Syracuse, New York

Friday, June 15, 2012

A beautiful weather night in Upstate New York, fireworks night at the B-Mets game, and a hankerin' for baseball sent us north to Syracuse. Not much to say other than that - drove up, watched most of the game, came home.

Syracuse, NY - Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (38-30) may have been down heading into the bottom the seventh, but they certainly weren't out. The Yankees used a four-run seventh, highlighted by a Jack Cust RBI single to break a 4-4 tie and overcome a three run deficit to win game two of a four game set with the Syracuse Chiefs (32-35) 5-4 on Friday night at Alliance Bank Stadium. The Yankees struck first, taking a 1-0 lead in the home half of the third inning. Colin Curtis led off the inning with a single to right field, but ended up being the victim at second base of a fielder's choice by Ramiro Pena. Chris Dickerson then came up and dropped a one-out single to short left field, and a hustling Pena went from first to third giving the Yankees runners on the corners. Corban Joseph then sent a sacrifice fly near the left field foul line, allowing Pena to score from third on a close play.

The Syracuse offense awoke in the top half of the fifth inning. Corey Brown led off the inning with a single to right field, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankee starting pitcher Dellin Betances recovered getting Erki Komatsu to fly out to left and striking out Mark Teahen. However, Brett Carroll singled and Xavier Paul crushed a three-run homer over the right field wall, giving the Chiefs the 3-1 advantage after 4 innings of play. The Chiefs added an insurance run in the top half of the seventh inning on an RBI single by Paul. It was his fourth RBI of the night, swelling the Chiefs lead to 4-1 heading into the seventh inning stretch.

The Yankees came all the way back, eventually taking a 5-4 lead with a four-run bottom half of the seventh inning. Pena got things started for the Yankees with a two-RBI triple, which traveled all the way to the right field wall. Pena later scored on a wild pitch from Syracuse reliever Ryan Perry tying the game at 4-4. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre then took the 5-4 advantage, as Dickerson scored from second on an RBI single right back up the middle off the bat of Jack Cust. Corban Joseph was thrown out at third, trying to go from first to third on the Cust single. However, Dickerson crossed home plate before Joseph was thrown out and the Yankees took the lead heading into the eighth inning.

Justin Thomas picked up the win for the Yankees improving to 1-0 on the year. Thomas pitched the final 2.1 innings of shutout baseball, while striking out three and walking one. Perry suffered the loss for the Chiefs falling to 1-1 on the season.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Syracuse take the field on Saturday evening at 7:00 for game three of a four game series at Alliance Bank Stadium. Right-hander D.J. Mitchell (5-3, 5.43) takes the mound for the Yankees, while the Chiefs send southpaw John Lannen (5-6, 5.27) to the bump.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Total Mileage: 160 Miles

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