Syracuse at Buffalo: Series II

The Bisons welcome the Syracuse Chiefs, a Thruway Cup Series rival, to town for the start of another four-game series. The Bisons are now 10-6 in a 20-game stretch from May 14 – June 3 that includes 16 of 20 games at Coca-Cola Field.

Pitching Probables for Upcoming Games
MON: LHP Jon Niese (NR) vs. RHP Jeff Mandel (2-0, 1.56) 2:05 p.m.
TUE: LHP Pat Misch (4-1, 3.02) vs. RHP Shairon Martis (2-3, 4.84) 7:05 p.m.
WED: LHP Bobby Livingston (2-5, 4.44) vs. RHP Erik Arnesen (0-1, 3.60) 7:05 p.m.
THR: RHP Dillon Gee (6-1, 3.92) vs. RHP Stephen Strasburg (3-1, 1.72)

The Bisons are 0-2 against the Chiefs and this will be just the second series between the two clubs. Buffalo had a two-game stop in Syracuse during first roadtrip to open the year. Here is a small recap of both games.

4/12/10 – SYR 9, BUF 1
The Bisons’ three-game winning streak came to an end in Syracuse on Monday night as the Chiefs collected a 9-1 victory over the Herd. Buffalo is now 3-2 with one game to go on their season-opening six-game roadtrip.

Errors and strikeouts were the culprits in the Bisons’ second loss of the season. Herd batters fanned a season-high 13 times, making it virtually impossible for the team to string together a rally.

The Bisons’ lone run came in the second inning as Ike Davis led off the frame with his second home run of the season. Davis also singled in the game and has now reached base at least twice in each of the team’s first five games.

The Bisons have five home runs in five games this year after having just 80 in 143 games last season.

Syracuse, meanwhile, put together the big inning with a six-run fifth inning that knocked starter Bobby Livingston (0-1) from the game. All six of the runs were unearned and came with only two hits in the inning.

Already leading 3-1, Chiefs’ outfielder Marvin Lowrance led off the frame with a grounder that got under Ike Davis’s glove at first. Livingston then hit a batter and walked the bases loaded before two runs scored on an error from third baseman Mike Hessman. Pete Orr’s RBI-single made it 6-1 Syracuse and forced manager Ken Oberkfell to go to his bullpen.

The Bisons turned to Kiko Calero, but Syracuse’s Chase Lambin turned on Calero’s first offering for a three-run home run to right field. When the sixth inning was over, the Chiefs had scored six runs on two hits, a walk, a hit batter and two Buffalo errors.

4/13/10 – SYR 4, BUF 3
Syracuse completed a two-game sweep of the Herd at Alliance Bank Stadium with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. The Chief’s Chase Lambin had four hits and three RBI to lead the Thruway rival to victory.

Lambin was the thorn in the Bisons side, even after the Herd took an early 2-0 lead on Mike Hessman’s third home run of the season and a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada. Lambin’s RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning scored Chris Duncan for the Chiefs’ first run.

Two innings later, Lambin doubled home another run, tying the score at three. In the sixth inning, Lambin’s third hit on the night drove in Duncan again and gave Syracuse their first, and only, lead of the game.

Tobi Stoner (0-1) suffered the defeat for the Herd, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out just one batter.

Ike Davis singled, but went just 1-4 at the plate. It’s the first game in 2010 the Bisons’ first baseman has not reached base twice. Fernando Martinez finished the game 2-4 with his second double of the season. Mike Hessman now has 314 career minor league home runs. He has 22 more home runs than any other active player.

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