Syracuse, NY (August 2, 2018) - The Syracuse Chiefs twice rallied from deficits in extra innings, eventually beating the Pawtucket Red Sox, 5-4, in 12 innings Thursday night at NBT Bank Stadium in front of an electric crowd of 5,562. It marks the Chiefs' third extra inning game in the last eight contests, combining for 13 total extra innings over those three games, including seven in the four-game series against the PawSox.
The game entered the 12th inning tied, 4-4. Bengie Gonzalez threw a 1-2-3 top of the 12th, the infielder's third time pitching in the series, eventually earning his second win.
Syracuse (46-64) won the game in the bottom of the 12th. Andrew Stevenson started the frame at second base, per the new extra innings rule implemented before the start of this season. Matt Reynolds crushed a ball to center field for a double, putting runners on second and third. Yadiel Hernandez was intentionally walked to load the bases, and then Pedro Severino followed with a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Stevenson as Syracuse won the game, 5-4.
The Chiefs struck first in the bottom of the second inning. Hernandez led off with a walk. Severino followed with a single to put runners at first and second base. José Marmolejos then singled into left field, scoring Hernandez for a 1-0 Chiefs lead. Severino moved to third base on the throw home, so Syracuse had runners on first and third for Irving Falu. Falu hit a sacrifice fly to right field, bringing home Severino to give Syracuse a 2-0 advantage.
Pawtucket (49-59) scored its lone run in the top of the fifth. Sam Travis reached base on an error to lead off the frame. Aneury Tavarez then grounded out to second, but Travis advanced to second base on the play. After Mike Miller struck out, Cole Sturgeon doubled to center field to score Travis and cut the Syracuse lead to one, 2-1.
That unearned run was the only run allowed by Chiefs starting pitcher Brady Dragmire. The 25-year-old struck out six batters in five innings while allowing just three hits and no walks. Dragmire left the game with no outs in the top of the sixth inning after a line drive hit at him struck his leg. Syracuse reliever Austen Williams made his Triple-A season debut, pitching three scoreless innings while not allowing a hit and striking out five batters.
The Red Sox tied the game in the ninth. With two outs, Brandon Phillips worked a walk. Travis then singled, moving Phillips to second. Tavarez followed with a base hit to center field, plating Phillips to knot the game up, 2-2, and force extra innings.
Pawtucket took its first lead of the game in the top of the tenth. Mike Miller began the inning at second base. Miller moved to third base on a Sturgeon sacrifice bunt. Óscar Hernández followed with a single to left field, scoring Miller to give the Red Sox a 3-2 lead.
Syracuse tied the game in the bottom of the tenth. Andrew Stevenson started the inning at second base. Matt Reynolds fell behind in the count, 0-2, but took the third pitch to the left-center-field gap for a double that brought home Stevenson, tying the game, 3-3.
The Red Sox regained the lead in the top of the 11th. Tony Renda was the runner at second for Pawtucket. Rusney Castillo led off with a single putting runners on the corners. After Phillips flied out to right field, Travis grounded a ball to third base, and Renda beat the throw home to put Pawtucket up, 4-3.
The Chiefs retied the game with a run in the bottom of the 11th. Falu started at second base. With one out, Falu moved to third base on a Gonzalez groundout. Victor Robles followed with a single up the middle into center field, scoring Falu, knotting the game, 4-4.
Syracuse now heads on the road for three games at Lehigh Valley this weekend, beginning on Friday night. RHP Phillips Valdez will be on the mound for the Chiefs opposite LHP Enyel De Los Santos for the IronPigs. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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