The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Indianapolis Indians on Wednesday night from NBT Bank Stadium. Tony Sanchez homered twice for Indianapolis en route to a 11-2 Indians win.
Syracuse (33-26) got on the board in the second inning. Destin Hood led off the inning with a single. Hood moved to second base on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice bunt. With Sandy Leon up to bat, Jackson made an errant throw to second while trying to pick off Hood. Hood advanced to third base on the Jackson error. Leon then singled to score Hood for a 1-0 Chiefs lead.
Indianapolis (35-24) struck back in the third against Syracuse starter Josh Roenicke. Gregory Polanco singled to lead off the inning. With one out, Chris McGuiness walked to put runners on first and second. Matt Hague then singled, moving McGuiness to second and scoring Polanco to tie the game at one. With two on and one out, Tony Sanchez took a Roenicke fastball over the left-field wall for a three-run home run, and the Indians took a 4-1 lead.
The Indians scored again in the fourth inning. Jackson led off the inning reaching third base on center fielder Steven Souza Jr. Jackson scored on a Polanco base hit to extend Indianapolis' lead to four. Roenicke then walked Robert Andino to put runners on first and second. McGuiness flied out to center, but Polanco advanced to third and Andino to second after both tagged up. Polanco scored on a Hague single to center field for a 6-1 Indians lead. Andino moved to third on the hit, and Hague advanced to second on the throw in from Souza Jr. Daniel Stange then relieved Roenicke, but threw a wild pitch to his first batter, Sanchez, that allowed Andino to score and make it a 7-1 Indianapolis lead.
The Chiefs got a run back in the bottom of the fifth off Indianapoilis right-hander Jay Jackson. With one out, Will Rhymes homered to right field to cut the Indians lead to five, 7-2.
Indianapolis extended its lead in the eighth inning off Chiefs reliever Manny Delcarmen. With two outs and Hague on second base, Sanchez hit his second home run of the game for a 9-2 Indians lead.
The Indians added two more runs in the ninth. With one out, Polanco doubled to left field. Andino then singled, and Polanco moved to third. A McGuiness double scored Polanco and moved Andino to third as Indy took a 10-2 lead. A Hague groundout scored Andino for an 11-2 Indians lead.
Syracuse and Indianapolis continue their four-game series Thursday night. Right-hander Taylor Jordan will take the mound for the Chiefs against Indians left-hander Adam Wilk. First pitch is set for 7:00.