Four HRs by Riders send Herd to defeat
Bichette gets his first Triple-A four-bagger
The Buffalo Bisons tried to play catch-up again Saturday and failed in a 10-4 loss to the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field in Moosic, Pa.
Striking with the long ball, the RailRiders took a 5-0 lead and put the Herd away with a four-run seventh. Buffalo has had a lead, by a single run, for just two of the 23 innings played in this series between the teams so far and has lost five in a row.
Twenty-three-year-old second baseman Thairo Estrada hit two of the RailRiders’ four homers. Estrada batted .286 in extensive action (33 plate appearances) for the New York Yankees in spring training after playing only 18 minor league games in 2018. The limited action was because he was recovering from being shot during a holdup in January 2018 in his native Venezuela.
Gosuke Katoh, another young infield prospect, and Ryan McBroom also homered for the RailRiders.
Bison power: Bo Bichette and Roemon Fields supplied most of the of the Buffalo offense. Bichette hit his first Triple-A homer in the seventh inning after Fields had tripled to send home the first Buffalo run. Fields doubled with two out in the ninth and scored on a single by Bichette, who had three of the seven Bisons hits. Vlad Guerrero Jr. had the day off for the Bisons.
First batter woes: Three Bisons relievers gave up home runs to the first batter each faced. Conor Fisk was touched for McBroom’s blast after Katoh’s homer ended starter Jordan Romano’s day in the third. Zach Jackson was touched for Estrada’s leadoff homer in the sixth. Danny Barnes relieved after Zach Jackson had hit one batter and walked two in the seventh and gave up Estrada’s second homer.
On deck: The finale of the fourgame set on Sunday (Radio 1520, 1:05 p.m.) has right-hander David Paulino (0-0, 2.45) scheduled for the Herd against lefty Gio Gonzalez (1-1, 7.20). The Bisons then move on for three games in Pawtucket.