Pawtucket, RI (April 11, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-4, Tuesday night at McCoy Stadium. Brandon Snyder drove in two runs to give the Chiefs the lead in the fifth, but the PawSox answered with three in the bottom of the inning to earn the win.
Pawtucket (3-3) began the scoring on a first-inning home run for the second night in a row. Blake Swihart homered with one out off A.J. Cole to give the PawSox a 1-0 lead.
Syracuse (1-4) immedietly answered in the next half inning, also for the second night in a row. Matt Skole walked with one out against Hector Velazquez, followed by a Pedro Severino single. Grant Green then grounded to first base. Sam Travis fielded, but his throw to second to try and start the double play was wide and went into left field, allowing Skole to score on the error and tie the game.
The Chiefs grabbed another run in the third. Rafael Bautista walked with one out and stole second base. Bautista scored on a Clint Robinson single to give Syracuse the lead.
The PawSox tied the game in the bottom of the inning. Jantzen Witte walked with one out, reached second on Rusney Castillo's single, and scored on an RBI single by Swihart to again square the game.
The fifth inning proved decisive. First for the Chiefs, Irving Falu and Bautista singled back-to-back. After a strikeout, the PawSox turned to Edgar Olmos out of the bullpen. Olmos walked Robinson, and Snyder singled home two runs to give the Chiefs a two-run lead. Olmos then walked Skole, but struck out Severino with the bases loaded to keep the lead at two.
The lead would be short lived. In the bottom of the fifth, Junior Lake and Witte each walked to start the frame. Syracuse turned to Dustin Antolin out of the bullpen, who allowed an RBI double to Castillo to cut the lead to one. Swihart followed with a sacrifice fly to tie the game, his third RBI on the day. Then after a walk, Matt Dominguez broke the tie with a single to give the PawSox the eventual final margin of 5-4.
The Chiefs and PawSox return to McCoy Stadium Thursday afternoon for a 4:05 p.m. start. Matt Grace will start for Syracuse opposite Shawn Haviland for Pawtucket.
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