Snavely Homers in Opening Spring Loss

The Syracuse Chiefs fell in their opening spring training game on Wednesday but several players performed well. FREE PREVIEW OF PREMIUM CONTENT

A three-run ninth inning for Ottawa clinched a 6-3 victory over the Chiefs in Clearwater.

Lee Gronkiewicz pitched the final inning for Syracuse and allowed three runs on four hits. Ismael Ramires started the game and allowed one run, on one hit, over his two innings of worked. Ramirez struck out two batters, while not walking any.

Mike MacDonald, Kyle Yates and Jamie Vermilyea all pitched one hitless inning in relief of Ramirez. None of the pitchers issued any walks, while Yates fanned one batter, and Vermilyea struck out a pair.

Jo Matumoto then followed by allowing a run and one hit in his inning of work. The southpaw struggled with his command as he issued two walks.

Justin James then followed up with a scoreless inning, while allowing one hit, a walk, and striking out one.

Jordan DeJong was the seventh pitcher used in the game and allowed one run, on two hits, and walked a batter in his inning of work.

Christian Snavely went 1-for-4 in the defeat but connected for a home run in the second inning. Eric Arnold drove in a pair of runs going 1-for-4 in the game. Carlo Cota and Trevor Lawhorn each had one hit, while Zach Kalter went 2-for-2 with a run scored.

Syracuse will meet up with Ottawa again on Thursday afternoon, this time at the Englebert Complex in Dunedin.

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