Bisons avoid sweep
Trailing 4-0 after three innings, the Herd broke through with five runs in the fourth and three in the fifth for an 8-5 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to close out the homestand Friday night at Coca-Cola Field.
“It’s always nicer to go on a road trip with something positive,” third baseman Josh Satin said. “So hopefully we build on that momentum and head into Lehigh (Valley) strong.”
Despite nine walks issued by Yankees starter Brackman, the Bisons couldn’t break through for a run or hit in his 3 1/3 innings.
“He kept putting himself in trouble when there were all these guys on base,” Satin said. “There’s a lot of balls hit well with guys on base and none of them really fell for us.”
However reliever Eric Wordekemper allowed all three of his inherited runners to score as part of a five-run fourth inning in which the Herd batted around.
Luis Figueroa, who went 3-for-5 and Satin delivered RBI hits, Nick Evans walked one in and Mike Baxter drove in two on a single.
Starter Dylan Owen earned his fifth win, allowing five earned runs on eight hits over 7 2/3 innings with three strikeouts and no walks.
After raising his average to .355 in 31 at-bats, Satin said he’s adjusting to playing at the Triple-A level with every game.
“The way they pitch you is a little different from what I’ve been used to,” Satin said. “I’ve kind of started to figure out what they want to throw in different counts and different situations.”
The Bisons padded the lead with three more in the fifth with Satin and Valentino Pascucci driving in a pair on singles and Baxter taking a pitch to the side with the bases loaded.
Four Yankee singles gave Scranton a two-run lead after the first inning, including RBI hits by Mike Lamb and Brandon Laird.
Owen allowed a third-inning, two-run homer to Jorge Vazquezin the third.
Consecutive eighth-inning doubles by Laird and Jordan Parraz, the latter against John Lujan, cut Buffalo’s lead to three.
Dale Thayer finished ninth in order, including a double play, for his 12th save.
Game Notes: Fernando Perez reached base five times, walking his first four trips to the plate before a single… The record for walks by an opponent remains Joe Gannon’s 12 in Ottawa on April 23, 2004… Pascucci’s infield single gave him his International League-leading 72rd RBI. Vazquez trails him with 70.