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Chiefs Walkoff Winner

By WEEK Producer

Chiefs Walkoff Winner

August 18, 2011 Updated Aug 18, 2011 at 11:04 PM CDT

Dustin Geiger provided the walk-off hit in the bottom of the ninth on Thursday as the
Peoria Chiefs defeated the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers, 5-4 in a comeback thriller. With the win,
Peoria improves to 21-31 on the half and 54-68 overall as both teams look ahead to the rubber
match on Friday.
Wisconsin wasted no time in grabbing the first lead of the game as Chiefs’ starter Luis Liria
walked three of the Rattlers’ first four hitters and allowed three runs in the opening frame. TJ
Mittelstaedt and Nick Shaw drew back-to-back walks to begin the game and Cody Hawn made it
1-0 with a line drive double to left. Greg Hopkins followed with another base on balls and with
nobody out, Nick Ramirez extended Wisconsin’s advantage with a RBI groundout to first.
Brandon Macias tacked on the final run of the inning with another RBI groundout, this time to
short, that scored Hawn from third and made it 3-0.
Peoria quickly responded and grabbed two runs back in the second inning against Wisconsin
right-hander Jimmy Nelson. Richard Jones led off with a base hit to center and Geiger followed
with a single to left. After two quick outs, Jesus Morelli put the Chiefs on the board for the first
time with a RBI infield single to third in which he beat out the throw to first. Jones scored from
third on the play for a 3-1 ballgame and in the next at-bat, Ben Klafczynski added a second run
with a RBI base hit up the middle that scored Geiger.
After a scoreless third inning, Peoria sent six hitters to the plate in the fourth and squared the
game at three. Geiger began the frame with a base hit to center and Rafael Valdes singled to
right before Micah Gibbs evened the game with a RBI double to right-center field that scored
Geiger. Valdes attempted to score as well and give Peoria the lead, but Macias fired an accurate
throw to the plate from the cut-off position and Rattlers’ catcher Joey Paciorek applied the tag to
keep the game tied.
The Chiefs applied more pressure in the fifth and sixth innings, but could not capitalize on
either opportunity. In the fifth, Rubi Silva singled and Anthony Giansanti walked to put runners at
first and second with nobody out, but Jones lined into an unassisted double play at first. In the
sixth, Micah Gibbs poked a one-out single to center and traveled to second on a Morelli
groundout, but was stranded in scoring position as Klafczynski flew out to left.
With righty Patrick Francescon on the mound in relief, the Rattlers’ regained a 4-3 lead in the
top of the seventh inning. After Paciorek grounded out, Franklin Romero reached on a throwing
error by Arismendy Alcantara at second and advanced to second when the ball rolled into the
Chiefs’ dugout. A wild pitch sent Romero to third and Mittelstaedt drove the run home with a RBI
single to right.
Not to be denied, Peoria responded in its half of the seventh to equal the score once again.
With reliever Casey Medlen on the hill, Alcantara drew a leadoff walk and stole second base
before Giansanti walked to put runners at first and second. With one out, Wisconsin replaced
Medlen with southpaw Alan Williams and Jones came through with a two-out, RBI single to
center that scored the game-tying run.
After Wisconsin left a runner 90 feet away in the top of the ninth, the Chiefs broke through in
the bottom of the ninth for the walk-off win against righty Brian Garman. Alcantara drew a
leadoff walk and traveled all the way to third when Silva reached on a bunt single to second.
With nobody out, Giansanti was intentionally walked to load the bases and after Jones grounded
into a force out at home, Geiger provided the walk-off single with a base hit to left for a 5-4 final
score.
Liria allowed three runs, all earned, on just one hit over four innings of work. He walked six
batters and struck out two in a no-decision. Francescon allowed one unearned run on two hits
over three innings pitched. He did not allow a walk and struck out two batters. Roderik Pichardo
(1-0) earned his first win with Peoria and allowed just one hit over two innings. He did not allow
a walk and struck out two batters.
Article courtesy Peoria Chiefs