SYRACUSE | It is called a “twin killing.”
Double plays really did kill Minnesota’s top affiliate at Alliance Bank Stadium on Monday.
Chien-Ming Wang induced three double plays, and 14 ground ball outs total, as he went eight innings to extend the Syracuse Chiefs streak to six overall in a, 6-4, win over Rochester.
“I felt good, but I am not used to a 12 o’clock game,” Wang said through an interpreter afterward. “The amount wasn’t too much today so I wanted to do everything that I could to get a win today.”
Wang gave up 11 hits on the afternoon, and four runs, but won his second-straight rehab start in Syracuse. The starting rotation in Washington has been stout to start the season, but Wang won 19 games in back-to-back seasons with the Yankees before injuries disrupted his career. There has been speculation that the Nationals might bring him aboard and go to a six-man rotation,
“I am excited about it,” Wang said about possibly helping the parent Nationals. “I have been hurting since spring training and I want to get there to help out the team. I am ready to go physically, I just have to wait for a decision.”
The Chiefs recent surge has come over Durham and Rochester. Both opponents are playing sub-.400 baseball, but winning begets winning according to Manager Tony Beasley.
“Every team you play is formidable. They all have guys in their lineups that are dangerous. We have played solid defense and pitched well lately which has allowed our offense to get going,” Beasley said. “We have started believing that we can. Winning and losing are both contagious. It is a mindset. Little things start happening in your favor when you start winning. It is karma I guess.”
For the second day in a row, the Chiefs got their big rally not late, but later. They also started it with a home run again.
Corey Brown lifted a solo blast to start the bottom of the six as Syracuse scored three times. The Chiefs got two more in the seventh, one coming on a Seth Bynum solo homer,
“I am definitely feeling good,” Brown said. “I am feeling much more relaxed. As a player, when we have a bad game or two we can start to put more pressure on ourselves.I got a fastball in and felt a little jammed on it, but thankfully, right field here is a little shallow.”
The four-game sweep of the Red Wings sent the Chiefs into their longest road trip of the season. It will be the longest that Syracuse is out of town until late August as they start back-to-back four-game series at Columbus and Toledo.
Audio Highlights: from @ChiefsRadio
Video Highlights: from MiLB.com
Record, Standings: 17-21, 7.5 GB
Nationals headline of the day: Nats play in the ultimate "Ben Meyers Game"; start homestand against Saratoga Central Catholic's Tim Stauffer and the Padres
Next Game: May 15, at Columbus (Cleveland), 6:35 p.m.
Line of the Day: Xavier Paul, LF - 3-for-4, 2B, R, RBI
Paul is ripping it up.
Over the last 10 he has eight extra basehits, 14 hits overall, and is hitting .389.
Over that span he has driven in 11 and scored six times on his own.
Take it easy on the baseball, huh?
Mark Teahen is up to .313 on the season with a 2-for-4 day as he finished with another two-out RBI.
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