The Peoria Chiefs bounced back from their two-loss Thursday against the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers with a 5-2 win on Friday.
SP Rob Kaminsky made a quality start for the Chiefs, giving up two runs on five hits, a walk, and a wild pitch in 6.1 innings. He got a no-decision.
Kaminsky was relieved by RHP Zach Loraine, who ended up getting the win on his 24th birthday. RHP Kyle Barraclough pitched a scoreless 9th inning, striking out two and walking one, to earn his third save.
RHP Victor Diaz, who pitched three innings in relief of SP Javier Salas, took the loss for the Timber Rattlers. He gave up three runs on two hits, a walk, and a wild pitch.
All three runs given up by Diaz came in the bottom of the 8th inning, with the big blow being a two-run double by RF Ronald Castillo. The other run scored on a sacrifice fly by C Steve Bean, who also singled home a run in the 4th inning.
Timber Rattlers LF Omar Garcia stole his 42nd base of the season; he ranks third in the Midwest League. Chiefs CF C.J. McElroy stole his 35th base of the season; he ranks sixth in the MWL.
Paid attendance at Dozer Park was 5,883. The first 1,000 fans through the gates received a Greg Maddux bobblehead commemorating the former Chiefs pitcher’s recent induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame, and there was a fireworks show after the game.
There were lots of people in line already when I arrived at the ballpark a half-hour before the gates opened, but I still was able to get a Maddux bobblehead. It will look good next to my bobblehead of Goose Gossage as an Appleton Foxes pitcher.
Two Cougars traded for Turner
Earlier Friday, the Chicago Cubs acquired RHP Jacob Turner from the Miami Marlins for a pair of Kane County Cougars relievers, Jose Arias and Tyler Bremer.
Arias, 23, had a 1.77 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 40.2 IP for the Cougars this year. Bremer, 24, had a 2.43 ERA, 12 saves, and 51 strikeouts in 37 IP for the Cougars.
Turner, 23, pitched for the 2010 West Michigan Whitecaps, posting a 3.67 ERA and 51 strikeouts in 54 IP. The top draft pick of the Detroit Tigers in 2009 (selected 9th overall), Turner has 264 innings of major-league experience with the Tigers and the Marlins.
Hamburger takes no-hitter into 7th
Minnesota Twins farmhand Mark Hamburger took a no-hitter into the 7th inning for the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings on Friday. He did it against the Indianapolis Indians, which I found interesting because I saw Hamburger pitch against the same team in Rochester late last month. His mound opponent that night was rehabbing Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole. (You can see my photo of Cole at the end of this post.)
Hamburger briefly pitched in the Midwest League, tossing four innings for the 2008 Clinton LumberKings. He was a Texas Rangers prospect at that time.
*All photos by Craig Wieczorkiewicz/The Midwest League Traveler