The Buffalo Bisons struggled to string together base runners Friday night, falling to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, 2-1. The RailRiders have abruptly ended the Bisons' run for playoff position, handing Buffalo two straight losses after a nine-game win-streak.
A homerun into Bully Hill by Darrell Ceciliani wasn't enough to mount a Bisons comeback in the ninth inning. It was a case of too little, too late for the Herd since the homer was the Bisons' first and only extra-base hit of the night. The Bisons' four other hits were all singles.
RailRiders pitcher Dietrich Enns did not do the Bisons' any favors, as he did not give up a single walk in 6.2 innings of play.
"It's not like he overpowers you, but he uses both sides of the plate," Bisons manager Gary Allenson said. "He kept us off balance. I sound like a broken record, like last night. But he did a great job."
Division Race: The Bisons fall to 46-36 and four games back of the RailRiders, who sit at 50-32.
LP: Bisons starter John Anderson (1-2) did well to get out of tough situations, striking out Tyler Austin with a runner at third in the first inning and forcing Ben Gamel into a pop-out with the bases loaded in the fourth.
However, the RailRiders’ top-ranked offense was able to grind Anderson down despite him only giving up one run. He was pulled after five innings of work since his pitch count was entering the 90’s. He gave up four hits and walked three.
"Anderson did a better job," Allenson said. "Pitch count was still too high, but he kept us in the game."
Top Prospects: Scranton/Wilkes-Barre has two of the Yankees’ top prospects, outfielder Aaron Judge and catcher Gary Sanchez, but the Bisons staff limited the damage. Sanchez went 1 for 4, hitting an RBI double in the first inning. Judge also went 1 for 4 and made the pitchers work despite two strikeouts. Three of his at-bats went to full counts.
Streak Continues: Catcher Tony Sanchez reached base on a single in the third inning, extending his on-base streak to 17 games.
Depleted Majors Staff: The Bisons will likely be losing a relief pitcher or two to the Toronto Blue Jays before Toronto's afternoon game against Cleveland Saturday. The two teams went into the 19th inning, with the Blue Jays pitching position players in the final two frames.
Attendance: There were 13,155 people at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
Up Next: The Bisons and RailRiders will play the third game of their four-game series Saturday afternoon (1:05 p.m.). Chris Leroux (6-4) will face righty Diego Moreno (3-1).