The Peoria Chiefs won for the second night in a row beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 4-1 Tuesday night to secure their first winning road series since April. The Chiefs are now 2-3 on the second half and 35-40 on the season as Richard Jones clubbed a pair of homers.
One night after breaking a 10-game losing streak with 16 runs, the Chiefs took advantage of a Wisconsin error to grab a first inning lead. Matt Szczur reached second on a bunt to begin the game as Rattlers pitcher Maverick Lasker’s throw sailed down the right-field line. A single by Pierre LePage moved Szczur to third and Greg Rohan made it 1-0 with a RBI groundout to first base.
Graham Hicks cruised through the first three innings for the Chiefs without allowing a hit and Peoria doubled their lead against Lasker in the fourth. Jones connected for his 12th homer of the season, a solo shot to left for a 2-0 Peoria lead.
Wisconsin loaded the bases against Hicks in the fourth on a one-out walk and consecutive singles to center by Greg Hopkins and Mike Walker. Chris Dennis got the Rattlers on the board with a single to center to cut the Chiefs lead to 2-1. With the bases loaded and one out, Brent Ebinger replaced Hicks on the mound and retired Mike Brownstein on a pop up and Tony Pechek flew out to end the threat.
Szczur doubled to lead off the sixth and was still at second with two outs when Jones came to the plate. Jones hit the first pitch from Lasker over the left-field fence for his second homer of the game and 13th of the season. The blast gave the Chiefs a 4-1 lead and marked the second game in a row that a Chiefs player has hit two homers in a game.
Hicks allowed one run on three hits and two walks while throwing 3 1/3 innings. The lefty struck out two and took a no-decision. Ebinger (1-1) threw 4 2/3 shutout innings while allowing just one hit. He did not issue a walk and struck out three while stranding the bases loaded in the fourth inning. P.J. Francescon allowed one hit and struck out two batters in the ninth for his first save.
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