SYRACUSE, NY – In the opening game of a seven-game road trip on Monday, another great performance from starting pitcher Jameson Taillon was not enough to get the Indianapolis Indians a win.
Taillon gave up three runs in seven solid innings of work, but it would not be enough, as the Tribe fell to the Syracuse Chiefs by a score of 3-2 at NBT Bank Stadium.
In the early going, the Indians and Chiefs exchanged solo home runs. Syracuse struck first in the bottom of the second, as Brian Goodwin hit his third home run of the year. Indianapolis then responded in the top of the fourth, as Cole Figueroa blasted a homer off of Chiefs starter Taylor Hill to tie the score at 1-1.
Syracuse answered quickly against Taillon, taking back a one-run advantage by plating a run in their half of the fourth. With runners on first and second and one out, Jason Martinson made it 2-1 with a RBI double to center.
The Chiefs then added an important insurance run against Taillon in the fifth, going up 3-1. Pedro Severino led off with a double and after he advanced to third on a Isaac Ballou groundout, Hill brought him home with a sacrifice fly.
Taillon ended up working through the seventh for the Indians, allowing three runs on five hits and six strikeouts. Monday’s start marked the third straight game that Indy’s right-hander threw seven innings, but Taillon only has a loss and two no decisions to show for his efforts in those starts.
Hill matched Taillon with seven innings pitched, giving up one run on four hits and three strikeouts.
Trailing by a pair of runs, Rob Scahill replaced Taillon for Indy and tossed a scoreless eighth, giving the Tribe a chance to make a comeback in the ninth.
Alen Hanson did smoke a solo home run with one out in the frame to cut Indianapolis’ deficit down to one run, but Syracuse reliever Rafael Martin retired the other three batters in the ninth to pick up the save and secure a 3-2 win for the Chiefs.
Game two of four between the Indians and Chiefs will get underway at 6:35 p.m. at NBT Bank Stadium on Tuesday. Wilfredo Boscan (3-2, 1.61 ERA) is expected to start on the mound for Indy.