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Rocket, Jimy and the berm…

Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in Florida as we closed out the Spring Training tour by watching the Mets take on the Braves on their home turf at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney.

Before the game, we were able to touch base with former Blue Jays manager, Jimy Williams, who is now serving as a special instructor for the Atlanta Braves minor league system. 
Also had the pleasure of talking to former Chiefs player and coach, Rocket Wheeler, who is now managing the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the South Atlantic League–the Atlanta Braves Single-A affiliate. After spending his first 24 years in the Blue Jays organization, Rocket has spent the past eight with the Braves.
One of the special features of Champions Stadium in Disney, is the entertaining berm that stretches down the left field line, around the foul pole and ends at mid-left centerfield. It was so inviting that Jason Benetti and myself decided to file our video blog which you will be able to see on Thursday morning.
–New York Mets shortstop and former Chief, Russ Adams, continues to make his case to make the Mets team as a non-roster players. Adams stroked 3 hits and 3 RBI’s against the Braves this afternoon.
–Down the road in Jupiter, the Nats become 0-8 as Garrett Mock and JD Martin surrendered two runs a piece in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.
–Justin Maxwell recorded his first hit of the spring, which happened to be a solo home run off of Mitch Boggs in the 8th inning.
–Hall of Fame broadcast announcer, Milo Hamilton, made an appearance at Disney’s ESPN Club on Thursday and was quite entertaining. 

Ron Guidry Night July 29th

It’s a battle of former first round picks at Alliance Bank Stadium tonight as the Chiefs open up a series against the Scranton Yankees. Former Yankee great Ron Guidry will be here and tickets are going quickly with a couple hours to go before the game.

Here’s some notes on tonight’s matchup. Full game notes are available here.

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SERIES HISTORY

The Chiefs and Yankees meet for their fourth series of the year. Two have been splits while Scranton won two of three June 7-9. The previous series in Syracuse became a one-day doubleheader because of rain which was split. The Yankees lead the season series 4-3. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre leads the all-time series 189-145 (Chiefs have .434 winning percentage). Scranton is 15-8 against Syracuse as a Yankees affiliate. In this year’s matchups, Buck Coats leads the Chiefs offense (7-23, 2 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI) while Eric Duncan leads the Yankees (6-20, HR, 6 RBI).

 

STOP THE TREND

The Chiefs picked up their first series win against Indianapolis  since winning three of four games against Richmond June 19-22. In between, Syracuse lost seven series and split two. The Chiefs hadn’t won a road series since May 13-16 when they won three of four games at Knights Stadium. The Chiefs finished 4-4 on their 8-game roadtrip to Indy and Louisville.

 

TEAM HIGHS

Yesterday’s blowout over Indy had many impressive team performances: The Chiefs tied a season high with two triples (done five times), set a season high 21 hits (previous high 18 June 6th v. Columbus). Syracuse scored more than ten runs for the first time since June 22nd against Richmond, The win was a 13 run win, the largest run differential passing the 12 run 18-6 win May 14th at Charlotte. Every starter had a hit for the first time since a June 29th at Lehigh Valley.

 

INDIVIDUAL HIGHS

Russ Adams and Danny Sandoval had four hits each yesterday–tying the Chiefs season highs and tying career highs. Sandoval also tied the 2008 Syracuse high with three runs scored. Adams was only a home run away from hitting for the cycle.

 

THAT SECOND INNING

The 11-run inning was the most of any game this year, passing the nine runs they put on the board in the seventh May 14th at Charlotte. The Chiefs pounded out 12 hits in the inning. The Chiefs had 45 runs in the second inning in the previous 107 games.

 

LAST ELEVEN RUN INNING

May 1st, 1983 5th inning in 18-14 win at Tidewater: The Chiefs rallied from a 6-0 deficit for the win. Darryl Strawberry hit a homer and drove in four for the Mets. Fred Manrique and Gino Petralli drove in three for the Chiefs improving to 6-9 on the year.

 

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.

CHIEFS ROSTER ANNOUNCED

The Syracuse Chiefs announced their 24-man roster for the start of the 2008 baseball season today.  They include:

Lefthanded Pitchers:  David Purcey, Bill Murphy, John Parrish, Jesse Carlson, Mike Gosling and Davis Romero.  Righthanded Pitchers:  Josh Banks, Kane Davis, Shawn Camp, Jordan DeJong, Bubba Nelson and Tracy Thorpe.

Catchers:  Curtis Thigpen and Robinzon Diaz (Kevin Nelson will be placed on the disabled list).

Infielders:  Chip Cannon (1B), Joe Inglett, Hector Luna, Sergio Santos (3B), and Pedro Lopez.

Outfielders:  Russ Adams, Adam Lind, Wayne Lydon, David Smith, Matt Watson.

Coaching Staff:  Doug Davis, Mgr, Rick Langford, Pitching Coach, Al LeBoeuf, Hitting Coach, Charlie Poe, Coach, Robert Helmick, Strength Coach, Jon Woodworth, Trainer.

 

 

 

CHIEFS DEFEATED BY YANKEES 7-1

The Syracuse Chiefs were defeated in their final exhibition game of the spring 7-1 to the Scranton Yankees in Dunedin, Florida on Saturday.

The Chiefs line-up consisted of:  Joe Inglett 2B, Curtis Thigpen C, Adam Lind RF, Sergio Santos 3B, Russ Adams LF, Pedro Lopez SS, Josh Kreuzer 1B, Marcus Cabral SS, Chris Demons CF.

Chris Demons had two hits for the Chiefs while seven other players all had one hit a piece.

Blue Jays pitcher Shawn Marcum stayed behind and pitched for the Chiefs and went 7-innings giving up 11-hits and 7-runs (4 earned, but had 8-strikeouts.  Darryl Harrang pitched a scoreless 8th, while Sean Stidfole also pitched a scoreless ninth.

David Purcey pitched 5-innings in the AA-game and gave up 4-hits, 1-run and struckout 6 batters.

The Chiefs finished 7-8-1 during the Spring and will travel to Syracuse on Sunday.

 

 

 

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.

CHIEFS CONTINUE TO WIN

The Syracuse Chiefs continued to score runs as they defeated the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6-5 today in Clearwater, FL pounding out 14 more hits after yesterday’s 24.

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

Sergio Santos led the Chiefs with 3-hits, while Wayne Lydon went 2 for 5 with 3-RBI, two triples and 2-runs scored.  Joe Inglett also had two hits, while Adam Lind belted a solo home run in the ninth inning that broke the tie and gave the Chiefs the win.

On the mound Gustavo Chacin went 3 1/3 innings giving up 4-hits, 3-walks and 2-runs.  Billy Murphy pitched 3-innings of shutout baseball striking out 2, while Joey Matumoto pitched 2-scoreless innings to earn the win.  Jordan DeJong gave up 2-hits and 3-walks in 1-inning of work and was touched up for 3-runs.

The AA-New Hamphisre Fisher Cats saw Ricky Romero toss 4-innings giving up 2-runs, while righty Jean Machi gave up 6-runs in 3-innings of work.

The Chiefs now 7-5-1 (5-1-1 this past week) will take on the Iron Pigs for the final time this spring on Thursday in Dunedin.

CHIEFS CRUSH DURHAM 18-4

The Syracuse Chiefs crushed the Durham Bulls today 18-4 behind a 24 hit attack that saw seven players record two or more hits. 

The Chiefs line-up today consisted of Joe Inglett 2B, Wayne Lydon CF, Russ Adams LF, Curtis Thigpen 1B, Adam Lind DH, Sergio Santos 3B, Robinzon Diaz C, Marcus Cabral, Fortier RF.

Three Chiefs players slugged home runs, Santos, Cabral, and Lind, while Russ Adams had three doubles among his 4-hits.  Robinzon Diaz went 5 for 6 with a double and three RBI and scored 4-runs.  Joe Inglett had two hits including a double and 4 RBI, while Wayne Lydon had four hits. 

On the pitching mound, Armando Benitez pitched one scoreless inning with 2-K’s, Shawn Camp tossed a scoreless inning before Brian Wolfe surrendered 2-runs in one inning of work.  Kane Davis pitched 4-innings and gave up 1-run on 4-hits and struck out 4.  Bubba Nelson pitched a scoreless inning with 2-K’s and Tracy Thorpe pitched 2-innings giving up 1-run, but struck out 4 of the seven batters he faced.

At the AA-game, more big league pitchers needing innings work as Randy Wells pitched 2-innings giving up 2-runs, but struck out 4, Josh Banks went 4-innings giving up 10-hits, 5-runs with 6-strikeouts.  Lefties Mike Gallo and John Parrish both pitched two scoreless innings to finish the game.

The Chiefs are now 6-5-1 and take on the Lehigh Valley iron Pigs on Wednesday in Dunedin

CHIEFS EDGE BULLS

The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Durham Bulls this afternoon in St. Petersburg, FL 8-7 behind a 12-hit attack.  With the win the Chiefs are now 5-5-1 (4-1-1 this week).

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

Sergio Santos and Russ Adams each homered and drove in two runs in the game, while Curtis Thigpen had two hits including a triple and two RBI’s.  Joe Inglett had three hits including a double and Ryan Klosterman also had two hits.

On the mound David Purcey started and went 3 1/3 innings and gave up 6-hits, 4-runs (2 earned) and struck out 4.  Kyle Yates pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up 3-runs.

Sean Stidfole came on to pitch 2-scorless innings with 2-strikeouts and Cody Crowell pitched a perfect ninth to nail down the win.

The Chiefs and Bulls battle for the final time this spring on Tuesday in Dunedin.

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