Kevin Barker and Wayne Lydon stepped up in the 13th inning to left Syracuse to a 5-2 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday.
With the game tied at two, Barker hit a line single to score the go-ahead run, but Wayne Lydon was not comfortable with the lead, and belted his second home run of the season, a two-run shot, to give Syracuse some extra comfort.
Lee Gronkiewicz picked up his first win of the season pitching 1 2/3 scoreless innings, and making his first appearance with Syracuse this season, Brian Tallet pitched a scorelesss 13th inning for the save.
Opponents have batted just .056 off Gronkiewicz this season. The right-hander has allowed just one hit over his four appearances – spanning 5 2/3 innings, and 18 at bats.
Shaun Marcum had a solid outing, pitching two scoreless innings in relief of Francisco Rosario – who was simply brilliant. Rosario threw 51 of his 78 pitches for strikes, and went on to strike out ten batters in five innings of work, while issuing just one walk, and allowed four hits.
With runners on base this season Rosario has issued just one hit in fourteen at bats, and with runners in scoring position, he has issued just one hit in nine at bats.
Marcum has not issued a run over his last five innings, and with runners in scoring position opponents are batting .091 against him. He has issued just one hit in eleven at bats with a batter when a runner was in scoring position.
Luis Figueroa went 2-for-6 in the games, while Ryan Roberts went 2-for-5 with a double. Jason Phillips went 2-for-4 with a home run.
Casey Janssen will be taking the hill on Monday and make his third start of the season when the SkyChiefs face Indianapolis at 2:00 P.M.