SYRACUSE | Mark Teahen confirmed that he is going to be teaching his son to hit left-handed.
That son should probably listen to the International League leader in doubles.
Teahen reached base five times in a 3-for-3 night as the Syracuse Chiefs kept rolling with its eighth-straight win as they swept away the Gwinnett Braves, 10-6, on Monday at Alliance Bank Stadium.
“I was able to barrel two balls up and get one to trickle through. I got in a funk a few days ago, so I have been working on a few things,” Teahen said as he hit double No. 23 on the season to tie him for first place in the league in two-baggers.
Teahen came around to score his first of two runs on a Jim Negrych single. He was back at third base in the field and made a couple of short hop stops as well on Monday. He has played mostly first base this season in Syracuse with Tyler Moore shuffling back and forth with the big leagues and Chris Marrero just working his way back from injury.
“It’s fun. I love playing over there,” said about the return to the Hot Corner. “I know circumstances had me playing my majority at first. But it is fun to be back over there for a few days in a row.”
Syracuse, once 12.5 games back in the International League’s North Division, are 4.5 games back of Pawtucket that was just swept by Louisville. The Chiefs are 3.5 games out of a playoff spot a little more than halfway through the season.
The Chiefs finished their longest “homestand” of the season, 21 total days which included three “away” games against Scranton-Wilkes Barre, 14-6. They travel to Durham and Norfolk for back-to-back four-game series.
On Monday, Negrych, who had a seven-game hit streak snapped yesterday, had a pair of RBI singles, but his biggest play came when Syracuse forced the issue.
He laid down a bunt with runners on first and second and none out in the fifth that the Braves threw away. A pair of runs scored.
“There is still a lot going through my mind, we are still playing situational ball. We are still doing little things as well,” Manager Tony Beasley said about his team that is hitting better than .300 with runners in scoring position. “The guys are swinging the bats really well and getting big hits. The offense has really been flowing, but we are still bunting and moving guys over and doing the little things in certain situations to score more runs.”
Brett Carroll went 2-for-5 and, despite the best efforts of one writer, improved the team’s best hit streak of the season to 14 games.
Carlos Rivero, getting a night off, has a 13-game hit streak and Corey Brown (see below) is also up to a Baker’s Dozen in a row. Erik Komatsu hit his second home run in as many days as the Chiefs matched their season-high in hits with 15. Marrero, who finished 2-for-5 with a pair of runs knocked in, is hitting .296 in his return to Syracuse from a torn hamstring.
“(The idea) is to just keep playing good ball,” Teahen said about the eight-game road trip the Chiefs are going into. “We have played decent at times on the road (14-19), but this is a big road trip and we have to keep this momentum.”
Teahen plans on being in all four against the Bulls starting tomorrow, but the Tides might have to take a backseat to more important matters.
“We are still trying to figure it all out, but any day now I could get a phone call. I have my phone close to me,” he said about the birth of his first son. “We’ll see about the Norfolk trip, but I’m going to Durham. Yeah, it is awesome. I am really really excited. Gotta stay focused on baseball in the field, but at a moment’s notice it could switch over to that.”
Just make sure he hits left handed.
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Record, Standings: 40-37, 4.5 GB division, 3.5 back Wild Card
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Next Game: June 26 at Durham, 7 p.m.
Line of the Day: Zach Duke, PH and Jeff Mandel RP - 2-for-2
The Chiefs, a longtime American League affiliate, had a pair of hits by, technically and literally, relief pitchers in a nine-inning game on Monday. There was no documentation on the last, if any, time that happened in Syracuse.
With a shortened bench due to some needed rest, Zach Duke hit a pinch hit single in the fifth. Jeff Mandel, who worked three innings of one-run relief, hit a single for himself in the seventh inning.
“We were able to be very fortunate,” Beasley said. “It was huge.”
“When you are hitting well as a unit the confidence goes up. We are in a really good place mentally right now and we just have to ride it out,” Beasley said.
He probably didn’t expect it from the pitching staff though.
Brown-watch: 1-for-4, BB, 2 R, RBI, K
Brown is up to a career-best 13-game hit streak with a second inning single.
He walked and scored in the first on the Komatsu homer.
He also made a pirouetting catch out in center tonight.
Nursing a little bit of a knee injury, Paul got another night off.
Beasley confirmed that Paul could have played in an emergency, but he wasn’t needed and got a chance to rest again.
Paul has a ten-game hit streak.
The requirement to join the league batting race is 2.7 at bats per game. Paul, hitting a league second-best .315, has 2.69 ABs/Game right now.