(bisons.com) - The 'Big Inning' was the theme of the day on Sunday as the Bisons and the RailRiders split their long-overdue doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo used a six-run rally to take Game 1 by a 6-1 score. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre had a quartet of crooked frames in their 12-5 victory in the night cap.
The RailRiders came to town on Thursday but the rains came with them. The first three games of the series were washed out. The teams played two on Sunday and will make up the other two later in the season.
All the scoring in Game 1 came in the day's first inning. Trailing 1-0, the Herd sent 10 men to the plate to score a season-best six runs. Josh Thole put Buffalo the board with a two-run single and Andy LaRoche added an RBI-knock. Ryan Goins capped off the rally with a bases-clearing double over the head of RailRiders' left fielder, Ziolo Almonte.
That was more than enough for Dave Bush in his long-awaited Bisons debut. The veteran retired 14 of the final 15 batters he faced to earn the victory. He allowed just three hits and now walks with three strikeouts.
Bush was on the Bisons Opening Day Roster but was promoted to Toronto before his first scheduled start. He was added back to Buffalo's roster on Thursday.
Brad Lincoln and Juan Perez each pitched an inning of shutout relief to lock down the game one win.
In Game 2, the RailRiders scored three in the first and third innings for a 6-4 lead. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on four more in the fifth and two in the seventh to close out their second win of the season.
Ziolo Almonte was at the heart of the RailRiders attack, going 3-3 with two walks and three runs scored in Game 2.
Buffalo did have a big inning in Game 2 as well, scoring four of their five runs in the second inning. Eugenio Velez had a three-run triple and Mike McCoy doubled home a run in the frame.