Four HRs by Rid­ers send Herd to de­feat

Bichette gets his first Triple-A four-bag­ger

The Buffalo News - - BASEBALL -

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.

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