BY MICHAEL HAMMOND | Minor League Knocks
July 26, 2017 | Syracuse Chiefs 4, Louisville Bats 2 | International League AAA
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Syracuse Chiefs stayed true to their weekly “Winning Wednesday” promotion as they scored four runs in the eighth inning to down the Louisville Bats 4-2 at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse, New York.
With the win, fans could exchange their ticket for a free ticket to any remaining home game, but the win was in doubt for the majority of the game.
Washington Nationals No. 13 prospect, A.J. Cole, started on the bump for the Chiefs and put together a promising performance. He gave up both Bats runs on eight hits, one walk, and six strikeouts through six innings.
Louisville got the scoring going in the third inning with Zach Vincej scoring on a Jesse Winker (Cincinnati Reds No. 6 prospect) double. Chad Wallach added a leadoff homer in the sixth to put the Bats up 2-0, a score that looked like it would be final.
It took the Chiefs nearly two-and-a-half hours into the ballgame to score, but when they did they made it count.
Bengie Gonzalez hit a one-out single in the eighth that was followed by three-straight walks allowing him to score. Neftali Soto hit a sac-fly to bring in pinch-hitter Alejandro De Aza. The game winning RBI came on a Clint Robinson single plating Zach Collier. Irving Falu added the final run by scoring on a wild pitch to put Syracuse up 4-2.
Wander Suero pitched a near perfect ninth—allowing only a single—to earn his sixth save in the International League.
While nearly doubling Syracuse’s hit total, Louisville left eight runners on base and five in scoring position. Their biggest threat came after the Winker double in the third with two runners in scoring position with one out.
With both teams out of International League playoff contention, players will have just over one month to play their way to September call-ups with their respective big league clubs.
Louisville Bats (42-61) 001 001 000 – 2 9 0
Syracuse Chiefs (36-66) 000 000 04X – 4 5 0
7/25 Louisville 4, Syracuse 3 F/7
7/25 Louisville 6, Syracuse 5 F/7
7/26 Syracuse 4, Louisville 2
7/27 Louisville at Syracuse
Louisville Bats (CIN)
#6 Jesse Winker 1/5, 2B, RBI .305/.387/.394, 2 HR, 40 RBI
#18 Phillip Ervin 1/4, SB, K .257/.328/.384, 7 HR, 37 RBI
#12 Tyler Mahle 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, BB, 6 K
#21 Ariel Hernandez 0.1 IP, H, 2 R, 3 BB
While NBT Bank Stadium had the look of a smaller ballpark with nothing behind the outfield fence, it made up for it with two-tier lower seating and upper deck seating to hold up to 11,071 fans. In left center is the video board that contains the stadiums only scoreboard. In center the hitter’s eye is a black tarp that NBT Bank Stadium creatively placed a large speaker behind.
It was Winning Wednesday and the Chiefs win allowed fans to trade in their tickets for a future game.
New Hampshire Fisher Cats at Binghamton Rumble Ponies on July 27.