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Bisons earn doubleheader split with RailRiders

The Buffalo Bisons managed a split of their doubleheader against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Monday night at Sahlen Field. However, they failed to keep RailRiders slugger Mike Ford in check.

Buffalo took the opener, a continuation of a game suspended on April 20, 4-2. The RailRiders came back with a 9-2 triumph in the second game. Both games were seven innings.

Ford, who hit three home runs against the Herd in a game on the opening home stand in April, went 5-for-6 with four RBIs in Monday’s twinbill.

Ford was 3-for-3, including an RBI single, in the first game, which was suspended with a RailRiders runner on base with no outs in the top of the third and the Bisons winning, 1-0. The 26-year-old former Princeton Tiger entered the suspended game as a replacement. He was up with the parent New York Yankees when the game began in April.

Left-hander Zach Logue of the Bisons made his Triple-A debut when he took over pitching in the third inning of the suspended game. He picked up with win despite giving up both RailRiders runs and four hits in 3 1/3 innings. Kirby Snead got a five-out save, allowing only a bunt single.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre broke a 2-2 tie, sending 11 batters to the plate in a six-run uprising in the second game.

Naturally, Ford played a big part, hitting his 14th home run of the season with two runners on base.

The Bisons’ runs came in the second inning on a two-run homer by Jordan Patterson after a single by Richard Urena. Buffalo was shut out the rest of the way by Scranton starter Raynel Espinal (2-4), who pitched five innings and lefty Danny Coulombe, who struck out three in two innings of relief.

Andrew Sopko (0-2) took the loss for Buffalo in the second game, giving up eight runs, all earned, on nine hits. Shortstop Tyler Wade, who played 20 games with the Yankees this season, had two hits, a triple and a double, in Monday’s nightcap and matched Ford’s RBI total with three.

On deck: Lefty Ryan Feierband (2-1, 5.40) is Buffalo’s scheduled starter when the teams meet Tuesday night (Radio 1520, 7:05 p.m.). Daniel Camarena (0-1, 5.40) is the announced starter for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

The teams will play two seven-inning games on Wednesday starting at 5:35 p.m.

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