Lawrenceville, GA (May 29, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs fell to the Gwinnett Braves, 4-3, in ten innings Monday afternoon at Coolray Field. Clint Robinson hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth inning to tie the game, but the Braves rallied in the bottom of the tenth, and Lane Adams hit a line drive over the head of right fielder Brandon Snyder to score the game-winning run and give the Braves a series sweep.
Gwinnett (27-22) started the scoring in the first inning against Greg Ross. Ozzie Albies singled and moved to second on a wild pitch that hit off the glove of Pedro Severino. Albies scored two batters later on Adonis Garcia's double for a 1-0 lead.
Syracuse (15-31) tied the game in the top of the third. Snyder, Ryan Raburn and Robinson all singled with two outs against Patrick Weigel, with Robinson's driving in Snyder. Robinson now has RBIs in four straight starts, and including his RBI in the ninth finished with ten on the road trip.
But the Braves answered right back in the bottom of the third. Weigel singled to start the inning and moved to second on another wild pitch, another fastball that nicked off Severino's mitt. Albies dropped a sacrifice bunt to move Weigel to third and Weigel scored on Johan Camargo's sacrifice fly for a 2-1 lead.
Ross helped his own cause in the sixth. First Grant Green singled and was replaced at first by Andrew Stevenson after a fielder's choice. Irving Falu singled up the middle to put two runners on with two outs. The Braves turned to Akeel Morris out of the bullpen, and Ross singled to right field to drive in Stevenson and tie the game.
The game remained tied until the bottom of the seventh. Xavier Avery singed to lead off the inning and pinch hitter Matt Tuiasosopo walked. After Albies flied out to center to move Avery to third, Camargo hit a sharp grounder to first. The ball hit off Robinson's glove and knocked up in the air. Robinson was able to get the out at first, but Avery scored and the Braves took a 3-2 lead.
The Chiefs rallied to tie the game in the top of the ninth against Rhiner Cruz. Cruz walked pinch hitter Caleb Ramsey to start the inning, and Brandon Snyder singled two batters later. Cruz hit Raburn with a pitch to load the bases, and Robinson hit his sacrifice fly to deep left to tie the game.
The game held at 3-3 until the tenth. In his second inning out of the bullpen, Neal Cotts allowed a double by Camargo and single by Garcia. The Chiefs intentionally walked Mel Rojas, Jr., and then turned to Rafael Martin out of the bullpen. Adams lined a 2-2 pitch to right field, over the head of the drawn-in outfield for a walk-off win for the Braves.
Syracuse finished its final South Division road trip of the season at 2-5 after the sweep by the Braves. The Chiefs open a six-game homestand Tuesday night with a three-game series against the Charlotte Knights. Austin Voth is scheduled to start for the Chiefs in the opener Tuesday night at 6:35 p.m. opposite former Chief, Lucas Giolito for the Knights.
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