Logo courtesy of the Peoria Chiefs
By WJBC Staff
Dayton, OH – The Peoria Chiefs rallied for a series win in defeating the Dayton Dragons 7-5 on Saturday night to improve to 10-9 on the season.
The Chiefs had to log 7 1/3 innings out of the bullpen after starter Kurt Heyer left in the second inning with a hand injury on a comebacker to the mound. The series win is the first for the Chiefs on the road against an Eastern division team since July 2010.
The Chiefs jumped out to an early lead of the second straight game when Patrick Wisdom hit his fourth homer of the roadtrip and sixth of the season to leadoff the second inning. The Chiefs lost Heyer in the second inning with one out when Tannier Rahier’s comebacker hit his right-hand. Heyer secured the out but was unable to continue as Joe Scanio came out of the bullpen to finish the inning.
Dayton rallied in the bottom of the fourth against Scanio as Zach Vincej led off with a single and Jesse Winker singled to center. A bunt single by Jeff Gelalich loaded the bases and the first run scored on a groundout. Rahier made it 2-2 with an infield single and Robert Ramirez put the Dragons on top with a single to right.
The Chiefs tied the game in the fifth inning against Guillon. CJ McElroy led off with a walk and scored easily on a double by Alex Mejia who was thrown out at third on the play. Wes Mugarian came out of the bullpen and kept the Chiefs from taking the lead.
The hosts grabbed the lead in the sixth against Jhonny Polanco and added on in the seventh. Wagner Gomez singled home Seth Mejias-Brean in the sixth with two outs for a 4-3 lead. Dayton added on in the seventh as Vincej walked and scored on a double by Winker.
Peoria tied the game against Mugarian in the eighth and took the lead in the ninth. Carson Kelly, who replaced an injured Jordan Walton in the fourth, led off with a double to right-center. With one out, Valera tripled to center and he scored on a singled to center by Klein to tie the game. In the ninth, Alejandro Chacin walked Mejia with two outs and Jacob Wilson launched a full-count pitch onto the left-field concourse for a 7-5 Chiefs lead.
Michael Aldrete took over in the ninth and Beau Amaral reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate. Brock Peterson struck out and with a full-count on Vincej, Amaral took off for second. Vincej struck out looking and Casey Rasmus threw out Amaral at second for a game-ending double play.
Heyer allowed one hit and struck out one in 1 2/3 shutout innings before his injury. Scanio allowed three runs on five hits over 3 1/3 innings with a strikeout. Polanco (2-1) allowed two runs on four hits over three innings while picking up the win. Aldrete earned his first professional save with a shutout ninth inning and two strikeouts.