A 13-hit outburst powered the Syracuse Chiefs to a 5-0 shutout of the Buffalo Bisons (36-46) on Saturday night from Coca-Cola Field. Edwin Jackson tossed six scoreless and hitless innings in a winning effort on the mound. Offensively, Neftali Soto and Alejandro De Aza each stroked a trio of hits en route to the victory.
Syracuse (29-50) cracked open the scoring in the second inning against Cesar Valdez. With the first two batters retired, Emmanuel Burriss slapped a single into right field. Stephen Perez followed nearly a carbon copy of the hit from Burriss, putting runners at first and second. One batter later, Andrew Stevenson ripped a ground ball under the glove of the diving second baseman Jon Berti. Bisons right fielder Dwight Smith Jr. attempted to cut Burriss down at the plate, but his throw got past catcher Mike Ohlman. The throwing error from Smith allowed Perez to come all the way around from first to score, putting the Chiefs out in front 2-0.
The Chiefs tacked on another pair of runs in the top of the sixth. De Aza led off the frame when he hit a soft line drive down the left-field line. The first-year Chief beat the throw from left fielder Michael Saunders at second base for a leadoff double. Spencer Kieboom followed De Aza's double with a hit of his own, a single into center field putting runners at the corners. After a Caleb Ramsey groundout, Burriss slapped a line drive into center field, scoring De Aza and allowing Kieboom to pull into third. In the next at-bat, Perez pummeled a sacrifice fly into center field, plating Kieboom and doubling the Chiefs lead to 4-0.
De Aza helped the Chiefs tack on an insurance run in the top of the ninth versus Luis Santos. With two outs, Soto singled into right field. With De Aza at the plate, a pitch from Santos got past Bisons' catcher Mike Ohlman for a passed ball, allowing Soto to move up to second. On the next pitch, De Aza drilled a line drive off the left-field fence for a double that plated Soto and increased the lead to 5-0.
Jackson made his third start of the season with the Chiefs in a dominant winning effort. The right-hander carried a no-hitter through all six of his scoreless innings, striking out five batters in the process. Through his first three contests with Syracuse, Jackson has yet to allow a hit or a run in 12 and one-third innings of work.
The Bisons broke up the no hitter with one out in the seventh on a Shane Opitz single against Austin Adams. However, Adams threw two scoreless innings and Wander Suero closed the game to seal the shutout. The pair scattered four singles in the final three frames.
The Chiefs and Bisons do battle again on Sunday at 1:05 p.m. from Coca-Cola Field. A.J. Cole is scheduled to get the start for Syracuse while Major League rehabber Aaron Sanchez will take the hill for Buffalo.
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