In a game that seemed close at first, the Snappers slowly let it slip away, falling to Peoria 7-1. Pitching on both sides was almost flawless through the first four from the Snappers’ Brett Graves and Chiefs’ Jack Flaherty.
Besides a couple of singles from James Harris and Yairo Munoz in the first, a single by Alex De Leon in the second, one in the third from Joe Bennie and double by Max Kuhn in the fourth, the pitchers were both throwing lights-out ball.
The fifth inning was where things started to unwind. Graves allowed three consecutive singles to Danny Diekroeger, De Leon and Nick Thompson respectively. Thompson’s single knocked in Diekroeger to score the Chiefs first run of the game.
The Chiefs didn’t let up in the sixth and acquired two more runs, making the score 3-0, after Darren Seferina doubled, eventually having Vaughn Bryan single to score him. Bryan stole second base and then scored on a wild pitch to Diekroeger. That was it for the night for Graves after walking Diekroeger as Carlos Navas came in to relieve him.
The Snappers did manage to answer back with one run of their own in the bottom half of the sixth. After Joe Bennie and Sandber Pimentel singled, Flaherty was replaced by Anderson Gerdel. Max Kuhn then got a base hit to score Bennie and put the Snappers first run on the board.
After a scoreless seventh, Corey Miller came in to replace Navas. He gave up a single to Ronald Castillo and then walked Oscar Mercado. Diekroeger seemed to get himself an inside the park home run, but it was a triple with an error by Justin Higley that allowed him to knock in his two teammates and himself to put the chiefs up 6-1 over the Snappers.
The Chiefs retired the side as Dixon Llorens replaced Gerdel in the bottom of the eighth. Jerad Grundy came in to relieve Miller, giving up one run as he walked Blake Drake and gave up a double to Andrew Sohn that scored Drake in the ninth, making the score 7-1, the final. A pitching change brought in Kyle Grana to close out the game for the Chiefs. He allowed a single to Jose Brizuela, but the Snappers couldn’t muster a rally, and got swept by the Chiefs after three games.
The Snappers are 25-42 on the season and open up a series against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers tomorrow night at Miller Park in Milwaukee at 7:10 p.m. Tickets can be bought at the Miller Park box office. Tickets can also be purchased at the Pohlman Field box office in the morning. Stay tuned to snappersbaseball.com and the Snappers’ Twitter and Facebook pages for more information.