It was a rough day in Rome, NY as the Syracuse Spartans (19-13) split their double header against the Rome Generals (14-15) 4-3, 11-2. The Generals totaled 22 hits on the day, compared to the Spartans 13.
Mike Bubniak got the start for the Spartans in game one and was impressive. The starting pitcher went all seven innings, giving up three runs on 11 hits with two strikeouts.
His offense paced him in the first game of the two on the afternoon. Syracuse jumped out to a 1-0 lead after left fielder Julian Gutierrez’s third homerun of the season went over the left field fence.
Rome evened the score at one-a-piece in the bottom of the fifth inning, but Syracuse scored three more in the top of the sixth inning thanks to a sacrifice fly by catcher Edison Mercado and a two-run single by Jay Perry.
Rome got two back in the bottom of the sixth inning, but that was all that Bubniak would allow to insure his 4-3 victory. The Clarkson University product moves to 2-1 on the season.
SPARTAN OF GAME 1: Mike Bubniak
The All-Star snub put on a show against Rome. Grabbing his first win and going the distance, Bubniak lowered his era to 2.83 and held his opponents slugging percentage to under .300. He finished his night with only three earned runs while striking out two in seven innings.
Game 2 did not go as smoothly as game 1 did for the Spartans. Chris Schad, the usual first baseman or designated hitter for Syracuse got the start on the mound for the first time this season. He is no stranger to the pitching mound, as he made seven starts for Cazenovia College last season, leading the team in games started.
Head Spartan coach James Williamson saw a big difference between game one and game two. “We were not ready to compete,” Williamson said. “As a collective group, we were not ready to compete the way we wanted to.”
Things did not go well for Schad, as he gave up three runs on seven hits in two innings. He did strike out one batter. The Spartans did give their starting pitcher a little bit of room, scoring a run in the top of the first inning on a sacrifice fly from Jay Perry.
“We are ready to compete, I believe that,” Williamson said. “I think they stole a game from us, and I think that we are a product of what we put on the field.”
Rome took three from Schad in the bottom of the first, but the Generals really got to the Spartans in the bottom of the third. Eight total runs were scored by Rome in the bottom of the frame, allowing the Generals to jump out to an 11-1 lead.
Syracuse scored tacked on one more in the top half of the inning, but just ran out of gas. Three more pitchers came to the mound for the Spartans to try and stop the bleeding, but to no avail.
SPARTAN OF GAME 2: Jack George
While it was a little tough to find a bright spot in game 2, George came in for a shutdown sixth inning. The right hander allowed just one hit and lowered his ERA by almost two points.
Syracuse takes on the Nitros tomorrow in Wellsville for their 33rd game of the season. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm