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Chiefs Down RailRiders in Home Opener


Chiefs Starter Taylor Hill Photo By Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck


The Syracuse Chiefs defeated the Scranton/WB RailRiders 10-2 in the Chiefs home opener on Thursday. Taylor Hill got the start and recorded his first win of the season, thanks to the Chiefs’ offensive explosion.  Unfortunately RailRiders starting pitcher Eric Wooten took the brunt of it.

The Chiefs drew first blood in their part of the first inning on a sacrifice fly by Mark Minicozzi, that would score outfielder Matt den Dekker who led off the game getting hit by a pitch.  They would strike again in the bottom of the third scoring three runs on four singles, a walk, and a sac-fly, bringing the score to 4-0.

Scranton/WB’s starter Eric Wooten would be chased after just four innings, and the Chiefs weren’t very gracious hosts for the other pitchers that entered the game either.

Taylor Hill was in complete control on the mound in this game.  He ended up going 6.2 innings allowing two runs on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.  The runs were the first two he has allowed in both starts so far this season. Eric Fornataro and Rich Hill would come in to pitch and close the game out securing Hill’s first win of the season.

Joe Dillon, the Chiefs hitting coach, had to have been pleased with the way the hitters performed today.  Every single starter with the exception of one recorded a hit in the rout, four of them had multi-hit games including a 3-for-5 outing by Emmanuel Burris. Adding to that, seven of the hitters recorded an RBI as well.

30-year old Ian Stewart hit his first home run of the season in the sixth inning and almost added a second if it wasn’t for RailRiders Slade Heathcott.  Heathcott chased down another long fly ball by Stewart in the seventh but was able to put some leather on it and bring it back for an out.


Heathcott Robs Stewart in the Seventh Inning Photo by Gabe Rodriguez/Legends on Deck


These two teams are back at on Friday for the second game of the four game series.  Scott McGregor is scheduled to go for Syracuse and Chase Whitley is scheduled to go for the RailRiders.

Game Notes:

The 8,869 fans on hand for the home opener was the ninth largest opening day attendance in the teams 77-year history.


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