SYRACUSE, NY – In the second game of this four-game set between the Indianapolis Indians and Syracuse Chiefs, one man made the biggest difference.
Syracuse center fielder Caleb Ramsey went 2-for-3 in the game, collecting two of three Chief RBIs, as the Chiefs knocked off the Tribe by a score of 3-1 at NBT Bank Stadium. Now 30 games into this 2016 season, the Indians own a 15-15 record.
Early on, Indianapolis recorded two singles in each of the game’s first three innings against Chiefs starting pitcher Austin Voth, but failed to put a dent in the scoreboard. This would prove to be costly, as Syracuse took the lead in the fifth and never looked back.
Indians starter Wilfredo Boscan cruised through his first four innings of work, facing just two batters over the minimum, but Ramsey was able to get his big night underway in the inning. Brian Goodwin singled to open the frame and after moving up to second on a sacrifice bunt, Ramsey made it 1-0 with his first RBI of the game, a run-scoring base knock up the middle.
Boscan ultimately made it through the sixth, finishing with a final line of one run allowed on four hits and four strikeouts in six quality innings of work.
After fighting off trouble early, Voth kept his shutout intact through six innings of his own by no-hitting the Tribe in frames four through six. Syracuse’s right-hander left the game in the seventh with a final line of no runs allowed on six hits and seven strikeouts.
In the bottom half of the seventh, the Chiefs plated their second run of the game against new Indians pitcher Curtis Partch. A walk and a stolen base put Jason Martinson in scoring position for Ramsey with two outs, forcing Indy to call on Kelvin Marte to end the Syracuse threat. The Chiefs’ outfielder would not comply, though, as Ramsey notched his second RBI single of the night to put the home team ahead 2-0 going into the eighth.
It took some time, but Indianapolis finally got on the board in the eighth.
Erik Davis fired a scoreless seventh in relief of Voth, but new Syracuse reliever Trevor Gott allowed the Indians to make it a one-run contest. Josh Bell and Jason Rogers each reached base with one out in the inning and after Cole Figueroa popped out for out number two, Max Moroff cut Indy’s deficit down to 2-1 with a RBI single to center.
Ramsey handled the RBI duties for Syracuse through seven innings, but the Chiefs received some production from elsewhere to score an important insurance run in their half of the inning.
Cory Luebke took the mound for the Indians in the eighth and struck out the frame’s first two batters, but a walk and a stolen base allowed Matt Skole to make it 3-1 with a two-out RBI single to left.
Indianapolis did get a leadoff single in the ninth from Jacob Stallings, but were unable to take advantage of it as they went down in order from there.
Chad Kuhl (2-0, 1.35 ERA) serves as the Tribe’s probable starting pitcher for Wednesday’s matchup with the Chiefs. Game time from Syracuse is scheduled for 6:35 p.m. as Indy looks to snap a three-game losing skid.