burlington beat Quad Cities last night while Wisconsin walked off Cedar Rapids and Kane County walked off Clinton in extra innings. Its a tight wild card race now and here are the overall standings:

W L PCT GB Home Away Div Streak Last10
Kane County 39 20 .661 - 24-6 15-14 30-17 W1 7-3
Peoria 31 27 .534 7.5 16-11 15-16 25-22 L1 4-6
Quad Cities 30 28 .517 8.5 17-12 13-16 25-21 L2 6-4
Burlington 29 28 .509 9.0 16-12 13-16 22-24 W2 6-4
Clinton 29 28 .509 9.0 12-15 17-13 23-23 L1 4-6
Wisconsin 27 31 .466 11.5 15-14 12-17 20-27 W2 5-5
Cedar Rapids 27 32 .458 12.0 14-16 13-16 20-27 L2 5-5
Beloit 25 33 .431 13.5 15-15 10-18 21-25 W1 3-7

So the Chiefs have a 1-game lead on Quad Cities with Burlington and Clinton 1.5 games back. Clinton at Kane County and Quad Cities at Burlington start at 6:30 tonight while Cedar Rapids plays at Wisconsin at 7:05. The same teams matchup Friday night before everyone switches opponents on Saturday.


Wednesday Game Recaps; Donaldson and Harrison Enjoy Big Games

Wednesday was a successful day for the Cardinals and their affiliates. The organization went 3-1 and unfortunately, the only loss belonged to the Chiefs. Triple-A Memphis got to enjoy an off day and will begin a home series with the Nashville Sounds tonight.

The parent club got an 11 inning victory in Kansas City. Matt Carpenter looks like he’s returning to his 2013 form by going 5-5 with two doubles, one of which brought in the game-winning run. Adam Wainwright took a shutout into the ninth before faltering and had to settle for a no decision. You can read the Cardinals postgame recap here.

Kyle Hald was the first of three pitchers to combine for a 3-0 shutout for Double-A Springfield in their win over Arkansas. Hald went 6 2/3 innings on four hits with four strikeouts before giving way to Lee Stoppelman and Justin Wright to complete the shutout. Former Chief Patrick Wisdom contributed with a two-run home run. Click here for their game story.

While the St. Louis Cardinals were busy getting an extra-inning road win, the Palm Beach Cardinals got a walk-off win against Clearwater, by scoring three times in the bottom of the ninth for a 4-3 victory. In last night’s game, Palm Beach had eight former Chiefs in their starting lineup, but it was the most recent player to leave Peoria- Jimmy Bosco- that scored the game-winning run. His first hit for his new team came in the ninth and he moved to second on a wild pitch before scoring on Charlie Tilson’s single to cap a terrific comeback. You can read all about the exciting win here.


Former Chiefs Josh Donaldson and Josh Harrison each enjoyed a big game last night as well. Donaldson crushed his 16th home run of the season at Yankee Stadium, which gave the A’s a 5-4 lead in an eventual 7-4 Oakland win.

Harrison, the Former Chief of the Day, has solidified himself as the Pirates leadoff hitter. He finished yesterday 3-4 and all three hits went for extra bases. After lining out in his first at bat, he tripled with two outs but was stranded. He then doubled in a run in the fifth and doubled again in the eighth, but was left on the bases both times as the Pirates fell 3-2 despite allowing just one hit.

Ready for the final First Half push

The push for a playoff spot starts today for the Peoria Chiefs and the rest of the Western Division. Beloit and Burlington have 13 games left (Completing a suspended game from April this Sunday) while the other six teams have 12 games left. Here are the standings heading into Tuesday’s game. The first half ends Sunday, June 15 and the top two teams will make the playoffs.

Team W L Pct GB
Kane County 38 20 .655
Peoria 31 26 .544 6.5
Quad Cities 30 27 .526 7.5
Clinton 29 27 .518 8
Burlington 28 28 .500 9
Cedar Rapids 27 31 .466 11
Wisconsin 26 31 .456 11.5
Beloit 24 33 .421 13.5

And here are the remaining schedules:

Team Ju 4-6 Ju 7-9 Ju 10-12 Ju 13-15
Kane County vs. CLI vs. CR at PEO at BEL
Peoria at BEL at QC vs. KC vs. CLI
Quad Cities at BUR vs. PEO at CR vs. WIS
Clinton at KC vs. WIS vs. BUR at PEO
Burlington vs. QC vs. BEL (4) at CLI at CR
Cedar Rapids at WIS at KC vs. QC vs BUR
Wisconsin vs. CR at CLI vs. BEL at QC
Beloit vs. PEO at BUR (4) at WIS vs. KC

So as you can see the Chiefs are one of only two teams in the league to play their final six games IMG_3112at home. On the downside, Quad Cities only plays teams below them in the standings with the exception of the three head-to-head games against us this weekend.

On the news side, the Chiefs landed five players on the Midwest League All-Star team Wednesday. Check out who made the team on our website. Congrats to Chris Perry on being named the Cardinals Pitcher of the Month for May after going 2-0 with a sub-1 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 19 2/3 innings with just three walks. Also we made two Roster Moves today. Congrats to Jimmy Bosco on his promotion. Today’s lineup is to the right and here is the upcoming rotation:

Tonight: LH Chase Brookshire
Thursday: RH Alex Reyes
Friday: LH Jimmy Reed
Saturday: RH Blake McKnight
Sunday: LH Rob Kaminsky
Monday: RH Arturo Reyes

Good Morning From the Ballpark

Tough loss for the Chiefs yesterday afternoon with two blown leads in the 9th and 11th innings. The Chiefs did get great staring pitching from Jimmy Reed on Monday and have three straight quality starts from Arturo Reyes, Alex Reyes and Reed. Reed threw 88 pitches on Monday over a career-high 7 1/3 innings and started batters with first pitch strikes on 20 of the 25 Cougars he faced. He also retired 15 straight from the 3rd to the 8th innings.

VelazcoINST copyIt was great seeing Gerwuins Velazco star in his first action of the season. The dugout celebrated in a big way during his 4th inning home run and you can tell Velazco is popular with his teammates. He has come to the park every single day of the season, put in his work and caught bullpens all while being on the DL and not playing in games. Monday was his chance and he had four hits with a homer and a double that helped the Chiefs get the lead in the 11th. He is back in the lineup today as you can see to the right.

The Chiefs have not been swept in Kane County since September 1-3, 2010 and have not been swept by a Cubs affiliate was a two game series against Lansing on the road July 26-27, 1999. The last sweep by a Cubs affiliate in more than a 2-game series was by Rockford June 9-12, 1995.

After Tuesday’s game the Chiefs will have 18 games left in the half, 12 at home. We will host Burlington and Kane County the next six days before a June 3 off-day. The Chiefs travel to Beloit and Quad Cities (3 each) before hosting Kane County and Clinton to finish the half. Hopefully we’ll see Justin Ringo back in the homestand and possibly IMG_3068Ronald Castillo soon as well.

As you’ll see in Tuesday’s Game Notes there is some uncertainty with the Chiefs rotation in the coming homestand. Michael Holback starts on Wednesday but the rest of the Burlington series is TBA.

Here are the updated Western Division Standings. With the two losses here in Kane County it is getting quite packed in the 2-5 slots as the Cougars pull away.

Team W L Pct GB
Kane County 34 17 .667
Peoria 27 23 .540 6.5
Clinton 25 23 .521 7.5
Burlington 25 24 .510 8
Quad Cities 24 26 .480 9.5
Wisconsin 23 26 .469 10
Beloit 23 27 .460 10.5
Cedar Rapids 23 28 .451 11

Tuesday’s schedule
Cedar Rapids at Beloit 11am
Wisconsin at Clinton 5pm (resuming Monday’s suspended game Wis 2, Cli 0 in 4th)
Quad Cities at Burlington 6:30 pm

Burlington at Peoria
Kane County at Clinton
Wisconsin at Cedar Rapids
Beloit at Quad Cities

Monday Game Notes, Lineup & More

The Chiefs dropped the opener of this crucial three-game series last night to Kane County 7-3. Check out the Game Recap if you missed any of the action. More importantly the Chiefs lost red-hot first baseman Justin Ringo to a ninth inning shoulder injury and he is not in the lineup today. Ringo doubled in the ninth and looked like he was going for third when he got a stop sign from 3rd base and dove back into second ahead of the relay throw. Ringo dislocated his shoulder but stayed in to finish the game after getting medical treatment at second base. With the holiday today and an 11 am game tomorrow, its unlikely Ringo will see a specialist until Wednesday about his shoulder. He injured it before and is not taking BP today. I’d make an (educated) guess that we won’t see him play before Wednesday at the earliest. With Ronald Castillo also on the DL, that’s a lot of firepower on the bench for the Chiefs right now (5 HR, 14 2b, 34 RBI).

Here are today’s Game Notes for a 1pm holiday start and the lineup as we see Gerwuins Velazco for the first time in 2014. Velazco hit .206 with a homer and 11 RBI in 77 games last season. His lone home run was against the Cougars at Dozer Park in July.



Here are some photos from last night, Cougars autographs and the ZOOperstars in action:

And here are the updated standings with today’s matchups. The Chiefs and Cougars play at 11am Tuesday.

Team W L Pct GB
Kane County 33 17 .660
Peoria 27 22 .551 5.5
Clinton 25 23 .521 7
Burlington 24 24 .500 8
Quad Cities 24 25 .490 8.5
Wisconsin 23 26 .469 9.5
Cedar Rapids 23 27 .460 10
Beloit 22 27 .449 10.5

Cedar Rapids at Beloit 2pm (Tuesday 11am)
Quad Cities at Burlington 2pm (Tuesday 6:30 pm)
Wisconsin at Clinton 2pm (Tuesday 6:30 pm)

Sunday Game Notes, Lineup & More

Nate's Stat Line Sunday A tough loss for the Chiefs last night in Burlington which you can read about in the Game Recap. While we were losing in Burlington, Clinton was winning here at Kane County to avoid a sweep. The Chiefs came straight up to Geneva last night and got to the hotel at about 2:15 am. It’s strange having a Sunday night game, but nice at the same time with the late travel. Already today Clinton lost to Wisconsin 3-2 and Burlington won game one of a DH against Quad Cities 12-4 so here are the updated standings

Team W L Pct GB
Kane County 32 17 .653
Peoria 27 21 .563 4.5
Clinton 25 23 .521 6.5
Quad Cities 24 24 .500 7.5
Burlington 23 24 .489 8
Wisconsin 23 26 .469 9
Beloit 22 26 .458 9.5
Cedar Rapids 22 27 .449 10

Cedar Rapids is playing Beloit while Quad Cities and Burlington have game two today as well. Those games are not updated in the standings.

Here are today’s Game Notes and our lineup listed next to a photo of the Chiefs taking BP in Kane County.

IMG_3057 IMG_3046The Chiefs will play Kane County six times in the next nine games and nine times in the next 18 games. How the Chiefs do against the first place Cougars will likely determine whether a playoff spot in clinched before June 15.

Saturday Game Notes & Lineup

Nate's Stat Line SaturdayThe Chiefs fell last night 8-3 here in Burlington and have a chance to win the series with Arturo Reyes on the mound tonight. After the game tonight we will head straight to Kane County instead of commuting back to Peoria and leaving tomorrow. It’s a nice bonus to be able to get straight to the next destination and get some sleep before a 6:30 Sunday night series-opener against the Cougars.

Here are today’s Game Notes and lineup


Here are the updated standings after last night’s MWL action. With Clinton and Kane County going head to head tonight it is important for the Chiefs to win this game against an under .500 Bees team so they either add to the Wild Card lead over Clinton or pick up a game on Kane County.

Team W L Pct GB
Kane County 32 16 .667
Peoria 27 20 .574 4.5
Clinton 24 22 .522 7
Quad Cities 23 23 .500 8
Wisconsin 22 25 .468 9.5
Burlington 21 24 .467 9.5
Cedar Rapids 22 26 .458 10
Beloit 21 26 .447 10.5

Friday Game Notes, Lineup & More

Nate's Stat Line FridayA great win for the Chiefs last night, check out the recap and the fantastic outing by Rob Kaminsky. Was nice to see the Chiefs bounce back as well with the two runs in the 9th. The Chiefs have won 15 road games, more than any other Midwest League team. The Chiefs have also won six straight road games for the first time since 2010. The last time the Chiefs won 7 straight road games was June 24-July 4, 2008, Ryne Sandberg’s second year as manager. That stretch was part of an overall 11-game win streak as the Chiefs started the 2008 second half 17-7.

Here are the longest road win streaks in team history

  • 9 – May 27-June 17, 2006: includes the Chiefs clinching the First Half Western Division title with a series win over 2nd place Kane County. The steak ended on the final day of the first half, the day after the Chiefs clinched the division
  • 8 – July 19 – August 8, 1992. Streak ended August 15 with a 4-1 loss at Burlington
  • 7 – June 24 – July 4, 2008. Streak ended July 5 with a 9-2 loss at Quad Cities as Cardinals first-round pick Brett Wallace hit his professional Home Run.
  • 6 – August 4-21, 2010. Streak ended August 22 with a 4-2 loss at Clinton
  • 6 – August 7-23, 1988. Streak ended August 23 with a  3-0 loss at Burlington in game 2 of a double header

Here are tonight’s Game Notes. Note that since the Game Notes were printed Burlington has changed starting pitchers from Garrett Nuss to Yancy Almonte. Nuss has left the team on paternity leave for the birth of his child. Tonight will mark Almonte’s Burlington debut and first start of the season. Burlington is also switching Saturday’s starter from Eliot Morris to Victor Alcantara. Here is tonight’s lineup with Vaughn Bryan in CF for the first time and both Carson Kelly and Juan Herrera back in the lineup.

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The Chiefs are currently taking BP (pic to the right) and below is a look at up to date standings after the Chiefs won here last night and Kane County took game one from Clinton lats night. Remember the top two teams when the half ends on June 15 make the playoffs. The Chiefs have nine games against Kane County (6 at home) and three at home against Clinton. Clinton and Kane County have eight games left head-to-head this half.

Kane County Cougars 31 16 .660 -
Peoria Chiefs   27 19 .587 3.5
Clinton LumberKings 24 21 .533 6.0
Quad Cities River Bandits 22 23 .489 8.0
Cedar Rapids Kernels 22 25 .468 9.0
Beloit Snappers 21 25 .457 9.5
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 21 25 .457 9.5
Burlington Bees 20 24 .455 9.5

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