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 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.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

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.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

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, 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.

Perdomo, Chiefs Tame Cougars Friday

Luis Perdomo tossed a career-high eight innings allowing no runs on three hits and three walks, striking out nine. Danny Diekroeger added two RBI on three hits as the Chiefs took game one of the four-game set with Kane County 5-0. Check out the Game Story.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

Hear from Danny Diekroeger after the game:

Check out Peoria Chiefs Beat Writer Dave Eminian’s game recap and story detailing the Bray brothers reunion.

Chiefs Host Cougars in a Crucial Four-Game Series

The Peoria Chiefs (24-24), fresh off a 15-inning loss to Clinton on Thursday, host the Kane County Cougars (24-24). The Chiefs and Cougars are part of a three-way tie for third place in the Midwest League Western Division with the Burlington Bees. The Cougars have won four of their last five and are coming off a series victory over division-leading Quad Cities. The Chiefs have lost two in a row.

Probable Pitching Matchups:

Friday May 29: RH Luis Perdomo (1-4, 1.77) vs RH Brad Keller (2-4, 2.68)

Saturday May 30: LH Austin Gomber (4-3, 3.35) vs RH Markus Solbach (4-2, 2.75)

Sunday May 31: TBA vs. RH Wei-Chung Huang (1-0, 0.00)

Monday June 1: Daniel Poncedelon (5-0, 1.77) vs RH Touki Toussaint (0-1, 3.60)

Things to Watch For:

Life Without Jon Jay

The Chiefs bid farewell to St. Louis Cardinals Centerfielder Jon Jay after three at-bats in last night’s loss to Clinton, ending his three-game rehab stint with the team. Magneuris Sierra will return to his normal everyday position of centerfield and the Chiefs look to snap their two-game losing streak.

Help Wanted: Run Support for Luis Perdomo

Perdomo is tied for the sixth best ERA in the Midwest League at 1.77 with fellow Chiefs pitcher Daniel Poncedeleon who will start the final game of this series. In seven starts this season, Perdomo has received more than three runs of run support only once. In that one game, came seven runs of support for Perdomo and his sole victory of the season.

The Return of the Solbach

Saturday night’s game is Star Wars Night and, bad news for the Chief, Markus Solbach will be taking the hill for the Cougars. The Chiefs thought they were done with him after facing him one time in South Bend last season, but the Cougars are the new Arizona Diamondbacks affiliate and Solbach is back to reek more havoc. In that start, Solbach tossed a complete game shutout scattering only three hits, no walks, and striking out three on July 20 of last year.

Poncedeleon vs. Toussaint

Runs will be limited in the finale of this four-game series as Daniel Poncedeleon looks to improve to 5-0 while Touki Toussaint, the Diamondbacks top overall pick in the 2014 draft, will oppose him. Poncedeleon is coming off of his second-straight win, in which he allowed two runs, only one of them earned, off four hits and two walks, striking out four over six innings of work. Toussaint is coming off his first loss of the season after allowing seven runs, five earned, off eight hits and one walk, striking out six over five innings of work.

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.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

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.

Here are the video highlights:

Here are the audio highlights:

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.


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