PEORIA - The Peoria Chiefs scored a season high nine runs in the fifth inning en route to topping the Cedar Rapids Kernels 13-4 Thursday night. The win over the Western Division's first place team moved the Chiefs to an even 6-6 on the year with two games left in the homestand.
Like Burlington on Tuesday, Cedar Rapids scored in the first inning against Peoria. Jorge Polanco singled with two outs, and Dalton Hicks followed with a base knock to right field. Adam Walker smacked the third straight Kernels single to plate Polanco, putting the visitors up 1-0.
The Kernels added to their lead scoring two runs in the second inning against Hector Hernandez. After Tyler Grimes tripled, J.D. Williams corked his first home run of the season. The long ball extended the Kernels' lead to 3-0.
After a hitless first four innings, the Chiefs broke though in a big way in the fifth. Jacob Wilson singled to break up Taylor Rogers' no hit bid, followed by a single from Michael Swinson. Charlie Tilson then knocked in Wilson, his second RBI this season. With Casey Rasmus up Rogers threw a wild pitch plating Swinson. With the score 3-2, Rasmus walked and Ildemaro Vargas singled to reload the bases. Alex Mejia, who had his nine-game hitting streak snapped Tuesday, singled to score both Tilson and Rasmus. Breyvic Valera followed by clearing the bases with a double, scoring Vargas and Mejia to give the the Chiefs a 6-3 lead. After a single by Jordan Walton, Patrick Wisdom knocked his fifth and sixth RBI this year with a double off relief pitcher Manuel Soliman to score both Valera and Walton. Wisdom was the ninth straight batter to reach and his hit put Peoria up 8-3. Wilson recorded his team leading eighth RBI by driving in Wisdom on a sacrifice fly to center field before Swinson singled for the second time in the inning. Tilson then ended the frame with a strikeout, but not before the Chiefs scored nine runs, their most in any inning since 2010
The Chiefs weren't done as they scored four more runs in the sixth. Rasmus found first on a Hicks fielding error. After Vargas walked, Mejia doubled to score Rasmus extending the Chiefs' lead to seven runs. Two batters latter, Mejia scored on a wild pitch. Wilson drove in the final run of the inning on a triple that scored Wisdom, as the Chiefs lead ballooned to ten after the sixth inning.
The Kernels scored once more in the game. With one out Niko Goodrum hit his fourth double of the season, and two batters later Hicks drove him in cutting the Chiefs' lead to 13-4.
Starter Hector Hernandez pitched four innings, giving up three runs on eight hits and striking out four. Jhonny Polanco (1-1) got the win, pitching a pair of innings and striking out five without giving up a run. Joe Donofrio pitched an 1 2/3 innings allow one run on three hits and three strikeouts. Corey Baker tossed 1 1/3 scoreless innings, surrendering two hits and striking out one.