The Syracuse Chiefs (46-30), were dominant both offensively and defensively this weekend, winning their games Saturday and Sunday by a combined score of 25-3.
On Saturday, they scored 11 runs...in the second inning...en route to a 16-3 victory. The Chiefs accumulated 21 hits in the process, and scored the 16 runs without hitting one out of the park. Steven Souza Junior led the team with five RBIs, while Brock Peteron and Will Rhymes led the way with four hits apiece. Chiefs starter James Simmons (1-1) went seven innings, giving up three runs and struck out five Bulls.
On Sunday, Souza Junior picked up where he left off, hitting a solo home run in the first inning, his ninth of the season. The Chiefs would get two more runs in the second. Jeremy Hellickson, rehabbing his way back to the major leagues, was on the mound for Durham and was not ready for the Chiefs lineup after that. Syracuse would score two more runs in the second, then a Tyler Moore double scored two more in the third, chasing Hellickson from the game after just five innings. Blake Treinen (4-0) stayed perfect for Syracuse, tossing six scoreless innings, striking out eight Bulls.
Syracuse will wrap up their 8-game road trip on Monday in Durham with a 1:05 first pitch. They will then come home to NBT Bank Stadium with doubleheaders this week on Tuesday and Thursday, as they remain on top of the International League standings.