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Syracuse Chiefs drop season finale on 'Fan Appreciation Day', finish year 54-87 overall

Syracuse Chiefs manager Billy Gardner walks off the field following Monday's season finale loss to the Buffalo Bisons.

The 2017 season has come to an end for the Syracuse Chiefs.

Following Monday's 3-2 loss to the Buffalo Bisons, the Chiefs ended the year with a 54-87 overall record.

That's good enough for 33 games under .500 and last place in the International League.

However, in Syracuse's defense, its parent club [Washington Nationals] suffered plenty of injuries throughout the season.

The Nationals were forced to pluck from Syracuse's roster in order to fill the open spots.

Among those who left Syracuse early: Andrew Stevenson.

"We had a good group of guys here," Stevenson said following the game. "I'll take friendships -- they last a while. That's a big thing. We had a good group of guys here. We tried to come ready to play everyday. Sometimes we didn't get the job done and get the win. That's part of this developmental process, so we'll see what happens."

"As far as winning was concerned, it was tough from that standpoint. But we moved a lot of players up," Chiefs manager Billy Gardner said. "The big club had a lot of injuries and we had the players ready to go fill-in. They did a heck of a job at the Major League level. That's what it's all about. These guys really stayed at it, competed, and played hard until the end."

Stevenson, however, returned to Syracuse once Jayson Werth and Trea Turner came back to the Nationals after recent injuries.

Stevenson, along with other select Chiefs, will more than likely get the call to Washington for the post season run, which is when the roster expands from 25 players to 40.

It's now officially the off season for the Chiefs, who will return to NBT Bank Stadium in 220 days for the 2018 season opener.

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