The Syracuse Chiefs (52-36) beat the Pawtucket Red Sox (46-45) 7-6 in the bottom of the 9th in NBT Bank Stadium on Saturday night. With the win, the Chiefs avoided going into extra innings for the second straight night, and for the sixth time in seven games.
It was a back and forth affair in the middle innings, as the Chiefs lead 2-0 in the second inning until the Pawsox scored three in the top of the third. The Chiefs then responded with three of their own in the bottom of inning, leading 5-3. But, Pawtucket then responded with two runs in the top of the fourth, tying the game 5-5. Brandon Laird had three RBIs for the Chiefs in the win.
A Steven Souza Jr. sacrifice fly gave the Chiefs a 6-5 lead in the bottom of the seventh. But a Xavier Cedeno wild pitch in the top of the ninth made it much more interesting, as Ryan Roberts scored to tie the game 6-6.
In the bottom of the ninth, it first looked like the Chiefs would win in walk-off fashion, as Jeff Kobernus singled to rightfield, with Sandy Leon on second. But, Leon was thrown out by a bullet of a throw at home by Alex Hassan. With two outs, a Zach Walter singled to keep the inning going. Then, Drake Britton intentionally walked Steven Souza to load the bases. With Tyler Moore at the plate, Britton threw four balls in a row...walking Moore and the winning run Jeff Kobernus in from third. Brandon Laird had three RBIs for the Chiefs in the win.
The Chiefs are back in action on Sunday night, when they hit the road to take on Gwinnett. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 p.m.