Chiefs Win in Twelve

By WEEK Producer

Chiefs Win in Twelve

September 4, 2011 Updated Sep 4, 2011 at 10:08 PM CDT

The Peoria Chiefs let a three-run lead slip away in the ninth inning but bounced back in the 12th inning for a 4-3, walk-off win against Quad Cities on Sunday afternoon. With the win, Peoria improves to 27-41 on the half and 60-78 overall this season.
The Chiefs grabbed the first lead of the game with a run in the bottom of the first against Bandits’ starter Zach Russell. With two down, Anthony Giansanti ripped a double to right-center field and Richard Jones made it 1-0 with a single to center for his 98th RBI of the season.
Dallas Beeler cruised through four shutout innings with just two hits allowed before hitting his pitch count. Brett Wallach kept the Bandits off the board in the fifth before the Chiefs added to their lead. Jesus Morelli was hit by a pitch to start the bottom of the fifth and Ronny Gil dropped a line drive from Arismendy Alcantara to put two Chiefs on base with no outs. Rubi Silva advanced both runners into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt and Giansanti put the Chiefs on top 3-0 with a RBI single to center.
Both teams traded zeros through the next three frames and Peoria took its 3-0 advantage into the ninth. With one out in the top of the ninth, pinch hitter Joey Bergman lined a base hit to right and Oscar Taveras blooped a single to left before Jonathan Rodriguez walked to load the bases against Wallach. Cody Stanley broke the Chiefs shutout with a base hit to right that scored Bergman and in the next at-bat, Nick Longmire cut the deficit to one with a RBI single to left. With one down and the bags still full, Chris Edmondson completed the Bandits’ comeback and evened the game with a single to center that scored Rodriguez. After Geoff Klein flew out to right for the second out, the Chiefs replaced Wallach with Alvaro Sosa and the right-hander got Packy Elkins to pop out to short to end the inning.
Morelli knocked a one-out single in the bottom of the ninth and made it to second, but was unable to score and the 3-3 ballgame went into extra innings. After the River Bandits stranded a runner at third in the 11th, the Chiefs broke through in the 12th with the game-winning run. With reliever Justin Edwards on the hill for Quad Cities, Micah Gibbs ripped a two-out double off the right-center field wall. Edwards intentionally walked Dustin Geiger before Klafczynski slapped a groundball back up the middle. Kolten Wong stopped the ball behind the second base bag and made an errant throw to second that allowed Gibbs to score the final run of the game.
Beeler allowed two hits and no runs in four innings of a no decision. He did not allow a walk and struck out two batters. Wallach allowed three runs, all earned, on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings. He walked two batters and struck out four. Sosa allowed just one hit in 2 1/3 innings with no walks or strikeouts. Pete Levitt (1-1) entered the game in the 12th and retired all three batters he faced for his first career win.
article courtesy Peoria Chiefs