Eastlake, OH - The Peoria Chiefs picked up another win on Saturday as they scored early and often in a 7-2 win over the Lake County Captains. With a first inning home run, two hits and four RBI, catcher Ivan Herrera was named the Pekin Insurance Beyond the Expected Player
Eastlake, OH - The Peoria Chiefs picked up another win on Saturday as they scored early and often in a 7-2 win over the Lake County Captains. With a first inning home run, two hits and four RBI, catcher Ivan Herrera was named the Pekin Insurance Beyond the Expected Player of the Game.
The Chiefs jumped all over Alex Royalty from the beginning. With one on and two out in the top of the first, Herrera launched his second homer of the roadtrip and eighth of the season for a 2-0 Peoria lead.
Peoria added on two innings later against Royalty. Brendan Donovan singled to start the inning and Delvin Perez doubled to left for a 3-0 Chiefs lead. A wild pitch moved Perez to third and he scored on a groundout by Brady Whalen to add a fourth run.
After the Captains finally tallied against Chiefs starter Connor Thomas, the Chiefs broke the game open in the fifth inning. Josh Shaw drew a leadoff walk and Donovan collected another hit to put two on with nobody out. Whalen doubled into the right-field corner to put the Chiefs up 5-1 and a single from Herrera scored two more for a 7-1 advantage. Lake County tallied a late run against the bullpen for the final score of 7-2.
Thomas (1-0) earned the win as he allowed one run on three hits over five innings in his Chiefs debut. The lefty walked one and struck out five. Thomas St. Clair threw a shutout and hitless inning with two walks issued. Logan Gragg earned a three-inning save as he allowed one run on four hits while striking out four.
Donovan has an 11-game hit streak, the longest for any Chiefs player in 2019. He has three hits in three straight games and has at least two hits in four straight games. Herrera has two four-RBI games on the roadtrip, tying his season and career highs. Whalen leads the MWL with 58 RBI. Thomas set a new professional career high with five innings and this was his first win as a starter after winning two as a reliever in State College. The Chiefs have saves in consecutive games for the first time since May 31 - June 1. The Chiefs are 7-6 all time at Classic Park and 16-10-1 head-to-head against Lake County.
Game two of the series is Sunday at 12:30 Central time. RH Parker Kelly make s his first career pro start for the Chiefs against Captains LH Zach Draper. The broadcast, begins with the Pre-Game Show at 12:45 p.m. (CT) on the Peoria Chiefs Tune-In Page, which is free and also has a free app for smartphones and tablets.
The Chiefs return home on Saturday, July 27 to start a seven-game homestand. Individual game tickets, group tickets and season ticket packages, including full-season, a 35-game ticket package, an 18-game ticket package or a Flex Plan are currently on sale by calling 309-680-4000. Individual game tickets are also on sale with the Dozer Park Box Office open Monday - Friday from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm and online at www.peoriachiefs.com which also lists all of the season's promotions. Game times and promotions are subject to change.