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.
Todd Cunningham singles in the first.
Tyler Pastornicky doubled...
Ernesto Mejia doubled...
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.
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.
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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.