Andy Burns had a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Bisons a 3-1 win over the Syracuse Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night.
The win snapped a nine-game losing streak for the Herd.
Solo shot: The Herd took a 1-0 lead in the second when Matt Dominguez led off with a home run. It was his 13th of the year. For the Herd, it was the 20th straight solo home run. Burns’ home run in the seventh was the first with runners on base for the Herd since June 25.
Tie game: An RBI single from Caleb Ramsey drove in Matt Skole in the fifth to knot the game, 1-1.
Solid outing: Scott Copeland was solid in his second start with the Herd, giving up one run on four hits in 5∑ innings. He retired the first 12 batters, six via strikeout, before giving up three hits and a run in the fourth. Copeland was on the Bisons’ Opening Day roster but was granted his release before his first start to sign with the LG Twins of the Korean Baseball Organization. He was released by the LG Twins on July 8 and was re-signed by Toronto.
Defensive assists: Second baseman David Adams recorded four straight assists, fielding four straight ground balls in the second and third innings.
Web gem: With a 3-1 lead and one out in the eighth, Darrell Ceciliani made a diving play in left field, rolling into the warning track corner. Christopher Bostick rounded second before he realized Ceciliani had made the catch.
Hit streak: With a single to lead off the eighth, Domonic Brown extended his hitting streak to 14 games, tied for the second-longest active streak in the International League.
Hall of Fame: The Bisons inducted two players in the Buffalo Baseball Hall of Fame – Alex Ramirez and Ted Savage. Neither were on hand for the ceremony. Ramirez played three seasons with the Bisons from 1997-1999 and was one of the franchise’s most prolific power hitters of the modern era, hitting 57 home runs (fourth in the team’s modern era) and drove in 197 runs (fifth) while averaging .296 and helping the Herd to a 1998 Governors’ Cup Championship. Savage played one season with the Bisons, taking home the honor of International League Most Valuable Player in 1961 after hitting .325 and winning the IL’s batting title in 149 games with Buffalo.
Roster moves: The Herd activated catcher Erik Kratz and placed catcher Wilkin Castillo on the disabled list retroactive to July 27.
Counting the house: There were 12,087 at Coca-Cola Field on Friday night.
Up next: The Bisons host Syracuse at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. Scott Diamond (6-10) will start for Buffalo while the Chiefs have not announced their starter. The series concludes Sunday (1:05 p.m.) with righty Chris Leroux (7-7, 4.03) starting for the Herd and facing righty Lucas Giolito (1-0, 0.00).