De Aza, Chiefs walk-off again

De Aza smacks RBI in ninth for game's lone run

Alejandro de Aza delivered his third walk-off hit of the season on Sunday. (Danny Tripodi)

By Byron Tollefson / Syracuse Chiefs | July 30, 2017 5:18 PM

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Gwinnett Braves, 1-0, on Sunday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium. Alejandro De Aza's RBI single gave Syracuse its second walk-off since Thursday night's win over Louisville. It was De Aza's third walk-off this season.

The pitching duel was highlighted from outstanding performances from both teams' starting pitchers. Jacob Turner took a no-hitter into the sixth inning before allowing a bunt single to Ozzie Albies to lead off the frame. The right-hander wound up tossing six innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball, striking out five in the process. Meanwhile, for Gwinnett, Andrew Albers allowed just six hits in seven innings of no-run work, fanning three. 


It wasn't until the bottom of the ninth when the Chiefs scored the game's lone and deciding run. Neftali Soto led off the frame with a double. Soto has doubled four times total in the last four games. Chad Huffman grounded out to third but Soto moved to third on the play. Spencer Kieboom then singled on a grounder that was deflected off shortstop Dansby Swanson. De Aza, who crushed a walk-off homer against Louisville on Thursday, stepped up to the plate. On a 1-1 pitch, De Aza smacked a liner to right-center, scoring Soto and giving the Chiefs its fourth win in five games.

Jhonatan Solano, Tom Dotterer, Sean McDonough, and Frank Calo were inducted to the Syracuse Baseball Wall of Fame prior to the game. In his final game with the Chiefs, longtime broadcaster Kevin Brown introduced the Class of 2017.

The Chiefs return to action on the road Tuesday night against Pawtucket at 7:05. Both pitchers have yet to be announced for the clubs.

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

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