SYRACUSE | Who are these guys and what have they done with the Syracuse Chiefs from the first three weeks of the season?
Syracuse ripped off 14 more hits in an 8-0 beatdown of Buffalo on Tuesday. The Chiefs have 29 hits in their last two wins.
Brett Carroll hit his first home run as a Chief in the lineup that has turned into a juggernaut since the loss of both Bryce Harper and Tyler Moore to the parent Nationals.
Every position player had a hit for Syracuse as they struck for three runs in the fourth and a pair in both the sixth and eighth.
Third baseman Carlos Rivero continued to step up into the void left by the departed prospects. He was 3-for-5 with three runs scored and bounced his average up to a season-high .296.
Jarret Hoffpauir was 3-for-5 as well with a pair scored and one driven home.
Mark Teahen continued to lead by example as he is 6-for-6 this season with the bases loaded (sac fly on Tuesday) and is up for .291 after a 2-for-4 evening.
Jason Michaels is at the Mendoza border as he was 2-for-4 with a pair driven in on a wringing double off the outfield fence. Michaels is 7-for-17 against lefties with seven runs batted in this season. Against the northpaws he is 7-for-54 with four driven in.
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Record, Standings: 10-15, 5.5 GB, out of the basement
Nationals headline of the day: Bryce Harper throws the ball very hard, plus, he and Moore make D.C. debuts...after hot start, Nats have lost five in a row
Next Game: May 2 at Buffalo (N.Y. Mets), 6:05 p.m.
Line of the Day: Zach Duke, P - 7 IP, 3 H, 3 BB, 5 K, 4.18 season ERA
Coming into the night, the Bison were the No. 2 team in the International League in batting with a .276 average and Duke chewed through them.
He threw 104 pitches (with 60 strikes) in his first shutout start since his time in the desert as he face only five more than the minimum.
The start is the second seven-inning start in a row for Syracuse as MLB vet John Lannan went seven and gave up only a single run last night.
The Chiefs still have the third-highest ERA in the league, but the last 14 innings by the starters have been solid.
Austin Biben-Dirkx came in with two innings of shutout relief to bounce back from some rough appearances. He also navigated the bases, somehow.
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