Chiefs, Red Wings Split
Published on August 5, 2017
Story and photo by Tommy Farrell
SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Chiefs split Friday’s doubleheader with the Rochester Red Wings winning the opener 2-1 and dropping the nightcap 3-2. The 14-inning doubleheader, which included a make-up game from April 7, was longer than usual.
In the fourth inning of game two, NBT Bank Stadium experienced severe thunderstorms. The rain delay lasted over an hour and a half, but both games were completed before midnight.
The Chiefs extended their winning streak to five in the first game. Jacob Turner picked up his first win of the season allowing only four hits in six innings pitched. Michael Almanzar reached base successfully in his seventh straight game with a two-out RBI single in the fourth inning.
The Chiefs struck first with a solo home run by Clint Robinson. Robinson, who was the designated hitter, blasted his 17th homer of the season to lead off a two-run inning for the Chiefs.
Almanzar followed Robinson’s homer with an RBI single, scoring Alejandro De Aza. Friday night, De Aza made it 19 hits over his last 13 starts with a single in the second inning.
Those two runs ended up being enough.Turner, with his first win of the season, threw six innings and struck out three in the seven-inning game.
Wander Suero picked up his seventh save of the season relieving Turner in the seventh inning.
The Red Wings had five hits – all from different batters. Their only run came as Anthony Recker fhit into a double play. Dietrich Ennis, who was on the bump for Rochester, gave up seven hits and one home run in six innings.
Both managers were ejected in game one for arguing calls. Chiefs manager Billy Gardner was ejected by home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak in the sixth inning, while Red Wings manager Mike Quade was tossed by first base umpire Ryan Additon in the seventh inning.
Game Two, Part One
It took four innings for a run to score and this time it was the Red Wings who struck first. Second baseman Leonardo Reginatto singled on a ground ball to right field scoring two. Left-handed pitcher Nik Turley held the Chiefs scoreless with only two hits in his three innings pitched.
In the bottom of the fourth inning with two outs and one man on, the rain started coming down and the winds started howling. Soto, the man at bat, dug in with an 0-2 count against him. But within seconds, it was raining sideways with occurrences of lightning. Home plate umpire Ryan Additon threw his hands up and directed everyone off the field. The rain delay lasted one hour and forty three minutes.
“They know how to handle it,” Gardner said. “They’re professionals.”
Game Two, Part Two
The Chiefs came out of the rain delay relaxed and ready to play. Brandon Snyder and Spencer Kieboom hit back-to-back doubles giving Kieboom an RBI. After two 1-2-3 innings for the Chiefs, the Red Wings couldn’t keep the lead in the bottom of the sixth. Center fielder Zach Collier led off the inning with a double that led to a sacrifice fly from first baseman Neftali Soto to tie the game at 2-2.
Rochester answered in the top of the seventh inning by loading the bases early. Catcher Mitch Garver singled, Reginatto doubled, and Adams walked Red Wings shortstop Engelb Vielma. Center fielder J.B. Shuck worked a full count and Chiefs’ Austin Adams walked him, putting the Red Wings up 3-2.
Kieboom led off the bottom of the seventh with a single and then advanced to second on a wild pitch. Gardner had De Aza and Robinson pinch hit back-to-back for Almanzar and Solano.
“It was a left-handed situation,” Gardner said.
De Aza struck out looking and Robinson was intentionally walked. Bengie Gonzalez couldn’t get it done as he struck out for the final out of the game.
The Red Wings ended a five game winning streak for the Chiefs.
Syracuse and Rochester are scheduled to play again Saturday night at 7:05 p.m. The Chiefs will play as the Salt Potatoes for one night only.
Game One Notes
W: Turner (1-3) L: Enns (1-2) S: Suero (7)
ROC: 1 5 0
SYR: 2 7 0
ROC: Goodrum, 1-2, 2B
SYR: Robinson, 1-3, HR, Almanzar 1-2, 1B, RBI
Game Two Notes
W: Reed (1-0) L: Adams (6-2)
ROC: 3 7 0
SYR: 2 6 0
ROC: Reginatto, 2-3, 2B, 2 RBI
SYR: Kieboom, 2-3, 2B, RBI