The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, lost a rain-shortened, 4-2 affair to the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field. The game was called with two outs and the Chiefs batting in the top of the sixth inning.
Syracuse (36-27) grabbed the game's first run against right-hander Liam Hendriks in the second inning. With one out, Destin Hood lined a triple to right field. Catcher Jhonatan Solano followed with a ground-ball single to right through a drawn-in infield, giving the Chiefs a 1-0 lead. The RBI was Solano's team-high 34th.
Buffalo (30-30) retaliated with a pair of solo homers in the fourth inning. Left fielder Brad Glenn started the frame with a home run to center field against Taylor Hill. Three batters later, catcher Mike Nickeas launched a breaking ball over the left-field fence, giving the Bisons a 2-1 lead.
The Bisons grabbed two more runs in the fifth. Jared Goedert singled to start the inning, and Dan Johnson followed with a double. Two batters later, designated hitter A.J. Jimenez singled into left field, scoring Goedert for a 3-1 lead. After an out, Nickeas followed with a single to center field off the glove of shortstop Emmanuel Burriss, driving in Johnson for a 4-1 advantage.
Syracuse rallied in the rain in the top of the sixth inning. Brock Peterson and Hood started the inning with singles, though Hendriks then induced a double-play groundout from Solano. Center fielder Brian Goodwin followed with an infield single, scoring Peterson and slicing the lead to 4-2. However, the grounds crew immediately tarped the field after the run scored.
The Chiefs and Bisons will move their four-game set to Syracuse on Monday night at 7:00. Syracuse right-hander Josh Roenicke and Buffalo right-hander Radhames Liz are the scheduled starters.