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Salt City Roundup 2018 vs the Norfolk Tide

Game number 7 this season seems like just another game on the schedule, but to Chiefs fans this is the first chance that they get to see their beloved Chiefs in their 2018 campaign. The home opener was originally scheduled to be a 2:35pm EST start, due to weather the team decided that moving that back to a 5:35pm EST was a better chance to get the game in. Neither were the case and the start time got pushed back once again and the game did not start until slightly after 7pm EST, but the game got played in its entirety. Game one pitted Syracuse’s Tommy Milone against Norfolks’ Asher Wojciechowski.

For the 4th straight game, and the 6th out of 7 games, the Chiefs pitcher went at least 5 innings. It may not have been a sexy 5 innings, but Milone got through 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 5 runs (4 earned runs), 1 walk and 6 strike outs. This stat line was good enough for the game to be tied when Milone left the game.

The Chiefs offense started the game hot again, as they have been doing in almost every game in this short season. The Chiefs treated their fans to back to back home runs in bottom of the first inning courtesy of Jose Marmolejos and Chris Dominguez.

The Tides then scored 5 unanswered runs, leaving the Chiefs looking at a 5-2 deficit when coming to bat in the bottom of the 3rd inning. With the bases loaded, Alejandro De Aza hit a sacrifice fly to left field scoring Adrian Sanchez. Spencer Kieboom was next to the dish serving a 2 out double to center field scoring Jose Marmolejos and Chris Dominguez. The Chiefs threatened a 4th run in the inning but Kieboom got thrown out at home attempting to score from second on a ground ball hit by Irving Falu.

For the next 3 innings, it was a pitchers duel, where both teams did not allow a single run. That changed in the top of the 7th inning when the Tides scored 2 runs.

The Chiefs answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the 7th inning with one run scoring on a fielders choice by Chris Dominguez, scoring Adrian Sanchez. Jose Marmolejos reached on base by a throwing error, and ended up on third base on a fielders choice. Alejandro De Aza single and then got himself into scoring position by stealing second, his first stolen base of the year. Spencer Kieboom reached on a fielders choice, scoring Jose Marmolejos.

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The Tides then took back the lead in the top of the 8th inning and held that lead to the bottom of the 9th inning bringing in reliever Jhan Marinez to close the game. Things did not go well for Marinez. The first batter Marinez faced, Chris Dominguez tripled to right field. Alejandro De Aza then came to the dish and smoked a RBI single to right field scoring Dominguez, tying the game. The Chiefs could not do any more damage in the bottom of the 9th.

For the first time ever, the crowd at historic NBT Bank Stadium saw the new rules in place where a runner is placed at 2nd base to start the inning in extra innings. This new rule did not help the Tide. This new rule did help the Chiefs in the bottom of the 10th though. Rafael Bautista was the extra runner to start the bottom of the 10th inning. Alex Dunlap then beat out a bunt putting runners on the corners with no outs. Adrian Sanchez then singled to left fields, scoring Bautista, securing the walk off win for the Syracuse Chiefs.

Winning Pitcher: Torres (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Marinez (0-1)

Image result for syracuse chiefsGame two of the four game series is a Friday matinee. The pitching match-up was between Norfolk’s Yefry Ramirez and Syracuse’s Erick Fedde. One again the Chiefs pitcher made it through at least 5 innings. When Fedde finally got pulled from the game, he had a stat line of 5 innings pitched, with 1 walk, 3 strike outs, allowing 3 runs on 8 hits. The Chiefs also didn’t get their scoring started in the 1st inning like they have been so much lately.

The Chiefs got down in a hurry Friday afternoon when Fedde allowed an RBI triple to Michael Saunders and an RBI single to Andrew Susac. The Tide also scored a run in the top of the 2nd inning when Alex Presley grounded into a double play, being able to score Ruben Yejada from third though.

The Chiefs finally broke through in the bottom of the 4th inning when Irving Falu ripped an RBI single to center scoring Alejandro De Aza. The Chiefs did not get on the board again until the bottom of the 6th.

In the bottom of the 6th inning Alejandro De Aza ripped his second double of the year scoring Chris Dominguez. After a walk to Kieboom, and a single from Falu, Michael Alamanzar grounded into a force out to third, allowing De Aza to score. The Chiefs are now tied.

In the top of the 7th inning, Chief’s pitcher David Goforth allowed a home run to the Tide’s Luis Sardinas to deep right field. Putting the Chiefs down by 1, with 3 to play.

The Chiefs threatened in the bottom of the 8th inning with a single by Michael Almanzar, a double by Rafael Bautista, and a walk by Josh Edgin. But with the bases loaded and two outs, Jose Marmolejos struck out swinging, thus ending the threat.

The Chiefs also attempted a comeback in the bottom of the 9th inning.The Chiefs started their rally with a single by Chris Dominguez, a single by Alejandro De Aza, and a walk by Spencer Kieboom, the Chiefs had the bases loaded with no outs. It looked like the Chiefs could have another walk off victory. But today was not the Chiefs day. Irving Falu flied out to left, Michael Almanzar struck out swinging, and Rafael Bautista struck out swinging, to strand the bases loaded for 2 straight innings, dropping the game 4-3.

Winning Pitcher: Wotherspoon (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Goforth (0-1)
Save: Faulkner (1)

Game three of the four game series versus the Norfolk Tide pitted the Tide’s Jayson Aquino and the MLB veteran right hander Edwin Jackson. Jackson continued the Chiefs success of starting pitchers. Jackson pitched a dominate 5 innings allowing 2 hits and 1 earned run to go along with 2 walks and 4 strikeouts. The Tide’s starting pitcher, Aquino, also went 5 innings but he gave up 5 runs, 4 of which earned.

The Chiefs started the scoring in the bottom of the 3rd inning when Rafael Bautista started the inning by singling to right field. The next batter, Andrew Stevenson, got hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second with no outs. Adrian Sanchez grounded out to the 2nd basemen, moving the runners to 2nd and 3rd with one out. Jose Marmolejos then grounded out to the shortstop, allowing Rafael Bautista to score, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

The Tide did not let that lead hold up for very long, answering back in the top of the 4th inning. The Tide manufactured a run with a walk to Michael Saunders eventually coming around to score to tie the game. Saunders also recorded his second steal of the season while en route to scoring Norfolk’s first run of the game.

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The Chiefs and Tide were both shut down until the bottom of the 6th inning when the Chiefs exploded for 4 runs. Marmmolejos reached on an error by the Tide second basemen to start the big inning for the Chiefs. After walks by Chris Dominguez and Alejandro De Aza, the Chiefs had the bases loaded with no outs. Irving Falu came through with a big bases clearing 3 RBI double to center field. Falu then moved to third due to a passed ball. Tuffy Gosewisch then hit his first double of the year, scoring Falu, giving the Chiefs their 4th run of the inning. Then Chiefs then loaded the bases, just to fall short when Jose Marmolejos grounded out to first to end the inning.

The Chiefs pitching then did what they have done all season, and shut down the opposition. The pitching staff allowed 1 hit and 1 walk from the 5th inning on.

The Chiefs did add an insurance run on in the bottom of the 8th inning when Tuffy Gosewisch hit is second double of the game to start the frame. After two consecutive outs by Bautista and Stevenson, Adrian Sanchez then singled to left field scoring Gosewisch, giving the Chiefs their 6th run of the game.

Winning Pitcher: Cordero (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Aquino (0-2)

The final game of the Chiefs 4 game set got delayed due to in climate weather in Syracuse. Since Norfolk does not make another trip to Syracuse this season, the game will be made up on July 24th as part of a double header when Syracuse makes a trip to Norfolk.

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