Syracuse routs Montgomery, Bulls to complete 4-game sweep
The Syracuse Chiefs beat the Durham Bulls 8-5 Thursday at NBT Bank Stadium to complete a four-game sweep of the International League South Division leaders.
Outfielder Destin Hood collected three hits and knocked in a pair of runs for the Chiefs.
Syracuse (18-15) got on the board first in the bottom of the second inning. Brock Peterson singled to lead off the inning and came in on a two-out Brian Goodwin RBI single.
Syracuse padded its lead in the fourth. Brock Peterson was hit by a pitch leading off. Back-to-back singles by Brandon Laird and Hood loaded the bases. Goodwin walked to force in Peterson to make it 2-0. After a Jose Lozada strikeout, Jeff Howell singled home Laird and Hood and, after an Emmanuel Burriss single loaded the bases again, Bulls first baseman Jerry Sands committed a throwing error at the plate after a ground ball by Will Rhymes that put the Chiefs up 5-0.
Durham (20-15) got on the board in the top of the fifth. Syracuse starter pitcher Aaron Laffey walked Justin Christian and Cole Figueroa to lead off the inning. Curt Casali singled to load the bases for Mike Fontenot who drove in Christian with a groundout.
Syracuse scored its final three runs in the bottom of the inning on a two-run double by Hood and a sacrifice fly to make it 8-1.
Durham made it a look close late. In the sixth, Kevin Kiermaier singled and Mikie Mahtook doubled to put runners on second and third. Kiermaier scored on a Sands sacrifice fly to cut the Chiefs lead to six.
The Bulls added a run in the eighth on a Sands double and Figueroa RBI single and two more in the ninth on a Ray Olmedo single and Kiermaier two-run home run, but the Chiefs claimed their first series sweep since last July.
NOTES — The Bulls close out their eight-game road trip with a four-game series at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre beginning at 7:05 Friday night. Righty Merrill Kelly (4-0, 1.67) gets the start for the Bulls against RailRiders righty Joel De La Cruz (1-0, 1.50). The series continues through Monday. ... Lefty Mike Montgomery (3-1, 4.54) suffered his first loss of the season Thursday, giving up 11 hits and eight runs — seven earned — in 4-2/3 innings. His earned-run average ballooned by more than a run from 3.19 entering the game.
Syracuse Chiefs (18-15) 8, Durham Bulls (20-15) 5
May 8, 2014
|Figueroa, C, 3B||2||0||1||1||2||0||0||.320|
|Montgomery, M, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
2B: Mahtook (5, Laffey), Sands (9, Stange).
HR: Kiermaier (3, 9th inning off Mattheus, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Casali; Sands 3; Olmedo 2; Kiermaier 5; Figueroa, C; Mahtook 2.
RBI: Fontenot (11), Sands (24), Figueroa, C (14), Kiermaier 2 (10).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Christian; Mahtook 2; Fontenot.
GIDP: Fontenot, Olmedo.
Team RISP: 3-for-12.
Team LOB: 10.
E: Sands 2 (4, fielding, throw).
DP: 3 (Figueroa, C-Casali-Olmedo, Casali-Montgomery, M, Fontenot-Olmedo-Sands).
Pickoffs: Montgomery, M (Souza Jr. at 1st base).
|Souza Jr., RF||5||0||1||0||0||1||7||.327|
2B: Hood 2 (4, Montgomery, M, Beliveau).
TB: Laird 2; Howell; Peterson 2; Burriss 2; Goodwin; Lozada; Hood 5; Souza Jr..
RBI: Goodwin 2 (15), Howell 2 (5), Hood 2 (8), Lozada (5).
2-out RBI: Goodwin.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Howell 2; Laird; Peterson.
GIDP: Souza Jr..
Team RISP: 5-for-18.
Team LOB: 8.
PO: Souza Jr. (1st base by Montgomery, M).
DP: 2 (Lozada-Burriss-Peterson, Burriss-Lozada-Peterson).
|Montgomery, M (L, 3-1)||4.2||11||8||7||1||2||0||4.54|
|Laffey (W, 4-0)||6.1||3||2||2||6||1||0||2.22|
HBP: Peterson (by Montgomery, M), Burriss (by Sandoval).
Pitches-strikes: Montgomery, M 92-62, Patterson 23-13, Beliveau 12-8, Sandoval 12-3, Laffey 94-55, Stange 35-20, Mattheus 24-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Montgomery, M 7-4, Patterson 0-2, Beliveau 1-0, Sandoval 2-0, Laffey 10-4, Stange 1-1, Mattheus 1-1.
Batters faced: Montgomery, M 26, Patterson 6, Beliveau 4, Sandoval 4, Laffey 26, Stange 10, Mattheus 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Stange 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Gosney. 1B: Travis Carlson. 3B: Jonathan Bailey.
Weather: 66 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 4 mph, L to R.
Venue: NBT Bank Stadium.
May 8, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media