The Syracuse Chiefs (1-2) split their doubleheader with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (2-1) on a sunny, but chilly Sunday afternoon. The doubleheader was the first games the two teams played since Opening Day.
In game one, the Chiefs got on the board early, as RailRiders pitcher Chase Whitley walked Jeff Kobernus and Steven Souza, Jr., leading to a two-RBI Brock Peterson double.
Those two runs were more than enough for Chiefs hurler Taylor Hill, who threw six shutout innings, allowing just three hits and struck out five RailRiders. A Zach Walters sac fly in the sixth put Syracuse up 3-0, which was the final score in seven innings.
The scoring took longer in the second game, as both teams were held scoreless until the fifth inning. In the top of the fifth, the RailRiders loaded the bases on Chiefs righty Josh Roenicke. RailRiders shortstop Carmen Angelini hit a double in the left-centerfield gap, giving Scranton/W-B the 2-0 lead. They'd tack on two more runs in the inning as well.
RailRiders pitcher Brian Gordon tossed five innings, shutting out the Chiefs and allowed just one hit. He struck out four in the process. Syracuse couldn't get anything going in the final two innings either, falling 5-0 in the nightcap.
Syracuse will travel to Pawtucket on Monday, taking on the Red Sox for a three-game series. Blake Treinen will take the mound for the Chiefs, first pitch scheduled for 6:15 p.m.