SYRACUSE | The former No. 4 and No. 5 hitters for the Syracuse Chiefs are now the No. 6 and No. 7 hitters for the Washington Nationals.
After a Friday callup of Bryce Harper and a morning call for Tyler Moore, the Triple-A affiliate managed seven scattered hits in a 5-2 loss to Charlotte on Sunday.
“We have been scuffling on offense,” Syracuse manager Tony Beasley said. “We haven’t been getting much going early and we have always been playing from behind. It’s tough. It’s tough.”
Syracuse is 2-12 when getting fewer hits than an opponent and 3-13 when the opponent scores first.
The Knights had a four-run rally in the third punctuated by a home run by Dan Johnson who has three big flies in the past two days against the Chiefs.
“He got us again,” Beasley said. “We have made some pitches to him outside of what we have planned.”
Johnson has driven in 10 runs in the series for Charlotte including a grand slam in an 11-1 win on Saturday.
“It is about executing a plan,” Beasley said. “It seems like everytime we have made a mistake he has hit it out of the ballpark.”
With the regular heart of the lineup out for Syracuse, Carlos Rivero hit his first home run of the season for the Chiefs with a solo shot in the fifth. However, there is no timetable for Harper or Moore’s returns to Syracuse, little lone, if they will come back at all. Much is predicated on Ryan Zimmerman and Mark DeRosa coming back from injury and the performance of the prospects in the big leagues.
Relief pitcher Ryan Perry was also called up to the Nationals on Friday with Brad Lidge going on the DL.
“We are ecstatic. That is what you want, guys to be able to help the big club,” Beasley said.
The Chiefs has been outscored this season by 33 runs (117-84) and all of the wins had come by five runs or less. Half of the victories have been by one run. Getting back the punch in the lineup could help.
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Record, Standings: 8-15, 7.0 GB
Nationals headline of the day: Comparing, contrasting Tyler Moore and Bryce Harper with manager Tony Beasley
Next Game: April 30 vs. Charlotte (Chicago White Sox), 6 p.m.
Line of the Day: Carlos Rivero, 3B - 2-for-4, HR, .258 season BA
The power in the lineup is going to have to come from elsewhere with the gutting of the Syracuse lineup. Rivero could be a big part of that.
Last season he led the Reading Phillies (Double-A, Philadelphia) in doubles with 36 and was second in hits (135) and third in RBI (66).
A converted shortstop, he is the youngest member of the roster since the departure of Bryce Harper.
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The first news of the move came around 7 a.m. The best part is probably that Moore’s number is 57.