The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Norfolk Tides, 4-0, on Sunday afternoon from NBT Bank Stadium. Chiefs starter Josh Roenicke collected the win after throwing a career-high six innings of shutout ball.
Syracuse (40-29) struck in the first inning for the fifth straight game. Josh Johnson, Zach Walters, and Steven Souza Jr. all singled off Norfolk left-hander Nick Additon to load the bases with no outs to start the inning. With Tyler Moore up to bat, Additon threw a wild pitch, and Johnson scored for a 1-0 Chiefs lead. Moore then struck out to bring up Brandon Laird with runners on second and third with one out. Laird delivered with a two-RBI double to center field, and Syracuse took a 3-0 lead.
The Chiefs added to their lead in the second. Jeff Howell led off the inning with a double down the left-field line. A Josh Johnson sacrifice bunt allowed Howell to move to third base. Howell then scored on a Walters base hit to left field to extend the Syracuse lead to four.
Roenicke's effort earned him his second win of the season. The right-hander allowed seven hits and struck out three batters.
The Chiefs and the Tides turn around to play a four-game series in Norfolk beginning Monday night. Right-hander Suk-min Yoon will take the mound for the Tides against a Chiefs starter to be announced later. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05.