Eighth Inning pivotal again as Chiefs fall in Buffalo

Andrew Stevenson doubled and drove in a run Tuesday night. (Danny Tripodi)

By Eric Gallanty / Syracuse Chiefs | May 16, 2017 9:13 PM ET

Buffalo, NY (May 16, 2017) - The Syracuse Chiefs dropped the second game of a four-game series to the Buffalo Bisons, 6-3, Tuesday night at Coca-Cola Field. For the second night in a row, the game was tied after seven innings, but again the Bisons struck in the eighth inning, this time for three runs to pick up the win. 

Syracuse (12-22) started the scoring for the second game in a row. Grant Green singled with one out against Cesar Valdez in the third with one out for the first Chiefs hit of the day. After Sanchez replaced Green at first after a fielder's choice, Rafael Bautista and Andrew Stevenson each doubled, plating a run each and giving the Chiefs a 2-0 lead.

Buffalo (20-16) answered back in the top of the third. Jonathan Diaz singled with one out against Kyle McGowin. Roemon Fields then hit the first pitch he saw for a triple down the right-field line to score Diaz and bring the Bisons within one. Christian Lopes then doubled to plate the tying run. 

The Chiefs took the lead back in the fourth. Jhonatan Solano was hit by a pitch with one out. Caleb Ramsey then singled to put runners on first and second, and Green singled to drive in Solano for a 3-2 Chiefs lead.

Raffy Lopez tied the game again for the Bisons in the sixth on his third home run of the season.

In the eighth, Dwight Smith, Jr. started the inning by bunting up the right side. Chiefs pitcher Matt Grace lunged for the ball and shoveled with his bare hand to first, but Matt Skole couldn't pick it and Smith reached on an infield single. Grace then hit Tellez with a pitch and Lopez singled to load the bases with no-one out. Jake Elmore followed with a single to bring home Smith and give Buffalo a 4-3 lead. Ian Parmley then hit a one-hop liner that Grace stabbed out of the air, but his throw home was wide of Solano, allowing Tellez to score on the throwing error. Neal Cotts then came in the game, and after a force out at the plate, Elmore scored on a Cotts wild pitch to put the Bisons up 6-3.

The Chiefs will try and snap a four-game losing streak Wednesday night at 6:05 p.m. Joe Ross is scheduled to start for Syracuse opposite T.J. House for Buffalo. 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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