Game photos: Torra vs. Rodriguez


Player of the game Tyler Pastornicky

SYRACUSE, NY (May 28, 2013) - Photos from the second game of the Syracuse Chiefs/Gwinnett Braves series. Didn't make it to the first game, alas.

Third baseman Joe Leonard, in front of the dugout before the game.


Starting for the Chiefs was minor league veteran Matt Torra. He spent most of his career in the Diamondbacks system.


Getting out of the PCL doesn't seem to have helped him much. The G-Braves got 10 hits off him in 7 innings.

Todd Cunningham singles in the first.


Tyler Pastornicky doubled...


...scoring Cunningham.


Ernesto Mejia doubled...


...scoring Pastornicky.


Daniel Rodriguez started for Gwinnett.



He got off to a rocky start, walking Eury Perez, then letting him get to second on a wild pitch. But he got out of it on this weird play.


They scored it a "fielder's choice double play." I'd score it terrible baserunning. They got Perez on a rundown between 2B and 3B, and the batter, Will Rhymes, was out at second trying to advance on the throw.

Paul Janish singled in the second.


(You can see it's raining a bit. Have I mentioned it's been really, really wet here in the northeast?)

Todd Cunningham reaches second on a "bunt double" in the third.


Actually, they scored it a single and an error, as the third baseman threw the ball away. Shortstop Zach Walters is waiting for a throw that never came.

I guess it didn't matter, because Tyler Pastornicky, up next, went yard.


Off the bat, it didn't look like it was going out. Other balls that seemed like they were hit harder were caught or bounced off the bottom of the fence.


But it kept carrying and carrying. Eury Perez gave chase, but he had no chance. It was way outta there, in the deepest part of the park.


Terdoslavich, Pastornicky, and Cunningham celebrate.


Daniel Rodriguez took a no-hitter into the fourth. The Syracuse fans took notice, and started yelling, "He has a no-hitter! A NO-HITTER!!!"


The jinx worked; Will Rhymes ended it with a groundball up the middle.

It was a nice outing for Rodriguez. 6 innings pitched, 3 hits, 2 runs (both earned) 4 walks, 7 Ks, 0 home runs. But I can see why he didn't get the call. He may be a lefty, but he's not a power pitcher. He was living off his curve, throwing the fastball just enough to keep hitters honest. It befuddled the Chiefs, but they're not a good team right now, and major leaguers are more accustomed to hitting offspeed pitches.

Tyler Pastornicky tosses a ball to a young fan in the fifth.


The Chiefs finally scored in the sixth. Chris Marrero hit a 2-RBI double to left. Strong throw by cutoff man Janish, but catcher Jose Yepez can't hold onto it as Rhymes slides in.


Stefan Gartrell pinch hit for Rodriguez in the 7th. He singled.


(Gartrell? Who is he? Apparently, someone they signed just a few days earlier. An outfielder who has been back and forth between the White Sox and the Braves his entire career.)

The Chiefs put Micah Owings in to pinch-hit. Owings used to be a pitcher. He's doing that Rick Ankiel thing, and starting over as a hitter. Owings won a Silver Slugger as a pitcher for the D-Backs, so his switching to first base/left field is not too surprising.

The G-Braves put in Kameron Loe to face him.


Owings hit a RBI single, then moved to 2B on a sacrifice bunt. Janish immediately went over to say hello to his former teammate.


(Owings, like Janish, used to be a Red. Owings was one of the players they traded Adam Dunn for.)

Pastornicky got another hit in the 8th - a single. Man, what a night he had.


He stole 2B...



...and scored on a Terdoslavich sac fly.


They would need that insurance run.

Kameron Loe fell apart in the 8th. Hit Marrero with a pitch, gave up a single to Corey Brown, then misplayed a bunt to load the bases.

It did give Pastornicky a chance to chat with Brown, who seems to be an old friend.


"She's got huuuuuge...tracts of land."

After the error, they pulled Loe and put in Ryan Buchter.

Finally. I was about ready to start yelling, "Let Janish pitch!" (Fun fact: Janish has struck out more batters in his major league career than has Todd Redmond.)

Buchter writes something in the dirt on the mound before pitching. Dunno what, but it's kind of long.


He gave up another run on a wild pitch, but then struck out three batters to end the inning.

It's 5-4 Braves. Ready talks to Janish before the ninth. Telling him he's staying in, would be my guess. If they were trailing, they might pinch-hit for him, but with a one-run lead, they need his glove.


Janish laced a ball to left, which his former teammate Owings could not get to.


Alden Carrithers hit into an inning-ending double play, ending the threat. With Cory Rasmus otherwise occupied, it was up to Pat Egan to close it out.


He made short work of the Chiefs, with three groundouts. Braves win!


Final score, Braves 5, Chiefs 4. It's a six game winning streak!

The celebration is short, because it starts pouring. Cunningham and Janish head into the dugout as the tarp is coming out.


Pastornicky was chosen player of the game and interviewed on the field, but my view was blocked so I didn't get any photos. Besides, I was afraid I would drown if I stayed out there much longer.

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