SYRACUSE — In an outburst unmatched in its 28 seasons of modern-era Triple-A baseball, the Buffalo Bisons rewrote their record book with a 27-9 romp past the Syracuse Chiefs om Thursday afternoon at NBT Bank Stadium.
Buffalo’s modern era dates to 1985 and the Herd broke its record for runs (set in a 25-13 win over Rochester in 2004) and hits (26, in a 10-inning win at Indianapolis in 1985). The 18-run margin was two better than the previous record of 16 set last year in a 17-1 win over Toledo.
International League single-game marks go back only to 1973 and the league says it has no record of a team collecting more runs or hits in any game to that point.
The Bisons took advantage of a 19-mph wind blowing out to left field to compile the following roll call of individual accomplishments before a crowd of 3,214:
• St. Francis product Jim Negrych became the first Buffalo player to hit for the cycle since Justin Turner went 6 for 6 in the 2010 season finale at Rochester.
• Outfielder Moises Sierra went 6 for 6, joining Turner as the only 6-for-6 men in the modern era. Prior to Turner, no Buffalo player had six hits in a game since 1936.
• First baseman Luis Jimenez went 5 for 7 with a home run and eight RBIs, one shy of the franchise mark.
• Left fielder Ryan Langerhans pounded two homers and drove in six runs. Langerhans and Sierra tied the franchise mark by scoring five runs.
Negrych went 4 for 7 and raised his batting average to .515, which leads all of affiliated baseball. He tripled in the first, singled in the fourth, doubled in the fifth and completed his cycle with a home run in the sixth.
Sierra had three shots at a home run to also hit for the cycle but did not connect on any long balls.
Since 1995, only two IL teams – the 1997 Toledo Mud Hens and the 2007 Louisville Bats – have had two cycles in an entire year, let alone in a game.
The Bisons batted around four times, highlighted by a 10-run seventh that tied their modern-era mark for runs in an inning and turned a 13-9 game into a blowout.
Sierra had two singles in the inning, which also featured a two-run homer from Langerhans and a three-run shot by Jimenez.
Buffalo also had a five-run first and a five-run fourth, and a four-run ninth. Negrych led off the game with a triple to right and scored on a Sierra triple. Andy LaRoche added a two-run homer in the first.
Two-run singles by Jimenez and Josh Thole keyed the outburst in the fourth.
Manager Marty Brown earned his 246th career win with Buffalo, tying current New York Mets skipper Terry Collins for second on the franchise’s list behind Brian Graham (253).
The Bisons raised their team batting average to .333 after collecting 29 hits on Thursday. They posted their first five-home run game since June 28, 2010 at Charlotte. Buffalo finished with 13 extra-base hits.
Reliever Bobby Korecky scooped up the win as he improved to 2-0. He allowed two runs and three hits over three innings.
The win completed a four-game series sweep on the road, Buffalo’s first since 2004, the last time the Herd won the Governors’ Cup as IL champions.
The Bisons hit the bus right after the game for a drive to Allentown, Pa., where they will start another four-gamer against the Lehigh Valley IronPigs tonight at 7 (Radio 1520 AM).
The next home game is Tuesday night at 6 against the defending IL champion Pawtucket Red Sox.