Blasts sink Bisons
The Bisons rallied to tie the game in the seventh, but back-to-back Corey Brown and Michael Aubrey home runs reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the frame on the way to a 4-2 Syracuse Independence Day win at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Dale Thayer, who allowed the homers, thought he struck out Brown on a called ball. Home plate umpire Jeff Gosney ejected manager Tim Teufel for arguing the call after the first blast.
Yunesky Maya shut out the Bisons for six innings, but allowed the Herd to load the bases in the seventh, setting the table for Luis Hernandez’ tying pinch-hit two-run single.
After Matt Antonelli moved Steve Lombardozzi from first to third with a double, Jesus Valdez took a 1-0 lead off of starter Pat Misch on a sacrifice fly. Lombardozzi, the leadoff hitter, went 3-for-4.
Over six complete innings, Misch allowed one (two earned) on seven hits with four strikeouts and no walks. Maya allowed his two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking three.
Zech Zinicola struck out former Chief Jason Botts for the final out as part of his first Triple-A save.
Valentino Pascucci went 2-for-3 with a run scored and a walk.
Game Notes: The game took a brisk 2:30 with a starting temperature of 82˚… The Bisons won, 10-2, at Syracuse last Independence Day… Thayer hadn’t allowed a run in four outings since June 25th… The Bisons have dropped four in a row, including the last three against Syracuse.