The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Pawtucket Red Sox, 7-6, on Wednesday night at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs trailed 6-4 entering the bottom of the eighth but launched a comeback by scoring three straight runs.
Pawtucket (32-29) struck first in the top of the second. Steve Selsky led off the inning with a single off A.J. Cole to center. Blake Swihart grounded out which moved Selsky over. Brian Bogusevic then hit an infield single on a grounder to short. Selsky moved to third, but a dive by shortstop Wilmer Difo kept the ball in play, potentially preventing Selsky to score. Nevertheless, on the next play, Matt Dominguez brought in Selsky on a sacrifice fly to center.
The Red Sox extended their lead in the top of the fourth. Bryce Brentz began with a double to center. Two batters later, Swihart singled on a pop-up to shallow left, moving Brentz to third. Brentz scored the next play when Bogusevic grounded out to short. Matt Dominguez then singled to center, scoring Swihart.
Syracuse (20-41) scored on a two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. New Chief Alejandro De Aza walked and Andrew Stevenson did as well. Jhonatan Solano singled on a ground ball to center, plating De Aza.
Pawtucket struck back in the top of the fifth. Court walked to lead off the inning. Sam Travis reached first on a fielder's choice. Brentz then homered to right, plating Travis and putting the Red Sox up 5-1.
The Chiefs inched closer in the bottom of the sixth. Clint Robinson started things with a single on a fly ball to right. A passed ball by Blake Swihart permitted Robinson to reach second, before De Aza walked. Then, Stevenson blasted a shot to right-center for a triple, Syracuse's second all season. Robinson and De Aza scored on the play. Three batters later, Difo rocked a one-hop liner against Ty Buttrey to short. It bounced off the glove of Ryan Court and deflected into the outfield, allowing Stevenson to score on the error. The Chiefs were within 5-4.
With two outs in the top of the eighth, Mike Miller hit a ground ball off Erick Fedde for an infield single. Rusney Castillo doubled on a fly ball to left, plating Miller and extending Pawtucket's lead to two. Fedde then struck out Court to end the 24-year-old Triple-A debut.
Syracuse completed the comeback in the bottom of the eighth. Stevenson led off with a ground-ball double down the third-base line. Stevenson advanced on a wild pitch from Buttrey. Solano singled on a liner to right to bring in Stevenson, Solano's second RBI of the game. Kyle Martin replaced Buttrey, but the Chiefs weren't done yet. Difo singled to right to move Solano to second, before Emmanuel Burriss walked.
With the bases loaded, Brandon Snyder stepped to the plate. Snyder rocked a shot off Martin to deep center and off the wall for a double. Solano and Difo scored to give Syracuse the lead.
Wander Suero shut the door for Syracuse in the top of the ninth. Suero struck out two and picked up his first career Triple-A save.
Syracuse returns to action Thursday night at 6:35. Sean O'Sullivan is set to start for the Chiefs while Jalen Beeks will pitch for Pawtucket.
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