DURHAM | OK...figure this one out.
The Syracuse Chiefs are 12th in the International League in at-bats, 7th in hits, 10th in doubles, 7th in home runs, 10th in walks, and 5th in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.
They are second in the league in runs scored with 399.
Must be that situational hitting (No. 1 in the league with runners in scoring position at .277 coming in and 8-for-16 for the night including a 4-for-4 first inning) that Manager Tony Beasley is always talking about.
The Chiefs put together a 14-hit, 14-run assault on the Durham Bulls on Thursday night in a 14-3 win.
Syracuse scored four times in the first, third and fourth as Corey Brown (see below) and Carlos Rivero extended hit streaks to 16-games, each.
Rivero ended up going 3-for-5 with an RBI and a pair of runs scored.
Seth Bynum (see below) drove in five from the No. 9 spot in the order.
The Chiefs line up is second in batting average (.262) and have the second fewest strikeouts (532) which makes those “Swing at Strikes” shirts they all wear seem pretty apropo.
Yunesky Maya gave up a first inning two-run home run to Henry Wrigley, but recovered to go six innings giving up seven hits, those two runs, walked two and struck out five. His ERA is down to 3.52 and his record improved to 6-5.
Relief man Jeff Mandel picked up a three inning save to save the bullpen giving up six hits, but only one run.
The Chiefs pitching staff has come back from a rough start, but still stands with a 4.16 ERA (4th worst in the league) with 319 Earned Runs (also 4th worst). The arms have struck out a league-low 479.
Jim Paduch was the sacrificial lamb for Durham as their taxed bullpen made him absorb 11 hits, 12 runs, 10 earned runs, four walks and a homer in the loss.
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Record, Standings: 42-38, 3.5 in Division, Wild Card
Nationals headline of the day: Fall in extras to the Mountaineers
Next Game: June 29 at Durham, 7 p.m.
Line of the Day: Seth Bynum, SS - 3-for-5, 2 2B, HR, 5 RBI, 2 R, 2 K
Bynum had not been swinging the bat as well as he would like, but his fielding makes up for it.
However, on Thursday he was a one man wrecking crew as his three-run bomb punctuated the fourth inning. It was his fifth round-tripper of the season.
Even though he is hitting .213 for the year, he has nine doubles, 27 RBI, and the five bombs making him a solid stick at the bottom of the lineup.
Brown-watch: 3-for-6, 3B, HR, 2 R, 2 RBI, K
Here is where Corey Brown is right now (in IL):
- 16-game hit streak - team high with Rivero
- .304 average (9th)
- 8 triples (2nd)
- 18 home runs (T-2nd)
- 62 Runs (1st)
- 48 RBI (8th, Leads team)
- 40 walks (8th)
- 286 At-Bats (9th)
- 72 strikeouts (12th)
- .594 Slugging (3rd)
Paul-Watch: 2-for-3, 2 2B, RBI, BB, 3 R
He is back up to .309 on the year which puts Paul (now officially) fourth in the league in hitting. He is 12 points back of Steve Pearce of Scranton-Wilkes Barre.
He was hitting as the DH tonight and came out for Jarrett Hoffpauir part way through this one, which could mean one of two things. Either he tweaked his knee (a little nagging problem for the last 10 days or so) or Hoffpauir needed an at-bat (also has been out with an ankle problem).
The doubles were the 14th and 15th of the season for Paul, while he drove in his 39th run of the season.