Chiefs sweep Snappers in Tuesday doubleheader

The Peoria Chiefs took two from the Beloit Snappers on Tuesday, winning 11-6 and 6-3.

I attended the first game of the doubleheader at Pohlman Field, but didn’t stick around through the rain delay for the second game. Still, I got to see quite a pitching performance from Chiefs RHP Alex Reyes in the first game.

First, a look at the setting for the start of Game 1:

gloomy Pohlman Field

The game was only a half-inning old when rain started pouring down onto the field, so I had to move from the bleachers to underneath the overhang. (But not before getting a foul ball hit by Chiefs catcher Carson Kelly — an easy get because I was the only person sitting in the entire bleachers area on the first-base side of the park. Side note: There were about 20 people in the stands at the start of the game. Attendance for the doubleheader is listed at 178.)

I was surprised that they kept playing through the downpour, and took this photo without knowing whether I’d get a better shot of Reyes:

Peoria Chiefs SP Alex Reyes pitches to Beloit Snappers CF B.J. Boyd.

Peoria Chiefs SP Alex Reyes pitches to Beloit Snappers CF B.J. Boyd.

One look at that photo and you can figure out why I hate sitting behind netting at games. Fortunately, the rain eventually stopped and I got to shoot lots more photos of various players, this time from the third-base side of the field. Here’s one of Reyes:

Peoria Chiefs SP Alex Reyes delivers a pitch.

Peoria Chiefs SP Alex Reyes delivers a pitch.

Reyes was perfect in his first four innings. His only mistakes came in his fifth and final inning of work, giving up a leadoff walk to B.A. Vollmuth and a two-out homer to Ryan Huck. He struck out eight batters.

Peoria Chiefs 1B Jake Stone and Beloit Snappers 1B Ryan Huck

Peoria Chiefs 1B Jake Stone and Beloit Snappers 1B Ryan Huck

Besides Reyes’ pitching performance, the story of the game was Peoria’s offense. Highlights: SS Juan Herrera had three hits and a walk and drove in two runs. 2B Cesar Valera had two hits and drove in three runs. 1B Jake Stone had a hit and two walks, drove in a run and scored three times.

Peoria Chiefs SS Juan Herrera bats in the 1st inning.

Peoria Chiefs SS Juan Herrera bats in the 1st inning.

Beloit’s offense came alive after Reyes was taken out of the game. They touched up RP Kevin Herget for four runs and left the bases loaded at the end of the game.

Peoria Chiefs RP Kevin Herget

Peoria Chiefs RP Kevin Herget

After a rain delay, the teams played their second game of the day. Chiefs CF C.J. McElroy went 3-for-5, drove in a run, and made a diving catch. He is the son of former MLB pitcher Chuck McElroy and nephew of former Milwaukee Brewers All-Star Cecil Cooper (who, by the way, batted .336 with 3 HR, 39 RBI and 28 SB in 114 games with the Midwest League’s Danville Warriors in 1970).

Peoria Chiefs CF C.J. McElroy

Peoria Chiefs CF C.J. McElroy

Huck and Michael Soto hit solo homers for Beloit, and Snappers 2B Sam Roberts went 3-for-4 with a double.

Beloit Snappers 2B Sam Roberts

Beloit Snappers 2B Sam Roberts

Snappers SP Brent Powers picked off two runners and Snappers RP Chris Lamb struck out six batters in five innings.

* All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler

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