A four-run eighth inning propelled the Syracuse Chiefs to a 6-2 win over the Buffalo Bisons Wednesday night in the Coca-Cola Field season finale.
A three-run double from Darin Mastroianni blew the game open for the Chiefs, who had taken a 2-1 lead in the seventh.
The Bisons took a 1-0 lead in the fifth when Alex Hassan’s single scored Danny Dorn from second.
The Herd added a run in the eighth on an RBI ground out from Ryan Schimpf, but failed to generate rally momentum and went down in order in the ninth.
And the winner is: The Bisons announced their team awards in a pregame ceremony. Matt Hague took three honors – the Stan Barron Most Valuable Player Award, the Jimmy Griffin Hometown Hero Award and the Booster Club Favorite Player Award. Scott Copeland was named the Warren Spahn Most Valuable Pitcher and the Booster Club Favorite Pitcher. Randy Wolf, now with the Detroit Tigers organization, won the Judge Michael Dillon Comeback Player of the Year. Greg Burke was given the Frank J. “Fremo” Vallone Community Service Award. Munenori Kawasaki, now with the Blue Jays, was named the Joe DeSa Most Inspirational Player.
Fan of the Year: Kim Krzyzaniak was named the Joe Byron Fan of the Year. A longtime season ticket holder she is a native of North Buffalo and interacts often with the Herd on social media.
Hey rookie! Andy Burns has put together an impressive Triple-A rookie season. Entering Wednesday’s game he has 133 hits – sixth most in the International League. His .292 average ranks 10th. He was also named the Booster Club’s Unsung Hero.
In relief: Bobby Korecky made his 124th appearance for the Bisons on Tuesday night – the second most in the team’s modern era behind Fernando Cabrera who appeared in 136 games. Korecky is also one save shy of Cabrera’s team record 30. In his Bisons career, Korecky has 29 saves and is 11-8 with a 3.18 ERA.
Final WCC Race Standings: The popular mascot race had its final competition Wednesday. Chicken Wing took the win to take the season with 23. Atomic was second with 22 wins. Bleu Cheese won 21 times and Celery, well, remains winless.
Up next: The Bisons finish the season on the road beginning with a two-game series in Moosic, Pa., against Sranton/Wilkes-Barre. The set begins 7:05 p.m. Thursday and continues on Friday. The Herd then travels to Pawtucket for the final three games of the season.