The Peoria Chiefs left the bases loaded in the first and got shutout 2-0 by the Cedar Rapids Kernels Friday night to start a ten-game road trip. The Chiefs are now 27-21 on the season but just 9-13 on the road as they have lost eight of the last 10 played outside Peoria.
After the Chiefs left the bases loaded in the first and a runner at third in the second against
Justin La Tempa, the Kernels struck first in the bottom of the second. Marcus Nidiffer reached on
a double to left against Austin Kirk with one out before Jerod Yakubik struck out. Wes Hatton,
who was added to the lineup in place of Jesus Campos after batting practice, connected on a
two-run homer to left. The homer, Hatton’s first of the season, put the Kernels on top 2-0.
The Chiefs lost runners on the basepaths in the third and fourth innings as the Kernels
maintained a 2-0 lead. Greg Rohan singled with one out in the sixth and Micah Gibbs drew a two
out walk. But La Tempa got Elliot Soto to fly out to center to end the inning and his night.
The Chiefs did not have a base runner in two innings against reliever A.J. Schugel who struck out
one. The Chiefs threatened in the ninth against Cedar Rapids closer Dakota Robinson. Richard
Jones left off with a single and with one out an error put runners on the corners as Soto was safe
at first. But Robinson got Anthony Giansanti to hit into a 6-3 double play to end the game.
Kirk (3-2) turned in his fourth quality start of the season but got no offensive support. The
lefty gave up four hits in the first 2 1/3 innings but none over his last 3 2/3 innings. Overall he
allowed two runs on four hits over six innings of work with no walks and four strikeouts. Bryce
Shafer did not allow a hit or a run in his one inning of work while walking one and striking out
one. Alvaro Sosa walked one and struck out one in a scoreless eighth inning.
article courtesy Peoria Chiefs