(bisons.com)-The Bisons bats had pounded out 51 hits, leading to 29 runs in the first four games of the year. But at a wet Coca-Cola Field, Chiefs' starter Danny Rosenbaum and the Syracuse bullpen shut down the red-hot Bisons' offense, cruising to an 8-1 victory.
"You're not going to be able to do it every night and we have to go up there and compete and battle," third baseman Mike McCoy said. "...Sometimes you run up against a pitcher that's doing his thing and silences the bats."
The rain delayed the start of the game by an hour-and-a-half and the Chiefs (4-1) wasted little more time once play began. They jumped on Herd starter Casey Lawrence in the top of the first and that proved to be enough.Syracuse scored four runs on just as many hits, while receiving some aid in the form of two Buffalo errors.
"It was a difficult day," manager Marty Brown said. "Weather wise. It felt like it was a spring training game. There are no excuses for that, but you still have to go out and play baseball."
It was Lawrence's Triple-A debut after being promoted from Single-A Dunedin. He scattered 10 hits over four innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out three. Though not an ideal start to Lawrence's Triple-A career, Brown noted his starter settled down after the first and made some good pitches.
"He was looking forward to it," Brown said. "I think he felt good about going into the outing and it's unfortunate things turned out the way they did because he pitched better than what the numbers showed."
The Bisons (3-2) did manage eight hits, but seven of them were singles and they struggled to knock in runners when they did reach scoring position.
"It's guys trying to do too much, trying to hit a five-run home run and it got away from our plan," Brown said.
McCoy led the Bisons' offense from the leadoff spot, going two-for-five with the lone RBI for the Herd. Second baseman Eugenio Velez also had a two-hit game.
Rosenbaum allowed just four hits over five innings while striking out two before leaving the game in the bullpen's hand.