The Syracuse Chiefs (66-74), the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals fell 4-1 to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a rain-shortened season finale Monday at Alliance Bank Stadium. The teams played into the top of the sixth inning before the rain became too much to play through. With the win, the IronPigs clinched the International League wild card spot.
Lehigh Valley nearly took a lead in the first inning. After Chiefs starter Brad Meyers retired the first two batters, the IronPigs loaded the bases with two singles and a walk. But Meyers got out of the jam when Scott Podsednik flied out to right.
Lehigh Valley starter Nate Bump retired the first six batters he faced before his offense gave him some run support in the third. The IronPigs loaded the bases for the second time in the game against Meyers, and this time, Erik Kratz drove in the run with a sacrifice fly to right.
Syracuse knotted the game up, though, in the bottom of the frame. Corey Brown led off with a double to the gap in right-center. He advanced to third on a Sean Nicol groundout one batter later before Chris Curran's two-out single scored Brown to even the score at 1-1.
But Lehigh Valley broke that tie in the top of the fifth. With Frandsen on first after a one-out single, Brandon Moss lined a single to right field. Jesus Valdez tried to throw out Frandsen at third, but Tug Hulett dropped the throw. As Frandsen tried to go home while the ball rolled away, Hulett was called for interference and Frandsen was awarded the tiebreaking run.
Moss took second on the error by Hulett and made the score 3-1 one batter later when he scored on Kratz' double. Lehigh Valley tacked on one more run against reliever Garrett Mock when the righthander walked in a run.
That was the final at-bat before Chiefs manager Randy Knorr and IronPigs manager Ryne Sandberg met with the umpires and decided to delay the game. After a 30 minute delay, the game was cancelled.
The Chiefs finished the season at fourth place in the International League North. They were 13 games out of first and 11 games out of the wild card.
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