Today In Chiefsville: April 21st, 2016

Game #14 – Syracuse Chiefs (6-7) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (7-6)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

Pregame 12:50 p.m. // First Pitch 1:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP A.J. Cole (0-0, 2.57) vs. LHP Adam Morgan (0-1, 4.22)


Today’s Lineup:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Check Back Later For Today’s Interview


Roster Moves:

OF Isaac Ballou promoted from Double-A Harrisburg
OF Kevin Keyes promoted from Double-A Harrisburg
RHP Abel De Los Santos promoted from Double-A Harrisburg
RHP Taylor Jordan placed on Disabled List
OF Tony Campana placed on Disabled List
IF Nate Freiman released by Washington

Today’s Headlines:

Leading the Way: Through the first 13 games of the season, three Chiefs hitters have stood above the rest. Caleb Ramsey, Trea Turner, and Brian Goodwin have combined to start the year 52 for 128, good enough for a .406 average.

Multi-Hit Caleb: Caleb Ramsey doubled in the sixth inning of game two. Though his hit streak was snapped after pinch-hitting in game one, Ramsey is 12 for his last 22 (.545) in his previous seven games, propelling him to the league’s second best season-average at .457. Ramsey is also second in the I.L. in on-base percentage (.513) and is tied for fifth in slugging percentage (.571),

Good Life: Not to be outdone, Brian Goodwin extended his hitting streak to nine with hits in both contests last night. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 16 hits in his first 43 at-bats, good enough for the seventh-best average in the I.L. (.372). Goodwin has hits in 11 of 12 games and has reached base in all 12 he’s played.

Trea Bien: After a one for 15 stretch over his three previous games, Turner combined for five hits in eight at- bats in yesterday’s doubleheader, raising his season average back to .400. The I.L. Batter of the Week for April 11-17, Turner is first in the league in runs scored and stolen bases, second in hits, fourth on on-base percentage and walks, and fifth in average.

Starting Right: The Chiefs’ starters continue to impress after two solid outings last night. Paolo Espino recorded a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER), and Aaron Laffey did not allow a run in his three-inning spot start. In 13 starts this year, the Chiefs’ starter has left the game with more than two earned runs allowed just twice. As a staff, the Chiefs are second in the I.L. with a 2.51 ERA.

Roster Roulette: After not having a roster move for a staggering 10 days, the Chiefs shuffled six pieces on the board today. Syracuse added former Chiefs Kevin Keyes and Isaac Ballou and new Chief Abel De Los Santos. Keyes played 76 games with Syracuse last year, holding a .256 average. Though only with Syracuse briefly last year, Ballou made a big impact with a walkoff hit in the season’s third-to-last game. De Los Santos spent the majority of last season with Harrisburg. In addition, Taylor Jordan and Tony Campana were placed on the DL, and Nate Freiman was released.

Today in Chiefsville: April 20, 2016 – A Word on Pearl

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Austin Voth will not have a major impact in either of the Chiefs doubleheader games today as he is not scheduled to throw. But the number on his back as he watches from the dugout will have as much significance as anything around this city for the foreseeable future.

Voth of course wears #31 this year with the Chiefs, the same number that hangs from the roof of the Carrier Dome a few miles up the road. It was a number worn by the great Dwayne ‘Pearl’ Washington as he starred for the Syracuse Orangemen. Who knows where Syracuse basketball would be if not for the legacy Pearl left on the SU hill.

There really aren’t that many legends. I think everyone knew the legend of Pearl. – Jim Boeheim

Kevin and I are both SU alums, as are so many of the folks who come out to Chiefs games. There are so many fans of the Orange around this town. The whole sports community of this town is always connected. Success of sports on the hill helps the other teams downtown, on the Northside and beyond. There is no program bigger than SU basketball and arguably no one had a great impact on that program than Pearl.

Sports are great because they let us forget our problems and fears and live in this wonderful alternate reality, even if just for a little while. It gives us hope and brings us incredible joy. But there are days where the real world can’t help but intersect with that sports world. And today is one of those days for any team that is lucky enough to call this town home.

Pearl Washington passed away this morning at age 52.

We’ll be thinking of #31 today.


Games #12+#13 – Syracuse Chiefs (6-5) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-6)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

Pregame 4:20 p.m. // First Pitch (Gm 1) 4:35 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

Game 1: RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, 3.60) vs. RHP Jake Thompson (0-2, 6.75)

Game 2: LHP Aaron Laffey (1-0, 1.50) vs. RHP Reinier Roibal (0-0, 8.31)


Game One Lineup:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Sammy Solis


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Multi-Hit Caleb: Caleb Ramsey reached base twice yesterday with a single and a walk, his ninth-straight game with a hit. Ramsey is 11 for his last 18 (.611) in his previous five games propelling him to the league’s best average at .484. Ramsey also leads the I.L. in on-base percentage (.543) and is fifth in slugging percentage (.581),

Good Life: Not to be outdone, Brian Goodwin extended his hitting streak to seven with an RBI single in the first inning last night. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 13 hits in his first 36 at-bats, good enough for the seventh-best average in the I.L. (.361). Goodwin has hits in nine of ten games, and has reached base in all ten contests he’s played.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: The final result of the first 11 Chiefs games of the year has had a lot to do with what happens in the first inning. In 10 of the 11 games, there has been at least one run scored in the first inning, totaling 15 runs. That equals more than a quarter of all the runs scored in Chiefs games this year (25.4%). Syracuse is 5-1 this year when scoring in the first inning, and 0-5 when allowing a first-inning run.

Better Get Them Early: Syracuse’s first-inning dominance continued last night. The Chiefs tallied three hits, four base runners, and two runs in the first inning off David Buchanan. The Chiefs have now scored nine runs in the first inning, 30% of their total runs on the season. Syracuse holds an impressive .420 first-inning on-base percentage for the year.

Power Pen: Matt Grace, Sammy Solis, and Rafael Martin combined for four and one-third shutout innings out of the Chiefs bullpen last night to help Syracuse to a 3-2 win. The ‘pen has been excellent all year, allowing just eight earned runs in 40 innings pitched (1.80 ERA). Perhaps most impressive has been Solis, who has tallied a team-high 12 strikeouts in just seven innings pitched.

Starting Right: While the bullpen has been great, the Chiefs starting rotation has enjoyed success to start 2016 as well. In 11 starts, only one time has the Chiefs’ starter left the game with more than two earned runs allowed. As a staff, the Chiefs are second in the I.L. with a 2.11 team ERA (Toledo 2.10).

Today in Chiefsville: April 19th, 2016 – Playing Through The IronRail

Courtesy Wikipedia

Pig Iron (Courtesy Wikipedia)

Allentown has had Triple-A baseball for less than a decade, but its team’s name is steeped in tradition.

“But what exactly is an IronPig? Well, nothing really. Not even, unfortunately, a snarling, steely pig like the logo suggests. The name is an intentional butchering of “pig iron,” which is the raw iron that gets melted down to make steel. The term refers to the rows of ingots on the conveyor belt all attached to a single runner, which was thought to look like a litter of suckling piglets. Over the course of the 19th century, iron production grew to be the Valley’s leading industry, helping drive the country’s railroad and skyscraper construction.” – MentalFloss.com

Three years ago, the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre changed their franchise’s nickname to RailRiders, paying homage to the first trolly system in America, created in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Two teams who pay heritage to the strong former industrial industries that represent their areas.

RailRiders.com

RailRiders.com

This is the fourth season that S/WB and Lehigh Valley will play for the IronRail, a trophy created for the winner of the season series between the two Pennsylvania Triple-A clubs. And the Chiefs are in a long stretch of games against the two IronRail clubs, with 12-straight games against either the IronPigs or RailRiders.  So far its been a group of games with a lot of Chiefs baserunners. Now Syracuse will try and tally a few more hits with runners in scoring position. One more tonight in Lehigh Valley before a doubleheader tomorrow with the Pigs back in Syracuse. Talk to you tonight from the Valley of Pig Iron.


Game #11 – Syracuse Chiefs (5-5) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (5-5)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Pregame 6:50 p.m. // First Pitch 7:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Jordan (0-0, 0.82) vs. RHP David Buchanan (0-0, 5.40)


Today’s Lineup:

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Pregame Sound:

ICYMI – Conversation with I.L. Batter of the Week Trea Turner

Yesterday’s Highlights

Yesterday’s BlueRock Energy Turning Point of the Game

Today’s Interview


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Multi-Hit Caleb: Caleb Ramsey put together his fourth-straight multi-hit game yesterday, and now has hits in all eight games he’s played this season. Ramsey is 10 for his last 15 in his previous four games with two three-hit affairs, raising his season average from .308 to .500, and giving him the league’s best average. Ramsey was second on the Chiefs last year with 26 multi-hit games, including four three-hit games and a team high three four-hit games.

Good Life: Not to be outdone, Brian Goodwin extended his hitting streak to six with a third-inning double last night. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 12 hits in his first 35 at-bats. Goodwin has hits in eight of nine games, and has reached base in all nine contests. He sits sixth in the I.L. in batting average entering play today.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: The final result of the first 10 Chiefs games of the year has had a lot to do with what happens in the first inning. In nine of the 10 games, there has been at least one run scored in the first inning, totaling 13 runs. That equals nearly a quarter of all the runs scored in Chiefs games this year (24%). Syracuse is 4-1 this year when scoring in the first inning, and 0-5 when allowing a first-inning run.

LOB City: Syracuse left nine runners on base yesterday, its seventh straight game with at least seven runners left on base. The Chiefs have left 74 on base in those seven games. Syracuse is 17 for its last 85 (.200) with runners in scoring position.

Hit Patrol: The Chiefs tallied eight more hits yesterday, continuing to raise their team average. Syracuse has combined for 33 hits the last three days, raising its season average from 11th-best to fifth-best in the I.L. The Chiefs remain third in the I.L. in OBP (.345), though they’re left the third-most runners on base (87).

Air Jordan: Taylor Jordan take the ball for his third start of the season, and will again throw on regular rest, a position he has thrived in the last season plus. Since the start of 2015, in 14 starts on regular rest (4 or 5 days), Jordan holds a 1.20 ERA (11 ER/82.1 IP). Conversely, on starts of odd rest (<5 days, MLB promotion, etc.), Jordan’s ERA is 6.89 (24 ER/30.1 IP).

Today in Chiefsville: April 17th, 2016 – Trea Bien

If you get a chance to watch Trea Turner play, as we have been lucky enough to, it doesn’t take long to see how good he is and how good he could be. Trea has been simply incredible to start this season with Syracuse. Another three-hit game yesterday including his first home run, three RBIs and three runs scored. Here’s how Turner stacks up in the I.L. so far this year:

First in Average (.500)

First in On-Base Percentage (.600)

Second in Slugging Percentage (.714)

Second in Hits (14)

Second in Stolen Bases (4)

Tied Second in Runs Scored (9)

Tied Fourth in Total Bases (20)

Tied Fifth in Walks (7)

Turner has reached base safely in eight of his last 11 plate appearances with six hits and two walks. We dont know how long he will be in Syracuse but what we do know is, if you want to see Trea Turner play, you should get tickets soon.

Talk to you from Moosic…


 Game #9 – Syracuse Chiefs (5-3) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6-3)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 12:35 p.m. // First Pitch 1:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Hill (0-1, 3.60) vs. RHP Chad Green (0-1, 2.35)


Today’s Lineup:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Yesterday’s Postgame Sound – Scott Sizemore

Today’s Interview – Billy Gardner, Jr.


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base four more times yesterday, going 3 for 4 with a home run, double, walk, three RBIs and three runs scored. Turner has now reached base in 21 of his 34 plate appearances this year, tallying 14 hits and seven walks. For the season, Turner leads the I.L. in average (.500) and on-base percentage (.600), is second in hits (14), stolen bases (4), slugging percentage (.714), and runs scored (9), and fourth in total bases (20).

Multi-Hit Caleb: Not to be outdone, Caleb Ramsey put together his second-straight multi-hit game last night. Ramsey trails only Turner in average in the I.L. at .429, going nine for his first 21. Ramsey was second on the Chiefs last year with 26 multi-hit games, including 4 three-hit games and a team high three four-hit games.

Off to a Fast Start: The Chiefs’ offense has gotten off to fast starts this season. Trea Turner’s first-inning walk yesterday was the sixth time in eight games Syracuse has drawn a first-inning walk, totaling eight walks in the frame. Syracuse has combined for 17 base runners in the first inning this year, outscoring opponents 7-3 in the first this year.

LOB City No More: The Chiefs tallied six hits with runners in scoring position, ending their struggles in that spot. After tallying just six hits in 50 previous at- bats with RISP, yesterday the Chiefs went 6 for 14. The Chiefs eight runs scored yesterday were three more than in any other game so far this year.

Take a Walk: Despite having played two fewer games, Syracuse leads Durham for the league lead in walks after taking three yesterday. The Chiefs have tallied 40 walks through the first eight games of the season. While Syracuse is ninth in average in I.L. this year, it ranks third in on-base percentage.

King of the Hill: Taylor Hill allowed two runs in five innings in his first start of the year on Tuesday as he tries to regain the form that made him one of the I.L.’s best pitcher’s in 2014. Hill finished second in the I.L. in ERA in the Chiefs’ 2014 division title season, but struggled at times last year. Hill posted a 5.23 ERA in 22 starts with the Chiefs in 2015, although he tallied the most starts of any Chiefs pitcher.

Today in Chiefsville: April 16, 2016 – Lackawanna Cole Mining

Courtesy ghostsoldiers.tv

Courtesy ghostsoldiers.tv

The Lackawanna County Coal Mine is a 15 minute drive from PNC Field, and gives folks a chance to head 300 feet underground, and explore a coal mine that first opened in 1860. Its a cool chance to head underground and experience a whole different world.

Well the Chiefs will go Cole Mining today, as opening-day starter A.J. Cole returns to the bump for Syracuse today against Lackawanna County’s RailRiders. We’ll talk to you from the ballpark.


 Game #8 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-3) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (6-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 3:50 p.m. // First Pitch 4:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP A.J. Cole (1-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (1-0, 1.69 -AA)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Inside Pitch Podcast


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base three more times yesterday, and has now reached in 17 of his 29 plate appearances this year, tallying eleven hits and six walks. For the young season, Turner leads the league in average and on-base percentage, is third in the league in stolen bases and tied for fifth in walks.

Multi-Hit Caleb: As he did many times last season, Caleb Ramsey quietly put together a three-hit game last night. Ramsey is now second in the I.L. in average at .412, going seven for his first 17. Ramsey was second on the Chiefs last year with 26 multi-hit games, including 4 three-hit games and a team high three four-hit games.

Success from the Bump: Paolo Espino put together another solid performance by a Chiefs starter last night. Syracuse’s starters have allowed just six earned runs in 35 innings pitched (1.54 ERA). The staff as a whole has been a success so far, holding the league’s third-best ERA at 1.66 (Toledo: 1.20).

Cole Mining: A.J. Cole looks to build off his successful first start of the season. Cole allowed just one unearned run in five innings on Friday against Lehigh Valley. Dating back to last year, Cole has allowed just five earned runs in his last 44 International League innings pitched over seven starts (1.02 ERA).

LOB City: The Chiefs left eight runners on base yesterday, now totally 47 runners left on base in the last four games (40 innings). The Chiefs are hitting just .161 with runners in scoring position this year, and just six for their last 50 in those situations (.120).

Take a Walk: Despite having played two fewer games, Syracuse is tied with Durham for the league lead in walks. The Chiefs have tallied 37 walks through the first seven games of the season. While Syracuse is 11th in average in I.L. this year, it ranks fourth in on-base percentage.

Inside Pitch Podcast: Episode 2 – Shifty Defense

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On this week’s podcast, we relive some of the top moments from the Chiefs first week of the season. And we discuss such topics as how the new Nationals manager has had an impact on the whole system, the new Chiefs defense, and playing through the cold.

Today in Chiefsville: April 15th, 2016 – Will We Ever Play Nine?

The sport where Gary Sanchez's walkoff home run landed last night.

The sport where Gary Sanchez’s walkoff home run landed last night at PNC Field in Moosic, PA (Eric Gallanty)

A long way from home plate. This is where Gary Sanchez’s walkoff home run landed last night as the RailRiders beat the Chiefs 2-0 in another extra-inning game. The Chiefs start to 2016 continues to be anything but normal, as through day eight, Syracuse has still not played a nine-inning game. When the Chiefs have actually played, they’ve racked up a lot of innings…

Thursday April 7th: Game postponed

Friday April 8th: 14 innings (doubleheader)

Saturday April 12th: Game postponed

Sunday April 10th: Game postponed

Monday April 11th: Game postponed

Tuesday April 13th: 14 innings (doubleheader)

Wednesday April 14th: 13 innings

Thursday April 15th: 11 innings

Amazingly, yesterday’s 11-inning affair was the fewest innings the Chiefs have played on any day this year. At some point, things will have to normalize. But the more days we go, we seem to get closer and closer to matching the 1983 Chiefs with the strangest start to a season in franchise history.

In terms of today, Paolo Espino is the last member of the opening day roster to make his season debut. Espino was one of the bright spots last season, posting 12 quality starts with Syracuse.

Offensively, the Chiefs will try to break Scranton’s 28-straight scoreless innings pitched streak. We look forward to talking to you from the base of Montage Mountain in Moosic.


 Game #7 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-2) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (5-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 6:20 p.m. // First Pitch 6:35 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Paolo Espino (0-0, -.–) vs. RHP Anthony Swarzak (0-1, 9.00)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Pedro Severino


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner reached base two more times yesterday, and has now reached in 14 of his 25 plate appearances this year, tallying eight hits and six walks. For the young season, Turner is tied for the league lead in stolen bases, second in OBP, and tied for fourth in runs scored.

LOB City: The Chiefs have put a ton of runners on base so far this year. Through six games (49 offensive innings), Syracuse has tallied 71 base runners, putting an average of 1.44 base runners/inning. Over the last three games however, the Chiefs have left a total of 39 runners on base (31 innings). The Chiefs are hitting just .155 with runners in scoring position this year, and just four for their last 39 in those situations (.103).

Success from the Bump: Taylor Jordan was outstanding for the Chiefs yesterday, continuing the great start to the season for the Chiefs starting rotation. Syracuse’s starters have allowed just four earned runs in 30 innings pitched (1.20 ERA). The staff as a whole has been a success so far, holding the league’s second- best ERA at 1.39 (Toledo: 1.00).

Let’s Play Nine?: Entering the Chiefs’ seventh game of the season tonight, Syracuse has still not played a nine- inning game. After the first six days of the season had games either postponed or played as seven-inning doubleheaders, Syracuse has played back-to-back extra inning games, totaling 24 innings. Syracuse played back-to-back extra innings games once last year, playing 11 innings on June 20th and 10 on June 21st against Buffalo. Due to the doubleheaders, yesterday’s 11 innings were actually the fewest numbers of innings played on a day this year.

Playoff Paolo: Paolo Espino becomes the last player on Syracuse’s roster to make his season debut when he gets the start tonight. Espino was one of the brightest spots for Syracuse last year, throwing a quality start (6 IP, 3 ER or less) 12 times out of 19 chances. Espino’s first six starts as a Chief was as impressive a stretch as any Chief put together last year, allowing just six earned runs in 41.2 IP (1.30 ERA), pitching into the seventh inning in all six starts. Espino also closed the year strong, allowing only four earned runs in his final 25.1 IP (1.42 ERA)

When the Chiefs Called Toronto Home

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Snow and Cold early in the week forced the Chiefs to move their opener to an empty Coca-Cola Park at Lehigh Valley.

Snow and Cold early in the week forced the Chiefs to move their opener to an empty Coca-Cola Park at Lehigh Valley. (Eric Gallanty)

By Eric Gallanty (@ericgallanty)

The first week of the 2016 Chiefs season was by all accounts one of the weirdest and most turbulent stretches you can imagine thanks to Mother Nature. The first four games of the year postponed to snow and cold. The first contests played as home games in a road ballpark. Then another postponement on day five thanks to rain, and a doubleheader to make it up the next day.

This is the life of baseball in April in Central New York, where no matter how much planning, no matter how much praying, Mother Nature is either on board or very much off, and for the 2016 Chiefs it was unfortunetly the latter.

The most notable and memorable part of the strange opening week was of course that when baseball was finally played, it was not in Syracuse but 204 miles down the road in Allentown. And with the IronPigs not excepting to host baseball for another week, the stadium was not ready and thus the games were played in an empty ballpark.

Courtesy funwhileitlasted.net

Courtesy funwhileitlasted.net

It would be hard to imagine a crazier start. But it happened, when the Chiefs tried to open their 1983 home campaign.

After starting the 1983 season on the road, Syracuse was slated to return home for an opening six-game homestand against the Charleston Charlies and Tidewater Tides. But Mother Nature, in even more dramatic fashion than in 2016, would have nothing of this opening series, dumping six inches of snow on MacArthur Stadium. It was obvious that the scheduled opener, and the entire series, was very much in question.

So Chiefs owner and GM Tex Simone made a deal with the Chiefs parent club, the Toronto Blue Jays.

With the Jays on the road, the Chiefs pilled on a bus and headed north of the boarder, to play its first six scheduled home games at Toronto’s Exhibition Field.

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From Syracuse Post Standard

The Chiefs and Charlies were set to play a doubleheader Friday and open the Tidewater series as scheduled Saturday.

Now as you can imagine, this last second chance did not come cheap. The Chiefs and Blue Jays split the cost, putting tickets on sale for $3. The Blue Jays picked up a majority of the tab, and would retain the revenue from their concessions. The Chiefs would get the ticket money, but would need a sizable attendance number in order to break even (Syracuse Post Standard).

So off Syracuse went to Toronto. And when Friday night came, the Chiefs and Charles opened Syracuse’s ‘home’ season. But the hometown Blue Jays fans did not come out for their Triple-A club.

Toronto's Exhibition Stadium (BallparksofBaseball.com)

Toronto’s Exhibition Stadium (BallparksofBaseball.com)

The total attendance for that first day?

623.

The Chiefs then battled with the Tides the following day and it was clear the Chiefs would not achieve the fan support needed to break even for the trip. So Tex decided two days were enough, and the team got back on the buses and headed home four days early. And at home they sat, when as expected the following days games could not be played due to more inclement weather.

Courtesy richardnilsen.com

Courtesy richardnilsen.com

Six days after the originally scheduled home opener, the Chiefs finally played at MacArthur Stadium in a doubleheader against Tidewater. As it turned out, it was the only time Chiefs fans got to see Darryl Strawberry in Syracuse with the eventual Governor’s Cup Champion Tides.

It turned out to be a brief and uneventful stay for the ’83 Chiefs at Exhibition Stadium. But for two days in April, the Chiefs called Toronto home. That would be the longest delay of a home opener in Syracuse until it took six days for the Chiefs to finally play at NBT Bank Stadium in 2016.

Syracuse Post Standard

Syracuse Post Standard

Today in Chiefsville: April 14th, 2016 – ‘First’ Time on the Road

‘First’ Time on the Road:

At some point here soon, we’ll be able to stop having to quantify each of the Chiefs’ firsts this season with quotes. Despite already playing two games away from NBT Bank Stadium as ‘home’ games, Syracuse starts its ‘official’ road schedule today with a trip to the defending I.L. North champs. It’s a RailRiders team that once again boasts prospects like Aaron Judge, Rob Refsnyder, Slade Heathcott and 2015 I.L. All-Star Ben Gamel. The newest edition to the RailRiders is Nick Swisher, who spent a few games in Syracuse last year rehabbing with Columbus (Kevin talked to Nick last year for our pregame show). He’ll play his first game with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight.

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The weekend series is an early battle for first place in the I.L. North. Despite all the craziness of the last week of postponements and doubleheaders, its the Chiefs firmly atop the I.L. standings, having managed to find their way through this difficult stretch. Syracuse has tallied a lot of extra base runners on walks and used its team speed once on base to put together enough runs to back up its outstanding pitching. The Chiefs are second in the I.L. in walks, second in OBP, tied for first in sacrifice bunts, and second in stolen bases. Now the task turns to getting those runs home, as the Chiefs have left 30 runners on base over the last two games (19 innings). They’ll try to do that tonight at 6:35. Hope you can join us then.


 Game #6 – Syracuse Chiefs (4-1) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (4-2)

PNC Field, Moosic, Pennsylvania

Pregame 6:20 p.m. // First Pitch 6:35 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Jordan (0-0, 1.80) vs. RHP Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 2.25)


Today’s Lineup Card:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Brendan Ryan


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Trea Bien: IF Trea Turner – Baseball America’s #9 MLB prospect – has started his 2016 season on a torrid pace. Turner has reached base in 12 of his 20 plate appearances this year, tallying seven hits and five walks. For the young season, Turner is tied for the league lead in stolen bases, fourth in OBP, and tied for third in runs scored.

LOB City: The Chiefs have put a ton of runners on base so far this year. Through five games (38 offensive innings), Syracuse has tallied 62 base runners, putting an average of 1.63 base runners/inning. Over the last two games however, the Chiefs have left a total of 30 runners on base (20 innings).

Success from the Bump: The Chiefs pitching staff held Buffalo to just two runs in 13 innings yesterday, continuing a solid start to the season. Syracuse holds the second-best staff ERA in the I.L. so far at 1.76. The Chiefs’ starting rotation has been especially good so far, allowing just four earned runs in 24 innings pitched.

Let’s Play Nine: Entering the Chiefs’ sixth game of the season tonight, Syracuse has still not played a nine- inning game. After the first six days of the season have had games either postponed or played as seven-inning doubleheaders, Syracuse and Buffalo concluded their series with a 13-inning affair yesterday.

Air Jordan: Taylor Jordan gets the ball for the Chiefs for the second time this season. The right-hander allowed just one run in five innings last Friday against Lehigh Valley. Jordan will be pitching on five days’ rest tonight, a recipe that served him well last year. In 12 starts on regular rest (4 or 5 days), Jordan held a 1.23 ERA (10 ER/73.1 IP). Conversely, on starts of odd rest (<5 days, MLB Call up, etc.), Jordan’s ERA was 6.89 (24 ER/30.1 IP).

Alone at the Top: The Chiefs have been at first place for six consecutive days on the young season. Last year, Syracuse did not end a day of the regular season in either first or second place.

Family Reunion: Chiefs C Jhonatan Solano is reunited with his brother, IF Donovan Solano, today. The two played together last season in the Marlins’ organization, both for Miami and Triple-A New Orleans. The Solano brothers also played against each other in 2013 when Jhonatan made his MLB debut for Washington.

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