The Buffalo Bisons let a 4-0 lead over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre get away at the start of Thursday’s game in Moosic, Pa. Rather than become discouraged, they simply went back to work – and earned the victory.
The go-ahead run in Buffalo’s 6-5 win came in an unusual manner. Tyler Webb balked home Wilkin Castillo in the top of the sixth inning to put the Herd ahead for keeps.
The Bisons had jumped out to the four-run lead, only to see Scranton/Wilkes-Barre bounce back with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Buffalo added an insurance run in the seventh, which came in handy when the RailRiders scored a single tally in the bottom of the eighth.
Hot and hotter: Darrell Ceciliani turned up his recent rampage at the plate another notch on an 88-degree night. The Bisons’ outfielder homered in his first two at-bats to propel his team to the early lead.
Ceciliani has been tearing up the International League since coming down from the parent Toronto Blue Jays in June. He has hits in 11 of 13 games while hitting .367 (18 for 50) in that stretch, and has four homers and 10 RBIs along the way.
One blemish: Chris Leroux had just the one bad inning, finishing after six innings of work. He allowed seven hits in improving his record to 7-5. Ryan Tepera pitched the ninth inning to pick up his 12th save. Webb lost his first game of the season after winning three straight.
Next up: The Bisons head back home to begin a weekend series with Lehigh Valley (7:05 p.m., Radio 1520 AM). Buffalo has not picked a starting pitcher for the game. Ben Lively (3-2, 3.86) will go for the IronPigs. The same two teams will play Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.