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Bisons come back to gain a split in Syracuse

After being limited to one run, a solo homer by Darrell Ceciliani, in a 5-1 loss in the opener, the Buffalo Bisons returned the favor against the Chiefs, 4-0, in the second game of a doubleheader Tuesday night at NBT Bank Stadium in Syracuse. Switch-throwing pitcher Pat Venditte made a rare start for the Herd in the nightcap and pitched shutout ball for four innings. Aaron Loup, Dustin Antolinn and Ryan Tepera followed him to the mound.

Syracuse was shut out despite outhitting Buffalo, 8-7, and putting two other runners aboard on walks. Matt Dominguez smacked a two-run double to give the Bisons the lead in the first inning and they were in front the rest of the way after being shut down by Syracuse right-hander Taylor Hill and closer Koda Glover in the opener. Casey Lawrence (2-4) went the distance for the Bisons but took the loss in the first game.

Brown’s streak over: Bisons outfielder Domonic Brown saw his hit streak end at 16 games went he went 0 for 3 in the opener. Brown was retired by Hill on two fly balls and a grounder.

Jio’s back: Bisons shortstop Jio Mier was activated from the disabled list and promptly made an impact. In his first game back Mier drove in a pair of runs in Tuesday’s nightcap with a ground out in the second inning and an RBI single in the fourth.

Well-traveled: Catcher Erik Kratz caught the second game for the Bisons and went 2 for 2 and scored a pair of runs. Kratz went to spring training with San Diego, was traded to Houston, released and signed with the Los Angeles Angels, then traded to Pittsburgh in June. The Pirates released him last month and he was activated by the Bisons on July 29. Kratz appeared as a pitcher and catcher for both Houston and Pittsburgh, the firt major league player since 1879 to do so for two teams in the same season.

Streak over: The loss in the opener snapped the Herd’s three-game win streak, which came against the Chiefs last weekend at Coca-Cola Field. Buffalo is 10-6 against the Chiefs this season and 172-157 against Syracuse in the club’s modern era. Buffalo is 82-73 at NBT Bank Stadium.

One at a time: Ceciliani’s home run in the first game was his eighth of the season. Seven have come with the bases empty. The other came with one aboard.

Up next: Scott Copeland (0-1, 3.24) will get the start for the Bisons Wednesday (Radio 1520, 6:35 p.m.) against right-hander Austin Voth (5-7, 3.58) The teams will wrap up the four-games series with a 6:35 p.m. start on Thursday before the Bisons head off to Pawtucket for three games.

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