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Rain puts quick end to bad night for Herd

The Buffalo Bisons didn’t have to climb out of an early deficit on Tuesday. Syracuse waited three innings before administering some punishment.

The Chiefs helped decide matters quickly with a six-run fourth inning and eventually won, 8-2, on Tuesday at Coca-Cola Field in a game that was shortened to five innings by rain. And the way things have been for the Bisons lately, that was probably a good thing.

After starting the season with three straight wins, the Herd has lost three straight by a combined score of 30-8.

Everything came unhinged for the Bisons in the fourth inning after the Chiefs took a 3-2 lead on a Chris Marrero RBI triple to center. The Bisons got Marrero in a rundown and appeared to have him caught at home, but Andy LaRoche overthrew pitcher Justin Germano at the plate which enabled Marrero and Zach Walters to score. After Micah Owings singled, Carlos Constanzo hit a home run to right that parked in the front row of the Bully Hill deck for a 7-2 Syracuse lead.

Germano threw five innings and allowed 11 hits, seven earned runs and a pair of homers.

“The second time through the order, Justin elevated the ball and Syracuse went to bat well,” Bisons manager Marty Brown said. “You leave something out over the plate and up in the zone they’ve proven in these two games that they’re ready to swing the bat and do some damage. It’s about focus and concentration and we didn’t handle the rundown well. ... Out of the 11 hits Justin gave up, he gave up five in that inning.”

But Brown saw improvement from Germano in his final inning.

“He finished his breaking ball better and he was down in the zone and pitched ahead in the count,” he said. “He ended things on a positive note but he knows he’s going to up his game.”

Unlike the previous two games, the Herd jumped out early.

Jim Negrych, who singled to start the game, was leaning toward second and appeared ready to steal so Ross Ohlendorf tried a pick-off attempt that sailed toward the Bisons’ dugout. Anthony Gose followed with an triple that was trapped in the base of the wall in right and then scored when Moises Sierra’s ground ball up the middle under the glove of shortstop Zach Walters for a 2-0 lead.

Chris Marrero’s first homer of the season for Syracuse cleared the screen in left to make it 2-1.


The parent Toronto Blue Jays have signed Miguel Batista to a minor league deal, according to The Colorado Rockies released the 42-year-old veteran pitcher prior to Opening Day.

Batista signed a minor league deal with the Rockies in January. In 52∏ innings with Atlanta and the New York Mets last season, Batista finished with a 4.61 ERA. Over the last 18 seasons, Batista has appeared with 11 different Major League teams and has a 4.48 career ERA.