Chiefs drop Saturday night affair, 9-3

Ross returns to Syracuse rotation, allows seven runs in five

Brian Goodwin hit his second home run of the season Saturday night. (Danny Tripodi)

By Eric Gallanty / Syracuse Chiefs | May 6, 2017 8:03 PM

Moosic, PA (May 6, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the second game of a three-game series to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 9-3, Saturday evening at PNC Field. Brian Goodwin and Brandon Snyder each homered for the Chiefs, but Syracuse fell for ninth time in its last 10 games. 

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (15-12) started the scoring with three runs against Joe Ross in the bottom of the first. Dustin Fowler tripled with one out to right field, followed by a Clint Frazier sacrifice fly for a 1-0 lead. Ji-Man Choi then doubled and Ruben Tejada hit his first of two home runs for a 3-0 advantage.

Syracuse (9-16) got on the board in the third. Goodwin hit his second home run of the season, to left-center field off Bryan Mitchell, to trim the score to 3-1. 

The RailRiders added another run in the bottom of the third. Frazier singled to right-center field, and moved to second on an error on Caleb Ramsey. Choi then doubled for the second time, scoring Frazier for a 4-1 lead.

Frazier again started a RailRiders rally in the fifth. He doubled against Ross with one out and moved to third on a wild pitch. After an intentional walk to Choi, Frazier darted home with Tejada up on another wild pitch, and slide in just ahead of the tag of Pedro Severino to extend the lead to 5-1. Tejada followed with his second homer of the night, clearing the bullpen fence in left for a 7-1 Scranton lead.

Ross went five innings for the Chiefs, allowing eight hits and seven runs. Ross walked two and stuck out four, throwing 88 pitches in his first game back in the Syracuse rotation.

Snyder added two Chiefs runs in the sixth on his team-leading fifth home run of the season, this one off Luis Cessa over the right field fence. The two-run shot made the score 7-3.

But the RailRiders again answered right back in the bottom of the inning. Tyler Wade tripled with one out against Mike Broadway, and scored on Fowler's single. 

In the seventh, Scranton loaded the bases against Austin Adams on two walks and a single. With two outs, Wade hit a dribbler in front of the mound. Adams fielded and flipped home, but Mason Williams beat Severino to the plate for a 9-3 RailRiders lead.

The Chiefs and RailRiders will play the final game of the weekend series Sunday at 1:05 p.m. Greg Ross is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite Chad Green for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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