The Rome Generals dropped their season opener in the New York Collegiate Baseball League 6-2 against the Syracuse Salt Cats on Thursday night at DeLutis Field.
Syracuse scored two in the third inning. Rome got one run back in the sixth but Syracuse scored three in the seventh and another in the ninth to make it 6-1. Rome would score once in the bottom of the ninth but it was not enough.
James Gamboa was the winning pitcher, going five innings and allowing no runs on three hits and striking out three.
Josh Denison started for Rome and took the loss. He went 6 2/3 innings allowing two runs — one earned — on five hits. He struck out seven.
Derrick Miller of Westernville, the only area player on the team, was 1-for-4 for Rome batting leadoff. He also walked.
Adam Colon and Theron Schilling had two hits each for Rome. Jack Kingman and Peter DeMaria drove in Rome’s two runs, which were scored by Schilling and Tommy Bianchi.
Rome hosts the Cortland Crush at 6:35 tonight at DeLutis Field. They also have home games at DeLutis against the Syracuse Spartans Saturday and the Salt Cats on Sunday, both at 6:35 p.m.