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Alejandro De Aza crushes walk-off winner, gives Syracuse Chiefs win over Louisville

Alejandro De Aza (30) celebrates his walk-off home run on Thursday night, giving the Chiefs a 5-4 win over Louisville.

It's no secret the Syracuse Chiefs are among the worst teams in Triple-A, Minor League Baseball in 2017.

However, perhaps signs of a late-season surge, the Chiefs have strung together back-to-back wins in dramatic fashion, capped off by Thursday night's walk-off winner in the bottom of the ninth inning.

With two runners on-base, trailing 4-2 in the bottom of the ninth, Alejandro De Aza sent a rocket off the bat to right-center field. Louisville's outfielders gave it chase, but to no avail, the ball had sailed over the fence.

It was a three-run home run for De Aza, giving the Chiefs the 5-4 win.

"Well, he [Alejandro De Aza] got into an advantage count," Chiefs manager Billy Gardner said following the big win. "He got a fastball and he's just a professional hitter. He's got a lot of experience under his belt. He knows how to navigate through an at-bat very well, real good eye at the plate when he gets into an advantage count. It's a situation where he knows a fastball is coming. He knows how to get the bat head on it.

"It's exciting for us to have a walk-off," Gardner added, "especially after last night. We scored four in the eighth last night and then come out and walk it off tonight. One thing these guys never do is they never quit. They play until the last out."

The Chiefs will be back at home on Friday night for a 7:05 p.m. start, taking on the Gwinnett Braves from NBT Bank Stadium.

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