Chiefs lose second 14-inning game of season
SYRACUSE | The ball really isn’t bouncing the Syracuse Chiefs way.
In the bottom of the 14th with a runner on first and no outs, down 1-0, Brett Carroll put down a sacrifice bunt try. As he lunged for the bag, the throw bounced off the back of his helmet and into right field.
He was called out for interfering with the play.
Syracuse lost to the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees, 1-0.
It is the ninth loss in the last ten games for Syracuse who are tied with Rochester for last in the International League North Division.
“I can’t tell if he is in or out of the line,” Syracuse manager Tony Beasley said as he is the third base coach for the Chiefs. “I know he (the umpire) isn’t looking to make that call. You hope that it is not called, but he made it. It didn’t go our way and we couldn’t change it.”
Including the five innings of a suspended game that the two teams made up earlier in the afternoon, Syracuse hasn’t scored in its last 23 innings.
“We had been really good with runners in scoring position, but we haven’t as of late,” Beasley said about the Chiefs 0-for-8 mark with runners on second and/or third on Thursday. “It will get better. We will pick it up.”
Carlos Rivero led off the 12th with a double - the only extra base hit of the night - and moved up on a sacrifice bunt. The Chiefs tried to squeeze him home, but Manny Mayorson missed the attempts as the Yankees called for a pitch out.
“It was a frustrating day for us,” Beasley said.
For as much as the Syracuse bats have struggled over the past week, the pitchers have come around.
Jeff Mandel threw five innings of one-hit ball, while he struck out four in his second start of the season. Reliever Erik Arnesen worked 3.1 innings of scoreless relief on Thursday/Friday to improve his scoreless streak to 20-straight frames.
“I’m doing all right. I can’t complain,” Arnesen said. “(The splitter) has been working great and it is getting a lot of great movement. It is definitely just go out there and play. When you try to go out there and not give up runs then you are definitely going to give up runs. No matter what you do it always happens that way.”
This was the second time this season that Syracuse has played 14 innings and both games have ended with losses.
The game started at 46-degrees with 16 mile per hour winds, Bryce Harper in the outfield, and Tyler Moore at first base.
It ended on a 91-degree day with only four Syracuse Chiefs that started the game still in the building.
Mitch Atkins finished with the first nine inning complete game of the year, but the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Yankees finished off a 3-0 win over Syracuse that started on April 10 and finished on June 12.
The loss dropped Atkins to 0-2 (at the time) as he went the distance giving up five hits, one earned run, while walking six and striking out four. He threw 151 pitches with 94 strikes over the two dates.
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Record, Standings: 44-48, 8.0 GB in Division, 6.5 GB Wild Card
Nationals headline of the day: Second half starts on Friday
Next Game: vs. Scranton/Wilkes Barre, 7 p.m.
Line of the Day: 2 walks
While not scoring on Thursday night/Friday morning, the Chiefs walked just twice in 53 plate appearances. .
Brown-watch: 2-for-6, 2 K; 0-for-2, 2 BB, K (suspended game)
Brown reached base for the 30th-straight game with a pair of singles in the 14-innings.