Jeff Mandel tosses six-hit shuout, second straight CG SHO for Chiefs
GWINNETT | Jeff Mandel wasn’t as good as John Lannan, but he got the same result.
Mandel allowed six hits and struck out four as he threw the second consecutive complete game shutout for the Syracuse Chiefs in a 7-0 win at Gwinnett on Sunday.
Lannan tossed a complete game three-hit shutout against the Braves, 1-0, yesterday.
The complete game shutout was the third for the Chiefs since August 11 when Zach Duke pulled the deed with a three-hit shutout of LeHigh Valley in an 11-0 win.
Syracuse has thrown back-to-back shutouts on 30 different occasions since 1961. The last time was in a doubleheader on May 18, 2002 when Mike Smith and Mark Hendrickson were the winning pitchers in two-straight shutouts of Indianapolis, 8-0 and 6-0, respectively.
Mandel evened his record at 5-5 and lowered his ERA to 2.70 on Sunday as he used 102 pitches, 69 strikes, to get the win.
Offensively, Eury Perez picked up his first career Triple-A triple as he drove in two and Carlos Rivero went 3-for-5 with a run and two runs batted in.
Duke went eight scoreless in his next start after the shutout before giving up a run, but both Mandel and Lannan will probably get a chance to join a group of seven Chiefs that have thrown back-to-back shutouts.
The last to pull that feat was Scott McGregor on June 12 and 17 in 1975.
Alan Closter threw three-straight blanks for Syracuse between Aug. 24 and Sept. 2, 1973.
Syracuse, as a team, has one string of three-straight shutouts which came from April 28-29, 1989 when Alex Sanchez (11-0), Xavier Hernandez (2-0), and Steve Cummings (1-0) were the consecutive winning pitchers.
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Record: 65-71 (7-1 needed for .500)
Nationals Headline of the Day: Washington actually swept away
Next Game: Aug. 27 at Charlotte 5 p.m.
Line of the Day: Sandy Leon, 3-for-4, 2 2B, RBI, BB, K
Leon is hitting .381 in Syracuse this season (16 games) with four doubles and a pair of home runs.
He is only strengthening his call-up possibilities.
He picked off a runner at first base on defense, as well .
Brown has been cold lately (8-for-37 over last 10), with call-ups upcoming, a day off can only help.