Scranton/Wilkes-Barre outhomered the Buffalo Bisons Tuesday night at Sahlen Field, but the Herd's one blast was a grand slam by Billy McKinney leading to a 5-4 victory.
McKinney, who hit 13 home runs last season for the RailRiders before he went to the Bisons in the trade that sent pitcher J.A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays to the New York Yankees, connected off RailRiders lefty Daniel Camarena (0-2) in the third inning was the big blow in a five-run inning that put the Bisons on top, 5-3. A single by Reese McGuire, a walk to Andy Burns and a single by Jordan Patterson loaded the bases for Buffalo's first grand-slam homer of the season.
Solo home runs by RailRiders leadoff batter Trey Amburgey in the first and third inning helped Scranton built its 3-0 lead. Another solo homer, by Logan Morrison to lead off the fourth, made it 5-4 after McKinney's blast.
The RailRiders cracked out 11 hits, all against Bisons starter and winner Ryan Feierabend (3-1). The only Scranton/Wilkes-Barre player who was hitless was shortstop Didi Gregorius, who was 0 for 5 in his fifth game with the team on a rehab assignment from the Yankees. Gregorius is batting .048 for the RailRiders (1 for 21). Recovering from Tommy John surgery, the shortstop is scheduled to join the Yankees in Cleveland on Friday.
Gregorius made the last out in Tuesday's game on a ground ball to second. In the field he handled two chances. One on a ground ball, the other a tag at second when Socrates Brito of the Bisons was picked off first base.
Bisons relievers Buddy Boshers and Jordan Romano combined to shut out the RailRiders without allowing a hit over the last four innings. Boshers struck out five of the 10 batters he faced over three innings. Romano struck out two in pitching a three-out save in the ninth.
The teams will play two seven-inning games Wednesday (Radio 1520, 5:35 p.m.) Lefty Shawn Morimando (2-3, 6.65) will face Yankees prospect Chance Adams (3-1, 4.00) in the opener. Conor Fisk (1-2, 5.04), normally a reliever, will get the spot start for the Herd in the second game.