The Buffalo Bisons bullpen took a major stumble Friday night, giving up a three-run lead in the bottom of the eighth as the Syracuse Chiefs rallied for a 5-4 win over the Herd at NTB Bank Stadium.
The Bisons took a 4-1 lead into the eighth inning. Reliever Conor Fisk gave up three singles, capped by an RBI hit by Adrian Sanchez.
Catcher Reese McGuire had a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, to put runners on second and third. With Justin Shafer now on the mound, a sacrifice fly by Raudy Read scored a run and trimmed the Herd’s lead to 4-3.
With two outs, Shafer walked three straight batters to plate both the tying and go-ahead runs.
Buffalo built its lead with the help of Anthony Alford who and an RBI double and his third home run of the year. Rowdy Tellez put the Herd up, 1-0, in the first with an RBI single while Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had an RBI double.
Points of interest: Alford went 3 for 5 while Gurriel Jr. had two hits. ... Fisk (2-2) took the loss giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings. ... Buffalo is 6-3 against Syracuse this season.
Noteworthy: The BlueJays selected the contract of Darnell Sweeney, who played four different positions with the Herd this year. Sweeney hit .232 with six home runs and drove in 21 runs in 47 games with the Bisons this season.
Up next: The series continues at 7:05 p.m. Saturday with righty Nick Tepesch (0-2, 3.20) scheduled to start for the Herd with Syracuse throwing righty Phillips Valdez (2-4, 2.25).