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Chiefs Bats Quiet in 6-2 Loss to Wisconsin

(Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)
April 28, 2022

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs had their seven-game home-winning streak snapped Thursday, as they fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers by a final score of 6-2. The loss stopped their longest home winning streak since 2018, when Peoria had two separate seven-game winning streaks. Peoria starter Dionys Rodriguez was

Peoria, IL – The Peoria Chiefs had their seven-game home-winning streak snapped Thursday, as they fell to the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers by a final score of 6-2. The loss stopped their longest home winning streak since 2018, when Peoria had two separate seven-game winning streaks.

Peoria starter Dionys Rodriguez was on his game through three innings. The right-hander worked around a trio of hits and kept the game scoreless. In the fourth, Rodriguez was tagged with his lone blemish when Wes Clarke hit a line drive homer to make it 1-0 Wisconsin. Rodriguez went on to bounce back and record his first quality start of the season. The right-hander allowed just one run over six innings of work while striking out eight, a season high.

Wisconsin broke the game open against the Peoria bullpen. The Timber Rattlers sent 10 men to the plate in their half of the seventh. A two-run homer from Antonio Pinero and a two-run single from Clarke were the big blows in an inning that resulted in five Timber Rattlers runs.

The Chiefs did scratch a pair late, but the rally fizzled out. Francisco collected an RBI single in the seventh to make it 6-1. In the ninth, an infield single from Mack Chambers plated another run to push the score to 6-2. Later in the inning, the Chiefs got the tying-run to the on deck circle but were unable to get pinch hitter Aaron Antonini to the plate.

The series picks up tomorrow at 6:35 p.m. Peoria hurler Austin Love will be opposed by Antoine Kelly.