Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs righthander Craig Stammen earned his first win of the season Saturday with a 2-0 complete-game shutout of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees at PNC Field in the nightcap of an afternoon doubleheader. The Chiefs lost the opener 4-2.
Stammen threw 94 pitches with 66 for strikes, going seven innings and scattering four hits. He walked none and struck out seven to improve to 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA.
One key to his win was getting ahead of the hitters.
“I had a good sinker and slider,” Stammen said. “I also had good command.”
Left-hander Tommy Milone took the loss in the first game. He went five innings, allowed three runs on nine hits (including a homer), walked one and struck out six. His record stands at 1-2 (3.00 ERA).
“I think for the most part I felt good and was staying low,” Milone said. “They capitalized in key situations. Two of the runs were ground balls that found the hole. I mean, I felt like I did my job in getting a ground ball, (but) it just got through. A lot of hits I am not happy about, but they were spaced out so it didn’t hurt me as much.”