SYRACUSE | It was back and forth for a while and then the visitors busted it open.
With five runs in the top of the eighth, the Buffalo Bisons took the series opener from the host Syracuse Chiefs at NBT Bank Stadium on Monday, 6-1.
Mauro Gomez went 4-for-4 for the Bisons with a pair of homers including a two-run shot in the middle of the big eighth inning for Buffalo. Jim Negrych - a 2012 Syracuse Chiefs - had a two-run double in the eighth as well.
The Chiefs and Bisons were tied at 1-1 after a Chris Marrero solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, but it was Danny Rosenbaum that had the best day for Syracuse.
Rosenbaum rolled up 15 groundouts in six innings of work where he, gave up a solo home run, walked none and struck out one. Despite rolling right along, he reached his pitch limit for the day and came out before the bullpen gave up the nickel in the eighth.
“He gave us six strong innings. He did more than enough,” Syracuse manager Tony Beasley said of Rosenbaum. “He threw the ball extremely well. Early on we had some scoring opportunities and we couldn’t get a big hit when we needed it. That might have changed the whole mindset of the game.”
“I have always been that kind of guy, just try to get ground balls and keep my defense on its toes behind me,” Rosenbaum said. “Me and (catcher Jeff) Howell did a nice job of mixing up the patterns and keeping hitters off balance.”
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Of interesting note, The Chiefs were the final professional baseball team playing this season to allow a home run and the let up three long balls on Monday. Syracuse had gone 76.1 innings before Gomez hit his first homer, a solo shot, in the second.
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Record: 6-4, Box Score
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Next Game: April 16 vs. Buffalo, 6 p.m.
Line of the Day: 6-3, 4-3, 5-3, 5-3, 1-3, 1-3, 6-3, 6-3, 1-3, 1-3, 6-3
The first 11 outs of the game for Danny Rosenbaum came via groundouts.
He ended up with 15 groundouts overall and, other than a homer and a single by Mauro Gomez, he gave up no hits to the eight other batters in the Buffalo lineup.
The Inning: Buffalo Top of the 8th
- Eugenio Velez homers (2) on a fly ball to center field.
- Mike Nickeas grounds out, third baseman Carlos Rivero to first baseman Chris Marrero.
- Ryan Goins singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jerad Head.
- Mike McCoy singles on a ground ball to right fielder Jerad Head. Ryan Goins to 2nd.
- Pitching Change: Patrick McCoy replaces Jeff Mandel.
- Jim Negrych doubles (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Micah Owings. Ryan Goins scores. Mike McCoy scores. Jim Negrych to 3rd on the throw.
- Moises Sierra strikes out swinging.
- Mauro Gomez homers (2) on a fly ball to center field. Jim Negrych scores.
- Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Jeff Kobernus.
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Jerad Head took Perez’s spot on the roster for the time being.
Brown got the night off as Micah Owings played in left field and made a nice diving catch in the top of the fourth. Jeff Kobernus played in center and Jerad Head - just up from Double-A Harrisburg - played in right field.
Brown had some discomfort and stiffness in his side which prompted the rest.