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).

Today in Chiefsville: May 3rd, 2016 – For The Sweep

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What a start to May and what a homestand for the Chiefs. Winners of six straight overall and nine consecutive home games, Syracuse wraps up a three-game series with Rochester this morning with a chance for another sweep. The nine-game home winning streak is tied for the longest since Syracuse won nine straight home games in 2012. A win today would make it the longest since the Chiefs won 12 home games in a row between June 12th and 25th in 1999.

The Chiefs have spent an impressive 11 days in first place so far this year, achieving their 15th win 10 games faster than last year (game 24 vs. game 34).

Amazingly, over the last 58 I.L. regular season games (Aug 3rd, 2015), the Chiefs are 38-20, holding a league-best .655 winning percentage.

Today it’s breakfast, baseball, and a chance to sweep.


Game #25 – Syracuse Chiefs (15-9) vs. Rochester Red Wings (11-15)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Hill (0-1, 2.91) vs. LHP Pat Dean (0-3, 3.00)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

ICYMI: Kevin w/Mark Scialabba

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

First-Place Chiefs: The Chiefs have spent more days in first (11) than any other position in the I.L. North standings so far this year. Syracuse has won 13 home games this season (including nine straight), the most in the circuit. Syracuse’s 12-9 April record marked its first time with a record over .500 in April since 2010 (14-8).

No One Better: The Chiefs great start this season continues their last season success from a season ago. Since June 14th, 2015 (105 games) the Chiefs are 61-44 (.577), holding the best I.L. mark in that span. More specifically, dating back to August 3rd, The Chiefs are 38-20 (.655) in their last 58 games. Syracuse picked up its 15th win this season (game 24), ten games earlier into the season than they did last year (game 34).

Pitching In: Dating back to last year, the Chiefs’ 2.87 staff ERA in April marked the third straight month posting a sub-three ERA (2.96 in Sept ’15, 2.79 in Aug ’15). August ’15 and April ’16 marks the only time the Chiefs have achieved back-to-back full months of sub-three ERAs since at least 2005. Syracuse’s staff has allowed just four earned runs over the five-game win streak (0.78 ERA). To date, the Chiefs are tied for the league’s best ERA at 2.66 (Indianapolis).

By the Numbers: The Chiefs again took advantage of opponent mistakes yesterday. Syracuse is 13-1 in games where the opponent committed an error…The Chiefs won its eighth one-run game Monday night, holding an 8-3 record in those games…The Chiefs have won three games in a row when the opponent scored first.

Trea Bien: Trea Turner walked twice and scored two runs last night. Turner is first in the league in runs scored, tallying six more than anyone else (24). He is also tied for first in stolen bases (10), tied for second in hits (30), tied for fourth in total bases (43), and eighth in average (.333).

Skole Survivor: Matt Skole tallied two hits and a walk Tuesday. Over the last nine games, Skole has posted slashes of .382/.462/.529, with 13 hits, (10 1B, 2 2B, 1 HR), four runs, five walks and seven RBIs.

Chiefs Bites: Ben Revere finished five rehab games 3 for 16 with a walk, stolen base, and a run scored…Brian Goodwin has reached base in 21 of the 23 games he’s played…Isaac Ballou reached base twice Sunday. Dating back to last year, Ballou has reached base in eight of his nine career Triple-A games.

Today in Chiefsville: April 30th, 2016 – A Podcast and a Ballgame

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On Episode four of the Inside Pitch Podcast, we recap a week that’s ended in the Chiefs landing in first place. We hear from Billy Gardner, Jr, Matt Skole, Brendan Ryan, Brian Goodwin, Ben Revere, and Troy Gingrich in an action-packed podcast

Here are today’s game notes:


Game #21 – Syracuse Chiefs (11-9) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (11-10)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Austin Voth (0-1, 2.00) vs. LHP Roenis Elias (0-1, 3.86)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights


Today’s Headlines:

Backs Against the Wall: The Chiefs scored all three runs last night with two outs. That marks the second time in five games that all of Syracuse’s runs came with two outs. 24 of Syracuse’s last 34 runs scored have come with two outs in an inning (71%). The Chiefs hold a .333 average (11 for 33) with runners in scoring position and two outs over the last six games.

Due to Score Early?: Syracuse did not score in the first inning yesterday, and if history repeats itself, the Chiefs are due. Over the last 10 instances when the Chiefs did not score a first-inning run, six times the Chiefs scored in the first frame the next day. Syracuse has won three straight games the day after not scoring in the first inning. The Chiefs have scored a quarter of their runs this year in the first stanza (16) and hold a .368 first-inning OBP.

An Impressive Streak: After not reaching base for the first time all season Monday night, Brian Goodwin has bounced back by reaching in two straight. Goodwin is second in the I.L. in OBP (.438) and third in average (.349).

Offensive Catchers: Jhonatan Solano tallied his fourth straight game with a hit last night. The starting Chiefs catcher (Pedro Severino or Jhonatan Solano) has now tallied a hit in 11 of the last 13 games. Severino is currently up with the Nationals with Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list.

Skole Survivor: Despite not getting a hit yesterday, Matt Skole extended his on-base streak to five games. Skole has posted a .368 average and .455 OBP with seven hits and three walks over that stretch. Skole has been especially good when getting a chance to bat in the first inning, going five for 12 (.417), with a .500 OBP, .583 SLG, and five RBIs.

Austin Powers: Austin Voth has had an impressive start to his Triple-A career. The right-hander has gone six innings in each of his first three starts, posting 21 strikeouts and has still not walked a batter. Voth has allowed just seven hits in 12 scoreless innings at home this season. Voth’s nine strikeouts recorded last time out were his most since posting 11 with Auburn (NYP) in August of 2013.

Chiefs Bites: Ben Revere has gone 2 for 5 with a walk and a run scored in two rehab games so far…With last night’s win, the Chiefs are 14-2 in their last 16 games against the PawSox…Dating back to last year, Isaac Ballou has reached base in seven of his eight career Triple-A games…The Chiefs’ nine wins at home are second most in the league so far this year (Columbus, 10).

Today in Chiefsville: April 29, 2016

Game #20 – Syracuse Chiefs (10-9) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (11-9)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Taylor Hill (0-1, 2.87) vs. LHP Brian Johnson (1-2, 2.51)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

RHP Juan Gutierrez promoted from Double-A Harrisburg


Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Pregame Interview – Jason Martinson


Today’s Headlines:

Getting Back to Work: Ben Revere reached base twice with two singles, scored a run and drove in a run in his first rehab game with Syracuse. The Nationals outfielder has been out since the first game of the season with an oblique injury. Revere went 2 for 3, and played five innings in center field last night.

Backs Against the Wall: The Chiefs tallied another two- out run when Revere scored in the first inning last night. 21 of Syracuse’s last 31 runs scored have come with two outs in an inning (68%).

Early Bird Gets the Worm: In addition, the first-inning run was Syracuse’s 16th run scored in the first stanza this year. More than a quarter of the Chiefs runs scored this season have come in the first inning (27%). As a team, Syracuse has posted a .381 first-inning on-base percentage. The best example of the first-inning success is Matt Skole. On the year, Skole is five for 12 in the first inning (.417), with a .500 OBP and .583 SLG. Skole has two doubles, two walks, a run scored and five RBIs in the first inning.

An Impressive Streak: After not reaching base for the first time all season Monday night, Brian Goodwin bounced back with another solid performance Thursday. The outfielder reached base three times with a single and two walks. Goodwin is second in the I.L. in OBP (.435) and fifth in average (.350). Goodwin’s 13-game hit streak matched the longest Chiefs streak of last season, when Trea Turner and Matt den Dekker each posted 13-game hitting streaks.

Offensive Catchers: Chiefs catchers have posted impressive numbers at the plate the last few games. The starting Chiefs catcher (Pedro Severino or Jhonatan Solano) has tallied a hit in ten of the last 12 games, including a second-inning single last night. Solano and Severino have combined to post a .293 average (12 for 41) with six RBIs in that span. Severino is currently up with the Nationals with Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list.

Chiefs Bites: Syracuse doesn’t have three players in the top 10 in the I.L. in batting average today for the first time since April 17th…With last night’s win, the Chiefs are 13-2 in their last 15 games against the PawSox…Dating back to last year, Isaac Ballou has reached base in seven of his eight career Triple-A games…Scott Sizemore walked twice yesterday, extending his team lead to 14. Sizemore ranks second in the I.L. in walks…The Chiefs eight wins at home are second most in the league so far this year (Columbus, 10).

Today in Chiefsville: April 28, 2016 – Rehab Central

 

Game #19 – Syracuse Chiefs (9-9) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (11-8)

McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pregame 11:50 p.m. // First Pitch 12:05 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP A.J. Cole (1-1, 7.71) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (0-0, -.–)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

C Pedro Severino recalled by Washington

LHP Sammy Solis recalled by Washington

C Nick Rickles added from Extended Spring Training

OF Ben Revere begins Major-League rehab assignment


Pregame Sound:

Today’s Pregame Interview – Ben Revere


Today’s Headlines:

Backs Against the Wall: Despite not scoring Monday, when the Chiefs have scored of late, the runs have come with two outs. 20 of Syracuse’s last 28 runs scored have come with two outs in an inning (71%). More specifically, in the three-game sweep of the RailRiders Friday-Sunday, 16 of the Chiefs’ 20 runs (80%) came with two outs. This included a stretch of 12 straight (last three runs Friday and all nine runs Saturday).

Trea Bien: Trea Turner singled in the eighth inning Monday, giving him an I.L.-leading 25 hits this season – after two days off, he now sits one off the league lead. Turner is also first in the league in runs scored (17), tied for third in stolen bases (6), tied for fifth in total bases (37), third in OBP (.430), fourth in AVG (.357) and fifth in SLG (.529). Turner holds the active Chiefs lead with an eight- game on-base streak.

Cole Mining: A.J. Cole looks to bounce back when he makes his fourth start of the season. Cole allowed eight earned runs in four and two-thirds innings pitched. That’s the most runs A.J. has allowed in his career. Before that outing, Cole had allowed two earned runs or less in his previous eight Triple-A outings dating back to last August 4th. The 12 hits allowed last time out were also a career high.

An Impressive Streak: Brian Goodwin’s impressive 13- game hit streak and 16-game on-base streak came to an end Monday. Goodwin posted slashes of .370/.443/.519 over the life of the on-base streak. The 13 games in a row with a hit is the longest streak of his career and ties the longest Chiefs streak of last season, when Trea Turner and Matt den Dekker each posted 13-game hitting streaks.

Offensive Catchers: Pedro Severino and Jhonatan Solano have posted impressive numbers at the plate the last few games. The starting Chiefs catcher has tallied a hit in nine of the last 11 games, including two from Severino last night. Solano and Severino have combined to post a .297 average (11 for 37) with six RBIs in that span. Severino is currently up with the Nationals with Wilson Ramos on the bereavement list.

Chiefs Bites: Syracuse still maintains three of the top 10 hitters in the I.L. with Trea Turner (4th in AVG), Brian Goodwin (7th) and Caleb Ramsey (10th)…Monday’s loss to Pawtucket snapped a 12-1 stretch (from last year’s final 13 games) against the PawSox…Dating back to last year, Isaac Ballou has reached base in seven of his eight career Triple- A games.

Today in Chiefsville: April 26th, 2016 – Chiefs and PawSox Postponed Tuesday

The Chiefs and PawSox short Ocean State portion of their week is now even shorter after Tuesday’s game was postponed due to rain. So after just one game Monday night, the Chiefs and PawSox will wait until Thursday to restart their series in Syracuse.

Tuesday’s game will be made up on Tuesday, June 21st at 5:35 p.m.

In the meantime, if you’ve missed anything so far this year there are two days to catch up…

This Week’s Podcast –

Also view this week’s highlights, pregame interviews, postgame thoughts, and turning points of the game.

We’ll talk to you Thursday.

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