By Michael Marzzacco
From staff and wire reports:
SYRACUSE (AAA International League):
The Syracuse Chiefs collected their fifth consecutive victory on Saturday afternoon in a 9-4 victory over the Norfolk Tides. Every Chiefs position player picked up at least one hit in the game, with Caleb Ramsey leading the way with a pair of doubles and two RBIs.
Norfolk (5-10) got things going right away in the first inning. Designated hitter Henry Urrutia led off the first inning with a double down the left-field line off of Syracuse (7-7) starter Taylor Hill. He came in to score four batters later when second baseman Robert Andino singled to right field, putting Norfolk up 1-0.
The Chiefs responded in the bottom half of the inning. Center fielder Brian Goodwin started the rally with a walk from Norfolk starter Tyler Wilson. He stole second in the next at-bat where first baseman Clint Robinson singled to center field, but Goodwin was thrown out at home. After a Brandon Snyder single and a Matt Skole walk loaded the bases, Robinson scored on a wild pitch from Wilson, tying the game at one run apiece.
Syracuse fell victim to another play at the plate in the bottom of the second inning as Ramsey tried to score on an infield hit from Irving Falu, but third baseman Drew Dosch threw Ramsey out at home. The Chiefs, however, made up for it later in the inning. Rafael Bautista singled into right field, advancing Falu to third on the play. The next at-bat saw Goodwin double off the glove of Norfolk left fielder Michael Choice, which scored both Falu and Bautista, putting the Chiefs up by two. In the next at-bat, Robinson collected his second hit of the game on a single to center field, as Goodwin came in to score from second base, putting Syracuse up 4-1.
Norfolk cut the lead to just two in the top of the third inning. After Hill retired the first two Tides of the inning, Robert Andino singled deep in the shortstop hole and came in to score on the next play, a deep fly-ball double from Chance Sisco.
Zach Stewart came in to relieve Wilson in the bottom of the fifth inning and the right-hander quickly lost control. After retiring Goodwin to start the inning, Stewart walked Robinson, hit Snyder with a pitch, and allowed a single to Skole, loading the bases for the Chiefs. The Tides reliever then plunked Jhonatan Solano to bring in Robinson from third. With the bases still loaded, Ramsey roped his second double of the day over the head of the right fielder Alvarez, scoring another pair of runs and putting Syracuse up 7-2.
The Tides slashed the lead in half in the top of the seventh. Dosch singled to center field off of Chiefs reliever Mike Broadway, plating Paul Janish. Neal Cotts came in to relieve Broadway and gave up a sacrifice fly to Robert Andino, scoring Urrutia, making the score 7-4 in favor of the Chiefs.
The Chiefs weren’t done either, though. In the bottom half of the inning, Solano and Ramsey singled off of Damien Magnifico. A batter later, Sanchez signled to right field and an Alvarez fielding error plated Solano and moved Ramsey to second. Next, Falu singled to center as Ramsey came around to score and put Syracuse up 9-4.
The Chiefs and Tides finish up their three-game set on Sunday afternoon at 1:05. A.J. Cole is set to take the mound for Syracuse opposite Gabriel Ynoa for Norfolk.
HARRISBURG (AA Eastern): Drew Ward hit a run-scoring single in the first inning, leading the Harrisburg Senators to a 3-1 win over the Bowie Baysox on Saturday.
Wander Suero got D.J. Stewart to fly out with runners on first and second to end the game for his second save of the season.
The single by Ward, part of a two-run inning, gave the Senators a 1-0 lead before Alec Keller scored on a double play later in the inning.
After Harrisburg added a run in the second on a home run by Zach Collier, the Baysox cut into the deficit in the third inning when Stewart hit an RBI double, bringing home Glynn Davis.
Harrisburg right-hander Mark Blackmar (2-1) picked up the win after allowing one run on six hits over five innings. Opposing starter Chris Tillman (0-1) took the loss in the Eastern League game after allowing three runs and five hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Stewart doubled twice and singled, also stealing a base for the Baysox. Audry Perez doubled and singled twice.
POTOMAC (High-A Carolina League): Heavy rain throughout the day has postponed Saturday night’s matchup between the Potomac Nationals (8-7) and Lynchburg Hillcats (8-7) at Calvin Falwell Field.
The postponed game will be made up at a TBD date.
In what will now be the series finale Sunday afternoon, the P-Nats and Hillcats will meet at 2:00pm on Sunday afternoon.
HAGERSTOWN (Low-A South Atlantic): Due to continuing rain throughout Saturday afternoon, the Hagerstown Suns and Delmarva Shorebirds are postponing their game until Sunday at 2:05 p.m.
The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sunday with the series finale following 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first game. Both games are scheduled for seven innings each.
Fans holding tickets for Saturday’s game may exchange those tickets at the Municipal Stadium box office for any other Suns regular season home game in 2017.