The Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, dropped the series finale on Monday afternoon, 5-2, to the Rochester Red Wings from NBT Bank Stadium. Rochester pitching was the story of the game as left-hander Scott Diamond threw six innings of two-run ball and right-hander A.J. Achter threw three scoreless innings of one-hit ball.
Rochester (9-8) got on the board in the top of the first inning against left-hander Danny Rosenbaum. Shortstop Danny Santana led off the game with a single to right field and first baseman Chris Parmelee sent the first pitch he saw over the right-field wall to give the Red Wings a 2-0 lead.
Syracuse (7-10) would respond with a run in the bottom of the second against Rochester southpaw Scott Diamond. Outfielder Brian Goodwin continued to stay hot after getting on base four times Sunday with a base hit to right field with two outs. The next batter up, third baseman Brandon Laird, took Diamond's fastball and knocked it over the head of left fielder Chris Rahl, scoring Goodwin and cutting Rochester's lead to 2-1.
The Chiefs would strike again in the bottom of the third inning. Left fielder Eury Perez doubled off the wall in left field. Steven Souza Jr. singled and first baseman Brock Peterson tied the game up at two when he lined a single to center field to score Perez.
The Red Wings retook the lead in the top of the fifth inning off of relief pitcher Christian Garcia, who entered the game after starter Danny Rosenbaum left the game due to injury. Third baseman Doug Bernier hit a leadoff double just out of the reach of a diving Goodwin, and Santana singled on a bunt. Second baseman James Beresford hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Bernier for Rochester. After Parmelee was hit by a pitch, the designated hitter, Wilkin Ramirez, crushed a double off the left-field wall to score Santana to double up Rochester's lead, 4-2.
Rochester would increase its lead in the top of the sixth inning. Farris led off with a single and stole second on the third pitch by Garcia. After a flyout by catcher Eric Fryer to send Farris to third, manager Gene Glynn called for the suicide squeeze with Bernier at the plate. Bernier bunted as Farris broke from home and it worked to perfection, scoring Farris to make the lead 5-2.
Due to the lack of available arms in the Chiefs bullpen, infielder Jose Lozada pitched the ninth inning for Syracuse. Lozada, who has thrown 3.1 innings in his career, threw a scoreless inning, only allowing one hit and forcing two flyouts and a groundout.
Syracuse goes on the road to Louisville for a four-game series against the Bats as part of an eight-game road trip to Louisville and Indianapolis. The Chiefs will send right-hander Blake Treinen and Louisville will send right-hander Chin-Ming Wang to the bump for Tuesday night's game at 6:35.
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