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Peoria uses late game to down Cedar Rapids Kernels

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PEORIA, Ill. (KWWL) -

The Peoria Chiefs used a late game rally on Tuesday to down the Kernels on Tuesday night at O'Brien Field in Peoria.

The Kernels took a 1-0 lead in the third inning when Gary Mitchell hit a solo shot to left field.  It was Mitchell's first home run and RBI of the season.

Peoria tied the game in the bottom of the third when Pin-Chieh Chen hit a triple to score Brad Zapenas.  They took a 2-1 lead two batters later when Wes Darvill singled to right, scoring Pin-Chieh Chen.

Cedar Rapids took a 4-2 lead in the top of the fourth when Kevin Moesquit snuck a three run homer over the left field wall.

An Andy Workman single scored Gary Mitchell in the fifth and a Ryan Jones single in the sixth inning scored Moesquit to make it 6-2 Kernels.

The bottom of the sixth inning is where the Chiefs rally began. 

Rafael Lopez hit a triple off Kernels reliever Jacob Negrete to begin the Chiefs half of the inning.  He scored on an RBI groundout by Ryan Cuneo, cutting the Kernels lead to three.

Negrete started the seventh by walking Brad Zapenas and giving up a double to Pin-Chieh Chen.  The Kernels brought in Joe Melioris who walked Zeke DeVoss to load the bases.  Melioris then walked Darvill which scored Zapenas making it 6-4 Kernels.

Then, with one out in the seventh, Cuneo hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Chen.  Then, DeVoss scored from third base later in the inning on a wild pitch by Melioris, tying the game 6-6.

The Chiefs would score the game winner in the eighth after a single by Oliver Zapata and two balk calls against Kernels pitcher Carmine Giardina put Zapata in scoring position.  Zapata would then score on a fielding error by Kernels shortstop Wendell Soto.

Michael Clevinger, the Kernels starting pitcher, got a no decision.  He went five innings, allowing two runs on six hits, with five strikeouts and no walks.  Negrete pitched one inning for Cedar Rapids, giving up three runs on three hits, with one strikeout and one walk.  Melioris gave up one run on no hits in one inning of work.  He struck out one and walked two.  Giardina took the loss.  He allowed one unearned run on one hit in one inning, with one strikeout and two walks.

Yao-Lin Wang got the win for Peoria.  He pitched the final two innings, not allowing a hit or a run.  He struck out one and walked one.

The Kernels wrap-up their series with Peoria on Wednesday.  First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

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