The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped a 10-inning game to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 3-2, on Monday night. Pawtucket won in walkoff fashion when Justin Henry scored after back-to-back wild pitches from Chiefs right-hander Daniel Stange.
Henry started the 10th-inning rally with a one-out walk against Stange. The Pawtucket center fielder then stole second base during a strikeout of Christian Vazquez. After an intentional walk to former Chiefs outfielder Corey Brown, Stange uncorked back-to-back wild pitches while facing first baseman Brandon Snyder, with Henry advancing to third and subsequently scoring on the next pitch to end the game.
In the fourth inning, Pawtucket (3-2) started a rally against right-hander Blake Treinen when Vazquez reached on a fielding error by second baseman Emmanuel Burriss. Brown followed with a double to right field, moving runners to second and third base with no outs. Snyder followed with a bloop single to center field, scoring Vazquez for a 1-0 lead. After a Bryce Brentz double-play groundout, Brown crossed from third base on an RBI single by third baseman Garin Cecchini to double the Red Sox lead.
Those unearned runs were the only blemish against Treinen in his Triple-A debut. The right-hander tossed five innings and allowed just three hits and two walks, striking out four. He threw 45 strikes out of 68 total pitches.
Syracuse (1-3) grabbed an unearned run back in the top of the sixth against left-hander Chris Hernandez. With one out, Steven Souza, Jr. advanced to second base on a missed catch error by brown in right field. Two batters later, Zach Walters reached on an error by shortstop Heiker Meneses, with Souza advancing to third base. Catcher Jhonatan Solano followed by driving an RBI single to center field, scoring Souza to cut the lead to 2-1. Brian Goodwin kept the rally alive with a single to left field, loading the bases and forcing Hernandez out of the game in favor of Alex Wilson. With the bases loaded and two outs, third baseman Brandon Laird smashed a ground ball to the left side against Wilson, but Cecchini made a diving stop at third base and completed the play with a throw to first base, ending the inning on a groundout.
In the eighth inning, the Chiefs rallied against left-hander Rich Hill. With two outs, Solano's single and Goodwin's walk put a pair of runners aboard and forcing Hill from the game. After a Brayan Villarreal wild pitch advanced each runner a base, Laird worked a full-count walk to load the bases for Burriss. Villarreal then uncorked a second wild pitch on a 1-2 delivery to Burriss, scoring Solano to tie the game at two, before striking out Burriss to end the inning.
The Chiefs and Red Sox resume their series with the second of a three-game set on Tuesday night at 6:15. Right-hander Omar Poveda is slated to make his Syracuse debut against Pawtucket right-hander Allen Webster.