Overcast
48°FOvercastFull Forecast

Martin’s homer aids Cougars in victory over Chiefs

Published: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 11:42 p.m. CST

GENEVA – Trey Martin’s picked a good day to hit his first home run of the year, as he connected on the Cougars’ first grand slam of the season. Martin’s bases-clearing homer was the difference in the ballgame as the Cougars (35-17) swept the Peoria Chiefs (27-24) by a score of 5-4 at Fifth Third Bank Ballpark on Tuesday.

Martin’s slam came in the seventh inning, which featured a lot of momentum changes for both teams. Trailing 2-1, Jordan Hankins doubled to put runners at second and third. David Bote came to the plate with a chance to give the Cougars the lead, but Jacob Rogers was picked off at third base. Bote drew a walk to put runners at first and second, before Shawon Dunston Jr. recorded an infield single to load the bases. Then Martin pulled a 2-2 pitch over the left field wall giving the Cougars a 5-2 lead.

Peoria chipped away with a run in the eighth inning on Carson Kelly’s solo shot. Tyler Bremer took the mound as the Chiefs continued to threaten with two on and one out, but a strike out by Michael Schulze was followed with Mason Katz being caught at third base to end the inning with the Cougars leading 5-3.

The ninth quickly became dramatic as Peoria loaded the bases with one out. Bremer then walked Kelly to force in a run, bringing the Chiefs within one. Peoria wasn’t able to finish off the rally as Mason Katz and Kenny Peoples-Walls both struck out to end the ballgame.

The first run of the contest came in the opening inning as Ben Carhart looped a single to score Jake Hannemann for a 1-0 Cougars’ lead. Peoria scattered runs in the third and in the sixth.

Michael Wagner (1-1) earned the win allowing one run on four hits through one and one-third innings. Brandon Lee (0-1) suffered the loss allowing the grand slam during a one and two-third inning outing. Bremer picked up his third save of the year.

The Cougars will now start a six-game road trip beginning in Clinton. Wednesday’s game will feature a pitching matchup of Paul Blackburn (5-1, 2.37) for the Cougars and Carlos Misell (5-3, 3.74) of the LumberKings. First pitch is at 6:30 p.m.

Get breaking and town-specific news sent to your phone. Sign up for text alerts from the Kane County Chronicle.

More News

Watch Now

Player embeded on all Kane County Chronicle instances for analytics purposes.

Pink for Purple walk for Pat Hill

More videos »