Chiefs rule in 11 over Bisons
Alliance Bank Stadium continues to be a place of nightmares for the Buffalo Bisons.
In their final visit to Central New York in the 2011 season, the Herd fell to the rival Syracuse Chiefs, 3-2, in 11 innings. Jonathan Solano’s ground rule ‘single’ with the bases loaded snapped a tie that had lasted for most of the three-hour, 32-minute contest.
Following Tuesday night’s loss, the Bisons are now just 7-17 in 24 games at Alliance Bank Stadium since the 2009 season. Their 2-6 mark this season included a two-game sweep by the Chiefs over the past two nights.
Solano’s ground rule double turned single came with two outs of a strange frame for the Bisons and reliever Mike O’Connor. Steve Lombardozzi led off the 11th with a single. With one out, O’Connor and battery mate Raul Chavez thought they had caught the Chiefs’ infielder stealing second but Lombardozzi was called safe. The Bisons southpaw then didn’t get the benefit of a pair of close two-strike pitches to Chris Marrero and issued a one-out walk.
After a fielder’s choice and an intentional walk to Seth Bynum, Solano lined a 2-2 pitch from O’Connor to right field that fell behind Fernando Martinez and bounced over the wall. Solano needed only to touch first base to win the game, turning his game-winning hit to a ground rule single.
Buffalo built an early 2-0 lead with runs in each of the first two frames. Martinez put the Herd on the board with a two-out single in the first inning to cash in Josh Satin. Jesus Feliciano added his own two-out RBI-single in the second inning.
The Bisons’ bats went silent after that as Syracuse starter Yunesky Maya retired 10 in a row from the end of the third until his night was done after six innings. Buffalo had its best chance to score off the Chiefs’ bullpen in the 10th inning as Jesus Feliciano led off with a triple off the wall in right-centerfield. Eventual game-winning pitcher, Josh Wilkie, followed with a strike out of Satin before getting fly outs from Valentino Pascucci and Martinez to end the threat.
BISONS NOTES:Josh Satin extended his hit streak to 15 games with a first-inning single. The Triple-A rookie has hit in 16 of his 17 games with the Bisons for a .353 average…Pat Misch collected a pinch-hit single in the top of the 11th inning. It’s the first time a pitcher collected a pinch hit in the Mets’ affiliation…Mark Cohoon started for Buffalo and allowed two runs in five innings of work.