The hottest-hitting team in the International League strutted its stuff at Coca-Cola Field Friday night.
The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders posted eight runs on 12 hits, including a three-run home run from Clint Frazier, to hand the Buffalo Bisons an 8-1 loss.
Scranton entered the game with the best batting average in the league, hitting .271. Second baseman Tyler Wade, who ranks second in the IL in batting at .317, stretched his hitting streak to 15 games. Friday night Wade, the 11th ranked prospect in the New York Yankees organization, went 2 for 4 with an RBI double, a walk and two runs scored.
"It looked like they were hitting what they want to swing at," Bisons manager Bobby Meacham said. "We're not making them hit our pitch. It's one of those things where we couldn't get them to chase and they just waited for their pitch to hit and they got it."
A mixed-bag for Santos: Bisons starter Luis Santos started the game with five strikeouts over the first two innings. Then he gave up three runs in the third and one in the fourth as Scranton built its lead. He closed out his outing with a quick and clean fifth inning, including two more strikeouts to give him 10 on the game.
"I think sometimes you think about the results too early," Meacham said of Santos' outing. "After a while I think he said, 'I can't control the results. Let's keep going.' Then he got through those last couple of innings in good shape. It's something to build on. We didn't look like were going to score too much so that kinda puts a little more pressure on the pitcher, but he finished off his outing well. That's what we're happy about."
Building a lead: Scranton took a 3-0 lead in the third. Wilkin Castillo had a one-out double then Santos walked Wade. A screaming double that split the gap in right centerfield from Dustin Fowler scored both runners. Fowler took third on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice to center by Ji-Man Choi.
A two-out double from Wade in the fourth extended Scranton's lead to 4-0.
First hit: It took until the fourth inning for the Bisons to get a hit, thanks to Mike Ohlman's lead-off single. The Herd had baserunners in the second and third, thanks to three walks, but left them stranded.
First run: The Herd got on the board in the fifth when Ian Parmley had a two-out double. He scored on a single by Gregorio Petit.
Bases loaded: Buffalo had an opportunity to keep the runs coming in the fifth when back-to-back walks loaded the bases, but Jarrod Saltalamacchia flew out to center to end the inning.
Insurance runs: Scranton added a run in the seventh thanks to three straight base hits, including an RBI single from Tyler Austin. Then Frazier, the Yankees No. 2 prospect, knocked a three-run home run to left field and Scranton took an 8-1 lead into the stretch. The homer came after Frazier had struck out in his first three at-bats.
Automatic balls: Santos took two automatic balls as called by home plate umpire Brendan Miller. They were issued after Santos failed to set before the 30-second pitch clock expired. One came in the fourth on a full-count to Donovan Solano, walking the third baseman.
But then there were strikeouts: Santos struck out 10 batters. It was the second straight game the Herd's starter reached double-digit strikeouts as Cesar Valdez struck out 10 in Thursday's win over Lehigh Valley.
The last Bisons starter to strike out 10 batters and lose was Matt Harvey, who struck out 10 Pawtucket batters on June 14, 2012 but the PawSox blanked the Herd, 5-0.
Roster moves: Outfielder Roemon Fields was activated off the temporary inactive list and infielder Jose Mayorga was placed on the disabled list.
Attendance: The announced paid attendance was 10,836.
Up next: The Bisons and Scranton will play a doubleheader at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, making up a game postponed from the season-opening homestand. Mike Bolsinger and Lucas Harrell will start the games for the Bisons while Chance Adams and Joe Mantiply are the scheduled starters for Scranton.