GRAND CHUTE, WI - The Peoria
Chiefs erased a 6-2 Wisconsin Timber Rattlers lead win game one of a Sunday
doubleheader at Time Warner Cable Field. The
Chiefs scored four times in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Rattlers
The teams traded runs in the
first inning. Rubi Silva doubled in
the top of the first and later scored on a wild pitch to give the Chiefs (4-5)
the early lead. Wisconsin responded
in the bottom of the first. Nick
Shaw doubled and scored later on a grounder by Jason Rogers.
The Rattlers (4-5) took the lead in the bottom of the third inning. Reggie Keen doubled to left. Cody Hawn followed with an RBI single to right and Wisconsin went in front 2-1.
Peoria evened the game in the top of the fifth inning. Arismendy Alcantara lined a leadoff homer to right-center off Del Howell to tie the game 2-2.
Wisconsin answered immediately in their half of the fifth inning. Hawn started the rally with a one-out double. Rogers singled to put runners at the corners. Peoria went to the bullpen and brought Jeff Antigua into the game. Jason Rogers singled to left and got Hawn to third base. Then, Rogers stole second to put runners on second and third. That brought in the Chiefs infield and led to the Rattlers taking the lead.
Greg Hopkins blooped a single into shallow right-center to drive Hawn home. The second baseman would have had a play on the ball had he not been playing in on the grass.
Mike Walker was next and he lined a home run to the Rattlers bullpen in right-center for a three-run homer and a 6-2 lead.
Wisconsin starting pitcher Del Howell left after five innings. He scattered five hits and two walks to be in line for the win.
But, the Chiefs scored a run in the sixth inning off of Rattlers reliever Brian Garman when he induced a double play ball with runners at the corners.
Then, the seventh inning happened. The first three Chief batters of the frame reached against Garman on a pair of singles and a walk. Rubi Silva followed with an two-run single to make the score 6-5 and send a runner to third.
Greg Rohan popped up the next pitch to shallow right field. But, somehow, the ball dropped in. Wisconsin got the force on Silva at second, but the tying run scored. Garman got the second out of the inning on another force out at second base. Eric Marzec relieved Garman to try to get the final out of the inning. But another single put they go ahead run in scoring position. Micah Gibbs cashed in the opportunity with a single to left and pinch runner Elliott Soto scored from second for a 7-6 Chiefs lead.
Walker drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the seventh inning, but that was all the Rattlers could manage.
R H E
PEO 100 011 4 - 7 12 0
WIS 101 040 0 - 6 10 0
Arismendy Alcantara (1st, 0 on in 5th inning, off Del Howell, 0 out)
Mike Walker (2nd, 2 on in 5th inning, off Jeff Antigua, 1 out)
WP: Marcus Hatley (1-0)
LP: Brain Garman (0-1)