In a heavyweight fight between the top two teams in the IL North, the Buffalo Bisons came out victorious over the division leading Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees, 10-4, on Wednesday night from PNC Field and extended their winning streak to seven games, the longest such streak since 2005.
The win also moved the Herd to within 5.5 games of the Yankees in the North division.
The Bisons did not waste any time and jumped on top of a seesaw battle early 1-0 in the first inning on an RBI base hit by Kirk Nieuwenhuis to score Justin Turner.
After adding a run in the second frame and taking a 2-0 lead, the Yankees plated two runs in the bottom of the second inning evening it up at two.
The Bisons would retake the lead in the fourth after Mike Cervenak and Russ Adams led off with back-to-back doubles to go up 3-2. Later in the frame Michael Barrett would drive in Russ Adams on his second sacrifice fly of the game and doubled the Bisons lead to 4-2.
Buffalo would add a run in the fifth and sixth to go up 6-2 on solo home runs by Nick Evans and Mike Cervenak, who would finish the game 3×5 with three runs scored.
Still the Yankees would not go out without a fight. They scored two runs in the home half of the sixth to cut the Bisons lead to 6-4. However, the Bisons offense would prove too much to handle as the Herd plated four more runs in the final three innings.
In his third start since being sent down from the New York Mets, Bisons starter Fernando Nieve worked six innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits and struck out seven to pick up his first victory with Buffalo.
In the three games on the current road trip Buffalo is outscoring their opponent (Lehigh Valley and Scranton) 24-5.
The Bisons have a chance for their eighth straight win and third consecutive series sweep tomorrow night in the finale at Scranton at 7:05 p.m..
BISONS NOTES: After going 1×23 from July 24 to August 6, Mike Cervenak is now on a four-game hitting streak (7×16)…Cervenak and Nick Evans were each just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle…Kirk Nieuwenhuis went 2×5 with two RBI and now has a hit in five straight and in six of his seven games since joining Buffalo from Double-A Binghamton last week… The Bisons scored at least a run in every inning except the third and ninth.