Syracuse stops Herd
One miscue was all Syracuse needed on Wednesday night.
A third-inning Bisons’ error helped the Chiefs plate two of their three runs in a 3-1 victory over the Herd from Coca-Cola Field. The defeat, their 11th of the season to Syracuse, snapped Buffalo’s three-game win streak.
The error turned into two unearned runs for southpaw Mark Cohoon, who pitched well but fell in defeat.
With the game scoreless, Bisons second baseman Luis Hernandez threw wide of the base while attempting to turn a doubleplay. Instead of two out, there were two on for the Chiefs and both baserunners came around to score.
The Bisons lone run was scored in the sixth inning as Jesus Feliciano pulled a home run down the right field line. The blast was the veteran’s 370th hit of his Bisons career, tying him with Greg Tubbs for second most in the modern era (Bill Selby, 378).
Maybe the most intriguing play of the night occurred two batters after Feliciano’s home run. Catcher Raul Chavez smoked a liner off the glove of shortstop Seth Bynum. Bynum retrieved the ball, but threw wild to first base. As the ball rolled to the Bisons dugout, home plate umpire John Conrad ruled that pitching coach Ricky Bones interfered with the play. Although he was credited with a base hit, Chavez was ruled out.
The Chiefs bullpen made the lead stand up. Josh Wilkie, the fifth of five Syracuse relievers, pitched the ninth inning for his 15th save of the season.
Cohoon allowed just won earned run in 6.1 innings of work but suffered the loss.
Buffalo wraps up the home portion of the 2011 schedule on Thursday night with Fan Appreciation Night at 6:05 p.m. against the Chiefs.
BISONS NOTES: Just prior to the game, the Bisons activated outfielder Mike Baxter and placed infielder Zach Lutz on the disabled list…After going hitless in back-to-back games for the first time as a Bison, Josh Satin went 2-4 with a double…The Bisons need a win on Thursday to finish the season with an even 36-36 record at Coca-Cola Field.