Syracuse, NY (June 8, 2012) - Another lovely evening for baseball...with not many buns in the seats. It being Friday night, I thought there might be more of a crowd than the previous day, but there really wasn't. Syracuse is missing Bryce Harper.
Lined up for "The Star-Spangled Banner."
Starting for the Bats was one Ryan Feierabend.
The Bats were hurting for starting pitching, with Brett Tomko on the DL with shoulder tendinitis and Jeff Francis exercising his option and signing a big league contract with the Rockies. Ryan Feierabend was signed from the independent leagues to take Francis' spot in the rotation.
Atkins stymied the hot-hitting Mike Costanzo, who went 0 for 4 for the night.
Dioner Navarro had a great night: 2 for 3 with a walk, including this home run in the second:
Joey Gathright also had a good game, going 2 for 4, including a double in the third.
He was stranded.
Mitch Atkins (yes, the pitcher) hit a home run in the third.
Neftali Soto was 0 for 4.
Feierabend got into trouble in the fourth. He walked Carlos Rivera, then picked him off.
The reprieve was short-lived. He followed up by walking the next two batters, then giving up a single. Bases loaded for the pitcher, Mitch Atkins. Could he do it again? No. He flied out.
But Corey Brown got it done. He hit a grand slam to straightaway center.
The Chiefs took the lead, and never looked back.
Mark Teahen, the former Royal, tried to steal home in the fifth.
Bill Rhinehart is out at second in the 6th.
Rhinehart went 3 for 4 with a double. He's been hitting very well lately, with an OPS on the right side of .800.
Corky Miller had been coaching first base, but when he had to go warm up the pen, Paul Janish took over. No brace, wrist looked good.
Both bullpens did well; no scoring by either team in the last four innings. Josh Judy gave up one walk in 1.2 innings. Scott Carroll gave up one hit and one walk in 1 innings. Hassan Pena and Pat Lehman of the Chiefs were perfect.
Chiefs win, 7-3.