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Iadisernia's Pinch-Hit Homer Walks-Off Whitecaps

August 23, 2023

Peoria, IL- Alex Iadisernia played hero Wednesday at Dozer Park, walking it off in the 10th inning with a pinch-hit, three-run home run to propel the Chiefs to an 8-7 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps. Down 7-5 in the home half of the tenth with runners on the corners,

Peoria, IL- Alex Iadisernia played hero Wednesday at Dozer Park, walking it off in the 10th inning with a pinch-hit, three-run home run to propel the Chiefs to an 8-7 win over the West Michigan Whitecaps.

Down 7-5 in the home half of the tenth with runners on the corners, Iadisernia came off the bench and initially caused chaos as he launched a ball over the wall in right that hugged the line and was ultimately ruled foul. After a difference in opinion, Iadisernia stepped back in and lifted the next pitch over the left-center field wall for a three-run blast to win it.

The win was Peoria’s eighth walk-off victory of 2023 and evened the series at a game apiece.

The contest went back and forth all night long. West Michigan scored in the first inning against Peoria starter Max Rajcic. The right-hander issued a two out walk, followed by a double from Eliezer Alfonzo to make it 1-0.

The Chiefs would put up three runs in the third off West Michigan starter Garrett Burhenn to take a 3-1 lead. Jimmy Crooks doubled home two runs. R.J. yeager followed with an RBI single to push Peoria in front.

Burhenn allowed three runs over five innings of work on seven hits, walking one and striking out one.

The Whitecaps added a run off Rajcic in the sixth. Brady Allen doubled and scored two batters later on an Andrew Jenkins single which made it 3-2.

Rajcic was done after 5 ⅓ innings, allowing two runs on six hits, walking one and fanning five.

The Whitecaps tied the game in the seventh against Edwin Nunez, thanks to a Luke Gold SAC fly. Peoria got the run back in its half of the seventh off Gabe Sequiera. Ramon Mendoza led off with a double and scored on a Crooks RBI single which made it 4-3.

Crooks finished with three hits and three RBI going 3-for-5. Gold put together his second consecutive four-hit game going 4-for-5.

West Michigan took a one-run lead in the eighth as Allen homered to right. After a ground out and a strikeout, Izaac Pacheco kept the inning alive with a single. Three pitches later, Josh Crouch doubled Pacheco home to give the Whitecaps a 5-4 lead.

After Andrew Marrero wiggled out of a bases loaded jam in the top of the ninth, Mendoza tied the game in the bottom half of the frame with a bullet over the left field wall off Dario Gardea to knot the score at five.

Mendoza had a career-high four hits going 4-for-4 and scoring three times.

In the top of the tenth, West Michigan struck with two runs on an Austin Murr single off Marrero.

Marrero ended up getting the win while Gardea, who surrendered the walk-off blast to Iadisernia, took the loss.

The Chiefs improve to 61-55 and 28-22 in the second half. West Michigan Falls to 61-53 and 29-20 in the latter half. Game three of this six-game series is scheduled for tomorrow at 6:35 p.m.