Moosic, Pa- The wicked team of the North in the Syracuse Chiefs (Washington Nationals) spoiled Wizard of Oz Night and the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (Triple-A/ New York Yankees) chance of tying a season-long six-game win streak in an 8-2 victory at PNC Field. The RailRiders loss marked a split in the series and ended a five-game winning streak. The streak included four straight against the International League Wild Card leading Pawtucket Red Sox and a pair of ninth inning dramatic comebacks, one in the opener against the Chiefs. With the loss SWB takes the head-to-head match up 10-6.
Bryan Mitchell, who suffered the loss, looked to be in control striking out Emmanuel Burriss for the first batter of the game. However, a wild pitch allowed Burriss to scamper to first, a base knock ensued and Nate Schierholtz towered a three-run home run to right field to take a 3-0 lead.
Mitchell failed to get into a groove tossing alternating perfect frames in the second and fourth and allowing five runs combined in the third and fifth frames before chased after just four plus innings of work. A run scoring double and sacrifice fly in the third pushed it 5-0. Syracuse tacked three more runs against the righty for good measure in the fifth, taking a commanding 8-0 lead.
Chiefs starter AJ Cole kept SWB off balanced throughout his start earning the win. Jose Pirela and Scott Sizemore’s infield singles were the only base hits given up in Cole’s first four innings of work. SWB manufactured two runs in their half of the fifth.
Corban Joseph continues to swing a hot bat as he clubbed a lead-off solo home run to left field. Pirela tacked on the second run lifting a ball to center field for a sacrifice fly to make it 8-2. Syracuse tacked on three more runs against the combination of Tyler Webb and Branden Pinder in the last two innings to give the game it’s final score 11-2.