• Chiefs rally to defeat Indians 8-5

    June 29, 2011 No comments

    All but one of the Chiefs’ starting nine collected a hit, while three relievers held the Indians to just one hit in the final 3.2 innings as Syracuse recovered from an early three-run deficit to defeat Indianapolis 8-5 on Tuesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.

    The loss drops the Tribe back to the .500 mark with a 40-40 record.

    It took just three batters for the Indians to jump ahead for an early 3-0 advantage. RF Anthony Norman led off the game with a ground-rule double to left and then advanced to third on 2B Pedro Ciriaco’s bunt single, before both scored on John Bowker’s sixth home run of the season. Bowker’s blast was also the third in as many games for the left-handed slugger.

    Syracuse would then begin a six-run spurt in a span of three innings with a run in the second, which brought the Chiefs to within two runs. Starting pitcher Craig Stammen started the Chiefs scoring with a RBI single to make it 3-1 ballgame.

    The Chiefs followed the one run second inning by plating three runs in the third to grab their first lead. After a two out walk, C Jesus Flores smacked a RBI double down the left field line to make it a one-run contest. After another two out walk by Tribe starting pitcher Brian Burres, Seth Bynum laced a two-run double to swing the game into Syracuse’s favor.

    Syracuse subsequently scored again in the fourth to take a two run lead when Stammen began with a base hit and 2B Steve Lambardozzi followed with a base hit. A pair of wild pitches allowed Stammen to cross the plate followed by a Chris Marrero run scoring single to right to give the Chiefs a three-run cushion.

    Indianapolis would then strike back with a tally in the fifth and sixth to cut the deficit to one. Matt Hague delivered a RBI single in the fifth and Pedro Ciriaco one inning later narrowed the margin to one when his infield single drove home CF Gorkys Hernandez.

    Any Tribe comeback hopes however would be dashed in the eighth when Syracuse plated a pair of insurance runs on RBI singles from Lombardozzi and 3B Matt Antonelli.

    Both starting pitchers struggled, with Indians starter Burres suffering the loss after giving up six earned runs on eight hits in 3.1 frames, while Syracuse right-hander Craig Stammen earned the win after allowing five earned runs on nine hits in 5.1 frames, though he did strike out nine.

    Relievers from both sides however turned in strong performances, with Indians RHP Chris Leroux surrendering only two hits while striking out four in 3.2 shutout innings, while Syracuse’s trio of Atahualpa Severino and Zech Zinicola and Josh Wilkie were even better and combined for 3.2 frames of one-hit relief with Wilkie closing things out to notch his seventh save of the season.

    Indianapolis and Syracuse will meet again Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. RHP Yuneksy Maya is expected to get the start for the Chiefs, while the Indians have yet to announce their starter.


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