Syracuse Chiefs: Super Saturday
The Syracuse Chiefs wrapped up their 3rd of 4 games against the Norfolk Tides on Saturday. Dubbed Super Saturday at the stadium, the Chiefs at times looked super. Walking away from a 6-1 victory, there was plenty of game to reflect on.
Pitching was on point today. Edwin Jackson took the mound to start the game for the Chiefs and would start the game with back to back 1-2-3 innings keeping his pitch count economical with 11 pitches twice in the first two innings. Jackson would allow the teams only earned run in the third but from there, pitching was pretty close to lights out. With 14 ground ball outs and 8 strike outs for joint effort the Chiefs would only allow a three hit day.
Second baseman Irving Falu made a pair of good defensive stops from the field. While they may not have been the most difficult plays to make, Falu sure made them look easy. Both were slides toward second base coming up with the ball and quickly getting it out of his glove and over to first base showed off a little style fans never mind seeing.
It’s hard to call out bad spots when a team plays mistake free baseball. A 3-hit game with no errors and only one run allowed is about as good as it can get. Players were where they needed to be in the field when it comes to the shift and tracking fly balls. Pitch counts were high at times but the ball was kept on the ground.
In his first at bats of the season C Tuffy Gosewisch would go 2/4 with 2 doubles, 1 run, and 1 RBI. Batting .500 in his first attempt leap-frogs him to the top of the Chiefs batting average edging out Alejandro De Aza who’s swinging a hot .406 early in the season. The team now has 9 batters over .300 after a 10 hit day, might not slow any time soon.
The Chiefs move their record to 6-3 and take on the Tides again tomorrow at 1:05pm at NBT Bank Stadium. From there they’ll have another 3 day home stretch against the Indianapolis Indians. Syracuse took sole possession of first place with their win on Saturday while Indianapolis fell back to .500 with their latest loss.
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It’s still early in the season for the Syracuse Chiefs so the cold weather surely will slow the attendance. When the weather changes the seats will slowly begin to fill. The team has a lot of speed on the bases and they’re not afraid to attempt steals. While they’ve played less than 10 games, it’ll be interesting to see just how much this team can bring the fans to the stadium once they start to gel and get into a rhythm.