SYRACUSE, NEW YORK—The Onondaga Flames (16-11) bested the Syracuse Spartans (14-12) on Friday night by a score of 7-2. For Syracuse, the offense struggled to get anything going, while the Flames batters were seeing Syracuse starter, Nate Seprosky well all night.
Seprosky went five innings on the mound, giving up six earned runs on eight hits. Seprosky did a good job limiting his walks, allowing only two, while striking out seven Flames batters. Opposing him was Connor Morrisroe, who was working a Houdini act all night.
Morrisroe only survived one inning in his last start against the Spartans, giving up four hits and five runs. On Friday, the right-hander for the Flames got his revenge on the Spartans. Morrisroe went six innings, striking out three and only allowing one run. He did allow a slew of freebee’s giving up seven base on balls.
A five run second inning hurt Seprosky and the Spartans. In the inning, the Flames batted around, while hitting give singles. The big blow in the inning came from Bryan Hart on a two-RBI double from the Onondaga outfielder.
“He turned himself into a two-pitch pitcher,” said manager Brian Burns on Seprosky’s start. “His changeup was nonexistent in the first two innings, so they laid off the curveballs and sat on the fastballs. All of the sudden two-line drives to left field and a bloop single turns into two runs and it opens the flood gates.”
In addition to having a bad day hitting with runners on base, Syracuse once again struggled in the field. Since going on this cold streak, where they have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, two themes contributing to the poor play have been errors and the inability to drive in runners on base. When all was said and done, Syracuse had 7 hits and 4 errors.
“Hitting is contagious,” said manager Brian Burns on his hitters. “When we get our three, four, five guys (in the order) driving in runs, it just picks it up for seven, eight, nine. Again today, we had a lot of chances with runners in scoring position and we go fly out to shortstop and centerfield. We just have got to be better. Things aren’t going our way right now, and instead of getting mentally tough, we are having the wrong attitude.”
Some of the guys that stood out at the plate included Andrew Pedone reached base in four of his five at bats, including three walks. Eddie Pietschmann went 2-4 with an RBI. Brandon Shirely had a nice game going 1-2 and also reaching base on balls twice.
Cody Kaestle was tremendous in late inning relief for Syracuse. The Herkimer Community College righty went two innings, allowing one hit walking none, giving up no runs, and striking out four.
The Spartans return to action Saturday, July 7th when they travel to take on the Rome Generals at 6:30 pm.