Buffalo Survives Late SWB Surge
Moosic, Pa. – For a second consecutive game, 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, 8-5. The RailRiders scored three runs in the seventh and two in the ninth, but fell three runs short on Sunday afternoon at PNC Field.
Buffalo raced out to a 2-0 lead in the third. Mike McCoy led off with a walk, and moved to third on a base hit by Anthony Gose. Following a stolen base by Gose, Kevin Pillar hit a triple to right field to clear the bases and put the Bisons in front.
A four-run fourth inning gave the Bisons a bit of breathing room. With one out, Andy LaRoche singled to left field, Following a base hit by Jim Negrych, Sean Ochinko walked to load the bases. Ryan Goins then knocked a base hit to move each runner up 90-feet and plate LaRoche. McCoy drew a walk to advance home Negrych, and Pillar capped the frame with a double down the left-field line to score both Ochinko and Goins. Buffalo led 6-0 after four innings.
A big swing put the RailRiders on the board in the seventh. Brendan Harris led off with a single, and J.R. Murphy later walked. Melky Mesa followed with a home run to left-center field, and it cut the lead in half.
Buffalo would pull two of those runs back in the eighth and ninth. Doubles by Moises Sierra and Ochinko plated a run in the eighth and ninth innings respectively.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre made things interesting with two runs in the ninth. Mesa began the rally with a single, and two outs later, moved to second on a base hit by Ronnier Mustelier. A balk put both runners in scoring position, and Brent Lillibridge delivered a two-run single to center field. The two-out rally was not enough in the 8-5 loss.
Former RailRider Chien-Ming Wang (7-7) tossed six shutout innings to earn the win. He struck out five, and issued three walks while lowering his season earned run average to 2.71.
David Huff (4-7) allowed six runs on nine hits over five and one-third innings to get the loss.
The RailRiders will take Monday off, but will return to action at PNC Field on Tuesday night. They’ll open a four-game series with the Charlotte Knights (Chicago White Sox). The game is just the third of 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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