BUFFALO, N.Y. (From Bisons.com)- It was the top of the order that led the way for the Bisons first fridaynightbash!® victory of the year at Coca-Cola Field.
Anthony Gose, Steve Tolleson and Juan Francisco went a combined 6-for-11 and scored five times to give the Herd its fifth win of the season by the score of 7-4 over Pawtucket.
"We came out swinging the bats," manager Gary Allenson said.
The newly-acquired Francisco led the Bisons' bats, going 3-for-4, and finishing a home run away from the cycle. The 26-year old out of the Dominican Republic opened up the scoring for Buffalo in the first inning, as he was able score Anthony Gose off a hard single into left field.
An inning later, Francisco was also able to make more noise when he struck a ball to deep into center field to score Gose and Tolleson for a two-out two-run triple.
"He was on fire tonight," Allenson said. "To have him and Johnson back-to-back is pretty good. That's a pretty good bat to have in the lineup there."
Ahead 5-3, the Bisons offense put two more runs on the board. After Francisco led off the frame with a double, Kevin Pillar snapped out of his opening week slump with a hard double down the left field line. Pillar then reached home on an Andy LaRoche single to stretch the Bisons lead to 7-3.
"He's hitting the ball hard," said Allenson about Pillar. "When he starts getting on a role, we will get him in the top of the order."
On the mound, Kyle Drabek battled back after giving up a lead-off home run to Brock Holt to start the game. The righty retired seven of his last nine and pitched effectively down in the zone to earn his first win of 2014.
"It isn't fun to give up a lead-off home run," Drabek said. "The sinker was working for me in later counts. It was probably the first start that my arm felt the best, too."
Allenson was happy with the way Drabek pitched in his second start of the season, showing that he was able to pull the team through and get five solid innings.
"Drabek did a good job tonight with the way he battled through," Allenson said. " If you can consistently throw the ball down below the knees, it's a quick game."