Matt Harvey dominated all sides of the plate on Friday night at Alliance Bank Stadium.
The 23-year old matched a career high with 10 strikeouts in collecting his first Triple-A victory - a 6-4 decision over the Syracuse Chiefs. Harvey also picked up his first professional hit and RBI as the Bisons won their third game in four days.
Valentino Pascucci and Rob Johnson added home runs as the Bisons pulled to an even 8-8 on the season.
But Harvey was the story on Friday night. Six of the first seven outs he recorded came via the strikeout. He punched out at least one batter in all six innings of work and seven of the nine batters in the Syracuse Chiefs' starting lineup.
Harvey also got the better of the much anticipated matchup against Nationals' prospect Bryce Harper. The Chiefs' outfielder drew a walk his first time up, but Harvey came back to catch him looking in the fourth inning and swinging in the sixth.
Along with his strong work on the mound, Harvey used his bat to help him secure his first Bisons win. With the game knotted at two in the fourth inning, Harvey hit a two-out RBI-single to give Buffalo the lead. After that, the Bisons never trailed.
Harvey finished his outing after six innings of work. He allowed three runs on four hits and three walks. He also singled in the sixth inning to finish the game 2-3 at the plate. The 10 strikeouts are the most by a Bisons pitcher since Dillon Gee fanned 11 in the first game of a doubleheader on August 29, 2010 in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Harvey struck out 10 on two separate occasions last year in his first professional season. He fanned 10 on May 27, 2011 with Single-A St. Lucie and matched the total on July 28 while pitching for Double-A Binghamton.
Pascucci's second home run in as many days got the Bisons on the board in the first inning. Jordany Valdespin followed Harvey's first hit with an RBI-single to give Buffalo a 4-2 advantage in fourth. Raul Reyes hit a pinch-hit RBI-double in the fifth and Johnson's first dinger as a Bison came with one out in the eighth for the 6-4 final score.
BISONS NOTES:Bobby Scales finished the game 0-5, snapping his 12-game on base streak...The Bisons had just two wins in eight games at Alliance Bank Stadium a season ago...Bisons pitchers were 0-7 at the plate this season before Harvey's two-hit game. Fernando Cabrera worked the ninth inning for his fourth save of the season.-the herd-
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