Peoria Chiefs RHP Jack Flaherty struck out 12 batters in 6.2 innings to set the pace for his team’s 2-1 win over the Lake County Captains on Thursday.
The St. Louis Cardinals prospect got a no-decision after giving up one run, five hits and two walks. He also hit a batter and threw a wild pitch.
Andrew Sohn scored what turned out to be the winning run when he drew a bases-loaded walk in the bottom of the 8th inning.
Flaherty’s 12 strikeouts tied him for the second-most by a pitcher in a single game at Dozer Park. The record is 14, set by Starling Peralta on Aug. 7, 2012. Rich Hill (2005) and Kerry Wood (2006) each struck out 12 batters in a home game for the Chiefs when the team was affiliated with the Chicago Cubs; Wood did it during a rehab appearance.
Flaherty is 6-1 with a 2.75 ERA, 66 strikeouts and 25 walks in 68.2 innings (13 starts) for the Chiefs this season.
The Chiefs are 27-13 in the second half and are tied for second place in the Western Division, three games behind the Kane County Cougars. They went 24-6 in their last 30 games, tying them with the 2009 team for best 30-game stretch in franchise history.