The Chiefs will have to negotiate the second half of the Midwest League season without their most consistent reliever as All-Star Chris Perry was promoted to Palm Beach after Tuesday’s game. It is going to be “next man up” in the bullpen but will likely take a team effort to replace what Perry meant to the Chiefs through 87 games this season.
Perry turned in one of the best seasons for any reliever in the Chiefs 32 year history. In 28 games he went 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA covering 49 innings of work. Perry saved three games, earned five holds and finished off eight contests. He struck out 80 batters while walking just 15 over his 49 innings. The numbers lead to a 0.90 WHIP, a 14.7 K/9IP ratio and a .165 opponents average against.
So where do all those numbers rank among the Midwest League leaders and in Chiefs history? Glad you asked.
As for the Midwest League, Perry leaves the Chiefs ranking 2nd in the league in reliever K/9IP, 4th in reliever opponents average against and fourth in relievers WHIP.
If you sort the 32 year Chiefs history by pitchers who threw at least 49 innings (Perry’s total) you’ll get 302 names. There are 70 who like Perry, pitched only in relief. Of those 302, Perry is #1 in strikeouts per 9 innings and his 14.7 number beats the previous high by one full strikeout. Ben Julianel posted a 13.7 number in 2003 over 51 2/3 innings.
Perry’s 0.90 WHIP ranks fourth among relievers behind Jared Blasdell 0.75 in 2002, Alex Maestri 0.87 in 2007 and Brian Reed 0.89 in 1995. Of those three Maestri made four starts in 48 games and totaled 83 2/3 innings while Reed pitched 60 times for 61 innings and Blasdell threw 65 2/3 innings in 53 appearances.
Perry’s .165 average against is also fourth behind Brandon DeJaynes .151 in 2003,
Blasdell at .155 in 2002 and Heath Slocumb .162 in 1989.
Perry’s 80 strikeouts are tied for 8th among all Chiefs pitchers with zero starts. The other pitcher with 80, Keith Glauber, needed 64 innings in 1996 to rack up 80 strikeouts. How dominant are Perry’s K numbers? Well put it this way, Michael Sodders holds the Chiefs single season strikeout record at 177 in 1989. His K/9 IP ratio is 7.7, or nearly half of what Perry posted in 2014.
Good luck in Palm Beach Chris!
Adam Wainwright tossed another gem for St. Louis on Monday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He tossed seven shutout innings allowing seven hits, three walks, and struck out five, but received a no decision. The game was scoreless until the bottom of the ninth inning when Matt Adams launched a walk-off homer, his 10th of the year, to beat the Pirates 2-0 and move to only four games back of first in the NL Central. Below is the walk-off blast:
Memphis had a walk-off of their own as Luis Mateo drove home the game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth to cap the 2-1 comeback for Memphis over division-leading Nashville. Former Chief Zach Petrick allowed only one run off off six hits, walked none, and struck out six in seven innings of work. Check out the Game Story.
Springfield was locked in a pitcher’s duel with San Antonio that went into extras. Mike O’Neill delivered the game-winning RBI double in the 11th to propel Springfield to a 3-2 victory. Former Chief Mike Mayers allowed two runs off five hits, walked none, and struck out five in seven innings of work. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom both produced a RBI. Here is the Recap.
State College notched a narrow 3-2 victory over Auburn. Nick Thompson drilled a three-run home run in the seventh, his second homer of the year. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for four with a double. Check out the Game Recap.
Johnson City got blown out 15-7 by the Twins affiliate Elizabethton. Casey Turgeon was three for four while crossing the play three times. Read about it in the Game Story.
The GCL Cardinals finally lost after a fantastic seven-game win streak. Catcher Joshua Lopez was one for four with a double and two RBI on the day.
Former Chief Marwin Gonzalez legged a three-run triple in Houston’s blow out win over Texas on a one for four night with two runs scored.
With the Sunday night announcements of the 2014 MLB All-Star Teams, the Chiefs will have four former players on rosters for the first time ever. This ASG will also be the first time former Chiefs have started on both teams (Josh Donaldson & Yadier Molina). Below is a table listing all the former Chiefs who were named to MLB All-Star Games and their results from the game.
|1986||WALLY JOYNER||ANGELS||0-1||STARTING 1B|
|1988||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||CUBS||0-0, BB|
|1991||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||RANGERS||0-0, BB|
|1992||GREG MADDUX||CUBS||1.1 IP, 1H, 1R, 1HRA|
|1993||MARK GRACE||CUBS||0-3||STARTING DH|
|1993||DEVON WHITE||BLUE JAYS||1-2, 2B, R, RBI, SB|
|1994||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||3IP, 3H, 1R, 2K||STARTING P|
|1995||HEATH SLOCUMB||PHILLIES||1IP, 1H, 0R, 2K||WIN|
|1997||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||2IP, 2H, 1R, 1HR||STARTING P|
|1998||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||ORIOLES||2-2, R, RBI|
|1998||DEVON WHITE||DIAMONDBACKS||3-3, 3B, R|
|1998||GREG MADDUX||BRAVES||2IP, 3H, 1BB, 1K||STARTING P|
|1999||RAFAEL PALMEIRO||RANGERS||1-2, RBI||STARTING DH|
|2001||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-0 BB|
|2003||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||1-3, RBI||STARTING LF|
|2004||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||2-3, 2 2B, 2RBI||STARTING 1B|
|2005||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||1-2||STARTING DH|
|2006||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-3, K||STARTING 1B|
|2007||PLACIDO POLANCO||TIGERS||0-1||STARTING 2B|
|2007||DANNY HAREN||A’S||2IP, 2H, 1R, 1BB, 2K||STARTING P|
|2008||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||2-3||STARTING DH|
|2008||DANNY HAREN||DIAMONDBACKS||2IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 2K HOLD|
|2009||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-3||STARTING 1B|
|2009||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||1-2, R, RBI||STARTING C|
|2009||DANNY HAREN||DIAMONDBACKS||1IP, 1H, 0R, 0K|
|2010||ALBERT PUJOLS||CARDINALS||0-2, K||STARTING 1B|
|2010||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||1-1||STARTING C|
|2013||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||0-2||STARTING C|
|2014||YADIER MOLINA||CARDINALS||STARTING C|
|2014||JOSH DONALDSON||A’S||STARTING 3B|
Donaldson is the 9th different Chiefs player to be named a starter. Albert Pujols leads the way with 7 starts while 2014 will be the 4th for Yadier Molina. Greg Maddux made three starts while Placido Polanco, Danny Haren, Rafael Palmeiro, Mark Grace and Wally Joyner had one start each.
Pujols leads the way with 6 hits in 19 AB while Devon White has 4 hits and both Palmeiro and Molina have 3 each. Maddux threw 8.1 inning while Haren has 5 IP.
The St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Miami Marlins 6-5 on Saturday. After winning three straight, the Cards blew a one-run lead in the ninth and lost the middle game of their three-game series with the Marlins. Allen Craig and Jhonny Peralta hit back-to-back homers in the fourth to extend the Cards lead 5-1, but the Marlins scored five unanswered runs to topple the Cards at Busch Stadium. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for five with a RBI. Check out the Highlights.
Memphis won their second game in a row behind Boone Whiting’s first win of the season. Whiting allowed only one run off five hits, walked two, and fanned seven batters in five innings of work. Randal Grichuk launched his 14th home run of the season as Memphis beat New Orleans 6-3. Below is Grichuk’s homer:
Springfield struggled to find runs yet again, but Kyle Hald led them to victory with a great pitching performance. Hald allowed only one run off seven hits, walked one, and struck out five in seven innings of work as he improved to 7-2 on the year. Former Chief David Popkins was two for three on the night. Read about the win in the Game Story.
Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins tossed a gem for Palm Beach, in which he allowed an unearned run off five hits over seven innings pitched to lead Palm Beach to a 4-1 win over Bradenton. Former Chief Gerwuins Velazco was one for three with a two-run double. Here is the Game Recap.
State College narrowly escaped Jamestown in the late innings for a 3-2 win. Rowan Wick scored the game-winning run in the eighth, crossing the plate on a wild pitch. Former Chief Jake Stone was one for two with a RBI double. Read about the narrow win in the Game Story.
Juan Perez got his first start of the year for Johnson City and notched his third win of the season as they beat Princeton 3-1. Blake Drake hit his first professional home run, a two run shot. Check out the Recap.
The GCL Cards improved to 12-2 on the year after beating the GCL Nationals in a shoot-out 12-8. 2014 first round draft choice Luke Weaver made his professional debut and tossed a scoreless inning with a strikeout. Jack Flaherty also made his debut as he allowed two runs off two hits and struck out two in an inning of work.
Former Chief Albert Pujols had another monster game against Houston as the Angels cranked out three homers in a seven-run eighth inning to beat the Astros 11-5. Pujols was three for five with a homer, a double, three RBI, and two runs scored. With his 19th homer, Pujols tied Mel Ott for 23rd on the all-time home run list. Below is Pujols’ 19th home run of the year:
Former Chief Robinson Chirinos launched his eighth home run of the season on a two for four night with three RBI as the Rangers beat the Mets 5-3.
Former Chief Chris Archer pitched into the ninth inning as he improved to 5-5 on the year with the Rays 7-2 win over the Tigers. Archer allowed two runs off six hits, walked four, and struck out four. Here are the highlights from Archer’s solid outing.
The St. Louis Cardinals barely edged the Marlins on Friday 3-2. They were cruising until the ninth up 3-0 before Trevor Rosenthal had trouble closing the Marlins out. After allowing two runs, Rosenthal got a game-ending double play to secure their third win in a row. Former Chief Yadier Molina was two for two with a RBI double and bumped his average back up to .292. Check out the highlights.
Memphis got a 3-2 victory as well thanks to a great pitching performance from Tim Cooney. He allowed two runs off six hits, walked one, and struck out five over eight innings of work as he garnered his eighth win of the year. Stephen Piscotty was three for four with two RBI. Here is the Game Story.
Corpus Christi blanked Springfield on Friday 8-0. Cody Stanley had the only multi-hit night going two for four. Springfield, as a whole, only managed four hits against Corpus Christi’s pitching. Former Chief Kurt Heyer suffered the loss after allowing three runs off five hits over five and two thirds innings. Here is the Recap.
Former Chief Corey Baker was fantastic in his first start, but ended up with a no decision as Palm Beach blew a 4-0 lead in the eighth and ended up losing 7-4. Baker tossed five shutout innings allowing only two hits, walking none, and striking out three. Former Chief Mason Katz launched his second homer for Palm Beach, his 16th overall. Check out the Game Story.
State College won a shoot-out on Friday 11-9 over Jamestown. Jake Stone launched a grand slam, his second homer in as many games and his third of the year. Stone would finish the game going two for four with 5 RBI. Read about it in the Game Recap.
Johnson City blanked Princeton 7-0 behind Ian McKinney’s incredible start. McKninney tossed eight shutout innings, allowing only two hits, one walk, and fanning 10 batters. McKinney is currently 2-0 with a 0.50 ERA, 18 strikeouts, and only two walks over 18 innings of work.
The GCL Cardinals rolled the GCL Nationals 7-1 as they improved to 11-2 on the season. Elier Rodriguez was perfect at the plate going three for three with a double and a run scored.
Former Chief Albert Pujols had a huge part in the Angels’ 7-6 walk-off win over Houston. Pujols was three for four with his 18th home run of the season, three runs scored, and two RBI.
Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers blanked the Cardinals on Sunday 6-0. Kershaw tossed seven shutout innings while fanning 13 Cardinal batters as he garnered his ninth win of the year. Former Chief Yadier Molina legged a double on a one for three night. Former Chief Jason Motte tossed a scoreless inning of relief with a strikeout. Here is the Game Story.
Springfield was no match for San Antonio as they fell 7-2. Starlin Rodriguez was the only offense for Springfield as he went one for four with two RBI. Former Chief Kurt Heyer dropped his fifth game of the year after allowing five runs in six and two thirds innings despite only walking one and striking out seven batters.
Former Chief Tyrell Jenkins was fantastic in his start, tossing six shutout innings to propel Palm Beach to a 5-2 victory. Former Chief Bruce Caldwell, who has hit only two homers on the season to this day, matched his season total with two long-balls while producing three RBI in this one. Former Chief Charlie Tilson continues to be on a hot streak; he launched his fifth homer of the year.
Will Anderson tossed a gem for State College in their 5-0 shutout of Williamsport. Anderson tossed seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits and fanning 10 batters, which is a State College single-game record, while on his way to his first win of the year. Rowan Wick was two for four with a double and two RBI , but unfortunately no homers as he looks to break the State College season record. Former Chief Josh Lucas tossed a scoreless inning of relief. Read about the win in the Game Recap.
Johnson City resumed their suspended game from Saturday and spanked Kingsport 12-6 thanks to Oscar Mercado’s incredible hitting performance. Mercado went four for six with two doubles, a triple, three RBI, and two stolen bases. Check out the Recap.
Former Chief Ryan Flaherty made a pinch hit appearance in the ninth inning of Baltimore’s matchup with Tampa Bay and launched a three-run homer, unfortunately the Orioles lost 12-7. Former Chief Robinson Chirinos was perfect at the plate going three for three with his seventh homer of the year in the Rangers 3-2 loss.
It wash’t pretty for the Cardinals in L.A. as the Dodgers blew them out 9-1. The Cardinals could only manage four hits on the night while Lance Lynn could not contain the loaded Dodger lineup. On a bright note, Nick Greenwood pitched very well in relief of Lynn. He tossed four scoreless innings giving up only three hits and striking out one. Here is the Game Recap.
Former Chief Nick Petree was fantastic for Palm Beach in his start. He tossed five shutout innings giving up only two hits, walking one, and striking out six. However, Petree would receive a no decision after the bullpen blew two different leads allowing a two-run bottom of the ninth as Palm Beach fell 3-2. Former Chief Alex Mejia was the only offense as he went two for four with a double and two RBI.
State College would lose to Williamsport 8-4, but the big news was Rowan Wick’s homer in the sixth inning. Wick has now tied the State College record for home runs in a season with 10; we are only 16 games into the New York-Penn League season. Wick has been extremely fun to watch as he powers State College to a current tie for first place in the Pinckney Division. Check out the Game Story.
The GCL Cardinals suffered their second loss of the year after losing to the GCL Mets 7-2. Malik Collymore drilled his first homer of the year along with a triple and two RBI in the loss.
Former Chief DJ LeMahieu was two for four with a two-run single in the Rockies 7-4 loss to the Brewers. Former Chief Albert Pujols sparked the red-hot Angels to a 6-2 victory over the Royals by going two for five with 2 RBI.
The parent club got a crucial 3-1 win over the Dodgers to remain only five and a half games back of first in the NL Central. The bullpen pitched exceptionally well, as Seth Maness picked up the win after tossing two and a third shutout innings with two punch-outs. Former Chief Yadier Molina launched his seventh homer of the season in the fourth to knot the game at one. Here is the long ball:
Memphis blew a three-run lead in the eighth and went on to lose to Round Rock 9-8. Joe Kelly made his first rehab start for Memphis, allowing two runs off two hits in two innings pitched. Former Chief Joe Donofrio came in and recorded a strikeout in the eighth inning. Stephen Piscotty launched his fifth homer of the season along with three RBI on the night. Below is the homer:
Springfield cruised to a 6-2 victory over Corpus Christi as Jonathan Cornelius picked up his seventh win of the year. Mike O’Neill was a home run shy of hitting for the cycle while producing his 20th RBI of the year. Former Chiefs David Popkins and Patrick Wisdom each had two-hit nights. Here is the Game Story.
Palm Beach had their three-game win streak snapped after losing to Charlotte 10-5. Former Chief Nick Martini was three for four with a double and a RBI while former Chief Kyle Barraclough was the only Palm Beach pitcher to not allow a run. He tossed two scoreless innings of relief with three strikeouts. Read about it in the recap.
State College got their tenth win of the season after beating Williamsport 5-2. Former Chief Robelys Reyes went three for five while crossing the plate twice. Jhohan Acevedo was perfect at the plate going three for three. Former Chief Josh Lucas picked up his third save of the year. Here is the Game Recap.
The GCL Cardinals had an amazing comeback victory to beat the GCL Mets. They scored seven unanswered runs in the eighth inning to win the game 7-3. Ricardo Bautista blasted a grand slam to cap the comeback; it was his first professional home run.
Former Chief Brandon Guyer had a huge game at the plate for Tampa Bay in their 5-2 win over Baltimore. Guyer was three for three with three doubles and a RBI. Former Chief Josh Donaldson legged a RBI triple to add to his three total RBI in Oakland’s win over Miami. Former Chief Josh Harrison was two for three including a walk-off double in the 11th inning in the Pirates 3-2 win over the Mets. Below is the walk-off winner:
Adam Wainwright was fabulous on the hill and pitched a complete game, however the Cardinals couldn’t muster any offense at all and fell to the Dodgers 1-0. Wainwright allowed only one run off five hits, walked one, and struck out seven as he suffered his fourth loss of 2014.
Memphis’ offense stalled on Thursday as well; they got blown out 9-1 by Round Rock. Memphis collected 13 hits, but was only able to plate one run. Oscar Taveras was four for five on the night. Greg Garcia produced the only RBI of the game. Check out the Game Story.
Springfield just escaped Corpus Christi 6-5 after Lee Stoppelman barely shut the door in the ninth, giving up three runs. Jonathan Rodriguez launched his seventh and eighth homers of the season while former Chief Patrick Wisdom belted a two-run shot of his own, his ninth of the season. Former Chief Breyvic Valera legged his first extra-base hit since his promotion. Former Chief Mike Mayers collected his first win with Springfield after allowing only two runs off five hits over seven innings of work. Former Chief Chris Thomas tossed another scoreless inning of relief. Below is Rodriguez’s second homer of the game:
Palm Beach cruised to another victory, beating Charlotte 7-3. Former Chief Jimmy Reed made his Palm Beach debut and notched the win. He allowed only two runs off seven hits, walked one, and struck out four over six and two thirds innings pitched. Former Chief Ildemaro Vargas drove home three runs on a one for four night. Here is the Game Recap.
Former Chief Robelys Reyes was one for three batting leadoff for State College in their narrow 3-2 victory over Williamsport. Fernando Baez got his first start for State College and tossed four scoreless innings with four strikeouts. Here is the Recap.
All nine starters for Johnson City reached base in their 7-5 victory over the Bristol Pirates. University of Florida alum Casey Turgeon was two for four with a double and a pair of RBI while Steven Farinaro picked up his first win of the season.
The GCL Cardinals blanked the second-place GCL Mets 3-0. Jorge Rodriguez tossed seven scoreless innings allowing only three hits as he garnered his second win of the year. Malik Collymore and Edmundo Sosa both had three-hit performances.
Quiet night in the majors for former Chiefs aside from a solid night at the plate from Albert Pujols. He was three for four with two runs scored, a double, and two RBI. Former Chief Junior Lake ran into the outfield wall at Wrigley Field and would leave the game, but later said he was alright. Below is the play:
Cardinals affiliates went 5-2 on Wednesday, including the Chiefs 2-1 win over Cedar Rapids for their fourth straight victory. Triple-A Memphis had an off day.
St. Louis got a comeback win in Colorado to take top prospect Marco Gonzales off the hook for the loss in his major league debut. Gonzales cruised through three innings before allowing five runs in the fourth. He tossed another shutout inning in the fifth and came out having allowed seven hits with two walks and three strikeouts. The Cards then scored eight of the game’s final nine runs for a 9-6 win as Trevor Rosenthal nailed down his 23rd save. The power surge continued for Matt Adams, who hit his ninth home run and third of the series.
Double-A Springfield was leading their game with Corpus Christi 3-0 into the sixth before giving up seven runs over the next three innings and fell 7-4. Aldemys Diaz and Cody Stanley each had three hits. Former Chief Breyvic Valera made his Double-A debut by going 1-3 with a run and a walk.
Advanced-A Palm Beach gave up two runs in the first inning but nothing else, and used a four-run eighth to defeat Charlotte 5-2. Former Chief Silfredo Garcia got a no decision after five innings, while another former Chief, Dixon Llorens, picked up his seventh save. Two more former Chiefs, Charlie Tilson and Nick Martini, each had three hits. Tilson fell a home run shy of hitting for the cycle.
Short Season-A State College had a furious comeback against Jamestown, scoring five runs between the fifth and eighth inning to send the game into extras, but fell by an 8-7 score in 12. Rowan Wick crushed two more homers to give him nine in 13 games. Jeff Rauh, a member of the Chiefs earlier this season, tossed three scoreless innings to lower his ERA to 1.93.
Rookie-A Johnson City took a 9-4 win at Bristol by scoring seven times in the eighth inning. Blake Drake, a 2014 draft pick, had two hits to raise his average to .429 and stole his third base. Another 2014 draftee, Landon Beck, tossed four scoreless innings in the start, allowing one hit with four walks and five strikeouts.
The Gulf Coast League Cardinals got a 5-4 win over the GCL Nationals to improve to 4-1.
Former Chief Coco Crisp continued to produce since coming off the disabled list. He finished 3-5 with two RBI and this solo homer in Oakland’s 8-5 win over the Mets.