SYRACUSE — The Buffalo Bisons won their season finale over Syracuse, 4-2, Monday afternoon at NBT Stadium, completing an historic sweep of the Chiefs on their home field.
The Herd went 8-0 in Syracuse this season, the first time the Bisons have won more than seven games in an opponent’s park in the team’s modern era. They were 11-5 overall against the Chiefs. The victory left the Bisons with a final 74-70 record. In four seasons managing the Herd, Marty Brown never has had a losing record.
Also, Buffalo finished 39-33 on the road, their first winning record away from home since 2004. The Bisons never have had a losing road record under Brown, although they did break even twice.
Brown has a 312-263 record in his two stints as manager for the Bisons.
Jack Murphy got the Bisons started in the first inning with a one-out double. He came home on a single by Luis Jimenez.
Jimenez drove in another run with a sacrifice fly in the Herd’s two-run third inning giving him 73 RBIs for the season. That tied Mauro Gomez for the team lead.
Brad Glenn homered in the fourth for the final Buffalo run.
Thad Weber (8-5) pitched seven innings for the victory. Scott Gracey and John Stilson closed it out with Stilson getting his fourth save.
Weber got out of trouble in the third inning when Sam Palace grounded into an around-the-horn double play and Eury Perez struck out after Jimmy Van Ostrand had singled home a run for the Chiefs.
Palace struck out for the final out in the seventh after the Chiefs scored their other run.
Glenn’s was the only homer in the game, meaning Gomez and Zach Walters of the Chiefs finished in a tie for the International League home run crown with 29 each. Ernesto Mejia of Gwinnett was next with 28 .
The Bisons were 44-36 against International League North opponents, the best record within the division, but finished third behind the Pawtucket and Rochester, which clinched the IL wild-card playoff spot with a 13-3 win over Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.