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Sixth inning dooms Bisons; Satin's hit streak ends at 15 games

One inning was the major difference on Wednesday night as the Syracuse Chiefs beat the Buffalo Bisons, 6-1, in front of 7,971 fans at Coca-Cola Field.

A Zach Lutz solo home run in the second gave the Herd the lead, but the Chiefs erased it with a run of their own in the fifth before exploding for a five-run sixth on the way to the win.

Bisons starter Dylan Owen (5-6) had been in control until the sixth. But he loaded the bases and walked home a run before allowing four others to cross, putting the game out of the Herd's reach.

"It was good for five innings," Bisons manager Tim Teufel said. "Owen threw the ball well. He looked like he was in charge of the game, and one inning got away from him. He was battling with the lower part of their lineup, and he just couldn't put anybody away and get that double-play ground ball he so desired."

Lutz, who finished 2 for 4, was one of only two Bisons to record multi-hit performances.

The other Jordany Valdespin, who went 2 for 4 in his Herd debut. The former Binghamton Met hit .297 with 24 doubles, 15 home runs, 51 RBIs in 107 games, and was named an Eastern League All-Star. He also stole 33 bases in 47 attempts and ranks fifth in the Eastern League in stolen bases, sixth in total hits (120) and ninth in batting average (.297).

Batting leadoff, Valdespin hit a double in his first at bat.

Valdespin replaces outfielder Jason Botts, who was placed on the disabled list with a right intercostal strain, retroactive to Tuesday.

The only other Bisons to get hits were Fernando Martinez and Jesus Feliciano.

Even with the Bisons far out of the pennant race, Teufel said he knows that there is still plenty of motivation for his team.

"They're playing for something still, they're playing for next year still," Teufel said. "There's a lot to be had here. Finishing up strong is very important. That's something that each guy knows and they need to play for. It's for their contract for next year and it's for their positioning for next year."

Satin, another recent call-up from Binghamton, saw his league-leading 15-game hit streak come to a close, but he won't let that bother him too much.

"Honestly, I don't really pay attention to the hit streak that much," Satin said before Wednesday night's game. "To me, it's not that important. Obviously I want to get a hit in every game I just want to be productive. If that means getting hits, then that means getting hits."

Satin went 0 for 3 with a walk and a first-inning fielder's choice, leaving his streak four games short of the longest in the International League this season, a mark set by Bisons outfielder Nick Evans.

The Bisons wrap up their series with Syracuse this afternoon (1:05 p.m., TWC13, Radio 1520). Righthander Miguel Batista (1-0, 5.00 ERA) will start for the Herd.

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