Monday’s matinees in the Midwest League included a pair of pitching performances with double-digit punchouts, a walk-off homer, and the first MWL hit for a rehabbing major-leaguer.
In Peoria, the Chiefs grabbed the headlines with starting pitcher Sandy Alcantara’s 14-K performance and Jhonny Peralta’s first hit with the team, but the Beloit Snappers left town with the win.
Alcantara’s 14 strikeouts tied the Dozer Park record for a single game, set by Starling Peralta on Aug. 7, 2012. At one point he struck out seven consecutive batters, tying the Chiefs record for a single outing, set by Daryle Gavlick on Aug. 2, 1993.
Alcantara, however, also gave up four earned runs on seven hits and a walk during his six innings of work. The Chiefs rallied for a pair of runs in the bottom of the 8th inning to tie the score 4-4, but the Snappers responded with a Edwin Diaz homer in the top of the 9th to win 5-4.
Diaz and Jean Carlo Rodriguez each had three hits for the Snappers. Rodriguez drove in two runs.
Jhonny Peralta, the St. Louis Cardinals shortstop who has been rehabbing in Peoria since Friday, went 1-for-3 with a double, a strikeout and a groundout. He is expected to rehab with the Chiefs for two more games, on Tuesday and Wednesday.
At Dow Diamond, the Lansing Lugnuts shut out the Great Lakes Loons 3-0 behind another dominant performance by right-hander Jon Harris.
The Toronto Blue Jays prospect matched his last outing by racking up 11 strikeouts, and extended his scoreless streak to 28 innings while giving up only three hits and one walk in seven innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.83.
Andrew Guillotte and Lane Thomas each had two hits and scored a run for the Lugnuts.
At Veterans Memorial Stadium, the Cedar Rapids Kernels beat the Quad Cities River Bandits 5-4 on a walk-off home run by Zander Wiel.
LaMonte Wade reached base four times for the Kernels, on three walks and a solo home run. That extended his on-base streak to 24 consecutive games, the longest active streak in the Midwest League. He has reached base safely in 36 of his 37 appearances this season.
At Fox Cities Stadium, the Kane County Cougars scored six times in the 4th inning on their way to beating the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers 7-1. Cougars starting pitcher Cody Reed got the win after allowing only one run on six hits and no walks while striking out eight in seven innings.
Joey Armstrong and Jose Queliz each homered for the Cougars, while teammate Trevor Mitsui went 3-for-5 with a run batted in.