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Chiefs Victory Gives Anderson 500th Career Win

(Paul R. Gierhart/MiLB.com)
June 9, 2022

Peoria, IL – Chiefs skipper Patrick Anderson reached a career milestone in Peoria’s 6-3 victory over Quad Cities. The Peoria manager earned his 500th managerial win Thursday at Dozer Park in front of 1,805 fans. Anderson, 49, racked up 477 career wins in seven seasons within the Washington Nationals organization.

Peoria, IL – Chiefs skipper Patrick Anderson reached a career milestone in Peoria’s 6-3 victory over Quad Cities. The Peoria manager earned his 500th managerial win Thursday at Dozer Park in front of 1,805 fans. Anderson, 49, racked up 477 career wins in seven seasons within the Washington Nationals organization. Anderson joined the Cardinals system in 2022 and is in his first season as manager of the Chiefs.

On the field, Peoria’s offense returned to its recent form in the first inning when Mike Antico belted his fourth home run of the season to make it a 1-0 game. The Chiefs weren’t done there. After a base hit and a pair of walks, Thomas Francisco ripped a single that plated Tyler Riechenborn and Todd Lott to push the Chiefs lead to 3-0.

In the fourth frame, Quad Cities cracked the scoreboard on a Morgan McCullough double that made it a 3-1 game. Peoria responded in the bottom half with their league-leading 24th sac fly of the season courtesy of Mack Chambers that pushed their lead back to three, 4-1.

However, the River Bandits made the game more interesting in the top of the fifth. Kale Emshoff dug into the box and sent a majestic 435-foot blast over the wall in left. His two-run shot made it a 4-3 score and it appeared as if the game was headed for a down-to-the-wire finish.

The Chiefs then added a tally in the sixth on an RBI groundout from Noah Mendlinger. An inning later, Todd Lott added the finishing touches with his second long ball of the campaign to bring the score to 6-3.

The Peoria bullpen again flashed their brilliance as Levi Prater and Leonardo Taveras combined for four innings of shutout baseball on the back of five innings from Austin Love. Taveras earned his third save of the season, while Love collected his third win of 2022.

The Chiefs improved to 23-31 on the season with Thursday’s win. Game four of the series is on the horizon tomorrow night at 6:35 p.m. from Dozer Park. Logan Gragg gets the nod for the Chiefs, while the River Bandits will send Rylan Kaufman to the bump.