Bisons sweep Syracuse
With a little bit of luck, some timely hitting and the red-hot Lucas Duda, the Bisons powered past the Chiefs, 9-4, Wednesday afternoon from Coca-Cola Field.
Duda homered for the third straight game to snap a 4-4 tie and Buffalo benefited from numerous Syracuse miscues to close out a two-game sweep of their divisional rival.
Duda’s homer rescued the Herd as Syracuse fought back from 4-0 down to tie the game in the fifth inning. The Triple-A rookie led off the bottom of the frame and drove a 2-1 offering from Chiefs’ starter Matt Chico to right-centerfield.
The blast was Duda’s fourth in only 14 games with the Bisons. He hit six homers in 45 games with Double-A Binghamton to start the season.
The Bisons kept the rally going in the fifth inning to break open the game. Mike Cervenak singled and scored two batters later on an RBI-hit from Justin Turner. The game then swung even further in the Herd’s favor as the Chiefs infield allowed Andy Green’s two-out pop up to land on the Coca-Cola Field dirt. Jorge Padilla made the miscue hurt with a booming two-run double off the left field wall.
Syracuse’s defense cost them in the second inning, as well. The Bisons scored two runs when Tobi Stoner and Turner reached on errors and centerfielder Justin Maxwell dropped Padilla’s fly ball.
Buffalo also scored a pair in the first inning on Andy Green’s double-steal of home and a bases-loaded wild pitch.
Stoner (4-7) earned the victory for Buffalo, his first at Coca-Cola Field this season. Stoner allowed four runs in five innings of work.
The victory pulled the Bisons to within 4.5 games of first place in the International League North. Division-leading Scranton/Wilkes-Barre plays Wednesday night in Pawtucket.
BISONS NOTES:Andy Green’s steal of home in the first inning was the Bisons’ first swipe of the plate since Asdrubal Cabrera on August 15, 2006 in Pawtucket…Mike Cervenak reached base all five times he came to the plate with three singles and a pair of walks. The Bisons third baseman also had a stolen base…Jorge Padilla finished the game 3-4 with a pair of doubles and four RBI.