Dickey strong, but Herd falls 7-2
For the second time in a week, R.A. Dickey spun his knuckleball with great success at Coca-Cola Field. Dickey allowed just two runs in eight innings but the Yankees exploded late in a 7-2 victory over the Herd on Monday afternoon. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored one off the Bisons’ starter in the eighth inning and five off the Buffalo bullpen in the ninth to seal the victory.
Coming off a complete game victory in the team’s Home Opener, Dickey retired 16 of 17 batters in the middle of another solid outing. The righty kept Yankees’ hitters off balance by mixing in his up-tempo knuckler with a fastball on both sides of the plate. It wasn’t until the eighth inning the Yanks got the run they needed for victory.
Buffalo first scored in the bottom of the sixth inning. Josh Thole doubled over the head of Winfree in left field. The Herd then executed great fundamentals as Fernando Martinez chopped one to the right side of the infield to move Thole over. Mike Hessman drove a two-strike pitch to deep right field for a sacrifice fly and his team-leading 10th run driven in.
In the bottom of the ninth, Mike Cervenak hit his first home run of the season.
Prior to the game, the Bisons lost a key bat in their line up as Ike Davis got the call to New York. The 23 year-old prospect had his contract selected by the Mets to make his big league debut.