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Chiefs fall 3-1 in rain-shortened Game 204/27/2011 9:16 PM ET
The Syracuse Chiefs (7-13) suffered their first doubleheader sweep of the year Wednesday as the Toledo Mud Hens (9-12) took a 3-1 rain-shortened decision in Game 2 at Alliance Bank Stadium. Heavy rainfall cut the game short just two outs into the sixth inning of a scheduled seven-inning affair. Mud Hens leftfielder Timo Perez powered Toledo's offense with 3 RBI.
Chiefs righty Erik Arnesen (0-1) suffered a loss in his first start for Syracuse this season. He pitched five innings, giving up three earned runs off eight hits and striking out four.
In the first inning, a leadoff single by Mud Hens centerfielder Andy Dirks followed by a Scott Sizemore double put Toledo's first two batters in scoring position. Perez then stepped to the plate and knocked a single past second base to bring both runners home.
Chiefs catcher Jhonatan Solano displayed his speed in the third, scoring from first base on a single by Seth Bynum to pull Syracuse within 3-1. The Chiefs did manage to load the bases on Toledo starter Chris Oxspring with two outs in the fourth, but reliever Fu-Te Ni (3-0) stepped to the mound for the Mud Hens and struck out Corey Brown to end the inning.
By then, the rain had started to come down and the grounds crew brought the tarp out with two outs in the top of the sixth. The game was called at 10:31 p.m.
Toledo had already won Game 1 of the doubleheader 6-2. The two losses push Syracuse's losing streak to four games.