Syracuse, New York
Saturday, May 22nd
For Mike's birthday, we wanted to at least do 'something' (his big birthday present is the Mets game in a couple of weeks), so we headed to Syracuse for a Chiefs game. For his birthday dinner, Mike requested the Spaghetti Warehouse, so we headed there first before going over to Alliance Bank Stadium for the Chiefs game against the Toledo Mud Hens. Home after the game.
Syracuse Chiefs 3, Toledo Mud Hens 2
Syracuse, N.Y. - Centerfielder Pete Orr hit a pair of solo home runs to help the Syracuse Chiefs, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, win 3-2 against the Toledo Mud Hens Saturday night at Alliance Bank Stadium. The win was the Chiefs sixth in a row. Toledo saw its own six-game winning streak come to an end with Saturday night's loss.
Orr hit home runs over the right field fence to begin both the first and the seventh innings. The home run in the seventh on the first pitch of the inning put the Chiefs (26-15) ahead for good. Orr now has five home runs on the season, tying him with Chris Duncan and Chase Lambin for the team lead.
The Mud Hens (24-19) put together four hits against Chiefs pitching. One of those came in the sixth inning when outfielder Ryan Strieby launched a two-run home run over the wall in left field.
Chiefs starter J.D. Martin pitched eight innings and picked up the win for Syracuse. It was Martin's first win in over a month and his second of the season. He struck out five and only allowed three hits in his 86-pitch outing.
Toledo threatened in the ninth, advancing runners to second and third on singles by Maxwell Leon and Brent Dlugach. Joel Peralta struck Deik Scram out looking to end the game, giving the closer his twelfth save in twelve chances.
Alfredo Figaro lasted six innings for the Mud Hens and got out of a bases loaded jam to end the sixth inning. The Toledo righty only allowed one earned run, lowering his ERA to 2.85.
Scott Drucker tok the loss, dropping him to 2-2. He gave up Pete Orr's go-ahead home run to start the seventh. Drucker came back to pitch a scoreless eighth inning.
Leonard Davis put together a two-hit game for Syracuse to raise his batting average up to .345. Catcher Carlos Maldonado added an RBI walk and a double for the Chiefs.
The Chiefs and Mud Hens square off again Sunday afternoon. Syracuse's Ron Villone (1-1, 5.73) versus Toledo's Enrique Gonzalez (2-4, 3.69) will be the pitching matchup. First pitch will be at 5 p.m.