A grand slam from Luke Scott in the fifth inning helped power the Buffalo Bisons to an 8-6 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium Friday night.
It was a night made for offense as the teams combined for 26 hits.
The Bisons built an 8-3 lead, but the Chiefs chipped away in the late innings but the Herd defense turned three double plays to hold on for the lead.
Hague keeps on hitting: Matt Hague continues to be the best man at the plate in the International League. Hague went 3 for 4 with an RBI single to raise his batting average to .359. It was his 10th three-hit game this season and Hague now has multi-hit performances in 28 of the 68 games he’s played.
First Triple A win: Lefty Matt Boyd picked up his first Triple A win in his second start for the Herd. He gave up two runs on six hits with four strikeouts over five innings of or work.
Roster moves: Ryan Schimpf returned the Bisons earning a promotion from Double-A New Hampshire. Schimpf hit .190 with two home runs in 17 games with the Herd in May. In 32 games with the Fisher Cats he hit .270 and drove in 21 runs. The roster spot opened up as the Toronto Blue Jays recalled Munenori Kawasaki. Kawasaki hit .220 with four stolen bases in 30 games with the Herd. His recall was to fill a roster spot for the Blue Jays as R.A. Dickey went on bereavement leave. Dickey’s father passed away Tuesday in Nashville, Tenn.
Pitchers of record: Boyd moved to 1-1 while Bobby Korecky recorded his fourth save this season. A. J. Cole (0-4) took the loss.
Time of game: 3:20
Paid attendance: 5,513
Up next: The teams continue the series at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Felix Doubront (0-3, 2.65) is scheduled to start for the Bisons with Syracuse starting Scott McGregor (4-4, 3.58). The series concludes at 1:05 p.m. Sunday with Jeff Francis (2-0, 2.67) starting for the Herd against Taylor Jordan (2-3, 3.20). The Herd is off Monday before returning to Coca-Cola Field to open a three-game series against Lehigh Valley on Tuesday.