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Baker Stymies River Bandits, Chiefs Dip Magic Number to Five

September 1, 2023

Davenport, IA – Chiefs starting pitcher Trent Baker worked into the seventh inning Thursday and allowed just three hits in a 4-2 Peoria win over Quad Cities. With their second consecutive win, the Chiefs dropped their playoff magic number to five. Baker made his fourth start of the season against

Davenport, IA – Chiefs starting pitcher Trent Baker worked into the seventh inning Thursday and allowed just three hits in a 4-2 Peoria win over Quad Cities. With their second consecutive win, the Chiefs dropped their playoff magic number to five.

Baker made his fourth start of the season against Quad Cities on Thursday and suffered a first-inning blemish. With one out in the inning, Herard Gonzalez homered to right to give the River Bandits an early 1-0 lead. The blast snapped a streak of 18 consecutive scoreless innings turned in by Baker against Quad Cities. Following the long ball, the right-hander retired 11 consecutive batters and settled in.

The Chiefs gave Baker some run support in the fourth inning. After a lead-off double from Jimmy Crooks, Ramon Mendoza, who was celebrating his 23rd birthday Thursday, delivered a double of his own to tie the score at one. Later in the frame, Peoria worked a pair of walks to load the bases against Quad Cities starter Ryan Ramsey. With the bases full, R.J. Yeager extended his hit streak to 11 games with a two-run single to give Peoria their first lead, 3-1.

Quad Cities was again opportunistic in the bottom of the fifth. After a lead-off walk to Carter Jensen, Justin Johnson doubled to the wall in left to score Jensen from first and cut the deficit to 3-2. Baker was not challenged the rest of the way. The right-hander recorded an out in the seventh before being lifted after 93 pitches.

Peoria wasted no time getting a run back in the sixth. Following a walk and a Brody Moore stolen base, Jeremy Rivas came to the plate. Rivas hit a sharp ground ball that Quad Cities shortstop Dustin Dickerson could not handle. The misplay allowed Moore to score and pushed the Peoria lead to 4-2.

Following Baker’s departure, the Chiefs bullpen did the rest. Gustavo Rodriguez recorded two fly outs to end the seventh. From there, Matt Hickey locked down the win. The sidearmer allowed just one hit over two innings and retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth for the six-out save.

Baker’s win was his seventh of the year and his third against Quad Cities. The Chiefs improved to 13-2 against the River Bandits with Thursday’s win. The victory also moved the Chiefs to nine games over .500, their high-water mark of the year.

Game four of the series is set for Friday at Modern Woodmen Park.