LOUISVILLE | The roadtrip started with a bang and then the home team had a bigger bang.
Jim Negrych hit an RBI triple in a three-hit two-run opening inning for the Chiefs, but the Bats countered with three runs in the bottom half as the Syracuse Chiefs lost to the Louisville Bats, 4-3, in the first of a four-game series on Memorial Day.
Carlos Rivero hit his 11th double of the season in the ninth, but was stranded on second.
The Chiefs are on the road for the next eight games. After finishing the series with the Bats they head to Indianapolis for a four-game set.
On Monday, starter Mitch Atkins gave up four earned runs and seven hit while walking one and striking out six. MLB Veteran Willie Harris hit a two-run double for Louisville in the first.
Mark Teahen hit his third double in two days for Syracuse. It was the 13th two-bagger of the season for the veteran.
Since getting within one game of .500, the Chiefs have lost four in a row.
Audio Highlights: from @ChiefsRadio
Record, Standings: 23-28, 8.5 GB
Nationals headline of the day: Marlins handle Nats
Next Game: May 28 at Louisville (Cincinnati), 11:05 p.m.
Line of the Day: Xavier Paul, RF - 3-for-4, RBI
Even though Paul has cooled from his streak about a week ago, he is the No. 2 Chief in batting (.286 vs. Jarett Hoffpauir’s .292) and his steak on Monday came with two outs.
Brown-watch: In The Show...
Brown was officially added to the Nationals roster as Chad Tracy was put on the disabled list.
Tracy, who was put on the 15-day list while Jason Werth was moved to the 60-day DL, was the go to left-handed pinch hitting bat on the bench for the Nationals.
"Hopefully he won't need surgery," Johnson said on the Nationals website. "He's another one [who's] valuable that we'll lose."
In 48 games, all as the lead-off hitter, Brown hit .297 with a .399 on-base percentage and a .584 slugging percentage with 41 runs scored, 30 RBI and 12 homer runs.
Brown or outfielder Roger Bernadina could be the new on-call bat late in games for the Nationals.
"It's a good feeling to know they called me up to possibly help them out," Brown said to the Nationals website. "Whatever they want me to do, whether it's coming in on defense or to pinch-run, hopefully I can help out in some way."
Moore-Watch: Coming back to Syracuse...
After about a month in the big leagues, Moore is on his way back to the Chiefs. With Brown getting the call-up, the offensive addition that Moore brings (10 Triple-A homers) will be very beneficial to both him and the affiliate.
Moore appeared in 12 games with the Nationals going 3-for-19 with all singles and a seven strikeouts. Getting him back in the everyday routine, plus some more experience in the outfield, are positives all around.
"I felt bad from the get-go having him in a situation where he's playing out of position and he's a regular player," manager Davey Johnson said on the Nationals website. "He's not a guy that can sit and then come out and play. ... That's not the role you want for a player, a young, talented prospect."
Moore’s spot was taken over by Jhontan Solano as the parent club is thin at catcher.
"Sitting on the bench was good because I got to learn roles and learn how the game went," Moore said on the Nationals website. "I'm excited to go down, but at the same time, it's kind of bittersweet."
It looks like infielder Mark DeRosa is going to be activated from the DL, while Michael Morse starts rehab work in Potomac in other Nationals injury news that affects Moore.
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Harper-watch: In The Show...