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By WJBC Staff
GENEVA - The Peoria Chiefs collected eight runs on 12 hits Tuesday night to open a four-game, three-day series with an 8-4 win over the Kane County Cougars. The win moves the Chiefs to 18-17 and drops the Cougars to 17-18 on the season.
Kane County jumped on top against Hector Hernandez in the second inning as Rock Shoulders led off with a double and moved to third on a single by Wilson Contreras. Former Chief Bijan Rademacher made it 1-0 with a sacrifice fly to center before Hernandez got out of the inning.
The Chiefs grabbed their first lead of the night in the top of the fourth against Ian Dickson. Patrick Wisdom walked with one out and Ildemaro Vargas tied the game with a two-out double off the right-field wall. Charlie Tilson beat out an infield single to put runners on the corners and Nick Martini singled to center for a 2-1 Chiefs lead.
Contreras tied the game 2-2 with a solo homer to center field off Hernandez with one out in the bottom of the fourth, his fifth home run of the season. The Chiefs came right back against reliever Justin Amlung in the fifth. Jacob Wilson led off with a single and moved to second on a one-out single by Wisdom. With two down and two in scoring position, Vargas beat out an infield single to shortstop as Wilson scored for a 3-2 Chiefs lead. Tilson singled home Wisdom and put the Chiefs on top 4-2.
Kane County again tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Former Chief Oliver Zapata singled with one out and Hernandez walked Gioskar Amaya. With two down, Jeimer Candelerio walked to load the bases and Shoulders singled home two to tie the game with Candelerio out at third on the play to end the inning.
The Chiefs went on top for good in a bizarre top of the sixth. Michael Swinson walked to with one out and stole second. Wilson singled to center and Zapata’s throw beat Swinson to the plate. But Swinson lowered his shoulder and knocked the ball out of Contreras’ glove and Wilson took third as the ball rolled all the way to the Cougars dugout. With the Chiefs up 5-4, Jordan Walton lifted a flyball to center and Wilson tagged up. As Wilson slid home safely, Contreras whipped his leg around with the tag and was immediately ejected for attempting to trip Wilson.
Peoria added on in the eighth against former Chiefs reliever Stephen Perakslis. Martini was hit by a pitch to start the inning and out at second on a fielders’ choice. Swinson doubled to move Breyvic Valera to third and Wilson’s seventh sacrifice fly of the season put the Chiefs on top 7-4. Walton singled home Swinson for an 8-4 lead and the final run of the game.
Hernandez (2-1) allowed four runs on six hits over 5 1/3 innings while walking four and striking out three. Baker struck out three and threw 1 2/3 perfect innings. Zach Petrick allowed one hit and struck out two in two shutout innings.