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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)

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.

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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)

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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)

Salt City Wrap Up vs the Lousiville Bats

Game one of the three game set that pitted the Syracuse Chiefs against the Louisville Bats went off Friday night. The game pitted Syracuse’s Erick Fedde against Lousiville’s Robert Stephenson. I feel like I am sounding like a broken record, but once again Syracuse’s pitching had another strong outing. Fedde pitched 5 strong innings giving up no runs on two hits. Along with no runs, Fedde also struck out 7 while only walking 1. The rest of the Syracuse bullpen (John Simms, Trevor Gott, and Chris Smith, gave up a total of 4 hits in 4 innings pithed while striking out 5 and walking 1.

Again, sounding like a broken record, the Chiefs bats also started out hot, scoring a run in the first inning. There was a single by Rafael Bautista, a throwing error by Stephenson on an attempt to pick off Bautista, allowing him to advance to second. Then again another throwing error by Stephenson attempting to pick off Bautista from 2nd this time, allowing Bautista to advance to third. Adrian Sanchez then proceeded to hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Bautista, who was only in scoring position because of the two throwing errors by the Bats pitcher.Image result for Syracuse Chiefs vs Louisville Bats

Both teams were shut down until the top of the 4th inning when the Chiefs scored a run in the top of the 4th and the top of the 5th to give them a 3-0 lead. In the 4th inning with 1 out Spencer Kieboom stepped to the plate and crushed a solo home run to left field, his first of the year, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. In the top of the 5th inning, the pitcher Erick Fedde singled to right center, advancing to second on a wild pitch. Erick Fedde then proceeded to steal third base, then scored on again another throwing error to give the Chiefs a 3-0 lead on a solo home run and 3 throwing errors by the Bats pitcher.

Nothing doing for either team as the Chiefs pitching staff was dominate and the bats came alive in the top of the 8th inning to extend the lead for the Chiefs. Adrian Sanchez was hit by a pitch to start the inning, then the next batter, Jose Marmolejos, singled to left field putting runners on the corners with no outs. After a strikeout by Chris Dominguez, Alejandro De Aza hit his 4th double of the year, scoring Sanchez and moving Marmoleos to third. Spencer Kieboom kept the hits going with a single to center, scoring Marmolejos and moving De Aza to third. After a walk to Falu loaded the bases, Michael Almanzar singled to left scoring De Aza, and keeping the bases loaded. Tuffy Gosewisch replaced John Simms and then proceeded to hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Kieboom, giving the Chiefs a 7-0 lead.

The Bats would score one run in the bottom of the 9th inning on a double by Brandom Dixon and a throwing error by Michael Almanzar, but that was all that the Bats would be able to do against the Chiefs on Friday Night.

Final: Chiefs 7 Bats 1
Winning Pitcher: Fedde (1-0, 1.80 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Stephenson (1-2 3.12 ERA)

Saturdays game was not one that the Chiefs pitching staff will be referencing for improvement any time soon. The Chiefs starter, veteran Edwin Jackson couldn’t even make it through the 3rd inning. Jackson gave up 5 runs on 6 hits in 2.2 innings. Jasckon also walked 2 and struck out two. The other 5.1 innings the bullpen held its own. With relievers Jimmy Cordero, Tim Collins, Wander Suero, and Austin L. Adams only giving up 3 more runs on a total of 6 hits and striking out 5 while walking 4.

The Chiefs were already down 3-0 when the Bats scored 2 in the first and 1 in the second, before they finally got on the board. The Chiefs scored a run in the top of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings.
In the top of the 3rd, Bengie Gonzalez doubled to right, then Rafael Bautista tripled to right giving the Chiefs their first run of the game. In the top of the 4th Alejandro De Aza hit his 5th triple of the year to right field. Irving Falu followed the double by grounding out to second advancing De Aza to third. Tuffy Gosewisch then singled to right, scoring De Aza. In the top of the 5th inning Rafael Bautista started the inning by singled to center. Butista then swiped his 3 bag of the season, then advancing to third on a throwing error by the Bats catcher Tony Cruz. Jose Marmolejos then ripped a double to right field allowing Bautista to score easily from 3rd. After the 5th inning the Chiefs had cut the lead to 5-3.

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Syracuse added two runs in the top of the 7th inning to tie the game. Bengie Gonzalez doubled to left to start the inning. After Rafael Bautista laid down a beautiful sacrifice bunt to move Gonzalez over to 3rd with one out Adrian Sanchez came to the plate. Sanchez made sure he was going to tie the game with a long home run, his first of the season, to center field, scoring Gonzalez and knotting the game at 5.

Unfortunately, that was it for the Chiefs scoring. The Bats answered back with 3 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. They then held Syracuse scoreless in the 8th and 9th inning.

The Chiefs look to take 2 out of 3 and another series victory Sunday.

Final: Bats 8 Chiefs 5
Winning Pitcher: Neal (1-0 9.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Suero (0-1 27.00 ERA)
Save: Rainey (1)

The 3rd game down in Louisville featured a pitching duel that pitted the Chief’s Cesar Vargas against the Bats’ Jose Lopez. Once again the Chiefs pitching staff was outstanding. Vargas pitched 6 innings allowing 2 runs on 4 hits while striking out 4, but he also walked 4 as well. The bullpen was equally as effective. David Goforth and Chris Smith pitched a total of 4 scoreless innings allowing only 2 hits and striking out 2 in that span.

The scoring began early for the Bats’. They scored 1 run in the bottom of the 2nd inning despite having the bases loaded. The Bats also scored a run in the bottom of the 6th inning on a single by D.J. Peterson then a triple by Mason Williams. After 6 innings the Bats held a 2-0 lead.

That lead would not hold up with the red hot Syracuse Chiefs’ bats. In the top of the 7th inning the Chiefs had runners on 1st and 2nd by walks to Bengie Gonzalez and Hunter Jones. Rafael Bautista singled to right field to load the bases for the Chiefs with 1 out. Adrian Sanchez struck out to leave the bases loaded, now with two outs. Alejandro De Aza was next to bat and ensured that the Chiefs were not going to squander this bases loaded opportunity. De Aza proceeded to single to right field scoring Gonzalez and Jones, thus tying the game at 2.

The next two innings were a pitching duel, as the rest of the day was. The Chiefs and Bats then headed to extra innings.

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In the top of the 10th inning, Jose Marmolejos was the Chief that started at 2nd base due to the new rule change. Spencer Kieboom was first to bat and proceeded to fly out to center field, but this moved Marmolejos to 3rd with one out. Michael Almanzar then singled to center field scoring Marmolejos giving the Chiefs their first lead of the day. With the way the pitching staff was holding up, this was all the Chiefs needed.

The Chiefs then shut down the Bats in the bottom of the 10th inning to earn yet another series victory and their 10th win of the season. The Chiefs are sitting atop the International League North. They are currently 1.5 games ahead of the Pawtucket Red Sox. The Chiefs are only 1 of two teams with at least 10 wins at this point of the season, the other being the Toledo Mud Hens, who currently have 11 wins.

The next series for the Chiefs starts Monday when they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Indians.

Final/10: Chiefs 3 Bats 2
Winning Pitcher: Smith (1-1 7.11 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Herget (1-1 0.00 ERA)

Salt City Wrap Up vs the Indianapolis Indians

The Chiefs host the Indianapolis Indians for a 3 game set in Syracuse from the 16th to the 18th. The first game of this series ended up getting delayed due to rain/ice in the Syracuse area. This game will be made up as part of a double header on Tuesday April 17.

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On Tuesday April 17th two games were supposed to be played, one at 4pm and the second game was to start 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. With the temperature of the first game around 33 degrees, and wind chills in the mid 20’s, the likely hood of a second game was very low. Thats exactly what happened, game two was delayed until Wednesday due to snow in the forecast.

The delayed first game of this potential 3 game set pitted Syracuse’s Ceasar Vargas against Indianapolis’ Nick Kingham. Once again the Chiefs pitchers did what they have been doing all season, Vargas pitched 5 innings allowing 6 hits, 3 runs (2 of which were earned), along with 1 walk and 3 strikeouts.

The Indians got off to a hot start when they scored 2 runs in the top of the 1st inning. With singles by Kevin Newman and Kevin Kramer, Austin Meadows stepped to the plate and ripped a RBI double to left scoring Newman. When Jose Osuna was at the plate, there was a passed ball by Chiefs catcher Spencer Kieboon, scoring Kramer, giving the Indians the 2-0 lead before the Chiefs even got to the plate.

 

The Chiefs answered back in the bottom of the second inning with a double by Alejandro De Aza, then a RBI double by Spencer Kieboom to cut the lead to 1. After a groundout by Michael Alamanzar, the Chiefs starting pitcher Cesar Vargas helped his own cause, ripping an RBI sing.e to right scoring Kieboom, tying the game at 2.

The Indians scored another run in the top of the 3rd inning on an RBI double by Jose Osuna and in the top of the 6th inning by a triple by Jordan Luplow then a single by Jacob Stallings.

Since this game was supposed to be the first game of a double header, it was only schedule for 7 innings, and the Chiefs did not have time to come back in this one, dropping the game 4-2.

Winning Pitcher: Kingham (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Vargas (0-1)
Save: Hellweg (3)

On Wednesday the Chiefs had their annual Education Day game. The starting time for this potential first game of a double header is set for 10:30 am. Game time temperature was right around 37 degrees.

Austin Voth started the game for the Chiefs and started well not allowing a hit and striking out 4 over 3 innings. Voth attempted to come out for the 4th inning but had to be replaced by David Goforth. Voth was hit on the hand attempting a bunt in the bottom of the 3rd inning. When more information is available, I will be sure to let you Chiefs fans know the status.

The Chiefs started this game hot, despite the cold temperatures with two runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. Rafael Bautista started the Chiefs off with a double to left field. Jose Marmolejos singed on a ground ball to second scoring Bautista. The Chiefs added another run on an RBI single by Chiefs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

The Chiefs continued their scoring in the bottom of the second inning with a RBI double by Adrian Sanchez, scoring Hunter Jones. The Chiefs added another run in the bottom of the 3rd inning on a RBI single by Bengie Gonzalez to right field scoring Michael Almanzar. One more run in the bottom of the 6th inning on a RBI sacrifice fly by Chris Dominguez to center field, scoring Rafael Bautista. That would be all the scoring for the game, giving the Chiefs a 5-0 win.

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The real story came from on the mount Wednesday morning. Even though Austin Voth’s day was cut short, his teammates on the mound picked him up. David Goforth replaced Voth, and pitched 2 innings allowing no hits. Then Tim Collins replaced David Gofoth, allowing no hits to go along with 2 strikeouts and 1 walk. To finish the game off, Austin Adams replaced Tim Collins, allowing no hits, to go along with 2 strikeouts and no walks. The four headed monster that was on the mound for the Chiefs on Wednesday successfully completed the first Chiefs no hitter in nearly 18 years and was only one walk away from a perfect game. The last Chiefs no hitter was completed on June 17, 2000, which was also against the Indians. It was the 17th no hitter in Syracuse history.

Winning Pitcher: Goforth (1-1)
Losing Pitcher: Eppler (1-1)

The Chiefs took the field for the second game of the double header on Wednesday and didn’t skip a beat. The Chiefs sent out left hander Tommy Milone to square off against the Indian’s right hander Alex McRae. McRae never stood a chance against the Chiefs red hot bats, and only lasted 0.2 of an inning giving up 5 earned runs on six hits. Milone on the other hand proved again how well the Chiefs pitchers have been doing this year. Milone went 5 strong innings allowing 3 hits, walking 2, and striking out 5.

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Most of the offense for the Chiefs game in the bottom of the first inning. Rafael Bautista singled to start the game then stole second base. Irving Falu followed Bautista with a single of his own. Jose Marmolejos hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Bautista. Alejandro De Aza singled to left field, scoring all. After a Spencer Kieboom groundout, moving up the runners, Michael Almanazar double to right field scoring De Aza. Bengie Gonzalez was next to the dish and eh singled on a ground ball to the third basemen moving Almanzar to 3rd. The pitcher, Tommy Milone, helped his own cause with a single to center field scoring Almanzar. After that, the Indians changed their pitcher, but the Chiefs were not done yet. After a wild pitch by new pitcher Casey Sadler, Hunter Jones walked to load the bases. Rafael Bautista, in his second at bat of the inning singled to left scoring Gonzalez.

The Chiefs bats were quite until the bottom of the fourth inning. After outs were recorded to Hunter Jones and Rafael Bautista, Irving Falu hit a single to the pitcher. The next batter was Jose Marmolejos, and he destroyed a home run to right field, scoring Falu, giving Chiefs their 7-0 lead.

The Chiefs had a great Wednesday outscoring their opponent 12-0 allowing a grand total of 5 hits over the 14 innings that were played.

After yet another series victory the Chiefs go into their first scheduled day off with an 8-4 record, winning 3 out of 4 series. The Chiefs are, at the time of this writing, sitting atop the International League North. As mentioned, the Chiefs have their first scheduled off day on Thursday before starting a 3 game set at the Louisville Bats Friday night.

Winning Pitcher: Milone (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: McRae (0-2)

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.

The Salt City Roundup: April 9-11, 2018

The Syracuse Chiefs started their second series of the season in Rochester on Monday to take on the Red Wings. This ended up being the Red Wings home opener since mother nature swept their entire first series.

Game one of the series matched Chiefs veteran right hander Edwin Jackson against the Red Wings right hander Aaron Slegers. Both pitchers pitched well with Jackson Going 4 innings allowing 1 earned run on 2 hits along with 3 strike outs, but also had 6 walks. Slegers pitched 6 strong innings allowing 1 earned run on 5 hits with one strikeout and one walk.Image result for andrew stevenson mlb

The Chiefs opened the scoring with a bases loaded walk to Andrew Stevenson in the top of the third inning, scoring Adrian Sanchez.

The Red Wings answered in the bottom of the third inning, with Jake Cave scoring on an Edwin Jackson wild pitch.

The bullpens did exactly what they were supposed to do for the rest of the game.

In the ninth inning, the Chiefs scored on a sacrifice fly by Chris Dominguez to center, scoring Alejandro De Aza. De Aza was only on third in the inning due to a three base error committed by Red Wings center fielder Zach Granite.

The real story coming out of the game in Rochester is that the Nationals number one prospect Victor Robles left the game in the second inning. Robles was diving for a ball in left center field and has appeared to injure his left elbow. The initial x-rays were negative, and he will be in Washington for further evaluation.

Winning Pitcher: Cordero (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Duffey (0-1)
Save: Torres (1)

The second game of the series pitted Syracuse’s Cesar Vargas against Rochester’s Adalberto Mejia. The night did not go well for Mejia. He went only 2 innings before the Red Wings had to go to their bullpen. On the other end, Syracuse’s Vargas went 5 innings allowing 1 hit to go along with 4 strikeouts before giving way to the bullpen.

The Red Wings started with a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 3rd inning on an unearned run due to a sequence of a pass ball moving up the runners then a slow grounder back to the pitcher, Vargas in which he decided to go with the force play at first.

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The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Red Wings until the top of the 7th inning when The Chiefs got runs from Alex Dunlap’s first Triple A hit, scoring Alejandro De Aza. Tyler Jones also placed a well executed bunt down the first base line allowing Irving Falu to score from third and giving the Chiefs a 2-1 lead.

The Red Wings answered in the bottom of the 7th when Gregorio Petit hit an RBI double scoring Nick Buss who had also doubled in the inning.

The Chiefs took the lead for good in the top of the th inning When Alejandro De Aza, the Chiefs left fielder, hit a double to right field allowing Chris Dominguez to score from 3rd.

Another great outing by the Chiefs lifts their record to 3-2 putting them over the .500 mark for the first time since April 2017. The Chiefs look for their first series win and series sweep on Wednesday at Frontier Field.

Winning Pitcher: Simms (2-0)
Losing Pitcher: Busenitz (0-1)
Save: Adams (2)

The Chiefs went into Wednesdays match-up versus the Red Wings looking for their first series sweep in Rochester since 2012, and they accomplished that. The Chiefs had a season high in hits (14) and runs (7) on Wednesday. Also, every Syracuse starter got at least one hit.

The scoring started early for the Chiefs when in the top of the 1st inning Andrew Stevenson and Adrian Sanchez both got hits to put runners on the corners. The two opening inning runs came courtesy of timely hits from Jose Marmolejos and Alejandro De Aza putting the score at 2-0, and the Chiefs never looked back.

The Red Wings did answer with one run of their own in the bottom of the 1st frame when Jake Cave clubbed a home run over the left field wall. Unfortunately for Rochester, thats where their scoring ended.Image result for austin voth

The Chiefs decided to tack on a run in the 3rd, 4th and 5th inning and 2 in the 7th to make the game a 7-1 blowout.

The main take from this game was the pitching from Chiefs starter Austin Voth. Voth ended in with 9 strikeouts over five and two thirds innings allowing 3 hits, 1 walk, and 1 run in that time. This earned Voth his first W on the young 2018 Season.

The bullpen was equally strong for Syracuse, going three and a third innings allowing 0 runs on 1 hit and striking out 3 and walking 1.

The Chiefs ended the first week of the MiLB season strong posting a 4-2 record while not playing a single home game. That will change on Thursday when the Chiefs finally opening the 2018 home season when they take on the Norfolk Tides who are off to a 3-2 start on this young season.

Winning Pitcher: Voth (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Dietrich (0-1)

The Salt City Roundup

Opening day for the Syracuse Chiefs has now come and passed.

The Chiefs started off red hot Friday night to open their season at PNC Park, home of the Scranton Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. The Chiefs scored 4 runs in the 2nd inning, against Chance Adams (Yankees #6 prospect, #76 overall) including a 3 run home run for the left fielder Andrew Stevenson (Nationals #12 prospect). Before the 3 run home run, Irving Falu hit a RBI double to deep right, scoring Spencer Kieboom, for the first run of the night and the Chiefs 2018 season.Related image

The Chiefs added to their lead in the 4th inning when Victor Robles attempted to steal second when there was an errant throw by the RailRiders catcher Kyle Higashioka, allowing Falu to score from third. Unfortunately, after the 4th inning the Chiefs did not score any more runs.

The Chiefs gave the Opening Day nod to 25 year old Austin Voth, and he did what an Opening Day Started is supposed to do. Voth gave the Chiefs 5 innings of work, allowing 3 hits and striking out 6 RailRiders. The only blemish on Voth’s day was a solo home run allowed to Higashioka in the 4th inning.

The rest of the game went smooth for the Chiefs, until the bottom of the 9th. Chief’s reliever Tim Collins allowed a double to Cody Asche, a walk to Kyle Higashioka and Ryan McBroom. After that, his day was done. Manager, Randy Knorr turned to Christopher Smith to attempt to finish out the game. Smith allowed a sacrifice fly to Billy Fleming. Zach Zehner kept the RailRiders rally going with a two out RBI single. Following the Zehner single, Smith served up a 3 run walk off home run to Avelino on a two strike count to win the game for the RailRiders.

Though game one did not go the Chiefs way, there was a lot of promise Victor Robles (#1 Nationals prospect, #6 overall) had a hit in five plate appearance, and also had a stolen base in his Chiefs 2018 debut.

Winning Pitcher: Feyereisen (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Smith (0-1)

The second game of the season started off hot for the Chiefs when they scored 2 runs in the top of the first inning off of RailRiders pitcher Josh Rogers. Rogers was not supposed to get the start Saturday, but the Yankees had called up the slated started Luis Cessa. The first run was scored by Victor Robles by the way of a RBI single hit by Jose Marmolejos. The second run of the night was scored by Marmolejos by the way of a sacrifice fly hit by Chris Dominguez.

The Chiefs would get a great pitching outing by Tommy Milone who went 5.1 innings allowing 7 hits, 3 runs, and striking out 6. The big blow by the RailRiders came in the bottom of the 6th inning when Gleyber Torres (#1 Yankees prospect, #5 overall prospect) hit a 2 run home run to not only tie the game at 3, but also knock out Chiefs pitcher Milone.

The RailRiders could not get Victor Robles out on Saturday. Robles went 4 for 4 with a RBI and 2 runs scored, including the game winning run when he stole second, causing an errant through for the second straight night by RailRiders catcher Kyle Higashioka.

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Winning Pitcher: Simms (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Gomez (0-1)
Save: Adams (1)

The third game of the season, and the final game of the opening series did not go the Chiefs way, even though starting pitcher Erick Fedde pitched a gem of a game. Fedde allowed 4 hits in 5 scoreless innings while striking out two and walking only one. It was an old fashion pitching duel today at PNC Park while the RailRiders starting pitcher went 6 innings allowing two hits with one walk and one strikeout with no runs allowed.

The RailRiders finally broke though in the bottom of the 6th inning when they got hits from Cody Asche, Ryan McBroom, and finally Billy Fleming who had an RBI double to score McBroom for the games first run.

The Chiefs answered back in the top of the 7th inning when Moises Sierra drew a walk off of the RailRiders reliever Giovanny Gallegos. After Sierra drew his walk, he advanced on a wild pitch to put himself into scoring position. Chris Dominguez ripped a line drive single to left scoring Sierra from second. Dominguez got thrown out at second trying to stretch a single to a double.

The bottom of the 8th inning is where the RailRiders did they damage. Mike Ford drew a walk, Ryan McBroom singled, then the Chiefs recorded 2 outs. Then the Chiefs called on reliever Chris Smith to replace Jaron Long. Smith then walked Erik Kratz. Smith threw a wild pitch to then allow Mike Ford to score. Smith then allowed walks to Abiatal Avelino and Sane Robinson. Then Gleyber Torres came to bat and hit a 2 RBI single scoring Kratz and Avelino. That was the end of Chris Smiths night, and Tim Collins came in to finally finish the inning.

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The Chiefs mounted a comeback in the top of the 9th started by a walk by the designated hitter Victor Robles. Andrew Stevenson then got hit by a pitch putting runners on 1st and 2nd with no outs. After a strikeout of Jose Marrmolejos, Moises Sierra singled on a line drive to right scoring Victor Robles. The RailRiders then made a call to their bullpen, calling in veteran reliever Oliver Perez. The first batter Perez faced, Alejandro De Aaa singled to center scoring Stevenson. Chris Dominguez then hit a sacrifice fly to center scoring Sierra. Perez continued to struggle by walking Spence Kieboom putting runners on 1st and 2nd with 2 outs and trailing by one. The RailRiders once again went to their bullpen bringing in J.P. Feyereisen. Feyereisen got Irving Falu to fly out to center to end the game and to end the potential Chiefs comeback.

Winning Pitcher: Carroll (1-0)
Losing Pitcher: Long (0-1)
Save: Feyerisen (1)

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