For the third day in a row the score between the Peoria Chiefs and the Cedar Rapids Kernels was the same as the home team grabbed another 6-2 victory on Monday night.
The loss drops the Chiefs to 22-34 in the second half and 56-70 overall. The Chiefs grabbed their first lead of the series in the top of the first inning against P.J. Jang.
Peoria scored five off Jang in the first on August 7 but settled for just one on Monday. After Taiwan Easterling was caught stealing second, Anthony Giansanti singled up the middle and moved to second on a wild pitch. Richard Jones pulled a single into right-field for his 88th RBI of the season and a 1-0 Chiefs lead.
Giansanti threw out a runner at the plate to keep the Kernels off the board in the bottom of the first and the Chiefs led 1-0 into the third. With two outs, Justin Bass doubled to left-center
and scored on a two-base error by Dustin Geiger at third base. Jeremy Cruz tripled home Randal Grichuk to put the Kernels on top 2-1 and Brandon Decker drew a walk. Brian Hernandez singled
home Cruz but Easterling threw out Decker at third to end the inning.
The Chiefs jumped right back into the game in the top of the fourth. Jones singled with one out and scored on a two-out double to left by Rafael Valdes. With the Chiefs down 3-2, Jang retired Micah Gibbs on a flyout to center to leave the tying run in scoring position.
The Kernels immediately knocked Starling Peralta from the game with a four-hit bottom of the fourth. Francis Larson singled to left and moved to second on a wild pitch. With two outs,
Rolando Gomez singled to put runners on the corners. Bass rocketed a double to left-center to score both Larson and Gomez for a 5-2 Kernels lead. Grichuk’s second extra base hit of the night,
a triple to center, scored Bass for a 6-2 Cedar Rapids lead.
Peralta (2-5) allowed six runs, three earned, on nine hits over just four innings of work. He walked three, threw a wild pitch and struck out one. Alvaro Sosa threw 2 1/3 innings of shutout
baseball allowing one hit and striking out two. Robinson Lopez struck out three and walked one in 1 2/3 shutout innings.
Article courtesy Peoria Chiefs.