Bisons fall to Yankees, 5-3
The Bisons bullpen wiggled and dodged its way in and out of trouble all Friday night, but got into one too many tough situations to preserve a series win.
Dan Brewer’s eighth inning triple off Manny Acosta drove in the game-winning run as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre rallied for a 5-3 over the Herd from PNC Field. The victory gave the Yankees the 2-1 series win over Buffalo.
Buffalo had held the Yankees to 0-13 with runners in scoring position until Brewer erased a 3-2 Bisons’ advantage. The Yanks right fielder, who only entered the game in the fourth inning when starter Greg Golson was ejected for arguing a called strike, hit a full count offering from Acosta down the right field line. That drove home Justin Maxwell and Doug Bernier for the game-tying and go-ahead runs.
Acosta recovered to strike out Ramiro Pena, but uncorked a wild pitch to Jesus Montero that allowed Brewer to score the insurance run.
Prior to the eighth, the Herd had managed to get out of jams. Dale Thayer relieved starter Casey Fossum with a pair of runners on base in the fifth inning and got Jordan Parraz to ground out. Mike O’Connor took over for Thayer with bases loaded and only one out in the seventh. The Bisons southpaw struck out Chris Dickerson and got another ground out from Parraz to end that threat.
Trailing 2-0, the Bisons cut the deficit in half in the fifth inning when Justin Turner tripled and scored on a ground out from Raul Chavez. Russ Adams doubled home a pair an inning later to give Buffalo a 3-2 lead.
The loss was charged to Mike O’Connor (0-1). The southpaw walked Maxwell and gave up a bunt single to Bernier in the eighth inning before being relieved by Acosta.
BISONS NOTES: Prior to Friday’s game, the Bisons placed Fernando Martinez on the disabled list with a right hamstring strain. That cleared roster room for Luis Hernandez, who was activated and pinch ran in the ninth inning… The Bisons were 8-4 in their last 12 games against the Yankees at PNC Field before Friday’s loss…Buffalo did not have a home run in the three-game series.