Bisons can’t dig out of early hole

The sun was shining almost as bright as the Bisons new 80ft HD scoreboard. The brand new field looked in mid-summer form and the new energy-efficient lights did not have to be used on this day.

It will go down as a memorable start to the 2011 season for the Bisons and the 11,709 in attendance at Coca-Cola Field on Thursday. The score, however, will be forgettable.

Syracuse third baseman Seth Bynum drove in five runs and helped Syracuse build an insurmountable lead in an 8-5 victory over Buffalo on Opening Day. Dillon Gee suffered the loss for the Herd as it fell to their Thruway rival.

Syracuse scored four runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth off Gee and reliever Jose De La Torre, with Bynum providing the biggest hit in each frame. His three-run homer to left capped the first Chiefs’ rally and a two-run double in the fifth gave Syracuse an 8-1 advantage.

Both hits by Bynum came with two outs in the inning.

The Bisons had a four-run rally of their own in the fifth as the club tried to claw their way back into the game. Zach Lutz single home a run before Ruben Tejada cleared the bases with a two-out, three-run triple.

The Bisons other run came via the long ball as Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit a laser to right field in the fourth inning.

Gee allowed seven runs (five earned) in 4.2 innings of work to fall to 0-1. The Bisons 2010 strikeout king had four punchouts on Thursday.

BISONS NOTES: Fernando Martinez had four hits including a double…Ruben Tejada reached base three times with a single, a triple and a walk…2010 most use reliever, Mike O’Connor tossed two scoreless frames.

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