Chiefs Lose in 14

By WEEK Sports

May 6, 2011 Updated May 6, 2011 at 6:34 PM CDT

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs lost two late leads and left the winning run in scoring position four times after the eighth inning in a 5-4 loss to the Clinton LumberKings Friday afternoon. Bryce Shafer walked in the winning run with the bases loaded in the top of the 14th as Peoria fell to the LumberKings for the first time this season. The Chiefs fell to 14-14 on the season and are 2-1 on the current homestand.
For the first time this year, Clinton grabbed the lead before the Chiefs with a run in the fourth inning. Shaver Hansen led off the with a line drive base hit to center and moved to second on a wild pitch courtesy of Peoria starter Austin Kirk. With one out, Stefan Romero knocked a RBI single into left field that scored Hansen from second. It was the first time Clinton has led the Chiefs this season through 48 innings of play.
Peoria evened the game as Matt Szczur recorded his sixth RBI of the season in the fifth off Clinton righty George Mieses. Arismendy Alcantara led off with a single to right field and stole his first base of the season. Later, the Chiefs’ shortstop moved to third on Anthony Giansanti’s groundout before Szczur singled to center to bring Alcantara home.
The Chiefs used a two-run seventh to grab their first lead of game that started with hits from Sergio Burruel and Alcantara. They both moved up a base on D.J. Fitzgerald’s sacrifice bunt before Giansanti recorded his tenth RBI of the season on a base hit to left field that brought Burruel home. With Alcantara on third, Szczur hit a sacrifice fly to deep left field for a 3-1 lead
Clinton did not go away easily however as the LumberKings knotted the game at 3-3 with a two-out rally in the eighth. Matt Cerione singled to center just before Hansen knocked a game-tying homer over the left field wall off reliever Jeffrey Antigua. It was Hansen’s first long ball of the season.
Peoria answered in the bottom of eighth with a two-out rally of their own to take a 4-3 advantage. Richard Jones doubled for the fifth time this season just before Smaily Borges singled to right off Clinton reliever Stephen Kohlscheen for a 4-3 lead.
The LumberKings came back in their next trip to the plate to tie the game. Mickey Wiswall hit a ground ball to the Chiefs’ shortstop Alcantara who overthrew first base and Wiswall was safe at second. Ramon Morla then hit a line drive double into left-center field that tied the game at 4-4 and eventually sent the contest into extra innings for the fourth time this season.
The Chiefs left the winning run in scoring position in the ninth, 10th, 12th and 13th innings while a runner was lost at third base to end the 11th. Clinton took a 5-4 lead in the top of the 14th inning with Bryce Shafer on the mound as Peoria’s fourth pitcher of the game. Romero walked and a line drive by Wiswall injured the arm of base umpire Pat Hoberg putting two runners on with no outs. Hoberg left the game and did not return while getting medical attention. Morla laid down a sacrifice bunt to advance the go-ahead run followed by an intentional walk to Jabari Blash. With the bases loaded and two outs, Shafer walked Baron to force in the eventual game winning run. With the Chiefs out of pitchers, infielder Anthony Giansanti took the mound and struck out Cerione to leave the bases loaded. However the Chiefs went in order in the bottom of the 14th against Willy Kesler.
Kirk finished the game with 5 1/3 innings pitched in the no decision. He allowed one run on four hits with one walk and six strikeouts. Jeffrey Antigua went 2 2/3 innings allowing two runs on two hits and recording three strikeouts. Marcus Hatley was tabbed with a blown save as he give up one unearned run, on one hit while striking out one batter. Bryce Shafer (0-2) took the loss and allowed one run on four hits in 3 2/3 innings pitched. He struck out two and walked three including game winning run. Giansanti also moved from third base to pitch for the first time this season and struck out the only batter he faced.