I hadn’t planned to go to a game Wednesday, but decided to head to Pohlman Field after learning about Beloit’s “Tap Takeover” promotion. I’m glad I did, and not only because $12 for a general admission ticket and unlimited Capital Brewery beer on the left field deck was a great deal.
If I hadn’t gone, I would’ve missed seeing the Peoria Chiefs hit back-to-back-to-back home runs during their 8-3 win over the Snappers. To me, part of what makes watching baseball fun is that regardless of where the teams are in the standings, you never know what you might see in any given game. Seeing three consecutive homers was a new one for me.
The trio of Alex DeLeon, Nick Thompson and Andrew Sohn put together the home run hat trick in the top of the 6th inning. That may have been the first time it’s been done by the Peoria franchise — the team’s game story says Chiefs box scores from 1991-2014 (the only ones available digitally) and Peoria Journal Star records don’t show another instance of back-to-back-to-back home runs dating back to the 1990 season. It wasn’t immediately clear whether the feat had been done during the team’s first eight seasons (1983-90), but the team believes it was a franchise first.
Regardless, it was a neat feat to see in person. Add Oscar Mercado’s 1st-inning homer and I got to see the Chiefs hit as many roundtrippers Wednesday as they did in all of April.
James Harris also homered in the game — he hit a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the 1st inning — and drove in all three of Beloit’s runs. He had three hits, as did Peoria’s Darren Seferina.
Chiefs starting pitcher Austin Gomber got the win, improving to 6-3. He gave up three runs on five hits and a walk while striking out six in five innings. He is one of four Chiefs pitchers named Midwest League All-Stars this year.
Snappers starting pitcher Daniel Gossett took the loss, dropping to 2-6 this season. He gave up five runs (four earned) on 10 hits and a wild pitch in 5.1 innings. He struck out five batters.
Beloit committed three errors in the game.