Syracuse beats Buffalo, 7-4
Southpaw starting pitcher Jon Niese made his Major League rehab start today at Coca-Cola field when the Herd opened their four game series with the Syracuse Chiefs. Niese pitched well and left the game with the lead but the bullpen could not hold it for the left hander as the Bisons lost 7-4 for their third straight loss.
The Chiefs scored six unanswered runs for the second straight day after the Herd jumped to an early 4-1 lead.
The Bisons bullpen had a rough afternoon dealing with the Chiefs. Relieving Niese was right hander Jose De La Torre. De La Torre had a day he would like to forget as he allowed all four batters he faced to reach base.
Chiefs shortstop Pedro Lopez started the comeback when he led off the seventh with a double left field. Pinch hitter Kevin Mench reached base with a single and second baseman Pete Orr followed suit by also singling and driving home Lopez. De La Torre then made a throwing error to first trying to get out center fielder Boomer Whiting who bunted to try to advance the runners.
De La Torre was then relieved after his error by Adam Pettyjohn to try to limit the damage. Pettyjohn took the mound with the bases loaded and no outs and was able to hold the Chiefs to only one more run.
The Chiefs would get another run in the eighth when Lopez homered to left center off of Pettyjohn and picked up two more runs in the ninth to put the game out of reach.
For the Bisons, first baseman Daniel Murphy was the catalyst for all four runs the Herd scored on the day. Murphy singled in the first inning to drive home shortstop Ruben Tejada to give him his sixth RBI of the season and the Bisons an early 1-0 lead.
Murphy then doubled in the third inning to again drive home Tejada and second baseman Justin Turner to pick up his seventh and eighth RBI of the year. Murphy then accounted for the fourth and final run of the day for the Herd when right fielder Russ Adams drove home Murphy when Adams singled to right field.
The Bisons will play the Chiefs again tomorrow when left hander Pat Misch (4-1, 3.02 ERA) takes on Chiefs starter Sharion Martis(2-3, 4.84 ERA) at 7:05 p.m.