What a Pitching Performance
After some sloppy defense in the first inning, Brian Wolfe, Mike MacDonald and Davis Romero teamed up to do as good as you could possibly do – retiring the last 26 batters of the game in a 5-3 win at Dunn Tire Park. 26 consecutive outs! One short of a perfect game except there were those pesky three runs beforehand. The Chiefs go for the sweep of the short two game set in Buffalo and head home to start a four game series with Charlotte tomorrow. Full game notes are available here.
Today’s game will air starting at 1:10 on NOVA 105.1 FM with first pitch pushed back 20 minutes due to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame pregame ceremonies.
The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their fourth series of the year. Syracuse swept a four game series in Buffalo April 15-18, Buffalo won two of three in Syracuse May 5th-8th and the Bisons won three of five in a home and home series July 6th-9th. The Chiefs lead the season series 8-5 while Buffalo leads the all-time series 464-395 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In this year’s head to head matchups, Hector Luna has crushed Bisons pitching, going 23-52 with a homer and 9 RBI. Among active Bisons, Jason Cooper leads Buffalo with 2 HR and 9 RBI against Syracuse.
LYDON ONE AWAY
Wayne Lydon needs one more steal to tie Alex Infante for the second most career steals with the Chiefs. Infante stole 92 bases in his Syracuse career from 1984-1989. Lydon would also be the first Chief to steal 40 bases in one season since Eric Yelding swiped 59 bases in 1988. Lydon has been the leading base stealer for the Chiefs each of the last three seasons.. Lydon is the first Chiefs player to have stolen 20 bases three consecutive years.
TWO HITS ALLOWED
Chiefs pitchers had a very strong month of April, holding opponents to only two hits in three separate games, but hadn’t duplicated the feat since until yesterday. The last time Chiefs pitchers allowed just two base knocks was April 29th @ Lehigh Valley.
Brian Wolfe (4), Mike MacDonald (2) and Davis Romero (11) combined for 17 strikeouts in just nine innings–the most by Chiefs pitchers this year passing the previous high of 16 May 25th at Norfolk. The Chiefs did not have any games with more than 15 strikeouts pitching last season. The last time the Chiefs struck out 17 was June 16, 2006 at Toledo in a 16 inning game against the Mud Hens. Syracuse lost the game 2-0 at Fifth Third Field.
ROMERO PERFECT THRU FIVE
The five perfect innings by the Chiefs reliever are the most in the International League since JA Happ fired seven perfect innings against Scranton Wilkes Barre in a continuation of a game July 17th. Romero’s 11 strikeouts tied a career high that he had accomplished twice before–most recently on August 10th, 2005 against Sarasota in six innings of work (allowed four runs, no decision). Romero struck out eight consecutive batters at one point before a Jorge Velandia flyout. Chiefs pitchers retired 26 batters in a row from the first inning through the end of the game.