Peoria’s Richy Pedroza drove in four runs, but they weren’t enough as the Chiefs fell 5-4 to the Silver Hawks. Two of his RBI scored on a two-out triple that almost cleared the outfield wall for a home run.
Daniel Palka, Joe Munoz, Michael Perez and Fidel Pena collected RBI for the Silver Hawks.
Silver Hawks SP Sean Furney got the win after giving up only two runs on seven hits and two walks in five innings. He struck out three batters.
Chiefs SP Arturo Reyes struck out nine batters in six innings, but took the loss after giving up five runs on eight hits, two wild pitches, and a hit batsman.
It was a rare unproductive game for Silver Hawks SS Andrew Velazquez, who recently set a new minor-league record with his 74-game on-base streak. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
Former MLB pitcher Jack Morris signed autographs for fans on the concourse during the first two innings of the game.
It seemed fitting somehow that I got to meet Morris at a stop on my way to Cooperstown, considering the controversy over whether he should be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Garver homers thrice against TinCaps
Cedar Rapids Kernels catcher Mitch Garver homered three times and drove in five runs against the Fort Wayne TinCaps on Monday. He went deep against three different pitchers: LHP Max Fried, RHP Ron Herrera, and LHP Payton Baskette.
According to The Gazette‘s Jeff Johnson, Garver is the first Kernels player to hit three homers in a game since Jordan Renz in 2006.
Ziomek strikes out 11 for Whitecaps
West Michigan Whitecaps LHP Kevin Ziomek struck out 11 batters and gave up only three hits in seven innings Monday against the Burlington Bees. The Whitecaps won 2-0.
Ziomek currently ranks fourth in the Midwest League with 99 strikeouts. His teammates RHP Buck Farmer (113) and RHP Austin Kubitza (106) rank first and third, respectively.
Ziomek ranks second in the league with a 2.32 ERA. Bees RHP Harrison Cooney ranks first with a 2.30 ERA.
MWL players of the week
Clinton LumberKings RHP Edwin Diaz and Beloit Snappers RF Tyler Marincov respectively were named the Midwest League pitcher and offensive player of the week for the period of July 14-20.
Diaz was honored for his performance against the Great Lakes Loons last Thursday. He gave up only three hits, struck out eight batters, and didn’t issue a walk in six scoreless innings.
In six games during the past week, Marincov batted .400 (8-for-20) with three home runs, a triple, three doubles, three walks, eight RBI, and one stolen base.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler