NORFOLK, VA- Four Syracuse hurlers combined to limit the Tides to six hits in a 3-0 victory over Norfolk Wednesday night at Harbor Park. Chiefs starter Aaron Laffey (9-3), who was a minor league invite to Orioles spring training this season, allowed just five hits over seven innings to pick up the victory. Laffey struck out just one while walking two as he moved into a tie for the International League lead with his ninth victory of the season.
Former Oriole Michael Gonzalez and Daniel Stange followed Laffey and worked a scoreless eighth, and Warner Madrigal followed with a perfect ninth to register his fifth save of the season and send the Tides to their ninth shutout loss of the season.
Tides starter Chris Jones (3-5) yielded just two hits and a run over six strong innings but was saddled with the tough-luck loss. Making just his third start of the year, the 25-year-old southpaw took a perfect game into the fifth inning before yielding a two-out infield single to Brandon Laird. After a walk, Laird then came around to score on a double by Brock Peterson to give the Chiefs a 1-0 lead.
Jones responded by striking out the side in the sixth inning, capping his longest outing since a six-inning effort for Class-A Kinston on August 19, 2009. Jones struck out four while walking one, throwing 58 of his season-high 89 pitches for strikes.
Syracuse extended its advantage to 3-0 in the seventh inning, as Laird belted a two-run home run off of Brad Brach. It was the first home run allowed with the Tides this season for Brach, who saw his five-game scoreless streak come to an end. Alexi Casilla and Francisco Peguero each had two hits for Norfolk, which has now lost five of seven games vs. Syracuse this season.