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Final Weekend v. Scranton

Should be a big crowd on hand tonight for a doubleheader against the Yankees. Tickets are still available down the lines in the 100 sections and in the 200 sections. If you can’t make it to the ballpark, you can listen to the games starting after the Yankees/Blue Jays finishes on 620 AM WHEN.

The starting pitching matchups for the games:

Game One: LHP Kei Igawa (14-5) @ LHP Ricky Romero (2-3)

Game Two: RHP Mike MacDonald (1-3) @ LHP Billy Traber

Yes the Yankees are the home team for the second game – that’s because that game is a makeup of a game rained out in Scranton last month. Just as the Chiefs were the home team for game two of their doubleheader in Allentown a few days ago, the Yankees will bat last in the nightcap of the doubleheader. Following that, fireworks will blast off leaving just one game on the schedule.

See you at the ballpark! 

What a Pitching Performance

After some sloppy defense in the first inning, Brian Wolfe, Mike MacDonald and Davis Romero teamed up to do as good as you could possibly do – retiring the last 26 batters of the game in a 5-3 win at Dunn Tire Park. 26 consecutive outs! One short of a perfect game except there were those pesky three runs beforehand. The Chiefs go for the sweep of the short two game set in Buffalo and head home to start a four game series with Charlotte tomorrow. Full game notes are available here.

Today’s game will air starting at 1:10 on NOVA 105.1 FM with first pitch pushed back 20 minutes due to the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame pregame ceremonies.

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SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their fourth series of the year. Syracuse swept a four game series in Buffalo April 15-18, Buffalo won two of three in Syracuse May 5th-8th and the Bisons won three of five in a home and home series July 6th-9th. The Chiefs lead the season series 8-5 while Buffalo leads the all-time series 464-395 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In this year’s head to head matchups, Hector Luna has crushed Bisons pitching, going 23-52 with a homer and 9 RBI. Among active Bisons, Jason Cooper leads Buffalo with 2 HR and 9 RBI against Syracuse.

 

LYDON ONE AWAY

Wayne Lydon needs one more steal to tie Alex Infante for the second most career steals with the Chiefs. Infante stole 92 bases in his Syracuse career from 1984-1989.  Lydon would also be the first Chief to steal 40 bases in one season since Eric Yelding swiped 59 bases in 1988. Lydon has been the leading base stealer for the Chiefs each of the last three seasons.. Lydon is the first Chiefs player to have stolen 20 bases three consecutive years.

 

TWO HITS ALLOWED

Chiefs pitchers had a very strong month of April, holding opponents to only two hits in three separate games, but hadn’t duplicated the feat since until yesterday. The last time Chiefs pitchers allowed just two base knocks was April 29th @ Lehigh Valley.

 

MOST STRIKEOUTS

Brian Wolfe (4), Mike MacDonald (2) and Davis Romero (11) combined for 17 strikeouts in just nine innings–the most by Chiefs pitchers this year passing the previous high of 16 May 25th at Norfolk. The Chiefs did not have any games with more than 15 strikeouts pitching last season. The last time the Chiefs struck out 17 was June 16, 2006 at Toledo in a 16 inning game against the Mud Hens. Syracuse lost the game 2-0 at Fifth Third Field.

 

ROMERO PERFECT THRU FIVE

The five perfect innings by the Chiefs reliever are the most in the International League since JA Happ fired seven perfect innings against Scranton Wilkes Barre in a continuation of a game July 17th. Romero’s 11 strikeouts tied a career high that he had accomplished twice before–most recently on August 10th, 2005 against Sarasota in six innings of work (allowed four runs, no decision). Romero struck out eight consecutive batters at one point before a Jorge Velandia flyout. Chiefs pitchers retired 26 batters in a row from the first inning through the end of the game.

 

July 9th v. Buffalo

Some notes on tonight’s game which can be heard on Sportsradio 620 WHEN beginning at 7:00 PM. Mike MacDonald (1-0) makes the start for the Chiefs against the Bisons’ John Halama (4-2). Full notes are available on the Chiefs website (syracusechiefs.com) under the stats heading.

SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Bisons meet for their third series of the year–a five game home and home set with two games in Buffalo and three in Syracuse in two days. Syracuse swept a four game series at Dunn Tire Park in April while the Bisons won two of three from the Chiefs at Alliance Bank Stadium in early May. The Chiefs lead the season series 7-4. Buffalo leads the all-time series 463-394 (Chiefs have .460 winning percentage). In the 2008 series, the Chiefs offense is led by Hector Luna (20-44, HR, 8 RBI) while the Bisons are led by Jason Cooper (7-28, 2 HR, 9 RBI)

 

THRUWAY SERIES

The Chiefs have the current lead in the 2008 Thruway series (Syracuse, Buffalo & Rochester) with a 12-7 combined record. The Red Wings are 11-9 while the Bisons trail with a 8-15 record against their Upstate New York rivals. The last time that the Chiefs own the Thruway series was in 1999. The Bisons have won six of the last eight Thurway season series with Rochester winning the other two.

 

BEATIN’ UP THE LEFTIES

Among current Chiefs batters, Danny Sandoval leads the way with a .378 average against lefthanders in a Chief uniform (.309 combined between Syracuse and Buffalo). Kevin Mench and Hector Luna also are hitting over .300 against left-handed throwers.

 

LEFTIES BEATIN’ ‘EM UP

Russ Adams is hitting just .186 against southpaws and Kevin Melillo and Matt Watson are each posting even .200 average against lefthanders in 2008 for Syracuse.

 

WIN STREAK?

The Chiefs have not won back to back games since June 19-20 against the Richmond Braves. After the 20th, Syracuse has a 7-12 record, increasing their deficit in the division from 1.5 games behind Pawtucket to 9 games trailing the Paw Sox.

See you at the ballpark!

Happy 4th of July! in Scranton Tonight

If you’re not making the two hour drive down to Scranton, bring the radio along to the fireworks and have a listen to the game on WHEN 620 AM. Here are some notes on tonight’s matchup (Kei Igawa v. Mike MacDonald). Full game notes are available here.

SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their third series of the year. The two split a doubleheader in late April at Alliance Bank Stadium while Scranton won two of three at home in June. The Yankees lead the season series 3-2 and the Scranton franchise leads the all-time series 188-144 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 14-7 against the Chiefs since becoming a Yankees affiliate in 2007. In the 2008 head to head matchups, Buck Coats is pacing the Chiefs offense (6-14, 2 RBI) while Alberto Gonzalex leads the Yankees (4-10, 2 RBI). There has been only one homer hit in the five games (Erik Kratz). The Chiefs have 12 of the 14 extra base hits in the season series as well.

 

LYDON STEALING AT WILL

Wayne Lydon has stolen 35 bases on the year after a ninth inning theft Wednesday which puts him on pace for 58. That would be the most since Eric Yelding stole 59 in 1988. The all-time record for a Chiefs player in a season is Walt Cazen with 74 stolen bases in 1945. Cazen is also the all-time leader with 140 stolen bases. Lydon sits in third place with 87–five behind Alex Infante.

 

AVOID THE 3-0 SCORE

The Chiefs have been shut out four times this year. All four shutouts have been by a 3-0 nothing final including the previous time they matched up against Kei Igawa on June 7th. On the other side, the Chiefs have won seven games via shutout–three of them have been by a 2-0 final including opening day.

 

SLUMPING

Russ Adams is just 6-69 (.087 batting average) since June 1st with only 3 RBI after he had 31 in the first two months of the season. Catcher Curtis Thigpen is 6-42 (.143 batting average) since June 1st. Chip Cannon is 10-69 (.145 batting average) since June 1st and hasn’t hit a home run since May 28th at Richmond.

 

STREAKING

Outfielder/First Baseman Matt Watson has a ten game hitting streak entering Independence Day. He’s 14-35 (.400) over the stretch. Watson is hitting .361 since June 1st. Danny Sandoval has driven in 21 runs since the first day of June–the most among any Chiefs player.

Also, Robinzon Diaz is on the comeback trail – he’s playing for the GCL Rookie League Blue Jays on rehab and has 10 hits in 19 at-bats.

IRON PIGS DEFEAT CHIEFS 7-2

The Syracuse Chiefs lost for only the second time this week 7-2 as the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs used two 3-run innings to post the victory.

The Chiefs line-up today consisted of: Joe Inglett 2B, Wayne Lydon CF, Adam Lind LF, Sergio Santos 3B, Russ Adams DH, Robinzon Diaz DH, Chip Cannon 1B, Curtis Thigpen C, Pedro Lopez SS, Matt Stairs RF.

Sergio Santos went 2 for 2 with a double and his third home run in as many days to lead the Chiefs 10-hit attack.  Curtis Thigpen also had two hits.

On the mound Brandon League pitched a scoreless 1st inning with 2-K’s before returning to the the major league club who left for Philadelphia later in the day.  Lefty Davis Romero gave up 3-runs in 3-innings of work, while Mike MacDonald followed him giving up with 3-earned runs as well in 3-innings on 5-hits.  Sean Stidfole pitched the final two frames giving up 1-run on 3-hits.

In the AA-game Armando Benitez stretched it out a bit by pitching 2-innings for the first time giving up 3-runs on 4-hits.  It was the first time Benitez pitched more than 1-inning in a game this spring after signing with the Blue Jays as a free agent on March 11th.

The Chiefs now 7-6-1 will take on the Scranton Yankees in Tampa on Friday and Saturday in Dunedin before returning to Syracuse on Sunday.

IRON PIGS NIP CHIEFS 3-1

The Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs nipped the Syracuse Chiefs on Saturday 3-1, despite six strong innings from Jays starter Dustin McGowan who skipped the game in Tampa vs the Yankees.

McGowan who will make one more start before the 2008 season begins went 6-innings giving up only 3-hits, 2-runs (1 earned) and struck out 8 batters.  Bubba Nelson relieved McGowan and went 2-innings giving up 3-hits and 1-unearned run, but struck out 3.  Tracy Thorpe pitched another scoreless ninth inning.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of:  Wayne Lydon CF, Ryan Klosterman 2B, Russ Adams DH, Robinzon Diaz DH, Adam Lind LF, Curtis Thigpen C, Chip Cannon 1B, Sergio Santos 3B, Ryan Patterson RF and Marcus Cabarl SS.

The Chiefs had only 5-hits (Lydon, Diaz, Santos, Patterson, Patton) with Diaz providing the only RBI.

With McGowan pitching for the Chiefs, Mike MacDonald pitched in the AA-game vs Reading and gave up 8-runs on 6-hits and 3-walks in 2-innings of work.  He was relieved by lefty Joey Matumoto who was tagged for 3-runs on 3-hits in 2-innings in a 13-6 defeat.

The Chiefs are off today and will resume their final week of exhibition baseball on Monday before returning to Syracuse one week from today.

YANKEES DEFEAT CHIEFS 7-3

The Syracuse Chiefs played another team on Monday – Scranton, but the result was the same as the Yankees defeated the Chiefs 7-3 in Dunedin.  The Yankees jumped on starter Ricky Romero for 3-runs in the 1st inning and one more in the 2nd inning before he left.

Mike MacDonald and Jeremy Cummings limited the Yankees to 1-run on four hits for the next 5-innings before Jean Machi pitched the final two frames.  He gave up 2-runs on 3-hits.

At the plate the Chiefs line-up included Joe Inglett-2B, Pedro Lopez-SS, Adam Lind-DH, Dave Smith-RF, Chip Cannon-1B, Ryan Patterson-LF, Robinzon Diaz-C, Sergio Santos-3B, Wayne Lydon-CF.

The Chiefs scored one run in the first inning on a double by Inglett and an RBI double by Smith.  They tacked on another run in the third inning on a single by Wayne Lydon and an RBI single by Adam Lind after Lydon stole second base.  They scored their third run in the 9th inning when David Smith doubled for the second time and scored on a RBI-single by Chip Cannon. The Chiefs had seven hits, 2 by David Smith.

The Chiefs travel to Tampa today to play the Yankees at 1:00 PM.

CHIEFS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK (6/25 – 7/1)

BATTER OF THE WEEK: 2B Russ Adams put together a solid week hitting .440 (11-for-25). Adams picked up three doubles as well as drove in two runs. The University of North Carolina product had four multi-hit games including a three-hit night at Norfolk June 30th.

Honorable Mention: OF John-Ford Griffin hit four home runs and drove in six runs for the Chiefs. Also, Griffin learned he’d be representing the Chiefs on the field at the Triple-A All-Star Game.

PITCHER OF THE WEEK: RHP Victor Zambrano earned the knod over a slew of great starting pitching performances for the Chiefs. Zambrano made one start throwing 7.0 innings giving up just two hits and two runs against Charlotte. The righty earned the win while walking three and striking out a season-high eight batters. The former Met and Devil Ray retired the final 14 batters he faced.

Honorable Mention: RHP Mike MacDonald was a tough luck loser twice this week. In total MacDonald went 12.2 innings giving up eleven hits walking just one batter and striking out seven in two starts. He was 0-2 with a 2.84 earned run average. And RHP Josh Banks was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in one start against Charlotte. Banks struck out nine and walked none for his seventh win of the season.

AROUND THE FARM: MATHEWS

Inside the Chiefs’ “Around the Farm” takes a look this week at Outfielder Aaron Mathews who is in his first season with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

Mathews_1 Mathews saw a 16-game hit streak come to an end on Sunday going 0-4 vs. Portland.  The 16-game streak tied Mathews with Adam Lind and Maikel Jova for the longest streak in franchise history.  During the streak the 5’10″ right-handed hitter hit .403 (27-67) and overall for the month of June he is hitting .355 (22-62) with 2 HR and 9 RBI.

Mathews’ hot June has vaulted him into the top of the Eastern League batting race where he currently finds himself second with a .335 overall average on the season trailing just Jesus Merchan of Reading.  The 25-year old Oregon resident also ranks 5th in the Eastern League with a .522 Slugging Percentage.

After a rough Sunday at the plate Mathews must have enjoyed seeing his Alma-matter, the Oregon State Beavers, capture their second straight NCAA Baseball Championship.

Mathews was drafted by the Jays in the 19th round of the 2004 draft.  While other members of the ’04 draft class Curtis Thigpen, Adam Lind, Jesse Litsch and Casey Janssen have sky-rocketed their way through the system to Toronto, Mathews is among a group of a solid class (David Purcey, Ryan Klosterman, Kyle Yates, Patton, Chip Cannon, Mike MacDonald) who are working their way through the system with hopes of finding a spot with the Jays in the future.

Entering 2007 Mathews’ home run numbers weren’t eye popping, just one HR for every 73 at-bats , but he has improved his power stroke this year hitting 5 HR in his first 203 at-bats (one HR per 41 at-bats).  And despite lacking the long ball  he lead his team in triples in each of his first three professional seasons (2004-06) and had career 23 doubles in 2006. 

The Blue Jays went the free agent route to fill the outfield in Syracuse for 2007(Mottola, Vento, Duncan, Lydon) but you can be sure that Toronto is taking notice of Mathews solid performance in Double-A so far this season and a trip to Syracuse is in Mathews’ future.

FISHER CATS UPDATE

Kevin Gray, who covers the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats for The New Hampshire Union Leader had a nice article Friday summarizing the Fisher Cats recent homestand.

During a eight game homestand New Hampshire won six games including four comeback wins.  Including games this weekend the Fisher Cats are 12-7 and in second place in the Northern Division of the Eastern League, five games behind Trenton.

Santos_1 After a slow start Sergio Santos has heated things up.  Over his last 10 games Santos is hitting .316 with 7 doubles, 5 HR and 10 RBI and now leads the Eastern League with 6 HR on the season.  Santos has committed 5 errors in 17 games at shortstop.  Arizona Fall League MVP Chip Cannon is hitting just .194 with 3 HR and 8 RBI.

Purcey David Purcey is off to a strong start on the mound with a 3-1 record a 2.81 ERA.  Purcey ranks second in the Eastern League with 28 strikeouts and has show increased control this season, walking just four batters.  Two other Fisher Cat hurlers also have 3 wins, Mike MacDonald (3-0, 2.19) and Jesse Litsch (3-1, 1.19).

In the bullpen 36 year old Rookie Jo Matumoto, a side-arming lefty, started the season with nine plus scoreless innings and currently boasts a 1-0 record and a 2.53 ERA while allowing just five hits in  10-plus innings.  Jordan De Jong has allowed just six hits and one earned run in over 14 innings while striking out 18 opponents.  Former Chiefs closer Lee Gronkiewicz (1-0, 2.25)has 3 saves in 9 appearances.

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