The Buffalo Bisons came in with a .205 team batting average, last in the International league, and just four home runs.
Despite a 7-3 record, the Scranton/Wilkes-BarreRailRiders weren’t much better, batting at a .223 clip with just three home runs.
The last thing you’d expected was a slugfest with the teams combining for 29 hits including 13 extra-base blows and the Bisons scoring a 9-6 victory at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa. The win snapped a three-game Buffalo losing streak.
Ninth-inning dynamite: After leading most of the game the Bisons won it with a three-run explosion in the ninth inning. The rally consisted of four doubles, by Andy Burns, Jesus Montero, Casey Kotchman and finally a two-run blast by Matt Dominguez.
Jumbo: Aaron Judge, the Yankees’ 6-foot-7, 275-pound outfield prospect, doubled to drive home the first run for the RailRiders in the first inning. Kotchman of the Bisons wiped that lead out with his first homer of the season with one out in the top of the second. A double by Junior Lake and an RBI single by Dominguez followed for a 2-1 Buffalo lead.
Great Lake: Junior’s two-run homer to right highlighted a three-run third inning that put the Bisons in front, 5-2.
Sweet Swisher: Nick Swisher, the former Yankee and Cleveland Indian, hit his first homer of the season with no one aboard in the fourth to make it 5-3.
Montero’s revenge: The Bisons designated hitter, who was once a RailRider, doubled and scored on a single by Dominguez to make it 6-3 in the fifth.
Hutch survives: Bisons starter Drew Hutchison gave up a double to Pete Kozma and a triple to ex Bison Jonathan Diaz to start the fifth. Diaz came home on a sacrifice fly by Ben Gamel but Hutchison pitched out of it by striking out Judge and getting Gary Sanchez on a foul pop. Hutchison gave up a single by Swisher in the sixth but got out of the inning before leaving in favor of Chad Jenkins.
Made in Pennsylvania: The RailRiders manufactured a run to tie the game, 6-6, in the eighth. Slade Heathcott bunted for a hit, stole second, went to third on a throwing error and scored on Swisher’s sacrifice fly.
Next: The second of a four-night series on Tuesday (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.) with lefty Scott Diamond (2-0, 1.50) scheduled for the Bisons against righty Tyler Cloyd (0-0, 1.00).