Buffalo 2, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 7 (AGGREGATE): Bisons Drop Two

The Buffalo Bisons and Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders faced off today in a doubleheader, of sorts. The day started by finishing yesterday’s suspended game, picking up halfway through the fifth where the game was stopped due to heavy fog. Thirty-five minutes after that Buffalo 2-1 loss, the two teams again played, this game shortened to seven innings. Again, Buffalo was defeated, this time 5-1. The Herd lost the day 7-2 on an aggregate score.

In game one, the Bisons went to their ace Daniel Norris for the start. The RailRiders got to Norris early, putting up a run in each of the first two innings. Both were products of miniature rallies. The first inning’s run came from a double and RBI single, while the second’s scored on three consecutive singles.

The Bisons waited until the fourth to counter. Sean Ochinko drove in Luke Scott on an RBI double. Daric Barton was waved home in an attempt to tie the game, though he was dead meat at home plate, tagged easily for the final out of the inning. The Herd still cut the RailRider’s lead in half, putting the score to 2-1 after four.

However, the Bisons would not be able to create enough offense to overcome the remaining deficit, even with a night to sleep on it. Following the fourth inning, in which they scored their sole run, the Bisons would only tally one more hit. The game ended at 2-1, handing Buffalo its first loss of the day.

The second Bisons’ loss would come approximately two hours later, in what many (just me) are calling not the second, but the 1.5 game of the day. The Herd would drop the game 5-1, giving them an aggregate loss of 7-2 on the evening.

The Bisons hopped out to an early lead with a first inning rally that scored Caleb Gindl, who reached on a single of his own. Two walks and two total singles did the trick, with Andy Burns grabbing the eventual RBI. The 1-0 lead would not last very long however.

The RailRiders countered in the second with a run of their own. The tying run was a product of three Scranton singles. Later in the fifth inning Scranton would break the game open with two more runs. The RailRiders benefited from two walks and an Austin Romine two-RBI double. The rally gave Scranton a 3-1 lead.

Buffalo had its chance to counter in the bottom half of the inning. The Herd loaded the bases on a double and two hit batters. However, an unfortunate line out turned double play off the bat of Andy Burns spoiled any Bisons’ hope remaining.

If any hope did remain, it was completely evaporated with two more Scranton runs in the sixth. Bisons’ reliever Todd Redmond allowed both runs on a walk, single and double.

That 5-1 lead stood for the rest of the game. Buffalo dropped both games on the day, but will try again tomorrow at 10:35 a.m. Unfortunately for Buffalo, Yankee stud prospect right-hander Luis Severino will be looking to close out the sweep for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. A win for the Bisons would not only avoid the sweep but also be a boost of confidence when facing such a tough opposing pitcher. The Bisons will throw Felix Doubront as their starter.

Mascot Race

Game 1: The crowd packed close coming down the straightaway, the race being anyone’s to win. However, the close quarters caused for a big collision that only Chicken Wing could overcome. Chicken Wing cruised to an easy victory.

Game 2: Chicken Wing again used his physicality to his advantage to earn a win in the second game’s race. Though Atomic Wing led most of the way, a late shove cleared the path for Chicken Wing to extend his win streak to two games. That’s Chicken Wing’s league leading 12th victory on the season.