Pawtucket, RI (April 13, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 2-1, Thursday afternoon at McCoy Stadium. Deven Marrero hit a blooper over the head of Clint Robinson in the bottom of the ninth, scoring Matt Dominguez for an unearned run and giving Pawtucket the win.
Joe Ross for the Chiefs and Brian Johnson for the PawSox were both excellent on the mound. Ross threw the best start of the season for Syracuse, allowing just a run on six hits in seven innings. Ross did not walk a batter and struck out six. Johnson was equally good, going six and two-thirds innings, allowing just a run on four hits with only one walk and eight strikeouts.
The game remained scoreless for the first five innings.
Syracuse (1-6) finally started the scoring in the sixth. Rafael Bautista led off with an infield single and reached second on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice bunt. Robinson followed with an RBI single to score Bautista and give the Chiefs the lead.
Pawtucket (5-3) squared the game in the bottom of the sixth. Rusney Castillo continued his great series with his second hit of the game, a single with one out. He moved to second on a groundout, and scored on a Dominguez RBI single, just scoring ahead of a good throw from Bautista in center to tie the score.
The game stayed 1-1 until the ninth. Austin Adams started his second inning out of the bullpen with a ground ball hit by Dominguez to second. Brandon Snyder's throw was low to first and Robinson couldn't catch it, allowing Dominguez to reach second on a two-base throwing error. Adams then struck out Allen Craig and got Bryce Brentz to strikeout. After intentionally walking Junior Lake, Marrero blooped a 3-2 pitch just over the outstretched glove of Robinson behind first, and the ball landed just a few paces fair for a hit, and drive in the game-winning run.
Syracuse hits the road and will travel to Rochester to open a three-game set starting Friday at 1:35 p.m. Jacob Turner is scheduled to start for the Chiefs opposite Nick Tepesch for the Red Wings.
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