The Peoria Chiefs could only muster four hits and one run in its 6-1 loss Thursday night against the Quad Cities River Bandits. The Chiefs dropped to 22-36 in the second half and have lost six straight overall heading into Friday’s finale.
After three scoreless innings thanks to strong pitching by Dallas Beeler and Boone Whiting, Quad Cities finally broke through in the fourth inning. Joey Bergman led off the inning with a double against Chiefs’ reliever Brett Wallach. After a wild pitch moved Bergman to third, Oscar Taveras singled to center field to score Bergman and give the River Bandits a 1-0 lead.
The River Bandits used two extra-base hits in the fifth inning to add to their score. Edgar Lara hit a two-out double to left field and moved to third on a Mike O’Neill infield single. Ronny Gil drilled a triple to the right field wall to score Lara and O’Neill and give Quad Cities a 3-0 lead.
In the sixth inning, Quad Cities used the same formula of extra-base hits that they did in the fifth to score more runs. Taveras hit a lead off single to center and moved to second when Jonathan Rodriguez walked. With two runners on base, Geoffrey Klein smashed a double over Jesus Morelli’s head to score Taveras and Rodriguez, and give Quad Cities a 5-0 lead. Wallach broke out of the jam with a runner in scoring position and no-outs with two strikeouts and a shallow fly out to right field.
The Chiefs finally answered in the bottom of the sixth inning. Taiwan Easterling doubled off the left field wall and moved to third on Rubi Silva’s ground out to first base. With two-outs, Richard Jones hit a ground ball single past second base to score Easterling and cut the River Bandits’ lead to 5-1.
Quad Cities added an insurance run in the top of the seventh to snatch the momentum from the Chiefs. Bergman drew a one-out walk, which led to Ramon Garcia replacing Wallach on the mound. Taveras then singled to center field to move Bergman to second base. With a runner in scoring position, Rodriguez lined a double to left field to score Bergman and increase Quad Cities’ lead to five.
Peoria left a runner in scoring position in the eighth inning against River Bandits’ reliever Angel De Jesus. Dustin Geiger hit a two-out single to left field, and moved to second when Jones reached on a fielding error. However, De Jesus struck out Gibbs to end the threat.
Beeler struck out two in two innings while only giving up one walk in his first outing in Peoria after making nine appearances for the Tennessee Smokies. Wallach (0-4) allowed seven hits and six earned runs in four and 2/3 innings. Wallach also struck out five and walked two. Garcia finished the games for the Chiefs by pitching two and 1/3 shutout innings. Garcia gave up three hits but struck out two.
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