SYRACUSE - If the Buffalo Bisons appear a bit groggy when they come home for a doubleheader today against the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at Coca-Cola Field, you can’t blame them.
After losing to a walk-off homer in the 11th inning the night before, the Bisons were victimized by the home run ball again. This time, though, they pulled out a 5-4 victory over the Syracuse Chiefs in 10 innings for a split of the four-game series.
A.J. Jimenez doubled home the winning run in the 10th after Syracuse reliever Warner Madrigal walked the first two batters he faced in the inning. Mike Zagurski (3-0) picked up the win in relief. Bobby Korecki pitched the 10th for his 10th save.
Steven Souza Jr., hit a pair of solo home runs and drove in three runs for the first-place Chiefs, who lead the Herd by seven games. Souza hit three home runs in the four-games series at NBT Bank Stadium. The Chiefs outhomered Buffalo, 8-1, in the series and have hit 12 against the Herd this season in 12 games.
After blowing a pair of two-run leads in Monday’s 5-4 loss here, the Bisons saw a 4-1 advantage go away this time. Buffalo scored four times in the fourth on five hits, including a leadoff double by Kevin Pillar, and, finally, a three-run double by Jonathan Diaz.
Souza, a Triple-A rookie who came into the game batting .352, hit his 12th homer in the first to get Syracuse off to a 1-0 lead. The Chiefs scored twice in the sixth. The rally started with a one-out homer by Souza with the bases empty. Souza also singled home the tying run in the seventh.
Today’s twin bill will be a 5:35 p.m. affair (Radio 1520 AM). P.J. Walters (2-0, 1.50) and Raul Valdes (3-1, 3.70) are the scheduled starters for the Bisons against Shane Greene (5-2, 5.07) and left-hander Nik Turley (0-0, 6.23).