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Salt City Wrap Up vs the RailRiders

The Chiefs played their first game at home in the month of May on Monday trying to right the ship after losing their last 5 games. To try to stop the skid, the Chiefs brought out their right hander Erick Fedde to match-up versus the RailRiders left hander Daniel Camarena. Fedde started the game well, but only ended up pitching 4.2 innings allowing 5 runs on 6 hits but on the positive note, he struck out 10 of the 14 outs that he earned.

The Chiefs started the scoring in the bottom of the third inning. Hunter Jones drew a walk to start the inning. After a strikeout of Rafael Bautista, Adrian Sanchez came to the plate. Sanchez then ripped an RBI double to right field scoring Hunter Jones. Sanchez was thrown out on the play trying to move to third on the thrown in from right field. This gave the Chiefs a 1-0 lead, their first lead in 45 innings.

The Chiefs struck again in the bottom of the fourth inning. After Mark Reynolds started the inning by striking out, Matt Reynolds drew a walk as the second batter of the inning. Matt Hague then came to the plate and hit his second double of the year to left field, putting runners on second and third with one out. Jacob Wilson then stepped to the dish and hit his fourth double of the year to left scoring Matt Reynolds and Matt Hague, giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

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The Yankees farm club finally got to Fedde and the Chiefs in the top of the fifth inning. Tyler Wade hit his third double of the year to right field scoring Thairo Estrade and Ryan McBroom, cutting the Chiefs lead to 3-2. With the bases loaded, Mike Ford draws a walk, forcing in Bruce Caldwell, tying the game at 3-3. Again with the bases loaded, Kyle Higashioka singled to left field scoring Tyler Wade and Shane Robinson, giving the RailRiders a 5-3 lead.

In the top of the seventh inning, the veteran Adam Lind doubled to right field scoring Shance Robinson, adding to the RailRiders lead 6-3. The next batter, Mike Ford, singled to right field scoring Yankee prospect Clint Frazier and Adam Lind before being thrown out at second, pushing the RailRiders lead even larger to 8-3.

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The Chiefs couldn’t do anything against the RailRiders bullpen on Monday, and the Chiefs eventually lost the game 8-3 after leading 3-0.

RailRiders 8 Chiefs 3
Winning Pitcher: Camarena (2-1 4.66 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Fedde (1-1 4.55 ERA)

Game two of this three game series took place on a beautiful Tuesday night in Syracuse. The Chiefs threw out their right handed veteran Edwin Jackson to face the RailRiders lefty Nestor Cortes. The veteran Jackson pitched a gem for the Chiefs allowing 1 run on 6 hits while fanning 8 and only walking two. The Chiefs bullpen also held their own pitching three scoreless innings allowing no hits while striking out 2 and walking only one.

The Chiefs opened the scoring in the bottom of the second inning. After a strikeout of Matt Reynolds, Matt Hague got the Chiefs first hit of the night, on a single to right. Next up was Jacob Wilson and he hit his fifth double of the year, a lined shot to center, scoring Matt Hague, giving the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead.

The Chiefs struck again against the RailRiders in the bottom of the third inning. Hunter Jones led off the inning with his fourth double of the year to left. After a sacrifice bunt by Rafael Bautista, moving Jones to third, Adrian Sanchez was next to the dish. Sanchez hit a towering sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Jones, extending the Chiefs lead to 2-0.

The RailRiders finally broke through against Jackson in the top of the fourth inning. With Clint Frazier on 3rd base with two outs, Zach Zehner doubled to right field, scoring Frazier, cutting into the Chiefs lead which now stands at 2-1.

The Chiefs then struck again against the RailRiders reliever Brody Koerner in the bottom of the sixth inning. After two quick outs by the way of a groundout by Adrian Sanchez and a strikeout out by Mark Reynolds, Matt Reynolds broke the out streak by singling to left field. Matt Hague was next to the dish and hit a single of his own to put runners on first and second with two outs. Jacob Wilson was the next batter to the dish, and he hit a single of his own, on a grounder up the middle, loading the bases with Chiefs with two outs. Irving Falu was next to the plate and ripped a ground ball to center field scoring Matt Reynolds and Matt Hague, extending the Chiefs lead to 4-1.

The Chiefs bullpen, as afore mentioned, completely shut down the RailRiders for the rest of the game, breaking the Chiefs 6 game losing streak, and earning the Chiefs their 15th win of the season, putting them a half game out of first place, after play on Tuesday.

Chiefs 4 RailRiders 1
Winning Pitcher: Jackson (1-1 3.94 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Cortes (0-2 4.97 ERA)
Save: Adams (4)

The Chiefs, and their right hander Cesar Vargas, look to take the series on Wednesday night against Chance Adams and the RailRiders. Vargas pitched 4.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits while only striking out 1 and walking 3. Vargas also gave up a home run in this game.

The RailRiders got to Vargas early on Wednesday night, and started the scoring in the top of the first inning. Veteran Adam Lind singled to right field, scoring the rehabbing Clint Frazier, giving the RailRiders a 1-0 lead. Later in the inning catcher Kyle Higashioka singled to center field, scoring Matt Ford, giving the RailRiders a 2-0 lead. Still in the first inning, Zach Zehner hit his fourth home run, a deep shot to left center field, scoring Lind and Higashioka, getting the Vargas for 5 runs in the first inning.

The Chiefs struck back in the bottom of the second inning. After the first out came from Matt Reynolds striking out, Jacob Wilson ripped his 6th double of the year to deep center field. After an Irving Falu fly out, Spencer Kieboom came to the plate and hit a line drive single to right scoring Wilson, cutting into the RailRiders lead, which is now 5-1.

After Vargas held the RailRiders scoreless in the top of the third inning, the Chiefs offense struck again. After a leadoff single by Rafael Bautista, there were two consecutive outs recorded by the way of two fly outs, courtesy of Adrian Sanchez and Jose Marmolejos. Mark Reynolds then came to the plate and drew a two out walk, to put runners on first and second. Matt Reynolds then stepped to the plate and hit a double to right field, scoring Bautista, cutting the lead to 5-2. Jacob Wilson then singled to third, scoring Mark Reynolds, cutting the lead again to 5-3. Irving Falu was next to the dish, and singled on a ground ball to center, scoring Matt Reynolds, drawing within one run with the score at 5-4. The damage was not done yet though when Spencer Kieboom stepped to the plate and, I sound like a broken record, hit a single to center scoring Wilson, tying the game at 5.

After the Chiefs tied the game in the bottom of the third inning, the RailRiders came to the dish in the top of the fourth inning. With Zach Zehner on base, Bruce Caldwell doubled to center field, scoring Zehner, giving the RailRiders the lead again at 6-5.

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Both teams were held scoreless until the RailRiders came to the plate again in the top of the sixth inning. With Clint Frazier batting, he hit a grounder to third, when the third basemen, Bengie Gonzalez attempted the force out, an error occurred, allowing Mazzilli to score, extending the RailRiders lead to 7-5.

The Chiefs answered back in the bottom of the sixth inning. Spencer Kieboom and Bengie Gonzalez started the inning by drawing back to back walks. Rafael Bautista then hit a sacrifice bunt to the pitcher, who committed a throwing error, allowing both Kieboom and Gonzalez to score, once again tying the game at 7.

In the top of the seventh inning, the RailRiders scored again. With Lind and Higashioka on base, Bruce Caldwell singled on a fly ball to center, allowing Lind to score, giving the RailRiders the lead for the final time in the game 8-7.

The Chiefs dropped another series, to the worst team in the International League North to begin their home stand. They look to bounce back on Thursday when they host the Pawtucket Red Sox for a 4 game series. The Chiefs after starting hot this season, are now sitting at .500 at 15-15 and in 3rd place in the International League North.

RailRiders 8 Chiefs 7
Winning Pitcher: Harvey (1-1 2.84 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Collins (1-2 4.38 ERA)
Save: Carroll (2)

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