SYRACUSE | Welcome back home fellas. Can you take it easy on the baseballs?
The Syracuse Chiefs scored 12 runs and had 11 hits in the first three innings as they rolled past the Columbus Clippers, 13-4, at Alliance Bank Stadium on Thursday.
The game is the first of a four-game mini homestand that culminates with the team’s first fireworks night on Sunday.
Eight of the nine Chief starters had a hit, seven of the nine Chiefs starters scored, seven of the Chief starters drove in a run.
Jhonatan Solano, Brett Carroll, and Seth Bynum doubled, Corey Brown tripled, and Bynum and Brown both homered.
The beneficiary of the surge was Zach Duke (5-2) who went six innings, allowed four earned run, and struck out a pair.
Audio Highlights: from @ChiefsRadio ("If you came looking for a chess match, you have found a gunfight")
Record, Standings: 23-24, 6.5 GB
Next Game: May 25, vs. Columbus (Cleveland), 7:00 p.m.
Line of the Day: Jhonatan Solano, C - 2-for-5, 2B, 2 R
Finally returning from a neck injury, Solano had a double in his first plate appearance since coming off of the DL.
With catching in the Nationals system being taxed with injuries in the majors having Solano return can only help the Chiefs.
Brown-watch: 3-for-5, HR, 3B, R, 2 RBI
Brown’s average jumped eight points (.286 to .294) after Thursday night.
There is no way around it, he has been on fire for almost all of May.
He leads the Chiefs in homers with 11, his OBP is.399 coming lead-off spot, and he has 101 total bases with the next closest Chief at 61 (Teahen).
In the field, he doesn’t make a lot of diving catches and laser throws because he doesn’t have to. He reads the ball well enough to make it unnecessary.
Here are some ifs: If the Nationals want Tyler Moore to get some time in the OF and if they need a solid OF bat, it seems like Brown solves some problems.
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