SYRACUSE -- The Buffalo Bisons' first doubleheader of the season ended in a split with Syracuse. After winning the opener, 6-1, Buffalo dropped the nightcap, 1-0, in the series finale at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The Bisons will begin a three-game series tonight (7 p.m., 1520 AM) at Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, Pa., against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs. Jeremy Hefner (2-1, 1.96) will get the starting call against former Bisons lefty Pat Misch (1-2, 4.60).
Buffalo won the first game on the strength of a three-hit performance by Omar Quintanilla. Corey Brown's fourth-inning home run for Syracuse was the only scoring in the nightcap.
In both games, the Bisons had solid starting pitching. Jeurys Familia (2-1) earned his second Triple-A win with eight strikeouts in five innings. In game two, Chris Schwinden (2-2) was the loser in what was the Herd's first complete game of the season. He allowed just three hits and no walks.
The difference between a split and sweep for the Bisons was the big hits. Buffalo got them in the first game. Zach Lutz hit a two-run home run to give the Herd an early lead in the second inning. Josh Satin singled home Jordany Valdespin in the third for a 3-1 advantage and Quintanilla's third hit of the game was a bases-loaded double in the sixth inning for the 6-1 win.
The Bisons had just three hits in game two, but had their chances to score. Buffalo put the first two men on base in the fifth inning, but Vinny Rottino was thrown out at third on a double steal. Raul Reyes walked to lead off the sixth and got to third base with only one out. Chiefs' starter Tanner Roark retired Satin and Lutz to get out of that jam.
In the seventh, Rottino walked and Matt Tuiasosopo singled to lead off the frame. But a failed bunt attempt by Lucas May and a double play off the bat of Quintanilla ended it.