WMBD/WYZZ-TV STAFF - SOUTH BEND, IN - The Peoria Chiefs allowed an early unearned run, left the bases loaded in the fifth inning and fell to the South Bend Silver Hawks 3-2 Sunday afternoon. The loss drops the Chiefs to 11-18 in the second half and 46-52 on the season.
The Silver Hawks used a Chiefs error to take the lead in the bottom of the first. After Tom Belza walked with two outs Matt Helm hit a grounder to shortstop. Instead of ending the inning, Javier Baez's throw was off the mark putting two on with two out. Peralta walked Ryan Court to load the bases and Kerry Jenkins drew another walk to bring home Belza for a 1-0 Silver Hawks lead.
South Bend doubled their lead in the third inning against Peralta. With one on and one out Helm was hit by a pitch and Court flew out to center with Belza advancing to third. But before Peralta could escape the inning he balked and Belza scored for a 2-0 lead.
Pin-Chieh Chen led off the Chiefs fourth inning by reaching on an error. With two down in the inning Dustin Geiger crushed his 10th homer of the season to left-center. The blast, off of Andrew Barbosa, tied the game 2-2 as Geiger connected on his seventh home run in July.
The Chiefs were in prime position to take the lead in the top of the fifth. Oliver Zapata doubled to left with one out but took off too early for third base and Barbosa picked him off for the second out. Sergio Burruel, celebrating his 21st birthday, singled to center to start a two-out rally. Zeke DeVoss walked and Chen reached on an infield single to load the bases. Barbosa escaped the inning as Baez bounced out to shortstop.
South Bend responded immediately in the bottom of the inning against Peralta. Helm beat out an infield single with two outs and scored easily as Court split the game in right-center with a RBI double for a 3-2 lead. The Chiefs got just two base runners the rest of the way, a two-out single by Chadd Krist in the sixth and a one-out walk by Krist in the ninth.
Peralta (3-5) allowed three runs, two earned, on six hits over six innings. He struck out one and walked three with a hit batter. Lefty Sheldon McDonald bounced back from a rough outing in West Michigan with two perfect innings and three strikeouts.