Bisons Win Despite Late RailRiders Rally
Moosic, Pa. – The Buffalo Bisons (Triple-A/Toronto Blue Jays) built an early lead and survived a late rally by the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders (New York Yankees) to win on Saturday night, 6-2. It was the opener of an eight-game homestand at PNC Field, which continues through Sunday, Aug. 18.
A familiar foe helped put the Bisons in front as they scored three in the third. Mike McCoy drew a walk to start the inning, and proceeded to steal second base. One out later, Kevin Pillar singled to left to drive home McCoy. Later in the inning, Moises Sierra hit a two-run home run to left field to put the Bisons in front, 3-0. It was Sierra’s fourth home run against the RailRiders.
Back-to-back doubles put the RailRiders on the board in the bottom of the fourth. Melky Mesa led off with a double to the left-field corner. J.R. Murphy followed with a double of his own to left, and it drove home Mesa.
Buffalo added a run in the fifth. Anthony Gose doubled to left field, and then stole third base. He scored when Ricardo Nanita doubled to right-center field.
Two late runs helped add to the Buffalo lead. McCoy drew another walk to start the seventh, and stole second base. Following a base hit by Gose, Pillar singled to left field to advance McCoy home. In the ninth, McCoy was aboard again, and Pillar doubled him for this third run batted in of the game.
The RailRiders would not quit, but the rally in the ninth fell short. Adonis Garcia began it with a double, and three consecutive walks to Dan Johnson, Randy Ruiz, and Ronnier Mustelier brought a run home and loaded the bases. That brought the tying run to the plate with nobody out, but the 6-2 mark held up as SWB would get no closer.
Justin Germano (8-8) stifled the SWB offense over eight innings, fanning eight batters without a walk.
The RailRiders and Bisons will wrap-up their 2013 regular season series on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field. SWB will need a win to clinch the victory in the series, as they’ve won eight games to Buffalo’s seven. First pitch is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. on a Family FUNday presented by the NEPA Honda dealers. Left-hander David Huff (4-6, 3.52) will get the start for SWB, while former RailRider Chien-Ming Wang (6-7, 2.88) will go for the Bisons. The game is just the second in an eight-game homestand that lasts through Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets for all games can be purchased by calling (570)969-BALL (2255), by visiting swbrailriders.com, or by visiting the box office at PNC Field.
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