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08/21/2009 10:45 PM ET
Bisons, Chiefs Split Doubleheader
Chip Ambres hit a three-run homer in the Herd's game one win

The Herd and Chiefs split a doubleheader Friday night for the second day in a row at Coca-Cola Field. The Bisons slugged their way to a 7-2 game one win but missed some opportunities in game two as Syracuse came back to take the nightcap, 2-1.

Chip Ambres' three-run homer capped a four-run fifth inning in game one as the Bisons opened up a 7-1 lead. Ambres' blast followed hard hit singles by Jesus Feliciano and Nick Evans and a scorching RBI double by Mike Lamb down the right field line.

Feliciano went 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI double and Robinson Cancel hit his second home run of the season leading off the second inning for the Herd.

Seven runs was more than enough for Bisons' starter Tobi Stoner who allowed just two runs and struck out six in six innings of work.

Stoner and the rest of the Bisons pitching staff allowed just seven runs over the four-game, two-day stretch against the Chiefs at Coca-Cola Field.

In game two, Buffalo missed an opportunity to have a huge second inning. Three Bisons hits and two Chiefs errors led to just one run. The Herd had the bases loaded with no outs and a run already in, but a line out, strikeout and fly out got starter Jack Spradlin and the Chiefs out of the inning.

The Chiefs came right back and grabbed the momentum from the Herd, platting two runs in the third, to take the 2-1 lead they would not relinquish.

The Bisons threatened again in the fifth with runners at second and third and one out but back-to-back strikeouts got the Chiefs out of trouble.

It got interesting in the bottom of the seventh, with two outs Reyes and Feliciano hit back-to-back singles but Evans went down swinging against Zack Sergovia to end the game.

The Bisons left eight men on base and were just 1-for-8 with runners in scoring position in game two.

Buffalo hits the road for a nine-game road trip and returns to Coca-Cola Field for the final four home games of the season on August 30.

LHP Derrick Ellison has been promoted to the Bisons from Binghamton (AA). Ellison, 29, signed with the Mets on August 14 and pitched three games with Binghamton. He did not allow a run or a hit in 6.2 innings of work (1-0 record, 2BB, 2K). He began the year with Huntsville (AA) of the Milwaukee Brewers organization and went 2-2 with a 4.45ERA and two saves in 19 games (28.1IP, 21H, 18G, 14ER, 15BB, 26K)


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