The Peoria Chiefs let an early 2-0 lead slip away as Peoria fell to the Clinton LumberKings 3-2 in 10 innings on Sunday night. With the loss, their eighth straight at home, Peoria falls to 3-7 in the second half and 36-43 overall this season.
Both starting pitchers settled in early and got through the first couple of innings unscathed before Peoria took the lead with a pair of runs in the third. After Clinton stranded a runner 90 feet away in the top of the inning, Anthony Giansanti and Brandon May began the bottom half with back-to-back walks against left-hander Tony Butler. With no outs, Arismendy Alcantara loaded the bases with a bunt single and Rubi Silva made it 1-0 with a RBI groundout to second as the LumberKings failed to turn an inning-ending 4-6-3 double play. Greg Rohan added a run in the next at-bat with a line drive single into left to score May.
Clinton notched its first hit of the game and cut its deficit in half in the fifth against Chiefs’ southpaw Graham Hicks. With one out, Jetsy Extrano walked and advanced to second on a wild pitch. After Anthony Phillips flew out to right, Carlton Tanabe drew a two-out walk before Mike McGee drove a RBI single into left to score Extrano from second. Rohan did not field the ball cleanly and Tanabe rounded third in an attempt to score, but the Chiefs’ left fielder fired a strike to Micah Gibbs behind the plate for the out.
After a scoreless sixth, the LumberKings evened the contest with a two-out rally in the top of the seventh. After a pair of fly outs, Phillips reached on a throwing error by May at third and moved to second when the ball bounced into foul territory. In the next at-bat, Tanabe made it 2-2 with a RBI single into left that scored an unearned run against reliever Yohan Gonzalez.
After a pair of scoreless frames, Clinton scored the game-winning run in the top of the tenth against righty Daniel Berlind. With one out, McGee ripped a double down the left field line and Carlos Ramirez moved the runner to third with a bloop single to left for Mickey Wiswall who lifted a sacrifice fly into center field for a 3-2 final score.
Hicks allowed just one run on one hit through five innings pitched. He walked three batters, hit one and struck out six in a no decision. Gonzalez allowed one unearned run on two hits in two innings of work. He did not walk or strike out a batter. Berlind (0-2) suffered the loss and allowed one run on three hits in three innings of work. He did not allow a walk and struck out three batters.
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