Two runs early in the first weren’t enough for the Buffalo Bisons to defeat Scranton Wilkes-Barre Wednesday night.
Left-handed pitcher Matt Tracy was solid in his first start for the Bisons, allowing just one hit in five innings of work. Things fell apart as soon as he exited, however, as the RailRiders scored all four of their runs in the seventh to take the game, 4-2.
The game looked like it was all in the Bisons control early on. Masahiro Tanaka was shaky in the first inning of his rehab start for the RailRiders, and the Bisons were able to get two hits out of him by the first two batters.
Tanaka, who was placed on the disabled list by the New York Yankees June 9 with strains in both hamstrings, was making his first rehab start for Scranton Wilkes-Barre. After allowing a single by Bisons Roemon Fields followed by a home run by Richard Urena, he was next to unstoppable.
Luckily for the Bisons, Tracy was able to support the 2-0 lead they created early on. He allowed just one hit in the first five innings, a single by RailRiders right fielder Andrew Guillotte.
Tanaka retired 14 Bisons batters in a row before Tim Lopes hit a double with two outs in the fifth. It was a wasted opportunity to gain a cushion on their lead, however, as Guillotte hit a line drive straight to the RailRiders second baseman Rey Navarro to mark the third out.
The RailRiders didn’t get on board until the seventh inning when a single by Zach Zehner brought in Ryan McBroom. It didn’t take them long to score three more, all in the seventh, to take a 4-2 lead. The Bisons couldn’t get anything going in the eighth or ninth inning, and the RailRiders were able to close out their victory.
Noteworthy: Fields now has a hit in each of his last 10 games, including two games with multiple hits. He’s also scored seven runs and is holding a .289 batting average during that 10-game span.
Points of interest: Tracy was the 54th player to start for the Bisons this season, but he’s no stranger to Triple-A action. The veteran pitcher has had four stints in the minor leagues highest division, but none lasting more than two games.
Next: The Bisons have one more game against the RailRiders before they head back home for a three-game series against the Chiefs. It will be right-handed Chance Adams (3-3, 4.97) on the mound for the RailRiders against right-handed Nick Tepesch (0-3, 4.70) for the Bisons tomorrow. Game time is scheduled for 12:05 p.m.