Fans line up, weather cooperates, but Chiefs fall to Railriders on Opening Day

The Syracuse Chiefs (0-1) fell to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Railriders (1-0) 4-1 on Opening Day in NBT Bank Stadium on Thursday.

The game marked the beginning of an era for the franchise, with new GM Jason Smorol now at the reins and a brand new front office. 6,661 fans showed up to watch the new era begin.

But, it was the Railriders who spoiled the 50 degree and somewhat sunny day in the ballpark, scoring in the very first inning. Chiefs starter Danny Rosenbaum forced Zoilo Almonte to ground into a double play in the 1st, but, Jose Pirela scored in the process, putting the Railriders up 1-0.

They'd score a little more loudly in the 4th. First Russ Canzler doubled on a deep drive to centerfield, with a Brian Goodwin throwing error advancing him to third. After Rosenbaum was able to get two outs, close to escaping the jam, Ramon Flores tripled to right field, scoring Canzler and putting the Railriders up 2-0.

A Chiefs error followed by another Canzler double in the 5th drove in two more runs, making the lead 4-0.

Syracuse finally got on the board in the 5th. Brandon Laird singled off of Railriders starter Bruce Billings, then Jhonatan Solano doubled, putting runners on second and third with no outs. Eury Perez, who went 2-3, drove the ball through the hole up the middle, scoring Laird and making the score 4-1.

The Railriders bullpen was solid from there on out, with Billings (1-0) getting the win and Matt Daley earning the save. Rosenbaum (0-1) pitched five innings, giving up four runs, nine hits and struck out two Railriders.

2013 IL home run leader and Chiefs shortstop Zach Walters went 2-4, while catcher Jhonatan Solano went 2-3.

Syracuse returns to action on Friday for a 5 p.m. first pitch, fireworks are scheduled to occur (weather permitting) after the game. Taylor Hill will take the mound for the Chiefs.