Highlighted by Craig Stammen’s near no-hitter in Game 1, the Syracuse Chiefs swept the Gwinnett Braves in a doubleheader Friday at Coolray Field.
Stammen started Game 1 and threw 6 2/3 innings of no-hit ball to lead the Chiefs to a 5-0 win. Erik Arnesen helped complete the sweep by throwing five scoreless innings in a 1-0 win in Game 2. Both games were seven innings per minor league rules.
In Game 1, recently acquired Gwinnett’s Josh Anderson broke up Stammen’s no-hitter with a single in the top of the seventh inning. Freddie Freeman followed Anderson’s single with an infield hit.
Stammen had four strikeouts and gave up one walk and received early run support thanks to two errors from Gwinnett starter Todd Redmond in the bottom of the third inning.
After getting out of a jam in the bottom of the second, Redmond got into trouble in the third by committing a throwing error on Boomer Whiting’s groundball back to the mound. After a sacrifice bunt by Leonard Davis, Whiting scored on a double by Pete Orr to give Syracuse a 1-0 lead.
A Redmond miscue led to the second run of the inning as Orr advanced to third on an errant pick-off attempt and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jason Botts.
Syracuse added two earned runs in the fifth inning and Justin Maxwell hit a solo home run off Redmond in the bottom of the sixth to give the Chiefs the 5-0 win.
The Chiefs were the home team in Game 1 of the doubleheader, which was a make-up game from a rain-out May 9 in Syracuse.
Stammen is the second pitcher to throw a no-hitter against the G-Braves this year.
Game 2 was a pitcher’s dual between Arnesen and Gwinnett’s Jose Ortegano, who gave up one run on two hits in six innings.
Syracuse’s lone run came in the third inning when Pedro Lopez scored on an error.
J.C. Boscan went 2-for-3 for Gwinnett, which plays host to Syracuse at 7:05 tonight at Coolray Field.