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Salt City Wrap Up vs The Buffalo Bisons

After taking two out of three games versus the Iron Pigs, the Chiefs traveled back to New York State to take on their in state rivals the Buffalo Bisons for a four game series.

After losing the last game of the series against the Iron Pigs, the Chiefs sent out their right handed veteran Edwin Jackson to go up against the Bisons Taylor Guerrieri. Once again, Jackson posted a good stat line, pitching 6 strong innings giving up 2 runs on 6 hits while striking out a season high 9 Bisons and only walking 1.

Unfortunately, even though the pitching staff held the Bisons to only 3 total runs and 8 hits, the bats fell silent on Thursday night. The Chiefs were completely shut out by the Bisons pitching staff consisting of Guerrieri (3 innings), Fisk (3.1 innings), and Dillon (2.2 innings). The Bisons threesome of pitchers only allow the Chiefs 4 total hits for the game.

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Spencer Kieboom Photo by; MiLB

The four hits for the game consisted of Spencer Kieboom hitting a leadoff double, his fourth of the season, in the top of the third. Again, Spencer Kieboom hit a two out single in the top of the fifth inning. Irving Falu then followed Kieboom’s fifth inning single with his fifth double of the year. The final Chiefs hit of the game came off the bat of Hunter Jones when he led off the top of the sixth inning with a single.

The Bisons started the scoring in the bottom of the first inning when Danny Jansen singled on a ground ball to center scoring Dalton Pompey, giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs held the Bisons scoreless until the bottom of the fourth innings when the Bisons struck again. With Edwin Jackson pitching, Darnell Sweeney destroyed a home run to left field, his third of the season, giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead. The Bisons decided that 2-0 wasn’t enough when they came to bat in the bottom of the eighth inning. With Chris Smith pitching, Danny Jansen hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Time Lopes, giving the Bisons a 3-0 lead.

Bisons 3 Chiefs 0
Winning Pitcher: Fisk (1-0 0.00 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Jackson (0-1 4.56 ERA)
Save: Dillon (1)

Friday night, the Chiefs tried to bounce back from two consecutive losses. The Chiefs put right hand pitcher Cesar Vargas up against the Bisons right hander Deck McGuire. Vargas pitched 6 innings allowing 3 runs, 2 of which were earned, on 7 hits while striking out 5 and walking none.

The Bisons opened up the scoring by plating runs in the bottom of the second and third innings. In the second inning Darnell Sweeney hit his second double of the year to center field scoring Anthony Alford, giving the Bisons an initial 1-0 lead. In the bottom of the third inning the Bisons struck again. Danny Jansen hit his first triple of the year scoring Devon Travis and Tim Lopes, giving the Bisons a 3-0 lead after three innings.

The Chiefs finally struck against Bisons pitching in the top of the fourth inning. Irving Falu started the inning by grounding to first. Jose Marmolejos then hit an infield single to the third basemen. Mark Reynolds then stepped to the plate and crushed his first home run to the season, a shot to deep left, scoring Marmolejos, cutting the Bisons lead to 3-2.

The pitching staffs threw shutout ball from the bottom of the fourth inning until the top of the ninth inning when the Chiefs struck again. In the top of the ninth inning, with one out, Mark Reynolds hit a double on a line drive to left. Matt Reynolds then replayed Mark Reynolds on second. Matt Hague then singled on a line drive to right moving Matt Reynolds to third with one out. Jacob Wilson then stepped to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to right field, scoring Reynolds, tying the game at 3.

The game ended up going to extra innings and for the first time this season, the Chiefs did not score in their half of the tenth inning. That wasn’t the case for the Bisons. With Austin L. Adams pitching in the bottom of the tenth inning, Danny Jansen singled to center which scored Devon Travis, giving the Bisons the walk off 4-3 win.

Bisons 4 Chiefs 3/Final 10
Winning Pitcher: Alburquerque (1-0 3.18 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: (Adams (0-1, 0.00 ERA)

Saturday’s game in Buffalo didn’t fair any better for the Chiefs, who are riding a 3 game losing streak. The Chiefs sent out left hander Tommy Milone to go up against the Bisons right hander Chris Rowley. Milone only lasted 4 innings while allowing 6 runs on 10 hits. Milone did strike out 5 and walk only 1.

Buffalo started the scoring early, getting to Milone in the bottom of the first inning. Tim Lopes hit a soft fly ball to right field scoring Dwight Smith Jr. giving the Bisons a 1-0 lead. The Bisons also struck against Milone in the bottom of the third inning. Dwight Smith Jr. hit his first dripple of the year to right field, scoring Devon Travis, giving the Bisons an early 2-0 lead.

The Chiefs finally struck against Bisons pitching in the top of the fourth inning. After Mark Reynolds and Matt Hague recording outs, Jacob Wilson should have been the third out of the inning, but reached on a throwing error by the Bisons third basemen Jason Lebleijian. Irving Falu then stepped to the plate and ripped a double, his sixth of the year, to right field, scoring Wilson, cutting the Bisons lead to 2-1.

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Bengie Gonzalez Photo by; MiLB

The Bisons then struck big in the bottom of the fourth inning. The Bisons Leblebijian made up for his throwing error by hitting a single to left scoring Danny Jansen giving the Bisons a 3-1 lead. Ian Parmley then hit a ground ball to right field scoring Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a 4-1 lead. Roemon Fields then ripped a double to left fiend scoring Lebleijian and Parmley giving the Bisons a 6-1 lead, knocking out Chiefs pitcher Tommy Milone.

The Bisons struck again in the bottom of the fifth inning when Jason Lebleijian singled to left field scoring Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a very convincing 7-1 lead.

The Chiefs weren’t going to go down without a fight on Saturday night, and kept that mentality when they came to the plate in the top of the ninth inning, trailing by 6. Tuffy Gosewisch started the inning by singling to short. Gosewisch then moved to second on defensive indifference. Bengie Gonzalez then singled to center, putting runners on the corners with no outs. Hunter Jones then came to the plate and hit a sacrifice fly to right scoring Gosewisch, cutting the Bisons lead to 7-2. Matt Reynolds then singled to left, putting runners on first and second, with one out. Jose Marmolejos then drew a walk to load the bases. Mark Reynolds then singled to left field scoring Gonzalez and Reynolds, cutting the Bisons lead to 7-4. Matt Hague then hit his first double of the year to deep left scoring Marmolejos, cutting again in the Bisons lead, which is not 7-5. Jacob Wilson then hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Mark Reynolds, cutting the Bisons lead to 1, at 7-6. Irving Falu then drew an intentional walk to bring up Tuffy Gosewisch for the second time in the inning. Gosewisch then grounded out to first to end the game, and the Chiefs comeback.

Bisons 7 Chiefs 6
Winning Pitcher: Rowley (3-1 1.23 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Milone (1-2 5.34 ERA)
Save: Smith (1)

On Sunday afternoon the Chiefs knew that they couldn’t win the series, but they were trying to salvage at least one game of this four game set when the sent their “ace” Austin Voth and his 0.76 ERA to the mound to battle against the Bisons left hander Ryan Borucki. Voth did not have his best stuff Sunday allowing 5 runs on 5 hits in 1.2 innings while striking out 2 and walking 3.

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Austin Voth Photo by; MiLB

Voth held the Bisons scoreless in the bottom of the first inning, but that wasn’t the case for the second inning. The Bisons exploded for five runs in the second inning. Darnell Sweeney started the scoring by singling to center scoring Danney Jansen and Rowdy Tellez, giving the Bisons a 2-0 lead. Roemon Fields then singled to center again, scoring Reese McGuire and Darnell Sweeney, giving the Bisons a 4-0 lead. Dwight Smith Jr. then singled to right field scoring Roemon Fields, knocking out the Chiefs Austin Voth, and giving the Bisons a 5-0 lead.

The Chiefs were held scoreless until the top of the eighth inning. Irving Falu started the inning by hitting an infield single to second. After Bengie Gonzalez popped out, Hunter Jones singled to right, giving the Chiefs runners on first and second with one out. After a Matt Reynolds walk to load the bases Jose Marmolejos also drew a walk, with the bases loaded, forcing in Irving Falu, and the first Chiefs run of the game, cutting the Bisons lead to 5-1. Mark Reynolds and Matt Hague both struck out with the bases loaded, to end the Chiefs threat.

The Bisons struck again in the bottom of the eighth inning when Darnell Sweeney hit his fourth double of the year, to deep center field, scoring Danny Jansen giving the Bisons a 6-1 lead.

After losing their last five games, the Chiefs look to right the ship when they head back to Syracuse for a six game home stand. The Chiefs will be taking on the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders and the Pawtucket Red Sox.

Bisons 6 Chiefs 1
Winning Pitcher: Borucki (2-3 4.39 ERA)
Losing Pitcher: Voth (2-1 2.49 ERA)
Save: Ramirez (1)

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