TOLEDO | Mitch Atkins twirls a gem and seven of the first eleven batters reach base with a hit.

It is a pretty good way to pick up the fifth win on an eight-game swing through Ohio.

The Syracuse Chiefs, behind Opening Day Starter Atkins’ six scoreless two-hit innings, rolled over the Toledo Mud Hens, 7-0, to end their road trip, 5-3.

Erik Arnesen came in and gave up three hits in three innings of relief to complete the shutout as the Chiefs have shutouts in five of their 22 wins this season.

Atkins improved to 4-3 with a 3.07 ERA in the win. Taking out Opening Day, Atkins has a 21-9 Strikeout to Walk ratio. He also has three-straight quality starts.

Corey Brown led the way with five RBI, three coming on a home run, but more on him below. Xavier Paul and Brett Carroll both hit doubles as the eight of the Chiefs nine starters had at least one hit.

Audio Highlights: from @ChiefsRadio

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Record, Standings: 22-24, 6.5 GB

Nationals headline of the day: Racing Presidents are 'Cuse bound

Next Game: May 24, vs. Columbus (Cleveland), 7:00 p.m.

Line of the Day/Brown watch: Corey Brown, DH - 2-for-5, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 1 R, .286 BA, .394 OBP, .513 SLG, .926 OPS, 46 games at lead-off

There must be something to getting your own “watch.”

For the third straight day, Corey Brown hit a home run.

I am a staunch John Sterling, ahem, disliker, but lets surmise what a Corey Brown home run call would be for the warbler:

Downtown Corey Brown

Get out of Town Corey Brown

That’s Big Apple Corey Brown

No Clownin’ Around it’s Corey Brown

Corey Brownout

The ball belongs to the seats, but the homer belongs to the Core


Corey anything but Light

Core Temperature Rising

A Core-us Line

How about now? Brown, Holy Cow.

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Ben Meyers can be reached at (315) 282-2557,, or on Twitter @CitizenMeyers

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