Yanks even series with win
The Bisons got some bad news on Thursday afternoon and things didn’t get any better at night.
Buffalo dropped a 6-2 decision to the Yankees in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre just a few hours after learning that starting pitcher Boof Bonser would be lost for the year with an arm injury.
Bonser left his Bisons debut on Sunday after just 3.2 innings of work with what appeared to be a right forearm injury. Further tests reveled what became evident on Thursday; Bonser would need Tommy John surgery and would not pitch again in 2011.
Without Bonser, the Bisons failed in their attempt at a third straight win on Thursday night in Moosic, PA. Third baseman Jorge Vazquez homered in back-to-back innings as the Yankees build an early lead against Herd starter, Dylan Owen.
Vazquez’s fourth home run of the year led off the second inning and erased an early 1-0 Bisons’ advantage. In the third, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre took a 2-1 lead before Vazquez took Owen deep again with a runner on base.
A 4-1 lead became 6-1 in the sixth inning when Doug Bernier tripled home two off reliever Manny Alvarez.
Buffalo did have hits and base runners. The Herd left 12 men on base and went 0-11 with runners in scoring position. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Justin Turner had RBI-doubles in the second and eighth innings respectively to account for Buffalo’s two runs.
BISONS NOTES: Zach Lutz went 2-4 with a walk and a runs scored. He has hit in four straight with three multi-hit games…The Bisons struck out a season-high 14 times…Justin Hampson pitched two innings of shutout relief for Buffalo.