(bisons.com)-A late inning comeback by the Syracuse Chiefs spoiled a Bisons' 14-hit performances and the Herd fell to Syracuse, 6-5, at NBT Bank Stadium on Monday night.
The Chiefs took the lead with two runs in the seventh and then scored a game-deciding insurance run in the eighth inning that proved to be the difference. In the eighth, Jared Goedert air-mailed a throw over first base that would have been the third out of the inning. The Chiefs scored the insurance run moments later on a wild pitch.
Ryan Goins gave Buffalo some life in the ninth inning, hitting a one-out double. Jared Goedert followed with an RBI single to bring the Bisons within one, 6-5. However, that's all they would get as Dan Johnson struck out and Brad Glenn popped out the end the game.
Radhames Liz started the game for the Bisons and worked 5 ⅔ innings, allowing three runs on five hits. Liz was in line for the win before right-hander Luis Ayala came on in relief and was charged with the loss after giving up two runs in just ⅓ of an inning.
Before Goedert's costly error in the eighth, the Bisons came up with some big defensive plays, the Chiefs didn't.
The Bisons had two outfield assists, the first coming from left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo in the second inning when he gunned out Tyler Moore at the plate. The second came from Kenny Wilson, who threw out Moore again at the plate in the sixth inning.
On the other side, the Chiefs missed an opportunity to pick off Wilson at second base, as Syracuse's Zack Walters dropped the throw at second base The Chiefs misplayed another ball in the fourth inning. Syracuse left fielder Destin Hood threw a dart to the plate, that appeared to beat Jimenez, but the Chiefs couldn't handle the throw and Jimenez was safe.
After Syracuse took a 2-1 lead in the third, the Bisons put up a three-spot in the fourth inning. Goedert led off the inning with a single,=Johnson followed with an RBI double to score Goedert. Two batters later, AJ Jimenez drove in Johnson on an RBI ground out. Kenny Wilson added an RBI single later in the inning.
The Bisons will be back at it early Tuesday morning, with first-pitch set for 10:30 a.m against the Chiefs. Righty Deck McGuire (2-0, 2.29 ERA) will get the start for the Herd. Since being called up to Triple-A, McGuire has put together three quality outings, allowing just five runs in 19 ⅔ innings. Taylor Jordan (0-2, 4.06 ERA) will get the call for the Chiefs.