The Syracuse Chiefs split a doubleheader with the Charlotte Knights on Wednesday night at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs dropped the first game, 12-5. They then rallied from a two-run deficit in game two to walk-off on an Andrew Stevenson single, winning 3-2 in extra innings.
Charlotte (26-25) got off to a hot start in game one with a five-run first inning. Jacob May and Nicky Delmonico singled off Austin Voth to lead off the inning. Yoan Moncada then walked to load the bases. Danny Hayes then grounded into a fielder's choice, which resulted in May being thrown out on the force at home. In the next at-bat, Cody Asche knocked in Delmonico and Moncada on a single to right. After Carson Blair singled to center, Rymer Liriano doubled to left, plating Hayes, Asche, and Blair to put the Knights up 5-0.
Syracuse (16-32) struck back in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Clint Robinson doubled to right off Lucas Giolito. Matt Skole then singled to right, scoring Robinson and putting the Chiefs within 5-1.
The Chiefs put together another two-out rally in the bottom of the fourth. After Caleb Ramsey singled to right, Adrian Sanchez doubled to right. Ramsey scored from first to make the game 5-2.
The Knights extended their lead on back-to-back home runs in the top of the fifth. Moncada walked with one out. One batter later, Asche blasted a shot to right for a two-run home run. The next batter, Blair, homered to center to put the Knights up 8-2.
In the bottom of the fifth, Robinson hit his ninth home run of the season on a shot to center. The 32-year-old went 3 for 4 in game one.
With one out in the top of the sixth, Everth Cabrera singled to left and May walked against reliever Michael Broadway. One batter later, Moncada walked as well. Hayes then crushed a grand slam to right, putting Charlotte up 12-3.
The Chiefs retrieved two runs in the bottom of the seventh. Robinson singled to left with one out. Skole then hit his sixth home run of the year on a blast to right-center.
In game two of the doubleheader, the Knights again got on the board first. Following a Hayes walk from starter Dustin Antolin to lead off the second inning, Asche hit a fly-ball double to deep right-center field, allowing Hayes to score from first. Asche pulled into third on the throw to the plate with his fifth RBI of the game. After a Liriano strikeout, Jason Bourgeois' infield single plated Asche and put the Knights up 2-0.
The Chiefs got a run back in the third inning off former Chief Reynaldo Lopez. Ramsey and Sanchez led off the inning with back-to-back singles. After a force out at third on a bunt attempt from Irving Falu and an infield fly from Snyder, Robinson delivered his second RBI of the day on a single to left field, cutting the lead to 2-1.
Snyder led off the sixth inning with a double to deep right-center field. After Robinson grounded out and moved Snyder up to third, a Joey Butler double to the center-field wall scored Snyder and knotted the game at 2-2. In the next at-bat Jhonatan Solano reached second on a throwing error from the third baseman Delmonico, advancing Butler to third in the process. On the next play Stevenson hit a soft ground ball at Charlotte shortstop Jose Vinicio. The Dominican infielder came up firing to home plate and cut down Butler, who would have been the go-ahead run. Lopez then struck out Grant Green to end the inning with the score tied.
Chiefs reliever Rafael Martin then retired the side in order in the top half of the seventh inning, striking out two in the frame. The Chiefs couldn't score in the bottom half of the seventh and the game went to extras.
After another two-strikeout inning from Martin in the top of the eighth, the Chiefs ended game two in the home half. With one out, Butler reached on an infield single to second base. The outfielder then advanced to second on a passed ball by Charlotte catcher Roberto Pena and to third on a groundout from Solano. Stevenson lined a walk-off single into right-center field, plating Butler and lifting the Chiefs to a 3-2 victory.
The Chiefs and Knights finish up a three-game series Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium. A.J. Cole is scheduled to take the mound for Syracuse versus right-hander Tyler Danish for Charlotte.
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