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Buffalo Snaps Seven Game Skid, Beats Unbeaten Yanks04/21/2009 10:40 PM ET
By Joel Godett / Buffalo Bisons
MOOSIC, PA - The Buffalo Bisons, Triple-A affiliate of the New York Mets, toppled the undefeated Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees Tuesday, outdueling the best record in the minors, 7-3.
Buffalo took the early lead, jumping on Yankees starter Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Robinson Cancel started the threat with a leadoff single to left. Argenis Reyes followed that with a four pitch walk. Both advanced when Jose Coronado executed a flawless sacrifice bunt. A walk to Cory Sullivan then loaded the bases in time for Fernando Martinez to deliver Cancel and Reyes with an RBI single of his own to left. That gave the Bisons a 2-0 lead.
Scranton/W-B struck back in the bottom of the third. With one out, catcher Chris Stewart and second baseman Doug Bernier singled back-to-back. John Rodriguez was then hit by a Dillon Gee pitch to load the bags. Todd Linden then flied out to left to score Stewart and make it a 2-1 game.
The game remained at a stalemate until the sixth inning when the Yankees bats awoke. With one down, Linden and Shelley Duncan both singled to left. They'd both score when Austin Jackson singled and Angel Berroa grounded out. Each Jackson and Berroa picked up an RBI. The Pinstripes stole the lead 3-2.
The advantage was short-lived for the Yanks. In the top of the eighth Buffalo plated four runs to take a 6-3 lead. Coronado began that run by reaching on a strikeout and passed ball to leadoff the inning. Cory Sullivan singled right after that. New Bisons third baseman Andy Green then walked to load the bases. Martinez came through in the clutch again, hitting out to center for a sacrifice fly that scored Coronado. That tied the game at three.
With one run in already and Nick Evans at the plate, the left fielder grounded back to pitcher David Robertson. The righty looked home to third to hold Sullivan in place and threw to first, but Sullivan ran anyway and scored to make it a 4-3 Buffalo lead. Miguel Abreu got an RBI and an insurance run next by singling in Green. Cooper than drove in Abreu to cap the scoring, 6-3.
The Herd would add another run in the ninth, Green scoring Reyes with a sacrifice fly. That made the score, and the final, 7-3. The win snaps a seven game losing streak for Buffalo and an 11 game winning streak for Scranton.
Buffalo and Scranton wrap up a brief two game series Wednesday. The game pits Herd newcomer and major league all-star Freddy Garcia against Yankees ace Phil Hughes.
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