For the second consecutive day, the LumberKings struck early and grabbed a 1-0 lead in their first trip to the plate. With Chiefs' All-Star lefty Austin Kirk on the hill, Carlos Ramirez began the game with a sharp double to left and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by Julio Morban. With one out, Mike McGee put Clinton on top for the first time with a RBI bloop single to right-center field.
After a scoreless second, the LumberKings added to their lead in the third and fourth innings via the long ball. With the bases empty and two down in the third, Ramirez continued to swing a hot bat and drove a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall for a solo home run. It was Ramirez's fourth homer of the year and second of the series. In the fourth, Stefan Romero sent a one-out double down the left field line and Mickey Wiswall made it 4-0 with a line drive home run to right against Kirk. Wiswall had been just 1-for-17 against Kirk before his 10th home run of the season.
Clinton starter Carter Capps was excellent in his pro debut and allowed just two base runners through four innings, but Peoria broke through in the fifth and cut the deficit to one. With one out, Rafael Valdes singled up the middle and Micah Gibbs walked before Smaily Borges ripped a two-run double into the left-center field power alley for a 4-2 ballgame. Jesus Morelli continued the threat with a base hit to right and with Taiwan Easterling at the plate, Capps threw a wild pitch to the backstop that allowed Borges to trot home from third. Morelli also traveled to second on the play, but Capps got Easterling to strike out and Rubi Silva grounded out to end the inning with a 4-3 Clinton lead.
Not to be denied, the Chiefs kept fighting in the sixth and evened the game against LumberKings' reliever Jessie Nava. With one down, Dustin Geiger doubled to right and advanced to third on a wild pitch before Valdes lined a two-out, RBI double into the left-center field gap for a 4-4 ballgame.
Clinton bounced back in the top of the seventh and regained the lead against Chiefs' reliever Yohan Gonzalez. John Hicks reached safely on a fielding error by Arismendy Alcantara at third and hustled to second as the ball rolled down the left field line. With no outs, Matt Browning reached safely and sent the runner to third with a sacrifice bunt before Anthony Phillips grounded into a 6-4-3 double play that scored the go-ahead run.
The pendulum continued to swing in Peoria's half of the seventh as the Chiefs answered with a run against Nava and the L'Kings. Borges drew a four-pitch walk to begin the frame and Morelli and Easterling followed with back-to-back singles to load the bases. After Silva grounded into a force out at home, Anthony Giansanti was plunked with a pitch that allowed Borges to jog home and tie the contest. With one out, the bases remained loaded, but Peoria could not capitalize as Nava struck out Geiger and Alcantara to end the inning.
Clinton took the lead for good in the top half of the eighth as the Chiefs defense got sloppy and Gonzalez remained on the mound. With one out, Mike McGee doubled to left and traveled to third when Silva failed to make the catch on a pick off attempt at second. Romero followed with a walk and Wiswall made it 6-5 with a RBI double to right that scored McGee and sent Romero to third. Kalian Sams continued the string of hits with a two-run single to right and moved to second on a throwing error by Morelli before Peoria exited the inning down 8-5.
The LumberKings tacked on the final run of the game in the ninth against right-hander Daniel Berlind. Phillips led off with a single to left, stole second base, and advanced to third on a throwing error by Gibbs as the Chiefs' catcher attempted retire the runner at second. With nobody out, Ramirez drove the run home with a RBI single to right for a 9-5 final score.
Kirk allowed four runs, all earned, on seven hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked one batter and struck out five in the no-decision. Gonzalez (5-5) suffered the loss and allowed four runs, three earned, on three hits over 2 2/3 innings. He walked one batter and recorded one strikeout. Berlind pitched the final inning and allowed one run on two hits, with one strikeout and no walks.
Casey's General Store Player of the Game - Smaily Borges (DH) - Borges went 2-for-3 on Monday and tied a season-high with two RBI. He scored one run and walked once, with his first multi-RBI game since April 30.
Notes: Peoria has not held a lead since the eighth inning on Saturday, spanning 21 innings...The Chiefs were swept for the ninth time this season...Peoria's hitters drew just one walk in the game, improving the team's total this season to 308, which is last in the Midwest League...Giansanti recorded his league-leading 20th outfield assist of the season and is the first Chiefs outfielder with 20 assists since Luis Saturria set the record at 24 in 1997...Silva extended his hit streak to a career-high 13 games...Kirk has received a no-decision in five of his last six starts...He has thrown at least five innings in 19 of his 25 outings...Gibbs leads Peoria with 46 walks on the season... Kirk's two home runs allowed are the most he has given up in a game since June 24 against Kane County...Borges notched his third multi-RBI game of the season and first since April 30...Borges also has eight multi-hit games, including two in a row...After a league-wide off day on Tuesday, Peoria begins a three-game series with Wisconsin on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m...Wednesday is WWE Night as well as $1 Night...Fans can purchase hot dogs, soda, and ice cream sandwiches for just $1 each throughout the game ...The Chiefs will start RH Starling Peralta (2-3, 6.94) vs. Wisconsin LH Del Howell (1-7, 5.58)...The broadcast can be heard, starting with the pre-game show at 6:40 p.m. on www.peoriachiefs.com/listenlive which also has downloads for an iPhone/iPad app, a Blackberry app and a Droid app.