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Arizona Fall League Teams & Managers

I love all sports, but, baseball for me is the best. Therefore, as the MLB regular season winds down my focus will be on the play-offs, but it will also be on the upcoming Arizona Fall League. I moved from Ohio to Phoenix for several reasons, and one that was tops on my list was baseball. There is almost always a baseball game going on somewhere close to me, and a league I am really growing to love is the Arizona Fall League. I will be covering this league more this season, and I hope you come along on the journey with me. I will do some in depth articles this season, and will explain to you why this league is really growing on me, but for now the different teams have been announced and which teams will supply players to those teams as well as the stadiums and the coaching staffs for each team. The season that begins Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Regarded throughout professional baseball as the “finishing school” for top prospects since its inception in 1992, the six-team league features elite young players from every organization in Major League Baseball. The league plays three games per day six days a week (Monday-Saturday) in six Cactus League stadiums: Camelback Ranch-Glendale, Peoria Sports Complex, Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, Scottsdale Stadium, Sloan Park and Surprise Stadium.

Daily start times are 12:35 p.m. and 6:35 p.m. MST.

The 13th annual Fall Stars Game will be played Saturday, Nov. 3 at Surprise Stadium.

The league’s championship contest is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 17 at Scottsdale Stadium.

The 2018 schedule will be announced on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

The Arizona Fall League is owned and operated by Major League Baseball.

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Mesa Solar Sox
(Sloan Park)
• Boston Red Sox
• Chicago Cubs
• Detroit Tigers
• Los Angeles Angels
• Oakland Athletics

Manager: Lou Marson (Angels)
Pitching coach: Jorge Cordova (Tigers)
Hitting coaches: Nelson Paulino (Red Sox), Jimmy Gonzalez (Cubs)
Trainers: Jonathan Fierro (Cubs), Shane Zdebiak (Athletics)

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(Salt River Fields)
• Arizona Diamondbacks
• Colorado Rockies
• Miami Marlins
• Minnesota Twins
• Washington Nationals

Manager: Tommy Watkins (Twins)
Pitching coach: Dave Burba (Rockies)
Hitting coaches: Luis Ordaz (Nationals), Shelley Duncan (D-backs)
Trainers: Melissa Hampton (Marlins), Mike Powell (D-backs)

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(Scottsdale Stadium)
• Cincinnati Reds
• Houston Astros
• New York Mets
• Philadelphia Phillies
• San Francisco Giants

Manager: Willie Harris (Giants)
Pitching coaches: Derrin Ebert (Reds), Aaron Fultz (Phillies)
Hitting coaches: Ryan Ellis (Mets), Troy Snitker (Astros)
Trainers: John Gregorich (Astros), Michael Hefta (Phillies)

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Glendale Desert Dogs
(Camelback Ranch-Glendale)
• Baltimore Orioles
• Chicago White Sox
• Cleveland Indians
• Los Angeles Dodgers
• New York Yankees

Manager: Dave Anderson (Orioles)
Pitching coach: Rigo Beltran (Indians)
Hitting coaches: Justin Viele (Dodgers), Charles Poe (White Sox)
Trainers: Michael Becker (Yankees), Scott Takao (White Sox)

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(Peoria Sports Complex)
• Atlanta Braves
• Milwaukee Brewers
• San Diego Padres
• Seattle Mariners
• Tampa Bay Rays

Manager: Daren Brown (Mariners)
Pitching coaches: Pete Zamora (Padres)
Hitting coach: Joe Szekely (Rays)
Trainers: Josie Harding (Brewers), Vic Scarpone (Braves)

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(Surprise Stadium)
• Kansas City Royals
• Pittsburgh Pirates
• St. Louis Cardinals
• Texas Rangers
• Toronto Blue Jays

Manager: Stubby Clapp (Cardinals)
Pitching coaches: Bryan Hickerson (Pirates), Jose Jaimes (Rangers)
Hitting coach: Brian Buchanan (Royals)
Position coach: Andy Fermin (Blue Jays)
Trainers: Daniel Leja (Blue Jays), Alex Rodriguez (Rangers)

Bregman Still Agitated At Arizona

Alex Bregman wants everyone to know first off, that he is very happy being with the Houston Astros organization. But secondly, he also wants everyone to know that he is still pissed at the Diamondbacks for not making him the #1 overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft. He is quick to let you know, and he did a few other things along the way to remind himself as well.

“I was super happy to come to an organization like the Astros, an organization that was up and coming,” Bregman told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. “But, yeah, I was pissed. I wanted to be the #1 overall pick” And, just for good measure he wears a reminder of it to himself everyday. He does so on his back, right under his name. His uniform number is 2.
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Who did the Diamondbacks choose #1 in the 2015 MLB draft? A guy that is where all the current Diamondbacks want to be, in the post season with the Atlanta Braves, yes Diamondback fans, not only did they essentially get the pick wrong, but then they traded that pick away to the Atlanta Braves. The post season bound Atlanta Braves. Remember that trade? Yeah, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair and Ender Inciarte for the often injured Shelby Miller. Miller, by the way is arbitration eligible this season, making $4.9 million this season, so his price tag should not be very hefty, and we hope the 27 year old can regain his form of a few years ago. He is currently listed on the 60 day disabled list with inflammation in his pitching elbow.
Now, allow me to defend the Diamondbacks for a few sentences. Swanson looked like a can’t miss prospect. The Vanderbilt shortstop was smooth in the field and above average with the bat in college. He was going to stay at shortstop, he was going to be the future shortstop of the Diamondbacks organization for possibly the next decade. And if you asked the Diamondbacks he also had good make-up and great leadership skills. Bregman was undersized, he was not as fluent in the field, and it was not certain that he was going to remain a shortstop long term. But he was a great hitter. The Diamondbacks felt that if as an organization you can draft a great shortstop, that is what you do., and that is what they did. The trade was made on December 9th, 2015. Please remember, that at that time on the Diamondbacks roster that they had Ahmed, Owings, Drury, Gosselin, and Cliff Pennington as shortstops, and they had an absolute plethora of outfielders in Trumbo, Tomas, Romak, Pollock, Peralta, Brito and Owengs and Drury again all on the 40 man roster. The thought was that one more experienced pitcher who would slot somewhere in the center of their rotation, who was affordable and controllable for 4 more seasons before becoming a free agent in 2020 looked good to the Diamondbacks, and was a need of the team. Trade from your strengths to fulfill a need.
Image result for stryker trahan baseballImage result for alex bregman 2012 mlb draftIn hindsight, about the only thing they were right on was that Swanson was going to stay a shortstop. They made the wrong choice in that draft, and they made a mistake by trading him later. That is the way baseball goes. But, that is not how this story is going to end.
The Diamondbacks actually looked at drafting Bregman in the 2012 MLB draft as well. At that point he was coming out of high school and the Diamondbacks had the 26 overall pick in the draft. But, obviously, they decided to not pick him. They choose a catcher by the name of Stryker Trahan instead. He must have been a prize prospect too, right?

Just like Bregman, Trahan was selected straight out of high school. Therefore, rather than enroll at Ole Miss, Trahan signed with the Diamondbacks, receiving a $1.7 million signing bonus.Though the Diamondbacks kept him at catcher, they foresaw the potential need to take him off of the position and play him in the outfield.He made his professional debut that year in the Rookie-level Arizona League, where he batted .281 with a .422 on-base percentage and a .473 slugging percentage. He began 2013 in extended spring training, before he was assigned to the Missoula Ospreyof the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He batted .254 with ten home runs and a .462 slugging percentage with Missoula.

Before the 2014 season, the Diamondbacks shifted Trahan to play as a left fielder. He opened the season with the South Bend Silver Hawks of the Class A Midwest League. After batting .198 and striking out in 36% of his plate appearances, the Diamondbacks demoted Trahan to the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A-Short Season Northwest League in July. Trahan homered for Hillsboro in the opening game of the 2014 Northwest League championship series, won by the Hops. In 2015, playing catcher for most of the season, He played for Hillsboro Hops, moved up to Kane County Cougars, and ended the season with Visalia Rawhide. He started the 2016 season back with Visalia Rawhide moving to RF Position. But sadly the Diamondbacks released Trahan in March 2017.

But, according to Bregman, the Diamondbacks did call and inquire if he would sign with them as a second round pick in that 2012 MLB draft. “I told them I was going to school,” was what Bregman told the Diamondbacks when asking him if he would sign as a 2012 second round pick. He then attended LSU and wore the number 30 on his back under his name to signify all the major league clubs that passed on him in the 2012 draft.
Though this story does not have a happy ending for the Arizona Diamondbacks, who whiffed on two different chances to pick Alex, it worked out well in the end for him. As the 2nd pick in the 2015 draft Bregman signed for $5.6 million, just in a signing bonus. USA Today named Bregman the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year. Bregman was also named MLB Pipeline 2016 Hitter of the Year, and was selected as the third baseman for the MLB Pipeline 2016 Prospect Team of the Year. In addition, Bregman was named the 2016 Astros Minor League Player of the Year, ESPN.com Prospect of the Year, and a Baseball America Minor League All-Star. On July 25, 2016, the Astros purchased Bregman’s contract from the Grizzlies, adding him to their 25-man roster. He made his major league debut at third base against the New York Yankees that same day, thus becoming the first position player from the 2015 Draft to debut in the Major Leagues.
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Bregman started his 2017 baseball season as the youngest member of Team USA in the World Baseball Classic (WBC), which won its first gold medal in the WBC by defeating Puerto Rico 8–0 in the final. He had been invited as well to play for Team Israel which finished sixth at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, as WBC rules allow all Jewish ballplayers to play for the team, and he later said that in retrospect “I probably should’ve” played for Team Israel “because I got [just] four at-bats” playing as a backup for Team USA.

But, the Diamondbacks were right about one thing, Bregman is not playing shortstop in MLB. But, I think that has more to do with a guy named Carlos Correa than it does a guy they passed on drafting twice.

Round Rock Rocks

First I must apologize to the great people of the Round Rock Express. I made this trip about 2 weeks ago, they probably thought I forgot about them. But after the wonderful experience I had at their facility, I will not soon forget about my time at Dell Diamond.

Myself and my brother-in-law decided to take in a minor league baseball game while I was visiting him in Texas from Arizona. So we made the 90 minute trek to Dell Diamond in Round Rock Texas to see the visiting Reno Aces (Diamondback AAA) play the Round Rock Express. It was a late 7:05 start time for the Express as they played their 106th game overall and their 54th at home, but it made for some great pictures and a great view of this wonderful ballpark both in the Texas sun and under the Texas stars.

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Round Rock Express Dell Diamond. Photo by; Michael Ballentine for Cleatgeeks.com

We arrived about 20 minutes before gametime and it took us all of 8 minutes to park, walk to will call and pick up our tickets we purchased on line. We then cleared security, were given our free promotional items, the free program and walked onto the concourse. The grounds were extremely clean, and we decided, since we had just driven 90 minutes we needed to make a final pit stop before finding our seats. The restrooms were modern, clean, and we were in and out in no time. We then walked down the right field corner where we were then looking straight down to see Matt Koch warming up for the Aces.

Then the Hall of Fame ceremony began for the Round Rock’s newest inductee Brooks Conrad. It was a very nice, short but entertaining and knowledgeable ceremony that took place on the wonderfully manicured lawn between the pitchers mound and home plate. When the ceremony was over we went to the gift shop between first place and home plate. When we walked in it was impressive, looking like a major league gift shop. When you walked through the front door it started with a large children’s section and progressed into a mighty wall of quality hats. Then you turned the corner and walked into an adult paradise of shirts, hats and novelty items in a variety of prices with noticeably high quality. They had dry fit, tons of hats, and a discount area if money is tight.

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We then found our seats down the first base line only feet away from the field of play to watch the live game action on the field and on the impressive jumbotron in center field. The big screen with a clear picture also had both team line-ups, replays, and other stats to enhance the great game experience. Of course just like any other great minor league game they had great 3 second sound bytes for such things as strike outs, foul balls, and walks. Plus, they had great fan interaction games all night. After the Aces took the lead in the first inning a lady was given a fish net in the row we were in and she ran out to center field with it. A few nice express workers then loaded a shirt in a slingshot for her to catch in the afore mentioned fishing net in a game they called the shirt shag. The lady only caught 1 of the 3 shirts, but she caught a ton of crowd response as the filling stadium was behind her even in a loosing effort.

At the conclusion of the 2nd inning the score was unchanged, the sun was setting, and we were thirsty. We walked the short distance to Tiki 123 where they took stout beer and chocolate and made a milkshake! Yes, I said a milkshake made from beer! I was communicating back and forth with the club on social media a few days before our visit, and they said it was something I must do while at their ballpark. I admittedly was unsure about the combination of ice cream and beer, but it was excellent, and I would recommend it to everyone. In fact, you may want to visit Dell Diamond for this treat alone, but that was not the only treat in store for us on this fun filled night.

Next we went to Guest Services and met a lovely women named Kathy Wall, who has worked at the ballpark all 19 years the park has been in operation. She stamped our hands which made us feel like royalty and allowed us to take in the sights and sounds of the game like kings in the Intel Club. Located directly behind home plate the Intel Club provided us with an intimate atmosphere where the two of us and up to 298 of our closest friends were able to watch the game around a fully stocked bar, lounging on comfortable furniture watching the game on huge screen televisions or my favorite, in the second deck open air right by the radio and television booths. If you go to Dell Diamond, and you take a group, you can even pre-purchase day passes for the Intel Club and watch the game in this cool air conditioned environment for cheaper than you might think.

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The rockers section at Dell Diamond. Photo by; Michael Ballentine for Cleatgeeks.com

Those are not the only unique experiences offered by the Round Rock Express, the AAA club of the Texas Rangers at Dell Diamond. They have a huge playground for the kids they call playscape where they offer Birthday Bash at the Ballpark starting at only $20.00 a person. They also have picnic areas at playscape, a party deck on the 2nd level down the right field line and suite packages that include the words luxury and party. In the right field corner just beyond the visitor bullpen and the spacious concourse they even have a pool and spa area so you can work on your tan while hearing the crack of the bat starting at only $45.00 each. One of the best concepts we found that is unique to Dell Diamond is in the left fiel lawn area. They have what they call rockers which overlook the green lawn area where we saw an abundance of kids playing having a good old Texas time while their parents relaxed and enjoyed the great sights and sounds in rocking chairs for only $16.00 each. And if the rockers section is not sold out, you can upgrade any ticket to a rocker ticket for only $5.00 while at the game. Speaking of the overall ticket prices, they are quite affordable. Plus, if you plan your outings out like me, Dell Diamond gives discounts for advanced purchases which makes lawn seating only $7.00, the Home Run Porch (a nice section in left field that reminds me of Globe Life Park just above the rocker section) for only $10.00 and any seat in the entire infield on the first level right next to the action only $16.00 each. And if that is not good enough for you, clear your calendar on Tuesday August 21st and 28th where they offer lawn seats for $4.00, the Home Run Porch for $6.00 and any seat in the infield for $9.00!

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Budweiser Party Porch Photo by; Michael Ballentine for Cleatgeeks.com

Two more spots to tell you about at this wonderful ballpark where they begin a long 10 game homestand this Tuesday for your enjoyment. First, the Party Deck, where if you enjoy the game from this section on the 2nd deck down the right field line, you will actually enjoy the exact same view as Nolan Ryan himself once did. You see, as told to us by Fred Cartmill, who has also worked at the stadium since opening day 19 years ago, they moved Mr. Ryan’s suite to make the new Party Deck which offers overhead covering and a fun open atmosphere. We actually visited Fred on the second area I would like to showcase, the Budweiser Party Porch located down the 1st base line on the 2nd level. Which according to Mr. Cartmill provides “Family open atmosphere where you can enjoy the game and the community.” Either of these group areas can be soaked up for tickets that start at only $45.00 each and provide unique ballpark experiences that rival any major league ballpark.

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Relax in the pool in the right field corner of Dell Diamond and see the Round Rock Express play some baseball. Photo by; Michael Ballentine for Cleatgeeks.com

The Round Rock Express is a class Triple-A Pacific Coast League minor league baseball team in Round Rock, Texas, owned by RSR Sports (Nolan Ryan, Don Sanders, Reid Ryan) and founded by Reid Ryan, son of Baseball Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan.  In 2011, after 6 seasons of serving as the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, and 11 seasons of being affiliated with the Astros overall, the Express became the Triple-A affiliate of the Texas Rangers. The team is named after the senior Ryan’s pitcher nickname, “The Ryan Express.” In 2016, Forbes listed the Express as the sixth-most valuable Minor League Baseball team with a value of $40 million.

Lastly, if the pictures look familiar to you, they just might as a majority of scenes from the 2002 Disney film The Rookie, directed by John Lee Hancock, starring Dennis Quaid and Rachel Griffiths were shot around and inside Dell Diamond in Round Rock. It is inspired by the true story of Jim Morris, who had a brief but famous Major League Baseball career.

We had a great time at Dell Diamond in Round Rock Texas. We met a ton of nice people, had good drinks, great fun and enjoyed a wonderful baseball game. It is a can’t miss stop if you are anywhere near the area, or if you love baseball like we do. Follow them on Twitter and get additional information on their user friendly website.

The Call to the Majors, with Bonus Days: Week Ending June 29

June 21
Player Position From Team To Team
Kyle Crockett Pitcher Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Phillip Ervin Outfielder Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Yency Almonte Pitcher Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Michael Herosillo Outfielder Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
John Gant Pitcher Memphis (AAA) St Louis (MLB)
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Cincinnati Reds reliever Kyle Crocket has pitched in 5 games covering 3.1 innings and has a 2.70 ERA a 0.90 WHIP and 4 strikeouts. But, he has appeared in over 112 games prior to this season. Photo by; Zimbio.

 

June 22
Player Position From Team To Team
Danny Santana Outfielder Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Artie Lewicki Pitcher Toledo (AAA) Detroit (MLB)
Deck McGuire Pitcher Salt Like (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Drew Smith Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Kevin Kaczmarski Outfielder Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL)(MLB)
Zac Curtis Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Nick Vincent Pitcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)

 

June 23
Player Position From Team To Team
Lucas Simms Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Donnie Hart Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Tzu-Wei Lin Shortstop Pawtucket (AAA) Boston (MLB)
Brad Miller 1st Basemen Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Nick Martini Outfielder Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Austin Slater Outfielder Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Tim Mayza Pitcher Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
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Pat Valaika has had almost 300 at bats in the big leagues all with Colorado. He can play every infield position and will get a good look at this season as the Rockies try to figure out what to do with 2nd base next year. Photo by; Mile High Sports.

 

June 24
Player Position From Team To Team
Branden Shipley Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Evan Phillips Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Cory Mazzoni Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Justin Hancock Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Pat Valaika 2nd Basemen Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Yency Almonte Pitcher Albuquerque (AAA) Colorado (MLB)
Hansel Robles Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Alan Busenitz Pitcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Chris Flexen Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Clay Holmes Pitcher Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburgh (MLB)
Kazuhisa Makita Pitcher El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)
Robert Stock Pitcher El Paso (AAA) San Diego (MLB)

 

June 25
Player Position From Team To Team
Edwin Jackson Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Duane Underwood Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Jake Cave Outfielder Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Tyler Bashlor Pitcher Binghamton (AA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Kyle Higashioka Catcher Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Giovanny Gellegos Pitcher Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Hector Neris Pitcher Leigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Austin Pruitt Pitcher Durham (AAA) Tampa Bay (MLB)
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Edwin Jackson is a veteran pitcher with a below .500 career mark, but is now pitching in a pitching friendly ballpark in Oakland. In his first start for Oakland, despite not getting the win, he pitched 6 solid innings striking out 7 batters and walking off the field with a 1,50 ERA. Photo by; Zimbio.

 

June 26
Player Position From Team To Team
Ben Meyer Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
Jimmy Sherfy Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Matt Wisler Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Justin Haley Pitcher Pawtucket (AAA) Boston (MLB)
Luke Farrell Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Dillon Maples Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
David Bots Infielder Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Ben Meyer Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
Keon Broxton Outfielder Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Gerson Bautista Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Ryan Rua Outfielder Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)
Ryan Borucki Pitcher Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)

 

June 27
Player Position From Team To Team
Wes Parsons Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Jimmy Yacabonis Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Steve Wilkerson Infielder Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Jason Adams Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Jake Jewell Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Chris Bassitt Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Tanner Anderson Pitcher Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburgh (MLB)

 

June 28
Player Position From Team To Team
Matt Wisler Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Yefry Ramirez Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Chance Sisco Catcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
AJ Reed First Basemen Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Eduardo Paredes Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Taylor Cole Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Mike Zagurski Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
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Oswalt has a good 4 pitch mix with the best one being his 12-6 curve. He has a fastball, slider and a change-up. He is currently ranked as the 14th best prospect in the Mets organization with 3 other RHP ranked ahead of him. The first 2 innings went well, but he was knocked out of the game after only 2.2 innings to the Miami Marlins after giving up 6 runs. But, this was a true emergency start and he had no preparation time whatsoever. Photo by; www.northjersey.com

 

June 29
Player Position From Team To Team
Christian Walker INF/OF Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Paul Fry Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Ryan Meisinger Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Cionel Perez Pitcher Corpus Christi (AA) Houston (MLB)
Sandy Alcantara Pitcher New Orleans (AAA) Miami (MLB)
Willians Astudillo Catcher Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Corey Oswalt Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Brandon Drury INF/OF Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Max Moroff INF/OF Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Darnell Sweeney Outfielder Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)

 

As you can see, for another week, a majority of the call ups have been pitchers, that if you were to track it, were sent right back down after their appearance.

 

The biggest non surprise, only due to the fact that it has taken this long, was the call up of the Yankees Brandon Drury. Drury went on the disabled list earlier this season with blurry vision. Miguel Andujar came up and played lights out at third base and Yankees skipper, Aaron Boone’s hands were tied. Drury just recently got named to the Triple-A All Star game, mainly because it was essentially a grown man, playing with a bunch of kids. So Drury has deserved this call for a while and i highly doubt that he will be sent back down to Triple-A, unless he gets hurt.

 

This week there were two players skipped Triple-A all together and made the leap from Double-A straight to the Majors. Tyler Bashlor, a pitcher in the New York Mets system did this on June 25, and Cionel Perez, again a pitcher, but in the Houston Astros system did this on June 29.

 

Just to prove how many times during a season a player will get called up and sent down, Yencey Almonte proved it very well this week. Almonte was called up on June 21, pitched and was sent down, just to be called up again on June 24.

 

Since this is now the second week of tracking player call ups, lets see who else has made the journey back and forth. Ben Meyer, a pitcher in the Miami organization made the journey to the Majors for a second time in two weeks along with Ryan Rua, Texas Rangers outfielder, on June 26, Jake Jewell and Chris Bassitt, both pitchers, joined the list on June 27, and Mitt Wisler and Edurado Paredes, both made the list on June 28. Other than Ryan Rua, all these players that get sent up and down constantly are pitchers. This is just due to the fact that pitchers get over worked and need some extra rest, especially when their outings go longer than expected.

 

So that’s the Call to the Majors for this week. I hope you’re enjoying this segment, and I hope you aren’t like me, sitting at home waiting for your own personal call to the Majors. You, like me, may be a little further away from the show then the players that are fighting for their roster spots.

The Call to the Majors, Week Ending June 20

June 14, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Chris Bassitt Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Carlos Ramirez Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Nick Rumbelow Pitcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)
Robert Whalen Pitcher Tacoma (AAA) Seattle (MLB)

 

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June 15, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Corban Joseph Infielder Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Tanner Scott Pitcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Tyler White 1st Basemen Fresno (AAA) Houston (MLB)
Brandon Maurer Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Kyle Farmer C/Infielder Oklahoma (AAA) Los Angeles (NL) (MLB)
Jake Jewell Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Felix Pena Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Eduardo Paredes Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Merandy Gonzalez Pitcher Jacksonville (AA) Miami (MLB)
Taylor Motter INF/OF Rochester (AAA) Minnesota (MLB)
Jonathan Loaisiga Pitcher Trenton (AA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Luke Voit 1st Basemen Springfield (AA) St. Louis (MLB)
Jose Trevino Catcher Frisco (AA) Texas (MLB)
Brandon Mann Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)
Yohander Mendez Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

 

June 16, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
John Lamb Pitcher Salt Lake (AAA) Los Angeles (AL) (MLB)
Franklin Barreto Infielder Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Yacksel Rios Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jack Thompson Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Pierce Johnson Pitcher Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Ryan Rua Outfielder Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB

 

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June 17, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Luke Jackson Pitcher Gwinnett (AAA) Atlanta (MLB)
Shane Bieber Pitcher Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Evan Marshall Pitcher Columbus (AAA) Cleveland (MLB)
Wily Peralta Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Rosell Herrera Outfielder Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Adalberto Mondesi Infielder Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Scott Barlow Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Adrian Houser Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Josh Lucas Pitcher Nashville (AAA) Oakland (MLB)
Yovani Gallardo Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

 

June 18, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Rob Zastryzny Pitcher Iowa (AAA) Chicago (NL) (MLB)
Clint Frazier Outfielder Scranton/Wilkes Barre(AAA) New York (AL) (MLB)
Austin Davis Pitcher Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jose Osuna Outfielder Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)
Kelby Tomlinson 2nd Basemen Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Ricardo Rodriguez Pitcher Round Rock (AAA) Texas (MLB)

 

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June 19, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Caleb Joseph Catcher Norfolk (AAA) Baltimore (MLB)
Robby Scott Pitcher Pawtucket (AAA) Boston (MLB)
Jackson Stephens Pitcher Louisville (AAA) Cincinnati (MLB)
Heath Filmyer Pitcher Omaha (AAA) Kansas City (MLB)
Freddy Peralta Pitcher Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee (MLB)
Tim Peterson Pitcher Las Vegas (AAA) New York (NL) (MLB)
Pierce Johnson Pitcher Sacramento (AAA) San Francisco (MLB)
Lourdes Gurriel 2nd Basemen Buffalo (AAA) Toronto (MLB)
Jefry Rodriguez Pitcher Syracuse (AAA) Washington (MLB)

 

June 20, 2018

Player Position From Team To Team
Johnny Barbato Pitcher Toldedo (AAA) Detroit (MLB)
Mitchell Walding Pitcher Leigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia (MLB)
Jake Barrett Pitcher Reno (AAA) Arizona (MLB)
Adam Frazier 2nd Basemen Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburg (MLB)

As you can see by the list, most of the players that were called up to the Major Leagues in the past week have been pitchers. A lot of the time, these are just one or two day call up’s because someone in the bullpen was overworked. There were no players called up this week that were in the top 50 prospects to begin the year.

 

Notable Performances:

Jonathan Loaisiga was called up to the major leagues on June 15th for the New York Yankees. Before he was called up, he pitched in six games in AA and four games in A ball this season. In Single-A Tampa, Loaisiga had a 3-0 record posting a dominate 1.35 ERA. Loaisiga performed just as well in AA for Trenton, posting a 3-1 record with a 4.32 ERA. Loaisiga made is MLB debut on the day he was called up, and he pitched a gem of a game against the Tampa Bay Rays. He pitched 5 shutout innings allowing three hits, four walks, and struck out six. In Loaisiga’s second start on June 20 against the Seattle Mariners, he pitched 3.2 innings and he allowed 3 runs, on six hits while striking out four and walking two. His season ERA sits at 3.12, in the two games that he pitched.

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Lourdes Gurriel was called up again to the major leagues on June 19th for the Toronto Blue Jays. During his time in the minor leagues this season, both in Triple A Buffalo and Double A New Hampshire, Gurriel played in 39 games with a triple slash line of .307/.333/.490 with an OPS of .824 and six home runs. Playing up in the majors has not fared for the young Gurriel so far. He is posting a triple slash line of .206/.229/.309 in 20 games while also posting a .537 OPS and two home runs. Gurriel has shown that he can compete in the minors, now he is trying to show that he deserves to be up in the majors, and will hopefully be a part of the Toronto Blue Jays for years to come.

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A final notable call up for this week is another New York Yankee, and if you follow baseball you’ve heard his name before, outfielder Clint Frazier. There are rumors surrounding Frazier that he will either be a cornerstone of the Yankees outfield for years to come, or he is only being called up so he can audition for other MLB teams come the trade deadline. In 42 games in the minors this year, most of which at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes Barre, Frazier has played in 42 games posting a triple slash line of .302/.387/.550 with an OPS of .937. Frazier has also added eight home runs to those eye opening numbers. With the call to the Majors, Frazier has played in 5 games this year with a triple slash line of .364/.533/.455 with an OPS of .988. Frazier has been playing well no matter where he goes. This doesn’t seem like a permanent move to Frazier, not yet at least, but sooner rather than later he will be off this list, and in the Majors for good.

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So that’s the Call to the Majors for this week fans. I hope you’ve enjoyed this segment, and hope you aren’t sitting by the phone waiting for your Call to the Majors, it may be a little farther out than some of the players in the Minors.

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)

Salt City Wrap Up vs The Buffalo Bisons

After taking two out of three games versus the Iron Pigs, the Chiefs traveled back to New York State to take on their in state rivals the Buffalo Bisons for a four game series.

After losing the last game of the series against the Iron Pigs, the Chiefs sent out their right handed veteran Edwin Jackson to go up against the Bisons Taylor Guerrieri. Once again, Jackson posted a good stat line, pitching 6 strong innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out a season high 9 Bisons and only walking 1.

Unfortunately, even though the pitching staff held the Bisons to only 3 total runs and 8 hits, the bats fell silent on Thursday night. The Chiefs were completely shut out by the Bisons pitching staff consisting of Guerrieri (3 innings), Fisk (3.1 innings), and Dillon (2.2 innings). The Bisons threesome of pitchers only allow the Chiefs 4 total hits for the game.

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The four hits for the game consisted of Spencer Kieboom hitting a leadoff double, his fourth of the season, in the top of the third. Again, Spencer Kieboom hit a two out single in the top of the fifth inning. Irving Falu then followed Kieboom’s fifth inning single with his fifth double of the year. The final Chiefs hit of the game came off the bat of Hunter Jones when he led off the top of the sixth inning with a single.

The Bisons started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Danny Jansen singled on a ground ball to center scoring Dalton Pompey, giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs held the Bisons scoreless until the bottom of the fourth innings when the Bisons struck again. With Edwin Jackson pitching, Darnell Sweeney destroyed a home run to left field, his third of the season, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. The Bisons decided that 2-0 wasn’t enough when they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Chris Smith pitching, Danny Jansen hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Time Lopes, giving the Bisons a 3-0 lead.

Bisons 3 Chiefs 0
Winning Pitcher: Fisk (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Jackson (0-1 4.56 ERA)
Save: Dillon (1)

Friday night, the Chiefs tried to bounce back from two consecutive losses. The Chiefs put right hand pitcher Cesar Vargas up against the Bisons right hander Deck McGuire. Vargas pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking none.

The Bisons opened up the scoring by plating runs in the bottom of the second and third innings. In the second inning Darnell Sweeney hit his second double of the year to center field scoring Anthony Alford, giving the Bisons an initial 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning the Bisons struck again. Danny Jansen hit his first triple of the year scoring Devon Travis and Tim Lopes, giving the Bisons a 3-0 lead after three innings.

The Chiefs finally struck against Bisons pitching in the top of the fourth inning. Irving Falu started the inning by grounding to first. Jose Marmolejos then hit an infield single to the third basemen. Mark Reynolds then stepped to the plate and crushed his first home run to the season, a shot to deep left, scoring Marmolejos, cutting the Bisons lead to 3-2.

The pitching staffs threw shutout ball from the bottom of the fourth inning until the top of the ninth inning when the Chiefs struck again. In the top of the ninth inning, with one out, Mark Reynolds hit a double on a line drive to left. Matt Reynolds then replayed Mark Reynolds on second. Matt Hague then singled on a line drive to right moving Matt Reynolds to third with one out. Jacob Wilson then stepped to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Reynolds, tying the game at 3.

The game ended up going to extra innings and for the first time this season, the Chiefs did not score in their half of the tenth inning. That wasn’t the case for the Bisons. With Austin L. Adams pitching in the bottom of the tenth inning, Danny Jansen singled to center which scored Devon Travis, giving the Bisons the walk off 4-3 win.

Bisons 4 Chiefs 3/Final 10
Winning Pitcher: Alburquerque (1-0 3.18 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: (Adams (0-1, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday’s game in Buffalo didn’t fair any better for the Chiefs, who are riding a 3 game losing streak. The Chiefs sent out left hander Tommy Milone to go up against the Bisons right hander Chris Rowley. Milone only lasted 4 innings while allowing 6 runs on 10 hits. Milone did strike out 5 and walk only 1.

Buffalo started the scoring early, getting to Milone in the bottom of the first inning. Tim Lopes hit a soft fly ball to right field scoring Dwight Smith Jr. giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. The Bisons also struck against Milone in the bottom of the third inning. Dwight Smith Jr. hit his first dripple of the year to right field, scoring Devon Travis, giving the Bisons an early 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs finally struck against Bisons pitching in the top of the fourth inning. After Mark Reynolds and Matt Hague recording outs, Jacob Wilson should have been the third out of the inning, but reached on a throwing error by the Bisons third basemen Jason Lebleijian. Irving Falu then stepped to the plate and ripped a double, his sixth of the year, to right field, scoring Wilson, cutting the Bisons lead to 2-1.

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The Bisons then struck big in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Bisons Leblebijian made up for his throwing error by hitting a single to left scoring Danny Jansen giving the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Ian Parmley then hit a ground ball to right field scoring Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a 4-1 lead. Roemon Fields then ripped a double to left fiend scoring Lebleijian and Parmley giving the Bisons a 6-1 lead, knocking out Chiefs pitcher Tommy Milone.

The Bisons struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jason Lebleijian singled to left field scoring Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a very convincing 7-1 lead.

The Chiefs weren’t going to go down without a fight on Saturday night, and kept that mentality when they came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning, trailing by 6. Tuffy Gosewisch started the inning by singling to short. Gosewisch then moved to second on defensive indifference. Bengie Gonzalez then singled to center, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Hunter Jones then came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Gosewisch, cutting the Bisons lead to 7-2. Matt Reynolds then singled to left, putting runners on first and second, with one out. Jose Marmolejos then drew a walk to load the bases. Mark Reynolds then singled to left field scoring Gonzalez and Reynolds, cutting the Bisons lead to 7-4. Matt Hague then hit his first double of the year to deep left scoring Marmolejos, cutting again in the Bisons lead, which is not 7-5. Jacob Wilson then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Mark Reynolds, cutting the Bisons lead to 1, at 7-6. Irving Falu then drew an intentional walk to bring up Tuffy Gosewisch for the second time in the inning. Gosewisch then grounded out to first to end the game, and the Chiefs comeback.

Bisons 7 Chiefs 6
Winning Pitcher: Rowley (3-1 1.23 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Milone (1-2 5.34 ERA)
Save: Smith (1)

On Sunday afternoon the Chiefs knew that they couldn’t win the series, but they were trying to salvage at least one game of this four game set when the sent their “ace” Austin Voth and his 0.76 ERA to the mound to battle against the Bisons left hander Ryan Borucki. Voth did not have his best stuff Sunday allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 1.2 innings while striking out 2 and walking 3.

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Voth held the Bisons scoreless in the bottom of the first inning, but that wasn’t the case for the second inning. The Bisons exploded for five runs in the second inning. Darnell Sweeney started the scoring by singling to center scoring Danney Jansen and Rowdy Tellez, giving the Bisons a 2-0 lead. Roemon Fields then singled to center again, scoring Reese McGuire and Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. Dwight Smith Jr. then singled to right field scoring Roemon Fields, knocking out the Chiefs Austin Voth, and giving the Bisons a 5-0 lead.

The Chiefs were held scoreless until the top of the eighth inning. Irving Falu started the inning by hitting an infield single to second. After Bengie Gonzalez popped out, Hunter Jones singled to right, giving the Chiefs runners on first and second with one out. After a Matt Reynolds walk to load the bases Jose Marmolejos also drew a walk, with the bases loaded, forcing in Irving Falu, and the first Chiefs run of the game, cutting the Bisons lead to 5-1. Mark Reynolds and Matt Hague both struck out with the bases loaded, to end the Chiefs threat.

The Bisons struck again in the bottom of the eighth inning when Darnell Sweeney hit his fourth double of the year, to deep center field, scoring Danny Jansen giving the Bisons a 6-1 lead.

After losing their last five games, the Chiefs look to right the ship when they head back to Syracuse for a six game home stand. The Chiefs will be taking on the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Bisons 6 Chiefs 1
Winning Pitcher: Borucki (2-3 4.39 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Voth (2-1 2.49 ERA)
Save: Ramirez (1)

Salt City Wrap Up vs The Lehigh Valley Ironpigs

Monday was day one of a seven game road trip for the Syracuse Chiefs. First stop on the road trip is down to Pennsylvania to take on the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs for three games.

Game one saw a match-up between the Chiefs Tommy Milone against the Iron Pigs right hander Tom Eshelman. Once again, Tommy Milone pitched a great game. Milone pitched 6 innings allowing 1 run on 4 hits while striking out 5 and walking none. Unfortunately, Milone did not get the win Monday night. It looked like he would, leading 3-1 when he finished the game, but the bullpen ended up blowing up and allowing the Iron Pigs back into the game before eventually shutting them down.

The scoring didn’t start until the top of the 4th inning, but when it did, the Chiefs came out swinging. Jose Marmolejos started off the inning by singling on a stinging lien drive to center. After a Matt Hague walk, putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs, Spencer Kieboom flied out to right, unable to move up the runners. Jacob Wilson then stepped to the dish and destroyed a ball to left field scoring both Marmolejos and Hague, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. The Chiefs weren’t done yet though, Bengie Gonzalez then hit his 4th double of the year to right field to score Wilson giving the Chiefs a 3-0 lead.

Leigh Valley didn’t end up getting any runs across until the bottom of the 5th inning When Danny Ortiz scored on a Heiker Meneses single on a frozen rope to center field, cutting the Chiefs lead to 3-1 after 5 innings.

Leigh Valley then shut down the Chiefs for two innings before they came to bat in the bottom of the 7th inning. The Chiefs went to the bullpen and brought in right hander Phillips Valdez, who did not fare well on Monday night. The first batter that Valdez faced was Danny Ortiz, and Ortiz took advantage of Valdez and ripped his 4th home run of the year to deep left field, cutting the Chiefs lead to 3-2. Joey Meneses then doubled to left. The next batter grounded to first, moving J. Meneses to third. Heiker Meneses then drew a walk. After a pitching consultation, Mitch Walding came to the plate and ripped a ground ball to right field, scoring H. Meneses, tying the game at 3.

The Chiefs then answered back in the top of the 8th inning. After Spencer Kieboom popped out to 1st, the batter was the 3rd basemen Jocob Wilson. Wilson stepped to the plate and hit his 1st home run of the year to left field, giving the Chiefs the lead again at 4-3. That was the score after to rest of the top of the 8th inning with strikeouts to Gonzalez and Almanzar to end the inning.

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The Chiefs shut down the Iron Pigs in the bottom of the 8th inning, then struck again in the top of the 9th inning. Hunter Jones was due up first in the top of the 9th inning and gave the Chiefs some insurance when he hit his first home run of the season to deep right center, giving the Chiefs a 5-3 lead.

David Goforth came in to the game in the bottom of the 9th inning to attempt the seal the victory for the Chiefs. Nick Rickles started the inning by singled on a ground ball to right. After a bunt attempt by H. Meneses caused a force out at 2nd, and a strike out by Mitch Walding strike out, Roman Quinn stepped to the plate. Quinn then proceeed to hit a ground ball double to left scoring H. Meneses, and moving to 3rd on the throw. Goforth then finally got Pullin to ground out to second to end the game, securing the 5-4 victory for the Chiefs.

Chiefs 5 Iron Pigs 4
Winning Pitcher: J. Miller (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Windle (0-1 5.40 ERA)
Save: Goforth (1)

Game two saw the Chiefs Austin Voth, who just recently got sent back down from the Nationals against the Iron Pigs Jacob Waguespack. This game is a prime example of what a pitching duel is. The Iron Pigs starter went 6 innings allowing only 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 1. The Chiefs Austin Voth one upped the Iron Pigs starter though. Voth went 5 strong innings allowing no runs and 2 hits to go along with 8 strikeouts and 1 walk. Voth lowered his ERA to a staggering 0.76 for the season.

The first 4 innings were great if you like pitching battles, but if you like offense, you finally got some in the top of the 5th inning. The Chiefs Jacob Wilson started the inning with a double to right field. Tuffy Gosewisch proceeded to ground out to short, but was able to move Wilson to 3rd with only one out in the inning. Austin Voth came to the plate to try to help his cause, to no avail, Voth grounded out to first. Hunter ones came to the plate did what Voth was unable to do by bringing in Wilson on a line drive single, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.

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The pitching staffs took over the game again and both clubs were shut out in innings 6, 7, and 8 until the Chiefs came to bat in the top of the 9th inning. To start the inning, Jose marmolejos ripped a line drive single to center. After a strikeout of new acquired Mark Reynolds, Matt Hague hit a single to center moving Marmolejos to 3rd, and Hague moved to 2nd on the throw to 3rd. The red hot Jacob Wilson was then walked to load the bases. Tuffy Gosewisch was next to the dish, and he could not drive in any insurance runs for the Chiefs and struck out. Bengie Gonzalez then stepped to the dish and worked a 2 out, bases loaded walk to force in a run, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. With Hunter Jones batting, the Iron Pigs pitcher, Austin Davis, threw a wild pitch allowing Hague to score, giving the Chiefs another insurance run, padding their lead to 3-0.

Austin L Adams came in to try to save the game for the Chiefs in the bottom of the 9th inning. Adams allowed a single, a walk, and another single, loading the bases, before finally striking out Matt McBride for the 1st out of the inning. Adams then proceeded to strike out Collin Cowgill and Roman Quinn to leave the bases loaded, securing the 3-0 win for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs look for their 2nd series sweep of the season on Wednesday when they take on the Iron Pigs for one more game at 10:30am.

Chiefs 3 Iron Pigs 0

Winning Pitcher: Voth (1-0 0.76 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Waguespack (0-2 4.50 ERA)
Save: Adams (3)

If, as a fan, you were disappointed in Tuesday’s game because there wasn’t enough offense, you should have been at the ballpark on Wednesday morning. The final game of this 3 game series featured the Chiefs Erick Fedde and the Iron Pigs right hander Cole Irvin. Fedde lasted 5 innings, but allowed 5 runs on 8 hits while striking out 5 and walking 1. The biggest downfall for Fedde on Wednesday was the 3 home runs that he allowed. On the Iron Pigs side, Irvin went 7 innings, but also allowed 5 runs on 8 hits, while striking out 3 and walking 2. Unlike Fedde, Irvin did not allow any home runs Wednesday.

The Chiefs started the game hot, when Hunter Jones ripped a triple to center. After a walk to Jacob Wilson, Jose Marmolejos grounded into a force play allowing Jones to score, giving the Chiefs an early 1-0 lead.

After shutting down the Iron Pigs in the bottom of the 1st inning, the Chiefs struck again in the top of the 2nd inning. Spencer Kieboom started the frame by ripping his 3rd double of the year to left field. Michael Almanzar wanted to join the hit party by singling to left, putting runners on 1st and 3rd with no outs. Erick Fedde then reached on a fielder’s choice when he grounded to the 2nd basement who threw out Kieboom out at home. With runners on 1st and 2nd, Bengie Gonzalez singled to left scoring Almanzar and moving Fedde to 2nd, giving the Chiefs a 2-0Hunter Jones decided that his first triple to start the game wasn’t good enough and ripped another triple to center this time allowing Fedde and Gonzalez to score, upping the Chiefs lead to 4-0. After the 1st Iron Pigs mound visit of the game, Jacob Wilson hit a sharp single to center scoring Jones, giving the Chiefs a 5-0 lead after the top of the 2nd inning.

The Iron Pigs cut into the Chiefs lead in the bottom of the 2nd inning when Dylan Cozens destroyed his 4th home run of the year to left. The next batter was Joey Meneses and he hit his first home run of the year to left, cutting the Chiefs lead to 5-2 after 2.

The Chiefs were shut down in the top of the 3rd inning, but the Iron Pigs weren’t done cutting into the Chiefs lead. After back to back doubles by Danny Ortiz and Mitch Walding, Dylan Cozens hit a home run, his 5th of the year, to center field, tying the game at 5 after 3.

The pitching had to step up a bit after both teams combined for 10 runs in the first 3 innings, and that’s exactly what happened. Both teams were shut down for the 4, 5, 6, and 7th innings.

The Chiefs finally broke the 5-5 tie in the top of the 8th inning. After a groundout by Marmolejos, Irving Falu doubled to center. Matt Hague then flew out to center, allowing Falu to move to 3rd, but with 2 outs. Spencer Kieboom stepped to the plate and hit a seeing eye sinle to center, scoring Falu, giving the Chiefs a 6-5 lead.

The Iron Pigs were not looking to get swept at home, and their bats came alive again in the bottom of the 8th inning. After a fly out and strikeout, John Simms thought he was going to have an easy inning, but Dylan Cozens had other thoughts about that. Cozens hit his 2nd homer of the game to deep right center, tying the game at 6. Joey menses then singled to left. After a mound visit by the Chiefs, Andrew Pullin was next to the dish, and Simms got beat again when Pullin hit his 1st homer of the year, a deep shot to right, giving the Iron Pigs a 8-6 lead.

Iron Pigs, Pedro Beato, came into the game with a 2 run lead and proceeded to get matt Reynolds to ground out, Bengie Gonzalez to lineout, and Hunter Jones to fly out for a perfect 1-2-3 inning, securing his 6th save of the year.

The Chiefs, after taking 2 out of 3 in Allentown hop on the bus to travel to Buffalo Thursday for their first of 4 games.

Winning Pitcher: Casimiro (3-0 4.38 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Simms (2-1 2.25 ERA)
Save: Beato (6)

Salt City Wrap Up vs The Rochester Red Wings

On Friday, the Chiefs started a three game set against their thruway rivals, the Rochester Red Wings. The Red Wings make their first trip to Syracuse this weekend bringing along their 7-9 record along with them. The Chiefs are currently sitting at 11-7 to begin the series.

Game 1 of the series pitted Rochester’s young right hander Fernando Romero against Syracuse’s veteran right hander Edwin Jackson.

Syracuse opened the scoring in the bottom of the 1st inning when Matt Reynolds worked a walk, followed by a strikeout of Jose Marmolejos, followed by a walk to Matt Hague. Now the Chiefs have runners on 1st and 2nd with two outs, since Irving Falu started the inning by grounding out to second. The red hot Alejandro De Aza was next to the plate and slapped an RBI single to center, giving the Chiefs the 1-0 lead.

Both pitchers pitched a scoreless 2nd inning, then the Chiefs struck again in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Once again, Falu started the inning by recording an out, this time it was a fly out to center. Matt Reynolds then stepped to the plate and ripped his first double of the year to left field. Marmolejos was next up, and struck out swinging. Matt Hague then singled to 2nd base scoring Matt Reynolds. The Chiefs are now up 2-0 and for the second time in the game, were able to push runs across with 2 outs in the inning.

The Red Wings finally got some runs on the board against Edwin Jackson in the top of the 5th inning. The Red Wings got a double by Brock Stassi, his 3rd of the year, followed by a triple by Willians Astudillo to score Stassi for the first Red Wings run of the series. Taylor Featherston then hit a sacrifice fly to center field, scoring Astudillo, tying the game at 2.

Photo of Hunter Jones by; Syracuse.com

The Chiefs would then answer back in the bottom of the 5th inning. Matt Reynolds was the first batter of the inning, and absolutely destroyed Romero’s offering to deep right for his first home run of the season. This gave the Chiefs a 3-2 lead.

Rochester answered right back in the top of the 6th inning when they had the bases loaded and Brock Stassi to the plate. Stassi grounded to a force out first to short, where the Chiefs were attempting a double play, but they were not quick enough, and Leonardo Reginatto scored to tie the game at 3.

The Chiefs bullpen again did what they have been doing all year and absolutely shut down the Red Wings. The combination of John Simms, Justin Miller, and Tim Collins pitched a total of 4 innings allowing 1 hit and no runs while striking out 7 and walking 1.

After 9 innings the game was scored at 3 and we, once again, went to extra innings. The Red Wings were shut down by the duo of Justin Miller and Tim Collins, giving the Chiefs to win it in the bottom of the 10th.

To start the top of the 10th inning, Spencer Kieboom was due to be the runner placed at 2nd, but a pinch runner, Bengie Gonzalez was called into the game. After an intention walk to Jacob Wilson, Michael Almanzar grounded into a force out at 3rd, keeping runners at 1st and 2nd with 1 out. Hunter Jones then came to the plate and hit a walk off double to center field scoring Jacob Wilson, winning the game 4-3 for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are now 4-0 this season in extra inning games.

Chiefs 4 Red Wings 3 Final/10
Winning Pitcher: Collins (1-1 5.87 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Baxendale (0-1 0.00 ERA)

The 2nd game of the 3 game series was played Saturday afternoon in a rainy day in Syracuse. Rochester put out their right hander Aaron Siegers to go against the Chiefs right hander Casear Vargas. I feel like a broken record saying this, but the Chiefs started pitched another amazing game. Vargas pitched 6 strong innings only allowing 5 hits and 1 earned run while striking out 3 and walking 1. The Red Wings starter was able to out duel Vargas. Siegers went 6 innings allowing no runs on 4 hits while striking out 4 and walking 2.

Chiefs starter Cesar Vargas allowed just one run in six innings but took the loss on Saturday. (Danny Tripodi | Courtesy Syracuse Chiefs)

Photo by; Syracuse.com

The Red Wings struck first in the top of the 2nd inning when James Ramsey singled with the Brock Stassi on 3rd and Jermaine Curtis at 1st, to score the first Rochester run of the day.

From then it was an absolute pitchers duel with no runs being scored until the top of the 8th inning with the Red Wings struck again. The inning began with a Chiefs pitching change, with Jimmy Cordero replacing Tim Collins. The Red Wings struck Cordero quickly when the first batter he faced, Bobby Wilson doubled to center. After a sacrifice bunt by Gregorio Petit and a fly out by Nick Buss, the Red Wings had a runner on 3rd with two outs. Bobby Wilson then proceeded to score on a wild pitch by Cordero, giving the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs weren’t going to give up when they came to the dish in the bottom of the 9th innings trailing by 2. Spencer Kieboom started the inning by drawing a walk. Jacob Wilson then proceeded to ground into a force at 2nd giving the Chiefs a runner at 1st with one out. Michael Almanzar was next to the dish and singled to right moving Wilson to 2nd giving the Chiefs two men on with 1 out and the winning run coming to the plate. Tuffy Gosewisch then popped out to the catcher in foul territory, putting the Chiefs down to their last out and Bengie Gonzalez coming to the plate. Gonzalez could not figure out Red Wings pitcher Gabriel Moya, and ultimately struck out swinging to end the game.

Red Wings 2 Chiefs 0
Winning Pitcher: Siegers (2-0 1.50 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Vargas (0-2 2.05 ERA)
Save: Moya (1)

Unfortunately, mother nature got the best of both teams Sunday, when the Chiefs were supposed to be hosting their annual “Bark in the Park” day. These teams will make make up this game as part of a double header on June 25th at 4:05 pm. The Chiefs have also rescheduled their annual Bark in the Park for August 27th which is a Monday and the game will be played at 6:35. Hopefully there will be no snow in Syracuse at that time!

To look ahead to the next series, the Chiefs will be traveling down 81 to take on the Leigh Valley Iron Pigs, the Philadelphia Phillies triple A club for 3 games before they travel back to New York State to take on the Buffalo Bisons after their trip to Pennsylvania.

The Chiefs are currently sitting atop the International League North with a .600 winning percentage going 12-8 as of Sunday 4/29. Even though the bats have cooled off a bit as of late, the Chiefs are still currently sitting in 2nd place in batting average with a .267 average, just .002 points behind the Scranton Willes Barre Rail Riders. The Chiefs pitching staff is also sitting in second place in ERA posting an impressing 2.80 ERA behind only the Durham Bulls who have posted a 2.56 ERA. So even though the Chiefs got rained/snowed out on Sunday, there is still some positive stats to build upon with one game left in April

Salt City Wrap Up vs the Indianapolis Indians

The Chiefs started a three game series against the Indianapolis Indians on Monday afternoon. Game 1 saw a pitching match-up between the Chiefs Austin Voth and the Indians Alex McRae. Once again, Voth pitched a great game. He went 5 strong innings scattering 5 hits with 3 strike outs, no walks and allowed no runs. Voth has now dropped his season ERA to 0.96. Voth has now struck out 22 batters on the season while only walking 2 over a total of 18.2 innings pitched. The only game that Voth did not go at least 5 innings was on 4/18 when Voth had to leave the game after 3 innings after getting hit on the hand while attempting to bunt.

The pitching staff was the only high point for the Chiefs in this game. The bats fell silent, only amassing 5 hits and 7 walks. The only Chief with more than one hit is center fielder Rafael Bautista who went 2 for 5, raising his season average to .429.

Indians 2 Chiefs 0
Winning Pitcher: Neverauskas (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Collins (0-1 7.11 ERA)

The second game of the 3 game set did not go much better than the first. Tommy Milone, the Chiefs left hander went 5 innings. Unfourtnately, through those 5 innings Milone allowed 6 hits and 4 earned runs while striking out 6 and walking 1. The bullpen of Justin Miller and Jimmy Cordero pitched 3 scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 4.

The Chiefs bats, for the second straight game, fell completely flat. The Chiefs only recorded 4 hits the entire game. Hunter Jones, Jose Marmolejos, Jacob Wilson, and Alejandro De Aza were the 4 Chiefs that’s obtained hits Wednesday afternoon. All of the Chiefs “production” came from their outfielders.

For the first time this season, the Chiefs have lost back to back games, and will try to salvage at least one game of the series Thursday.

Indians 4 Chiefs 0
Winning Pitcher: Eppler (2-1 1.93 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Milon (1-1 4.87 ERA)

The third game of the set did not start out well once again for the Chiefs. But they did finally break through to score in the top of the 8th inning. The Chiefs were held scoreless for 25 straight innings until they finally broke through in the 8th inning.

Erik Fedde, once again had a strong outing. Fedde allowed 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 3 and walking 2 in 5 innings pitched. Once again the Chiefs bullpen of Chris Smith, Tim Collins, Wander Suero, and David Goforth pitched a total of 5 innings allowing, once again, no runs on 1 hit and struck out 3.

In the top of the 8th inning, the Chiefs got a baserunner when Tuffy Gosewisch drew a walk. Hunter Jones then came to the dish and ripped a double to right field, putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out. Bengie Gonzalez then struck out, to keep the runners on 2nd and 3rd with 2 outs. Irving Falu came to the dish and hit a ground ball to the 1st basemen, scoring two runs for the Chiefs, tying the game at 2.

The Chiefs would then shut down the Indians in the 8th and 9th innings, and the game will go to extra innings. The Chiefs are 2-0 in the extra frame, whereas the Indians have yet to play an extra innings game.

Tuffy Gosewich is the runner that starts on 2nd, due to the new MiLB runs to speed up the pace of play. Hunter Jones laid down a beautiful bunt to 3rd and reaching 1st safely, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Bengie Gonzalez was intentionally walked to load the bases, putting the force play at any base. Irving Falu then singled to left field scoring Gosewisch and Jones, giving the Chiefs their first lead of the series, and that’s all they would need. The Chiefs did load the bases again, but did not score.

David Goforth went out in the bottom of the 10th inning for his 2nd inning of work and, even after allowing a single and a wild pitch, shut down the Indians to secure the Chiefs their 11th win of the season.

The Chiefs still hold the top spot in the International League North with an 11-7 record, holding a 1.5 game lead over the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Chiefs have an off day Thursday before taking on the Thruway rivals Rochester Red Wings Friday night at NBT Bank Stadium. We will have all the information on that 3 game series right here @cleatgeeks tomorrow.

Chiefs 4 Indians 2/10
Winning Pitcher: Goforth (2-1 0.77 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Magnifico (0-1 2.53 ERA)

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