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Home Opener success- Chiefs play and win first game of 2018 in Syracuse

The Syracuse Chiefs outlasted Norfolk 9-8 in 10 innings on Thursday night (Matt Hauswirth)

Around these parts, it's just a victory for the Syracuse Chiefs to play on opening day.

Safe to say they did that and more on Thursday night.

After a 90 minute rain delay, the Chiefs played their first home opener on its scheduled day since 2015. The game itself was a barnburner with Norfolk.

Eventually, the Chiefs utilized a new rule to take out the Tides 9-8 in 10 innings.

The new rule in the International League allows teams to start any extra inning with a runner on 2nd base. Syracuse was able to get out of that jam with Norfolk's runner in the top of the 10th before striking in the bottom of the frame.

Rafael Bautista started the bottom of the 10th on 2nd when the second batter, Adrian Sanchez brought him home with the game winning hit.

With the win, the Chiefs improve to 5-2 and lead the International League's North Division.

The game started and ended with fireworks on the field for the Chiefs. Back to back solo home runs by Jose Marmolejos and Chris Dominguez spotted Syracuse a 2-0 lead.

Norfolk responded with five in a row for a 5-2 lead before the Chiefs tied it thanks to Spencer Kieboom, who finished the night with 3 RBI.

The teams traded blows after the score was tied at 5, both scoring two in the 7th inning. Norfolk took the lead at 8-7 in the 8th before an Alejando De Aza sacrifice fly tied the game in the bottom of the 9th setting the stage for the walk-off win.

The Chiefs are scheduled to play Norfolk again at 1:05 p.m. Friday.


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