Bisons top Chiefs, 3-2, in 13 innings
The Bisons had 11 walk-off wins at Coca-Cola Field in 2010. It didn’t take them long to break out the late inning magic in 2011 as they came back from a 2-1 deficit to tie the game in the eighth inning, and then won it in the 13th, 3-2 .
It wasn’t a home run or a base hit, but hard work and a wild pitch that got the Bisons their first win of the season.
“That’s part of the game, you win any way you can,” said Bisons left fielder Jason Pridie.
Pridie led off the 13th with a base hit into center field, his third of the contest, and was advanced to second by a sharp single by Justin Turner.
Fernando Martinez laid down a perfect sacrifice bunt before Syracuse decided to intentionally walk Valentino Pascucci to load the bases. With Zach Lutz at the plate, Chiefs reliever Matt Chico bounced one through the catcher’s legs, allowing Pridie to sprint home for the winning run.
“We were pretty fundamental the whole way around,” said Manager Tim Teufel.
The Bisons led Syracuse 1-0 until the eighth inning, when Jeff Frazier doubled home a pair off Manny Alvarez to put the Chiefs on top. Pascucci followed Pridies 8th-inning double with one of his own to tie the score and send the game into extra innings.
The pitching duel that took place for the first six innings between Bisons’ Jenrry Mejia and his Syracuse counterpart, Ross Detwiler was overshadowed by the late inning dramatics. Mejia worked six scoreless innings in his 2011 Bisons debut, striking out six batters and only giving up three hits.
Mejia left after the sixth inning which included a spectacular play by Bisons second baseman Justin Turner. Syracuse right fielder Jeff Frazier hit a scorcher up the middle through Mejia’s legs, but Turner a diving grab and threw Frazier out from his knees.
BISONS NOTES: Friday’s game took four hours and 26 minutes. It was the longest game for the Bisons since they lost 5-4 to the Chiefs in Syracuse in 14 innings on August 26 (4 hours, 22 minutes)…This was Jenrry Mejia second career start with the Bisons. He worked eight innings in a no-decision against Syracuse on August 30, 2010…The Bisons used six relievers in the game with the eventual winner Jose De La Torre and Taylor Tankersley pitching on consecutive days.