The Syracuse Spartans (20-14) fell to the Rome Generals (16-15) 4-0 in an 11 am game at Delutis Field. It was their second loss to the Generals in their last three games.
For as hot as the Spartans bats were last night, the temperature did not stay long as Syracuse only mustered two hits in nine innings against Rome.
Matthew Russell got the win for the Generals, going eight innings and only giving up two hits. What was really impressive was his strikeout to walk ratio, where he struck out 12 batters while only walking one.
"He was able to throw his curveball early in the count for most of the game," Head Spartan Coach James Williamson said. "Its tough to hit a first pitch curveball. He did really well, no doubt about it."
Stuart Martin got the nod for the Spartans and unfortunatley received his first loss of the season. He went six innings, allowing three runs, none of them earned, on seven hits while striking out one.
"He competed. He did a good job getting us through six innings in this game," Williamson said. "He had batters ahead of the count, which was good. We need to eliminate the mental mistakes."
Both pitchers had it going early, as Martin was the first to crack. The right-hander gave up two unearned runs in the bottom of the second inning, with one more in the bottom of the third. After that, he settled down and got through six innings.
Things never got going for the Spartans offensively, as only first baseman Jay Perry and right fielder Rob Ballinger could knock one out of the infield, two singles.
The Generals got one more hit in the bottom of the eighth inning off of Spartan closer Rich Marshall. Rome has now won three straight games.
Syracuse gets a much needed break with the All-Star game being played tomorrow night. Seven different Spartans will be featured in the game, with four starters. The Spartans are back in action on Satuday night when they head to OCC to take on the Syracuse Salt Cats. First pitch is scheduled for 7pm.