Bisons smash Syracuse
Luis Figueroa’s three doubles and Luis Hernandez’ five RBI helped Dylan Owen roll to his fourth win and the Herd’s first over Syracuse, 11-6, on the season Tuesday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
Owen held the Chiefs without a hit until the fourth, when he allowed his only hit, a two-run homer by Chris Marrero after a walk. Over six innings, Owen struck out five and walked two.
Figueroa, who went 3-for-5, scored twice and drove in one.
Chad Gaudin’s rehab start for Syracuse lasted just 2 2/3 innings with 62 pitches. The Nationals righty allowed three runs (though none earned) on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.
When Gaudin exited, the Bisons held a 1-0 lead, scored by Owen, who previously reached base on a fielding error by third baseman Tug Hulett.
The Bisons then jumped on reliever Carlos Martinez for four more runs (two credited to Gaudin), including three on a Hernandez home run.
Martinez, in his Triple-A debut, allowed four earned runs in 1 2/3 innings on seven hits, walking two without a strikeout. Figueroa’s last double, in the fifth, scored Raul Chavez, who Martinez had left on second for Ryan Tatusko.
Newly signed veteran pitcher Miguel Batista made his Bisons debut, replacing Owen to start the seventh. Batista allowed four runs on four hits, recording just one out in the inning before manager Tim Tefeul called on Justin Hampson.
Valentino Pascucci went hit just a homer shy of the cycle, hitting 3-for-3 with his first triple, a double, run and two walks. Chavez went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored.
Ryota Igarashi pitched the eighth and ninth innings, allowing two hits and a walk but no outs on three strikeouts.
Game Notes: The Mets announced Batista’s singing Tuesday and assigned the righty, 40, to Buffalo. He took the spot of John Lujan, who was assigned to Binghamton… Batista, who made his major league debut in 1992, has a career record of 99-112 with a 4.51 ERA and 41 saves… Owen has allowed two or fewer runs in eight of his last nine starts.