BUFFALO- The Buffalo Bisons scored six runs in the first and that was all they needed to take down the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-2, Monday night at Coca-Cola Field.
The Bisons exploded in the first inning and jumped out to an early 6-0 lead. It took just four pitches for the Bisons to strike. Dwight Smith Jr. led off the home half with a single up the middle. Jon Berti stepped into the box and ripped a double to the right field corner allowing Smith to score all the way from first. After Michael Sanders reached on a walk, Rowdy Tellez worked a 12-pitch at-bat that ended with a double off the left field wall scoring both runners. Another free pass issued to Mike Ohlman, set up Raffy Lopez who dropped in a single to score Tellez. Still with no outs, Gregorio Petit added a single of his own to bring home Ohlman. With runners now on the corners, Roemon Fields joined the hit parade by driving a single to right scoring Lopez. Buffalo sent 11 batters to the plate as they attacked for an early 6-0 advantage in the first.
West Point graduate Chris Rowley made his first start for the Herd. He threw five complete innings striking out six and only allowed one run on three hits. He picked up his first win of the season, improving his record to 1-1.
"Two years ago today I was [deployed] in Germany and I was getting excited to come back. Now, today we were able to get a win and had some good defense behind me," Chris Rowley said.
The Bisons salvaged the final game of the series with the Chiefs after losing the first three. Buffalo ended their home stand going just 2-9. They will look to reverse their fortune as they hit the road to take on Scranton Wilkes-Barre Tuesday night on the Fourth of July
Bisons Notes: Raffy Lopez was 2-4 with a RBI and run scored… Rowdy Tellez went 1-4 with two RBI and a run scored… Michael Sanders and Shane Opitz were the only Buffalo hitters without a hit… The Bisons had six hits in the first inning but only recorded two in the remaining eight innings.