The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders continued their dominance against the Buffalo Bisons with a 14-2 win at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday night.
The Bisons are just 1-11 in their last 12 against the RailRiders and have been outscored, 74-21, in those games.
Pounding out the runs: The highlights of Scranton’s offensive attack included a four-RBI night for Mason Williams and a three-RBI night for Kyle Higashioka (including a two-run homer in the fifth) and Cito Culver. Donovan Solano went 4 for 5 with five runs scored. In all, the RailRiders had 18 hits while the Bisons used seven pitchers.
“These guys don’t swing and miss a lot,” Bisons manager Gary Allenson said of Scranton’s offense. “They don’t swing at bad pitches for the most part, they battle in there and if you get them out, it seems like it’s in five, six, seven pitches. You’ve got to be able to use your breaking ball or changeup in fastball counts just enough, be able to hit your spots in and out, and we weren’t able to do that.”
Loaded: In the sixth, singles from Andy Burns, Dalton Pompey and Darrell Ceciliani loaded the bases with one out. Matt Dominguez drove in two runs with a single. Jesus Montero hit into a double play to end the rally.
Hit streak: Ceciliani extended his hitting streak to 12 games and his on-base streak to 18 games.
Limping to the finish: With the loss, the Bisons have lost as many as 19 games in back-to-back months for only the second time in the modern era. The Herd went 9-19 in July and 11-19 in August. In 1985, the Herd’s first year back in Triple-A as a Chicago White Sox affiliate, the Bisons went 12-19 in July and 14-19 in August.
Delayed start: A brief but heavy burst of rain over downtown Buffalo around 4:30 delayed the start of the game. The 7:05 scheduled first pitch was pushed back. Scott Diamond tossed the first pitch at 7:21.
First pitch: Buffalo native Emily Regan threw out the ceremonial first pitch. Regan had just returned to Buffalo after winning a gold medal with the U.S. women’s rowing eight boat in the Rio Olympic Games.
Roster moves: The Toronto Blue Jays placed Darwin Barney on the Family Medical Emergency List and recalled Ryan Goins. Reliever Bo Schultz was optioned to Buffalo.
Roster moves II: Yankees prospect Ben Gamel was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday. The Scranton outfielder had been named the International League’s Most Valuable Player on Tuesday.
WCC Race: The mascot race is all tied up with one home game left between Atomic and Chicken Wing with each having 27 wins.
Counting the House: There were 6,582 at Coca-Cola Field on Wednesday night.
Up next: The final home game of the season is Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Jason Berken (0-1, 3.92) is scheduled to start for the Bisons against Phil Coke (4-3, 3.09).