(bisons.com) - A strikeout that wasn't opened the door to the deciding rally in the Yankees' 7-5 victory over the Bisons on Monday night at Coca-Cola Field. The loss came in the first game of the club's final homestand of the season.
With the score knotted at two, Chris Schwinden fanned Scranton/Wilkes-Barre second baseman Corban Joseph for what looked like the third out of the fifth inning. But the ball hit the dirt and skipped past catcher Mike Nickeas, allowing Joseph to reach first base safely.
The Yankees jumped on the extra chance and took control of the game. After a second wild pitch moved Joseph to second, Eduardo Nunez singled up the middle for the 3-2 advantage. Nunez then stole second and scored on another single from Brandon Laird for a 4-2 lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tacked on two more runs an inning later as Chris Dickerson and Nunez drove in runs for a 6-2 cushion. That rally capped six unanswered runs by the Yankees that followed Matt Tuiasosopo's two-run homer in the second inning.
Buffalo pulled to within 6-3 with a Josh Satin sacrifice fly in the seventh inning. The Herd scored two more in the ninth and brought the tying run to the plate. Former Bisons reliever Ryota Igarashi retired Fred Lewis on a sharply hit lineout to centerfield to end the contest.
The loss for Buffalo went to Chris Schwinden. The righty allowed four runs in five innings of work. He did strike out eight batters, giving him 216 for his Bisons career. The total is the 6th most in the modern era.