PEORIA - The Peoria Chiefs recorded a season-high 16 hits, including seven extra-base hits and two homers from Jeremy Schaffer on their way to a 9-4 win over the Beloit Snappers on Sunday. The win improved the Chiefs record to 46-38 on the year and 8-9 in the second half of the regular season.
The Chiefs plated a run in the first inning to grab the early lead against Derek DeYoung. Nick Martini reached on a leadoff walk, and came around to score on a double by Schaffer with the hit-and-run on to put the Chiefs up 1-0.
Peoria added to their lead with a run in the third inning. With one out Schaffer lifted a home run over the left field fence, his fifth of the year, putting the Chiefs up 2-0. Jordan Walton reached second with a double, and Jacob Wilson ended up at first with an infield single. Walton advanced to third on Patrick Wisdom's 6-4 fielder's choice, but was stranded there after Charlie Tilson flew out to left to end the inning.
The Snappers got an unearned run in the fourth inning off Brad Watson. Chris Bostick opened the inning with a single and moved to third base on a Matt Olson base-knock. Olson got caught between first and second base in a pickle, but Walton overthrew Vargas at second in an attempt to get Olson. The error allowed Bostick to score and cut the Chiefs lead to 2-1.
The Chiefs erupted for five runs in the fourth inning to break away from Beloit. With one out Jesus Montero singled and advanced to second on a Chris Lamb wild pitch. Martini doubled to score Montero and Schaffer walked to put two on. After a Walton infield single loaded the bases, Jacob Wilson walked, scoring Martini. Wisdom cracked a three-RBI double, clearing the bases and giving the Chiefs a 7-1 lead.
The Snappers got one of those runs back with a run in the fifth inning. Nick Rickles led off with a double to right field and scored on an Aaron Shipman single making the score 7-2 Chiefs.
Peoria responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth off Deyvi Jimenez. C.J. McElroy reached first on a bunt single to lead off the frame, and Schaffer drove him in with a home run to left field. Schaffer's second homer of the game, and sixth of the season gave the Chiefs a 9-2 lead. Ryan Mathews stole a homer from Wisdom with a leaping catch in left-field to prevent the Chiefs from getting to double digits in runs scored.
The Snappers scored two runs in the eighth inning, both off solo home runs off Thomas Lee. With two outs Olson homered to right and Matthews followed with a long bell to left. The back-to-back home runs made the score 9-4 Chiefs, which would ultimately be the final tally.
Watson (1-2) pitched 6 2/3 innings giving up two runs (one earned) on nine hits and no walks while striking out six. Lee pitched 2 1/3 innings giving up two runs on three hits and two walks.