The Buffalo Bisons and Syracuse Chiefs took turns trying to catch up in their doubleheader Tuesday at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse. Each failed once.
The Herd won the opener, 2-0. Syracuse took the second game, 4-3, before a turnout of 1,368. Each game was seven innings with temperatures in the 40s and 21 mile per hour wind blowing across the outfield.
Clutch pitching: The Bisons grabbed the lead early in the opener and Chris Leroux, Chad Girodo and David Aardsma combined to shut out the Chiefs on two hits. Syracuse had eight base runners, but hit into two double plays and left six runners.
Close but …: Buffalo never led in the nightcap. After falling behind, 3-1, the Bisons rallied twice to get within a run but were never able to get the equalizer. The Bisons had at least one base runner each inning, but were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and grounded into three double plays.
Pompey debuts: Dalton Pompey made his season debut in the opener and scored both of the Bisons’ runs. He opened the game with a line single and came home on a sacrifice fly by DH Jesus Montero. In the third, Pompey walked and came around to score on a double by Andy Burns.
Hot water: Three Bisons pitchers (Casey Lawrence, Chad Jenkins and Ben Rowen) seemed to be in constant trouble in the second game. They yielded 12 hits and five walks, but the Chiefs stranded 13 runners and hit into one double play.
Stranded: Pompey, representing the tying run, was at second after his bunt single and an error with one out in the top of the seventh. However, Burns grounded out and Domonic Brown fouled out to end it.
Next up: The teams will wrap up their three-game series Wednesday (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.). Drew Hutchison (0-1, 1.80) is scheduled for the Bisons. Taylor Jordan (0-0, 1.80) is slated to make the start for the Chiefs.
Opening day starters set: Left-hander Scott Diamond (1-0, 1.80) will start for the Herd in the Buffalo home opener at 2:05 p.m. on Thursday at Coca-Cola Field. Former Boston College lefty Pat Dean (0-1, 3.60) is the scheduled starter for the Rochester Red Wings.