Syracuse splits doubleheader with Lehigh Valley

The Syracuse Chiefs (6-3) split a doubleheader with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs (4-5) on Sunday, losing the first game 5-2, and winning the second game on a walk-off single 3-2.

In the first game, the Chiefs scored in the first inning, but Yunesky Maya (0-1) gave up four runs in the sixth, which was too many for the Chiefs to overcome in the final two innings (each game was seven innings long). Lehigh Valley pitcher Ethan Martin (1-0) pitched five innings, giving up one run, three hits and struck out eight Chiefs batters in the 5-2 win.

In the second game, Syracuse once again came out swinging in the first inning. Will Rhymes and Jeff Kobernus both singled to start the game, and Corey Brown reached on an error. Chris Marrero singled, driving in Rhymes, and Mike Costanzo grounded into a double play which scored another run.

Lehigh Valley scored a run in the fifth and the seventh to tie it up, sending the game into extra innings. Kobernus singled again, and Brown laid down a sacrifice bunt, moving Kobernus to second. Kobernus stole third base, Marrero walked and Mike Costanzo was intenionally walked to load the bases. After Zach Walters grounded into a force out at home, Jimmy Van Ostrand singled to centerfield to end the game, giving the Chiefs of 3-2 victory.

The Chiefs stay home at NBT Bank Stadium for a four-game series with the Buffalo Bisons starting on Monday night at 6:00.