BUFFALO/SYRACUSE | Coming back from vacation with a 3-3 split over the final six games of the season for the Chiefs against the Buffalo Bison, lets get to it.
August 2: W, 2-0
Yunesky Maya left the mound with a hug.
Allowing only two hits over 7.2 innings the starter put up his best start of the season as he struck out seven and walked just two to tame the Herd.
Syracuse scored in the seventh and ninth as the Chiefs had but three hits in the win that took a robust 2:19 to complete.
Line of the Day: Carlos Rivero, 3B - 1-for-2, R, HR, RBI, BB
Rivero has been on a tear since the All-Star break.
Going into the game on Aug. 7, Rivero was hitting .375, with a .434 on-base percentage, and a .670 slugging percentage since the time-off when he played in Buffalo.
August 3: L, 13-7
For as stingy as the hurlers were on the 2nd, the batters beat them up on the 3rd.
Buffalo crushed the Chiefs in a 19-hit barrage that included six doubles and four home runs.
Syracuse picked up 15 of their own knocks, but only a Rivero double, and homers by Corey Brown (his first game back with Syracuse since homering in the bigs) and Jarrett Hoffpauir went for extra bases.
Eight of the Chiefs nine position starters had a hit while all of the Bison with more than one at-bat (Kirk Nieuwenhuis started, but was yanked quickly for a likely big league call up) had a hit.
Line of the Day: Jarrett Hoffpauir, 3-for-4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI, BB
An up and down season for Hoffpauir at the plate as he has been dinged a few times this summer.
It was his first round-tripper of the season.
August 4: L, 1-0
My mom was born on the same day as Barack Obama. Since she is still in her 30s (wink/nod) the years are different.
Despite 10 hits, the Chiefs were shutout in the loss.
Again, all of the position starters had a hit, but Chris Schwinden was able to scatter eight of the hits over six innings as he struck out six.
Tanner Roark had his third-straight solid start as he went seven innings giving up six hits and a lone run as he walked one and struck out four.
Christian Garcia worked a hitless inning with a pair of strikeouts.
Line of the Day: Jim Negrych 2B, 2-for-5
It is well documented at this point, but it is always good to see the hometown guy do well.
August 5: W, 12-5
On the front end of a doubleheader, the Chiefs scored a pair in the fifth and then a three-spot in the bottom of the sixth for the comeback win.
In 87 pitches of work, 56 of which were strikes, Zach Duke struck out a season-high eight giving up five hits, a walk and three runs. Duke picked up his 12th win of the season in the International League.
Duke, who induced his 18th double play of the season, kept looking like he will be a solid Strasburg replacement.
Line of the Day: Eury Perez, LF - 2-for-3, RBI, BB, K
The Perez Dispenser has been rolling through his first 18 games.
More on that below.
August 6: L, 4-3
The rally in the nightcap fell short.
Syracuse outhit the Bison 7-3, and scored three runs in the seventh, but couldn’t come all the way back from a second inning Matt Den Dekker grand slam.
It was a bullpen day on the mound with Mitch Atkins going two innings of hitless relief with three strikeouts.
Line of the Day: Eury Perez, 1-for-4, 2B, RBI
Mark Teahen drove in his 47th run of the season as well.
August 7: W, 4-3
Yunesky Maya had another unique exit and win.
Maya (10-8) worked into the seventh inning and as he was being lifted manager Tony Beasley asked him to stick around for an extra second as he tried to leave.
No hugs were exchanged this time.
All in good fun.
Maya gave up seven hits, and all three runs, as he walked three and struck out four.
Hassan Pena and Mike MacDougal both had holds in front of a two-inning save by Christian Garcia.
Garcia has worked 17.1 straight-scoreless innings.
Mark Teahen hit a two-run triple in the fifth that was a bounce away from an inside-the-park home run for the three-dog owner on Bark at the Park night.
Eury Perez lined a single off of the pitcher and then went on to go 2-for-5 as he is on an 18-game hitting streak to start his Triple-A career.
Collin McHugh struckout eight in six innings for Buffalo.
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Nationals Headline of the Day: Rendon back in Potomac
Next Game: Aug. 8 at Pawtucket 7 p.m.
Line of the Day: Chiefs Infield, 3 Double Plays
Maya forced three twin killings during his 85 pitches of work of which 52 were strikes.