Bisons top Red Wings on Opening Day

By Jim Mandelaro - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

BUFFALO, N.Y- The Red Wings fell behind early and lost 6-3 to the Buffalo Bisons in Thursday's season opener at Coca-Cola Field.

The Bisons rocked starter Scott Diamond for four runs in the first inning — all with two outs — and never relinquished the lead.

"One tough inning in the first," Wings manager Gene Glynn said. "Otherwise, a pretty good game. Our bullpen was good (one unearned run in seven innings), and we had some timely hitting early. We had a chance late with the tying run at the plate (in the eighth). A good fight. We just buried ourselves early."

Darin Mastroianni gave Rochester hope with a two-run bloop single in the second inning, but the Bisons added runs in the second and sixth innings following throwing errors from rookie shortstop Danny Santana.

James Beresford's RBI single in the eighth cut the deficit to 6-3, but Chris Rahl struck out with runners at first and third to end the threat.

Mastroianni and Beresford each had two hits. The Wings were outhit 9-6.

The game time temperature was 42 degrees under gray skies. The crowd was announced at 11,052 but was much less.

"It's just one game," Wings catcher Chris Herrmann said. "I think we have a really good team. The chemistry is there. We all get along. We made a few mistakes today, but that's baseball."

The teams are scheduled to meet again Friday at 2:05, with Rochester rookie Alex Meyer facing Ricky Romero in a matchup of right-handers. But heavy rain is in the forecast. The Wings' home opener against the Bisons is set for 2:05 Saturday at Frontier Field.


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