Today in Chiefsville: May 18th, 2016 – That’s Baseball

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Coca-Cola Park in Allentown featuring breakfast and baseball today. (Eric Gallanty)

Baseball. It is really something. Sometimes a perfectly set up double-play ball turns into a bad hop single over Trea Turner’s head and leads to a run. Sometimes an attempt to intentionally walk a batter turns into a wild pitch and a walk-off win. And sometimes you can get no-hit through six innings, trail 4-0, and then five batters into the seventh inning, the game is tied.

It has been a wild first two games of the series, with all of the above happening so far and more. Great catches, great comebacks, and some crazy moments you would’ve had to have been at the park to believe.

It is no doubt early, but just over a quarter of the way through the 2016 season, the North division is tight as can be, with Syracuse, Rochester and Scranton/WB tied for first, and Lehigh Valley just half a game out. It’s setting up for a quality race all season.

The Chiefs will leave the North division tomorrow, the first of 13 straight games against the South Division (Norfolk, Charlotte, at Gwinnett, at Charlotte). Of the Chiefs’ next 30 games, 26 will be out of division. How the Chiefs perform in this stretch may be a good indicator of where this race might go.

Hope you can join us from Allentown this morning. You bring the eggs, we’ve got the bacon…


Game #38 – Syracuse Chiefs (20-17) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (20-18)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania

Pregame 10:20 a.m. // First Pitch 10:35 a.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Paolo Espino (1-3, 3.22) vs. RHP Zach Eflin (4-0, 2.79)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

If I Should Fall Behind: For the second night in a row, the Chiefs came back to tie a game after not tallying a hit through at least the first five innings (first six last night). Last night marked the third time this month the Chiefs overcame a deficit of at least three runs to tie the game.

Trea Bien: Trea Turner continued his sizzling season by extending his hit streak to seven last night. Turner leads the I.L. stolen bases (14) and runs scored (32). He is tied for first in hits (47), and ranks second in average (.324), third in total bases (70), and fourth in at-bats (145). The streak marks Turner’s second hit streak of six or more games this year and fourth since his promotion to Triple-A last June 26th.

Jack of All Trades: Speaking of Brian Goodwin, he tallied his fourth straight 1 for 4 performance Tuesday night. Goodwin has done it all for the Chiefs in 2016, having reached base in 32 of his 35 starts this season. His average has not dipped below .310 at the end of any game since April 12th. The most impressive part of Goodwin’s success has been his ability to hit lefties. Goodwin is 19 for 49 with slashes of .388/.423/.551 against left-handed pitching.

Born to Run: Brian Goodwin stole a base Monday continuing the Chiefs’ success on the bases. Syracuse is now 32 for 34 in stolen bases, which is the best percentage (94.1%) in professional baseball.

Wrecking Ball: Pedro Severino is known as a defensive catcher, but over his last 13 I.L. games, he has dominated I.L. pitching. Severino is 17 for his last 44 (.386), with hits in ten of 13 and seven multi-hit games. The Chiefs starting catcher has four doubles, a home run, six RBIs and six runs scored in that stretch.

Darkness on the Edge of Town: The Chiefs wrap up their road trip this morning at Lehigh Valley. Syracuse has struggled away from home this season, posting a 5-10 road record opposite a 15-7 home record. The Chiefs are hitting 30 points lower on the road vs. at home this year (.231 vs. .261). Syracuse holds a 3.63 road ERA against a 2.87 ERA at home.

Glory Days: After starting 2015 at 19-43, the Chiefs are 66-52 (.559) over their last 118 games since June 14th, 2015. More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, the Chiefs are 43-28 (.606) in their last 71 games…Syracuse picked up its 20th win this season in game 36, 27 games faster than they did last year.

Today in Chiefsville: May 17th, 2016 – Podcast Episode #6

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On Episode 6 of the podcast Eric is joined by Voice of the Chiefs Kevin Brown and Voice of the IronPigs Matt Provence. Plus hear from Billy Gardner, Jr., Trea Turner, Taylor Hill and Nick Masset.


Game #37 – Syracuse Chiefs (20-16) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (19-18)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

LHP Aaron Laffey (3-0, 1.55) vs. RHP Alec Asher (3-0, 0.40)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

If I Should Fall Behind: Despite tallying just one hit through the first five innings and eventually being out hit by seven in the game, the Chiefs came back from a 3-0 deficit to regain control of first place in the I.L. North. The Chiefs have spent more days in first (23) so far this year than every other spot in the standings combined.

Two Hits Are Better Than One: Trea Turner continued his sizzling season with his fourth straight two-hit game Saturday. Turner leads the I.L. in hits (46), stolen bases (14), runs scored (31), and ranks third in total bases (68), third in average (.324), and tied for fourth in at-bats (142),

Born to Run: Brian Goodwin stole a base last night continuing the Chiefs’ success on the bases. Syracuse is now 32 for 34 in stolen bases, which is the best percentage (94.1%) in professional baseball.

Jack of All Trades: Speaking of Brian Goodwin, he drove in the game-winning run last night, in a 1 for 4 performance with a walk and two RBIs. Goodwin has done it all for the Chiefs in 2016, having reached base in 31 of his 34 starts this season. His average has not dipped below .310 at the end of any game since April 12th. The most impressive part of Goodwin’s success has been his ability to hit lefties. Goodwin is 19 for 49 with slashes of .388/.423/.551 against left-handed pitching.

Ramrod: Caleb Ramsey reached three times yesterday with a single and two walks, extending his hitting streak to seven. After an 0 for 21 stretch from April 21st to May 2nd, Ramsey is 13 for his last 39 (.333) over his last 11 games with a .409 on-base percentage, four doubles, five runs scored and six RBIs in that span. For his Triple-A career dating back to last year (127 G), Ramsey has dominated away from Syracuse. Ramsey is hitting .341 in 64 road games compared to .220 in 63 home games.

Wrecking Ball: Pedro Severino is known as a defensive catcher, but over his last 13 I.L. games, he has dominated I.L. pitching. Severino is 17 for his last 44 (.386), with hits in ten of 13 and seven multi-hit games. The Chiefs starting catcher has four doubles, a home run, six RBIs and six runs scored in that stretch.

Glory Days: After starting 2015 at 19-43, the Chiefs are 66-51 (.564) over their last 117 games since June 14th, 2015. More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, the Chiefs are 43-27 (.614) in their last 70 games…Syracuse picked up its 20th win this season in game 36, 27 games faster than they did last year.

Today in Chiefsville: May 16, 2016

Game #36 – Syracuse Chiefs (19-16) vs. Lehigh Valley IronPigs (19-17)

Coca-Cola Park, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Austin Voth (2-1, 2.31) vs. RHP Mark Appel (3-2, 3.38)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves (3):

OF Matt den Dekker optioned by Washington

OF Jose Lozada activated off Disabled List

OF Isaac Ballou reassigned to Double-A Harrisburg


Pregame Sound:

Saturday’s Highlights

Sunday Conversation w/Billy Gardner, Jr.


Today’s Headlines:

Austin Powers: Today’s starter, Austin Voth, threw six shutout innings in the Chiefs’ last win on Tuesday. Voth retired the final nine batters he faced and 11 of the final 12 Tuesday, with the lone exception coming on a passed ball on a strikeout. Voth’s allowed no runs in four of his six Syracuse starts this season. He’s allowed the fifth-fewest base runners per nine innings of any IL starter (9.26).

No Place Like Home: The Chiefs continue a road trip today with a three-game set in Rochester. Syracuse is now just 4-9 in road games this year, compared to a 15-7 record at home. The Chiefs are hitting 22 points lower on the road (.239 vs. .261) and hold an on-base percentage 42 points lower on the road (.295 vs. .337). Syracuse’s road ERA of 3.50 is 63 points higher than at home (2.87).

Turn Style: Trea Turner continued his sizzling season with his third straight two-hit game Saturday. Turner leads the I.L. in hits (44), stolen bases (14), runs scored (29), and ranks fourth in total bases (64), fifth in at-bats (138), and fifth in average (.319).

Born to Run: Tony Campana and Trea Turner each stole a base Friday, continuing the Chiefs’ success on the bases. Syracuse is now 31 for 33 in stolen bases, which is the best percentage (93.9%) in professional baseball.

Ramrod: Caleb Ramsey singled Saturday to extend his hitting streak to six. After an 0 for 21 stretch from April 21st to May 2nd, Ramsey is 12 for his last 37 (.324) over his last ten games with a .375 on-base percentage, four doubles, five runs scored and six RBIs in that span.

Lefty Groove: Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole have bucked the usual trend of lefties struggling against left-handing pitching. Goodwin is hitting .388 against lefties this year (19 for 49) and Skole holds a .320 mark (16 for 50). As a team, the Chiefs have a .273 average against LHPs this year. That compares to a .240 average against RHPs.

Wrecking Ball: Pedro Severino is known as a defensive catcher, but over his last 12 I.L. games, he has dominated I.L. pitching. Severino is 16 for his last 41 (.390), with hits in nine of 12 and seven multi-hit games. The Chiefs starting catcher has four doubles, a home run, six RBIs and six runs scored in that stretch.

Ups and Downs: The Chiefs as a team hold a .211 average over the last eight games (2-6). That followed a stretch where Syracuse held a .298 average over the previous 13 games (11-2).

Today in Chiefsville – May 14, 2016

Game #35 – Syracuse Chiefs (19-15) vs. Rochester Red Wings (19-17)

Frontier Field, Rochester, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Hill (1-2, 3.31) vs. LHP Logan Darnell (3-3, 4.25)


Today’s Lineup:

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*Goodwin starting in CF


Roster Moves:

OF Matt den Dekker recalled by Washington as 26th man for today’s Nationals doubleheader


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Voice of the Red Wings Josh Whetzel


Today’s Headlines:

Darkness on the Edge of Town: The Chiefs started what will be tied for their longest road trip to date yesterday with a loss in Rochester. Syracuse is now just 4-8 in road games this year, compared to a 15-7 record at home. The Chiefs are hitting 24 points lower on the road (.237 vs. .261) and hold an on-base percentage 42 points lower on the road (.295 vs. .337).

Prove It All Night: As tends to be the pattern, Trea Turner once again proved his worth with two impressive games in a row. After tallying just two hits in his previous 17 at-bats, Turner posted back-to-back two-hit games going 2 for 4 with 2 RBIs yesterday. Trea hit his third home run of the season yesterday following a triple to lead off the game Thursday. Turner leads the I.L. in hits (42), stolen bases (14), runs scored (29), and is fourth in total bases (62), fifth in at-bats (133), and tied for sixth in average (.316).

Born to Run: Tony Campana and Trea Turner each stole a base last night, continuing the Chiefs’ success on the bases. Syracuse is now 31 for 33 in stolen bases, which is the best percentage (93.9%) in professional baseball.

Ramrod: Caleb Ramsey singled last night to extend his hitting streak to five. After an 0 for 21 stretch from April 21st to May 2nd, Ramsey is 11 for his last 33 (.333) over his last ten games with a .389 on-base percentage, four doubles, five runs scored and five RBIs in that span.

This Is Your Sword: Tony Campana’s lack of power has not hurt him over his last nine starts. Campana holds a nine-game on-base streak in games started dating back to April 12th. Campana is 10 for 30 (.333) in those nine starts, with five walks, three runs scored and three stolen bases.

Brilliant Disguise: Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole have bucked the usual trend of lefties struggling against left- handing pitching. Goodwin is hitting .395 against lefties this year (18 for 46) and Skole holds a .326 (15 for 46). As a team, the Chiefs have a .272 average against LHPs this year. That compares to a .241 average against RHPs.

Magic: Over the last five nights, Chiefs opponents have pulled out some late-inning magic. Syracuse has been outscored 8-1 in the eighth and ninth innings the last five games, with opponents scoring at least a run in one of those two frames in all five games. The Chiefs hold a 2.06 ERA in the first seven innings of the last five games and a 7.00 ERA in the eighth and ninth over the same span.

This Hard Land: Dating back to 2014, Syracuse has dropped seven of its last 10 games at Frontier Field.

Kevin’s Corner: And Now, A Word From Our Scouts

(Editor’s note: Yes, there’s probably a better name for this segment than “Kevin’s Corner”, but that’s what we’re going with for now. Leave your better ideas in the comments if ya have ’em.)

I sat down with Mark Scialabba, the Nationals’ Director of Player Development, last week for an interview that can be found here. At that link, you’ll find Scialabba’s thoughts on Trea Turner, A.J. Cole, and the Nationals’ defensive shifts. Off air, however, Scialabba was kind enough to take some more time to give his thoughts on a few more Chiefs prospects and their viability as future big leaguers. This is about as close as we’ll get to having a scouting report from a professional scout on here, so enjoy…

On Austin Voth:

Austin’s been doing great. He really commands the ball extremely well. His strengths are his deception, his strike-throwing ability, his ability to command the fastball. His curveball has evolved over time into a pitch that I think is a strikeout pitch now. He’s a good athlete. Very pleased with his development.

On Abel De Los Santos:

Lightning quick arm. He’s got two pitches, when he’s right, that have outstanding action. The changeup dives, drops right out of the zone. It’s late movement. He’s got a breaking ball with a downer shape. When it’s right and he’s commanding it, it’s a swing and miss pitch too. His biggest thing is repeating his mechanics, repeating his delivery and throwing quality strikes. When he’s up in the zone, he flies open and the fastball gets a little straight. Youth is on his side.

On Brian Goodwin:

We’re really pleased with where he is right now. Staying through the baseball extremely well. Making adjustments, hitting the ball to all fields. He really carried over his success he had in Venezuela in the offseason. He’s got a little sense of urgency now to his game. Not only maturing physically, but mentally as well, which is important. Right mindset to attack the fastball and attack pitches you know you should drive.


The best stories in baseball often come from scouts. Last Sunday in Buffalo, I sat down with Twins scout Earl Winn, one of the great storytellers I’ve met in the minors, who talked about how he helped give former Tennessee Titans G.M. Ruston Webster his first job. (Turns out Earl’s more than just a baseball guy.)

Later that day, a scout from Japan joined our table, turning the conversation to ex-Chiefs playing overseas. One of the first names to pop up was Brandon Laird. It wouldn’t be the last we heard of Laird this week…

With that home run, Laird – who hit .300 with 18 home runs, tied for the league lead in RBIs and finished third in total bases for the 2014 Chiefs – won a year’s supply of free Kirin Ichiban beer. Seriously. A professional sports team is giving one of its players – paid to be in the best possible physical shape and perform at the highest level – one full year of free alcohol.

I, for one, can’t think of any way that promotion could work out poorly.

Laird, who also won $10,000 for his bacon-slathered tater, had this to say:

Laird said he’d put the money toward his new house in Arizona, but didn’t yet know what he’d do with the beer supply.

“Definitely not drink it,” he joked. “Maybe give some to the batting practice pitchers or whoever wants it.”

Ooooooooooooooooookay, Brandon.


Another scout whom we’ve enjoyed meeting this year is Jason Lefkowitz of the Seattle Mariners. Avid listeners will know that we occasionally dabble in a “Minor League Name of the Night” segment, where Eric and I choose a ridiculous name from the world of the minors and break it down. Jason, our segment’s #1 fan, has contributed the following monikers:

  • Sitaifoni Fukofuka
  • Sicnarf Loopstok
  • Skye Boldt

If you have a weird Minor League name you’d like us to discuss, by all means – the more bizarre, the better. Leave it in the comments below, email kbrown@syracusechiefs.com or tweet us your suggestion @ChiefsRadio. We’ll show you some love on the next broadcast.


That’s all for now. The Chiefs and Indians, featuring two of the league’s best starting pitchers by ERA to date, take the field at 6:35 tonight. For now – enjoy some Bruce.

Chiefs Inside Pitch Podcast Episode 5 – Streaking Chiefs

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On this week’s podcast, we discuss the great success so far of the first-place Chiefs. Voice this week include Eric and Kevin, along with Billy Gardner, Jr., Caleb Ramsey, Aaron Laffey, Matt den Dekker, Austin Voth, Pedro Severino, Matt Skole and Buffalo Baseball Hall of Famer Duke McGuire.

Chiefs Weekly Soundboard – May 2nd-8th

Catch up with everything you might have missed this week in Chiefsville:

Game Highlights:

Pregame Interviews:

On-Field Postgame Interviews:

Today in Chiefsville: May 8th, 2016 – Just Down The Niagara

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If you look closely, just over the horizon on the left edge of the Canadian Falls, you can see the skyline of downtown Buffalo off in the distance. Just 25 minutes or so down the road from the world famous Niagara Falls sits Coca-Cola Field and the site of today’s series finale. One of the best parts of living the baseball life is traveling and getting to see new places and new cities, and the short trip to Niagara up 190 may take the cake.

As the sun rose over the Greater Niagara region this Sunday morning, it shined down on the first-place Chiefs, winners of 17 of their first 28. With Matt den Dekker back from Washington, Syracuse can take three out of four from Buffalo with a win in the 1:05 p.m. finale today.

A note: This week’s Chiefs Inside Pitch Podcast, as well as all future podcasts will now be released on Tuesday rather than Saturday.

We’re also adding a new feature on the blog, our weekly Chiefs radio soundboard. It’ll be a one-stop shop for everything you might have missed this week, from interviews (pre and postgame), to game highlights. That will come out after the conclusion of today’s game.

Talk to you from the ballpark.


Game #29 – Syracuse Chiefs (17-11) vs. Buffalo Bisons (12-17)

Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP A.J. Cole (3-1, 4.76) vs. RHP Roberto Hernandez (0-1, 3.00)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

OF Matt den Dekker optioned from Washington

OF Jose Lozada placed on Disabled List


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Sunday Conversation with Billy Gardner, Jr.


Today’s Headlines:

Skole Survivor: Matt Skole reached base for the sixth straight game yesterday as he continues to pilot the middle of Syracuse’s order. Skole has 17 hits in his last 13 games, posting slashes of .330/.393/.549 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, five walks and six runs scored. Skole had just six hits in his previous 14 games to start the year (.122 average).

Flyin’ Ryan: Brendan Ryan has been red-hot of late. After tallying just two hits in his first eight games as a Chief, Ryan has 18 hits in his last 12 games after two more hits yesterday. Ryan holds the league’s 5th best average in that span (.383). Ryan posted his fifth multi-hit game in that span yesterday and second in a row. He hit leadoff yesterday for the first time since July 25, 2012 with Seattle.

Goody Two Shoes: Brian Goodwin continued his assault on International League pitching yesterday with another two-hit game. Goodwin has now reached base in 25 of the 27 games he’s played this season, with yesterday marking Goodwin’s seventh two-hit game. His average has not dipped below .324 at the end of any game since April 12th. The most impressive part of Goodwin’s success has been his ability to hit lefties. Goodwin is 17 for 42 with slashes of .405/.444/.571 against left-handed pitching. Those 17 hits are one more than he has against righties this year (16 for 54, .296). For comparison, Goodwin only had 17 hits against lefties the entire season in his first season with the Chiefs in 2014 (17 for 88, .193). Goodwin has not hit over .216 against lefties at any point in his career in a full season.

Defensive Catcher?: Pedro Severino is known as a defensive catcher, but over his last six I.L. games, Severino has hit as well as anyone. Severino is 10 for his last 22 (.455), with four multi-hit games. The Chiefs starting catcher has two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs in that stretch.

By the Numbers: Syracuse is 14-1 in games when the opponent commits an error and 3-10 when they do not…After yesterday’s loss, the Chiefs are now 8-4 in one- run games, including a 2-1 record vs. Buffalo…Since June 14th, 2015 (109 games) the Chiefs are 63-46 (.578). More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, the Chiefs are 40-22 (.645) in their last 62 games…Syracuse picked up its 17th win this season in game 27; 16 games earlier into the season than they did last year (game 43). Should they win their 18th game today, they would achieve that mark 27 games faster than last year…So far this year, the Chiefs have spent more days in first (15) than any other position in the I.L. North standings.

Today in Chiefsville: May 7, 2016 – Let the Good Times Roll

Matt Skole and Pedro Severino capped the Chiefs third shutout in the last week and a half as Syracuse won for the 11th time in the last 13 games. The win gives Syracuse an opportunity to accomplish an impressive feat this afternoon.

If the Chiefs win today in Buffalo, they would win their 18th game in game #28, exactly half as many games as it took to win game #18 last year (game #56). Hope to talk to you from the ballpark:


Game #28 – Syracuse Chiefs (17-10) vs. Buffalo Bisons (11-17)

Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Paolo Espino (1-2, 3.09) vs. LHP Wade LeBlanc (2-1, 2.73)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

No One Better: The Chiefs’ great start this season continues their late-season success from a year ago. Since June 14th, 2015 (108 games) the Chiefs are 63-45 (.583), holding the best I.L. mark in that span. More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, the Chiefs are 40-21 (.656) in their last 61 games. Syracuse picked up its 17th win this season in game 27; 16 games earlier into the season than they did last year (game 43). Should they win their 18th game today, they would achieve that mark 28 games faster than last year. So far this year, the Chiefs have spent more days in first (14) than any other position in the I.L. North standings.

Inside the Streak: With last night’s win, the Chiefs are now 11-2 in their last 13 games. Syracuse holds a .298 team average over the last 13, averaging more than 9.5 hits per night. Syracuse had double-digit hits in eight of 13 games, including four in a row. The Chiefs hold a .293 average with runners in scoring position in their last 13. They’re also averaging 5.1 runs/game over the last 13, after averaging 2.7 runs/game in the season’s first 14.

Skole Survivor: Matt Skole became the first Chief to homer in back-to-back days after he crushed an eighth inning home run over the right-field picnic area. Skole has 16 hits in his last 12 games, posting slashes of .340/.404/.574 with three home runs, 11 RBIs, five walks and six runs scored.

Defensive Catcher?: Pedro Severino is known as a defensive catcher, but over his last six I.L. games, Severino has hit as well as anyone. Severino is 10 for his last 22 (.455), with four multi-hit games. The Chiefs starting catcher has two doubles, a home run, and four RBIs in that stretch.

Flyin’ Ryan: Brendan Ryan has been red-hot of late. After tallying just two hits in his first eight games as a Chief, Ryan has 16 hits in his last 11 games, holding a .381 average in that span. Ryan posted his fourth multi-hit game in that span yesterday. He hits leadoff today for the first time since July 25, 2012 with Seattle.

Chiefs Bites: The Chiefs posted their third shutout win of the season yesterday…Syracuse is 14-2 in games when the opponent commits an error and 2-9 when they do not…The Chiefs won their eighth one-run game Monday night, holding an 8-3 record in those games, including two wins over Buffalo.

Today in Chiefsville: May 6th, 2016 – Streaking Chiefs

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What a night for the Chiefs on Thursday. 13 two-out runs, including all seven scored in a wild eighth inning. The numbers inside the streak are below in today’s headlines if you’re interested, and some of them are impressive. But to sum it up, over the last 12 the Chiefs are hitting nearly .300 with runners in scoring position, are averaging nearly three more runs per game than they had been, and have scored 64% of their runs with two outs. The first place Chiefs are in Buffalo again tonight for game two of four.

A special reminder, if you wanted more of Kevin and I than our usual time during the game, we will be guest-hosting In The Cell from 3-6 on The Score 1260, leading right into the game. Hope you can join us.


Game #27 – Syracuse Chiefs (16-10) vs. Buffalo Bisons (11-16)

Coca-Cola Field, Buffalo, New York

Pregame 6:00 p.m. // First Pitch 6:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

LHP Aaron Laffey (2-0, 2.00) vs. LHP Scott Diamond (2-2, 2.83)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

OF Ben Revere reinstated from Major-League rehab by Washington


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

No One Better: The Chiefs’ great start this season continues their late-season success from a year ago. Since June 14th, 2015 (107 games) the Chiefs are 62-45 (.579), holding the best I.L. mark in that span. More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, The Chiefs are 39-21 (.650) in their last 60 games. Syracuse picked up its 16th win this season (game 26), nine games earlier into the season than they did last year (game 35). So far this year, the Chiefs have spent more days in first (13) than any other position in the I.L. North standings.

Inside the Streak: With last night’s win, the Chiefs are now 10-2 in their last 12 games. Syracuse holds a .280 team average over the last 12, averaging more than nine and a half hits per night. Syracuse had double-digit hits in seven of 12 games. The Chiefs hold a .296 average with runners in scoring position in their last 12 (40/135). The Chiefs are averaging 5.1 runs/game over the last 12 (Had averaged 2.7 runs/game in first 14 games).

Deja Vu: The Chiefs put together their second seven-run inning last night, but the similarities didn’t end there. Both of the Chiefs’ seven-run outputs have come in the eighth inning. And both times, all seven runs were scored with two outs. Syracuse scored its final 13 runs of last night’s game with two outs on the board. To date, 44 of Syracuse’s last 69 runs scored have come with two outs in an inning (64%). That includes 16 of 20 runs scored in a three game sweep of the RailRiders April 22-24, and nine of 16 runs scored in the four-game sweep of the PawSox April 28-May 1 (including eight of the first 11).

Streaking Chiefs: Brian Goodwin has reached base in 23 of the 25 games he’s played. Yesterday’s 4-RBI game was the third of his career…Matt Skole has 15 hits in his last 11 games, posting slashes of .349/.417/.535…Scott Sizemore has nine hits in his last six games, posting lines of .360/.429/.480…Pedro Severino holds a five-game hit streak in I.L. games (.444)…Brendan Ryan holds slashes of .342/.350/.474 over his last 10 games…Dating back to last year, Isaac Ballou has reached base in nine of his ten career Triple-A games.

Chiefs Bites: Syracuse is 14-1 in games when the opponent commits an error and 2-9 when they do not…The Chiefs won their eighth one-run game Monday night, holding an 8- 3 record in those games, including two wins over Buffalo…Yesterday’s combined 20 runs scored was the most in a Chiefs game since July 13, 2014 at Charlotte (CHA 13, SYR 8).

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