Today in Chiefsville: April 25, 2016 – PawSox Week

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After a three-game sweep of the RailRiders over the weekend, the Chiefs have arrived in the Ocean State for the start of PawSox week. Syracuse and Pawtucket are scheduled to play two at McCoy Stadium, have an off day Wednesday, and then will play four at NBT Bank Stadium from Thursday-Sunday.

The Chiefs had great success against the PawSox last year, winning 14 of 19 games including 13 of the final 16 meetings between the clubs. That included a seven-game, home-and-home sweep last August to start the Chiefs season-high 11-game win streak.

Syracuse has been so effective with two outs of late, scoring 71% of its runs over the last six games in those spots. Yesterday, Brendan Ryan’s three-run first inning homer was part of four two out runs, after all nine runs Saturday came with two outs.

The Chiefs also continued its first-inning success yesterday, with five first stanza tallies. That gives Syracuse a quarter of its runs this year in the first inning.

Can the Chiefs continue these trends? We’ll find out tonight at McCoy. Hope you can join us.


Game #18 – Syracuse Chiefs (9-8) vs. Pawtucket Red Sox (10-8)

McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, Rhode Island

Pregame 6:00 p.m. // First Pitch 6:15 p.m.

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

RHP Paolo Espino (0-1, 4.09) vs. RHP William Cuevas (1-1, 6.17)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Pregame Sound:

ICYMI: Sunday Conversation with Billy Gardner, Jr.

Yesterday’s Highlights

Yesterday’s Postgame Interview – Brendan Ryan

Today’s Pregame Interview – Brian Goodwin


Today’s Headlines:

Backs Against the Wall: The Chiefs scored four two-out runs in a 7-4 win over the RailRiders yesterday to sweep the series. This continues an impressive stretch for the Chiefs offense. Over the last six games, 20 of Syracuse’s last 28 runs scored have come with two outs in an inning (71%). More specifically in the last three games, 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). Syracuse has increased its season average with runners in scoring position with two outs from .186 to .247 in the last two games.

Good Life: Brian Goodwin reached twice yesterday with a single and a walk, extending his hitting streak to 13 games and on-base streak to 16. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 20 hits in his first 54 at- bats, good enough for the fourth-best average in the I.L. (.370). Goodwin has hits in 15 of 16 games and has reached base in all 16 he’s played. The former first-round pick’s 13- game hit streak is the longest of his professional career. Goodwin’s streak matches the longest Chiefs hitting streak from 2015. Matt den Dekker and Trea Turner each tallied 13-game hit streaks a season ago.

LOB City No More: The Chiefs have started to improve their offense with runners on base. Over the last five games, Syracuse has averaged 6.8 runners left on base per game, and is 20 for its last 62 with RISP over those five contests (.323). This comes after averaging 10 runners left on base per game over the previous eight contests and going 18 for 83 with RISP (.217).

Trea Bien: Trea Turner singled and scored twice yesterday, giving him a league leading 17 runs scored this year. Turner is also tied for first in hits (24), tied for second in total bases (36) and in stolen bases (6), fourth in on-base percentage (.440), and tied for sixth in average (.364). The Chiefs shortstop has reached base in six straight games.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: The Chiefs struck for five first-inning runs yesterday including Brendan Ryan’s first home run of the season. Syracuse has tallied a team .387 first-inning on-base-percentage this year, and has scored 15 runs in the opening stanza. Those 15 runs equal more than a quarter of the total runs scored by the Chiefs this year (25.9%)

Slump Buster: After a slow start offensively, Brendan Ryan is red hot. Ryan started just 2 for 25 at the plate, but he’s tallied six hits in his last 12 at-bats the last three games, with a 2B, HR, and three RBIs.

Today in Chiefsville: April 24, 2016

Game #17 – Syracuse Chiefs (8-8) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-8)

NBT Bank Stadium, Syracuse, New York

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

Coverage: The Score 1260 // SyracuseChiefs.com

LHP Aaron Laffey (1-0, 1.00) vs. RHP Tyler Cloyd (1-0, 0.57)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Sunday Conversation with Billy Gardner, Jr.


Today’s Headlines:

Backs Against the Wall: The Chiefs scored all nine runs yesterday with two outs, including their seven-run eighth. Syracuse has now scored 12 runs in a row, and 16 of its last 21 runs with two outs. The Chiefs went four for eight yesterday with RISP and two outs.

Good Life: Brian Goodwin had just one plate appearance yesterday after coming in as a defensive replacement, but he made it count. Goodwin hit a two-run double with the bases loaded in the eighth, starting the Chiefs eighth- inning rally. With the hit, Goodwin extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 19 hits in his first 51 at-bats, tied for the fifth-best average in the I.L. (.373). Goodwin has hits in 14 of 15 games and has reached base in all 15 he’s played. The former first-round pick’s 12-game hit streak is now his longest as a Chief, surpassing his 11-game streak from April 10th-21st of 2014. Goodwin is now one-game short of matching the longest Chiefs hitting streak from 2015. Matt den Dekker and Trea Turner each tallied 13- game streaks a season ago.

LOB City No More: The Chiefs have started to improve their offense with runners on base. Over the last four games, Syracuse has averaged 6.6 runners left on base per game, and is 15 for its last 50 with RISP over those five contests (.300). This comes after averaging 10 runners left on base per game over the previous eight contests and going 18 for 83 with RISP (.217).

Trea Bien: Trea Turner hit his second home run of the season last night, part of a three for five day at the plate. Turner also doubled, drove in three and scored a run. Turner is fourth in the I.L. in average at .377, tied for first in hits (23), fourth in on-base percentage (.457), tied for second in stolen bases (6), first in runs scored (15), and third in total bases (35). The Chiefs shortstop has reached base in six straight games.

No Walks Allowed: Chiefs starter Austin Voth did not walk a batter yesterday. In the last turn of the rotation (Laffey, Espino, Cole, Hill, Voth), the Syracuse starter did not walk a batter in three of the five outings and walks one or fewer in four of five starts.

Marti Party: Jason Martinson reached base twice yesterday, extending an on-base streak to six games. Martinson, who had the game-winning hit against SWB two days ago, has posted an impressive .458 on-base percentage over the life of the streak, tallying five hits and six walks.

Inside Pitch Podcast Episode 3 – Prospect Watch

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On this week’s Inside Pitch podcast, we discuss some of the top prospects that played against and for the Chiefs this week. Plus we relive the week in Chiefsville with some of the plays and sounds of the week with Trea Turner, Sammy Solis, Billy Gardner, Jr. and more.

Today in Chiefsville: April 23, 2016

Game #16 – Syracuse Chiefs (7-8) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-7)

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, 3.00) vs. RHP Kyle Hayes (1-0, 4.50)


Today’s Lineup:

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Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Streak Busting: The Chiefs picked up a 4-3 victory over the RailRiders, snapping a three-game losing streak. While Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took the lead in the fifth on Nick Swisher’s home run, it was Jason Martinson whose fifth- inning triple plated the go-ahead run. Martinson leads the Chiefs with eight RBIs.

Good Life: Brian Goodwin reached base twice yesterday with a single and a walk, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 18 hits in his first 50 at-bats, good enough for the tenth-best average in the I.L. (.360). Goodwin has hits in 13 of 14 games and has reached base in all 14 he’s played. Goodwin’s 11-game hit streak ties his longest as a Chief. He also hit in 11 straight from April 10th-21st of 2014.

LOB City No More: The Chiefs have started to improve their offense with runners on base. Over the last four games, Syracuse has averaged 6.25 runners left on base per game, and is 10 for its last 36 with RISP over those four contests. This comes after averaging 10 runners left on base per game over the previous eight contests.

Austin Powers: Austin Voth tries to regain his form from his first Chiefs start in his third outing this afternoon. Voth did not allow a run in six three-hit innings on April 13th against Buffalo. Voth has posted an impressive 12 strikeouts and no walks in his first two career Triple-A outings.

Roster Roulette: After not having a roster move for a staggering 10 days, the Chiefs shuffled six pieces on the board Thursday, and each made an impact Friday. Isaac Ballou doubled and drove in a run in his first Triple-A start of the season. Dating back to last year, Ballou is now seven for 23 in his Triple-A career (.304 average). Abel De Los Santos made his Triple-A debut last night throwing a scoreless inning and a third. De Los Santos, who threw two games in the majors last July, struck out one and walked one last night. Kevin Keyes started at first base in his return to the Chiefs.

Backs Against the Wall: RBI hits by Isaac Ballou and Jason Martinson yesterday both came with two outs. Over the last four games, seven of the Chiefs 12 runs scored have come with two outs.

Today in Chiefsville: April 22, 2016

Game #15 – Syracuse Chiefs (6-8) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (8-6)

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, 1.64) vs. RHP Chad Green (0-1, 1.32)


Today’s Lineup:

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Pregame Sound:

Yesterday’s Highlights

Today’s Interview – Kevin Keyes


Roster Moves:

None


Today’s Headlines:

Leading the Way: Through the first 14 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 53 for 138, good enough for a .384 average.

Multi-Hit Caleb: Despite an 0 for 3 performance yesterday, Caleb Ramsey has starred with the Chiefs so far this year. Ramsey holds the circuit’s third-best season average at .421. Ramsey is also second in the I.L. in on-base percentage (.476).

Good Life: Not to be outdone, Brian Goodwin extended his hitting streak to ten games with an infield single in the fourth inning. Goodwin is off to a fine start to his year in his return to Triple-A, with 17 hits in his first 47 at-bats, good enough for the eight-best average in the I.L. (.362). Goodwin has hits in 12 of 13 games and has reached base in all 13 he’s played.

Trea Bien: Trea Turner walked in the first inning yesterday and came around to score his league-leading 13th run of the year. The I.L. Batter of the Week for April 11-17, Turner is second in the league in stolen bases, tied for second in hits, fifth in on-base percentage and average.

Early Bird Gets the Worm: The Chiefs have had great success offensively in the first inning so far this year. After a walk and single in the first yesterday, Syracuse holds a .400 team on-base percentage in the first inning this year. The first-inning run yesterday was the Chiefs’ 10th in the frame this year, totaling more than a quarter of the teams total runs (26%).

King of the Hill: Taylor Hill faces SWB for the second straight start today. Five days ago, Hill retired the final 13 batters he faced in a six-inning, one-run (unearned) outing. Hill had just a single start in 2015 where he didn’t allow an earned run – his first start of the season (4/11 @ SWB, 6 IP, 2 R, 0 ER).

Roster Roulette: After not having a roster move for a staggering 10 days, the Chiefs shuffled six pieces on the board yesterday. 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 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

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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

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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.

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