The Syracuse Chiefs used a barrage of singles to defeat the Rochester Red Wings on Tuesday evening, 6-4. The Chiefs tallied 13 total hits, all of them singles, while scoring all six of their runs in one inning. Every player in the Syracuse lineup had at least one hit, while Taylor Hill pitched seven strong innings on the mound to earn the victory.
Rochester (65-52) jumped out to an early lead against Hill. To open the second inning, Daniel Palka lined a home run over the fence in right field, spotting the Red Wings a 1-0 advantage. The homer was the team’s 102nd of the year, second in the International League behind only Columbus’ 106.
Syracuse (52-64) responded in a big way in the third inning off Rochester’s Pat Dean. The Chiefs knocked eight hits in the frame en route to grabbing a 6-1 lead. Christopher Bostick led off the inning with a single before moving to second on Caleb Ramsey’s hit. Michael Taylor tied the game at 1-1 by driving in Bostick. Matt Skole then gave the Chiefs the lead with a fourth straight single to plate Ramsey. After a visit to the mound from pitching coach Stu Cliburn, Neftali Soto tacked on another single which scored Taylor and made the lead 3-1. Matt den Dekker capped the singles streak at six straight with a ground ball up the middle and into center. Skole scored to move the lead to 4-1 while Soto advanced to third. Dean finally earned the frame’s first out when Jason Martinson hit a sacrifice fly to right field. This drove in Soto to make the Syracuse lead 5-1. With Zach Collier at the plate, den Dekker stole second base. Collier then capitalized with the runner in scoring position, hitting another single to score den Dekker from second.
The Red Wings earned a run back in the sixth inning. Tommy Field started the frame with a wall-ball double off Hill. Two batters later, Adam Brett Walker roped a triple into the corner in left field to score Field and cut the Chiefs’ lead to 6-2.
Rochester got to Hill once again in the seventh. A second triple in as many innings helped the Red Wings score. This one came from James Beresford, who lined the pitch into the left-field corner with one out. The ensuing batter Wilfredo Tovar singled home Beresford to shorten the Syracuse lead to 6-3.
Taylor Hill left the game after that seventh frame. He allowed the three earned runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking just one. The outing for Hill marked his fifth quality start in his last six outings. Trevor Gott replaced the starter in the eighth before giving way to Rafael Martin in the ninth.
Rochester managed to score once again in that inning against Martin. Beresford reached on an error by Bostick at second base with one out to give the Red Wings a base runner. After pop out later, Martin walked John Ryan Murphy to put runners on first and second. Field then hit a pop up into right field, which dropped due to a miscommunication between Bostick and den Dekker for an RBI single. Beresford scored to cut the lead to 6-4. Logan Schafer now represented the go-ahead run at the plate. Martin struck him out, though the ball got by Jhonatan Solano and to the backstop. However, after a conference between umpires, the pitch was ruled to have hit Schafer’s foot as he swung, making it a dead ball to end the game. The save for Martin was his 21st on the season, good for second in the International League.
Syracuse and Rochester meet again Wednesday evening for the middle game of this three-game series. The Chiefs have scheduled Austin Voth to start against the Red Wings’ Adalberto Mejia. First pitch in the game is set for 6:35.