Compiled via team press releases:
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA International League): The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Charlotte Knights, 7-4, Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark. The Knights scored four runs in the fourth inning on the way to a third straight win overall against the Chiefs and second straight to open the series. Brian Goodwin had three hits including a home run for Syracuse in the loss.
Charlotte (27-26) started the scoring in the first inning. Tim Anderson led off the game with a hit for the second night in a row, this time off Chiefs starter Taylor Hill. Two batters later, Jason Coats tripled to right field, scoring Anderson. Coats eventually scored on a throwing error on the relay by Jose Lozada to make the score 2-0 Knights.
Jason Bourgeois extended the lead to 3-0 in the second with his second home run of the year leading off the frame.
Syracuse (27-23) got on the board in the fourth inning. Brian Goodwin singled with one out against Anthony Ranaudo. He scored with two outs on Matt Skole‘s double to cut the deficit to 3-1.
But the Knights answered with a four spot in the bottom of the frame, with all the runs scoring with two outs. Nicky Delmonico hit the second Charlotte home run of the night to start the rally and push the score to 4-1. Hill then allowed a single to Leury Garcia and walked Omar Narvaez. Anderson followed with a double, scoring Garcia and chasing Hill from the game. Abel De Los Santos then came out of the bullpen and surrendered a single to Carlos Sanchez, plating two more runs for a 7-1 Knights lead.
The Chiefs rallied for three runs over the last two innings to cut the final deficit to three. Caleb Ramsey singled off Blake Smith to lead off the eighth and scored two batters later on Pedro Severino’s double. Then in the ninth, Goodwin led off the inning with his fifth home run of the year, cutting the score to 7-3. Matt den Dekker followed with a double and Matt Skole singled, putting two runners on and the tying run on deck. Jason Martinson then singled home den Dekker to close the gap to 7-4. But Tommy Kahnle retired three batters in a row from there to end the game.
The Chiefs will try and avoid the sweep Wednesday night at 7:05 p.m. Austin Voth is slated to start for Syracuse opposite Scott Carroll for Charlotte.
Harrisburg Senators (AA Eastern League): The New Hampshire Fisher Cats ambushed the Harrisburg Senators in two big innings to win going away, 10-2, in front of 1,927 fans at FNB Field. The Senators (26-24) reached base safely only once after the third inning as three Fisher Cats relievers blanked the squad.
Both teams got on the board in the first inning as both starting pitchers labored, each throwing 30 pitches. Isaac Ballou broke an 0-for-30 skid with a single up the middle that scored Rafael Bautista from second base to tie the game up at one. Neftali Soto followed with an RBI ground out to give the Senators a 2-1 lead.
Harrisburg pitcher Austen Williams (1-6) settled down until the fourth inning when the Fisher Cats broke through against the right-hander. After tying the game up, New Hampshire loaded the bases and cashed in on a chopper to the drawn in infield. First baseman Shawn Pleffner ranged to his right, but his throw home on the force out attempt pulled Spencer Kieboom off the plate. The ball got away from the catcher and with no one covering home, Ian Parmley scooted home with the second run of the play. But Kieboom then tried to get Shane Opitz advancing to second base with center fielder Bautista covering the bag. Unfortunately the throw sailed into the now vacant center field and two more runs scored to give the Fisher Cats a 6-2 lead.
An inning later New Hampshire touched up reliever Derek Self for another three runs to put the game out of reach. 13-year Major League veteran Matt Belisle worked two innings on a MLB rehab allowing one run on two hits while striking out one. Gilberto Mendez tossed two shutout innings to finish the game for Harrisburg.
Harrisburg was held to just six hits on the evening as 17 batters were set down in order until Chris Bostick singled in the ninth inning. Only two batters, Ballou and Bostick, recorded multi-hit games for the Senators.
The Senators continue their mid-week series against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Wednesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Harrisburg will send Jaron Long to the mound to face off against Jeremy Gabryszwski.
Potomac Nationals (High-A Carolina League): OFF. The P-Nats will travel to Frederick to take on the Keys at 7.
Hagerstown Suns (Low-A South Atlantic): The Suns beat Asheville last night 3-2.