After two games down I-90, the Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings shifted their home and home series to Syracuse Saturday night, with the Chiefs taking home a 7-1 victory.
Syracuse got out to an early lead when Chris Marrero singled in Corey Brown in the second inning after Brown nearly missed a home run that bounced off the top of the right center field wall, resulting in only a triple. Later in the same inning, All-Star Zach Walters would score on a Will Rhymes sacrifice fly to extend the Chiefs lead to 2-0.
The Walters-Rhymes duo would extend the Chiefs lead to 3-0 in the fourth inning when Walters scored on a single by Rhymes.
Rochester would deny Chiefs starter Yunesky Maya a shutout when Oswaldo Arcia crushed a solo home run in the top of the fifth over the playground behind the right field wall to cut the Chiefs lead to two. But, in the bottom half of the inning, Zach Walters would stay hot by blasting a two-run homer over the centerfield wall to extend the lead to 5-1. The Chiefs would solidify their win when Tyler Moore doubled in both Will Rhymes and Chris Rahl in the bottom of the sixth, giving the Chiefs a 7-1 lead that would hold up until the end.
Yunesky Maya picked up his fifth win of the season for the Chiefs going six and two-third innings with two strikeouts, a walk and an earned run. Liam Hendricks took the loss for the Wings. The Chiefs are now 11 and half games back of the North Division leader Pawtucket while the Red Wings are now five games back of first place.
The two finish off their four game home and home series tomorrow at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs will send out Ryan Tatusko to take on Andrew Albers and the Red Wings. First pitch is scheduled for 5pm.