RailRiders Lose 2 To Buffalo

August 23, 2018

Buffalo finished off a rally it started the night before, then erased another deficit in the second game as the Bisons swept the RailRiders, 2-1 and 7-3, on Wednesday at Coca-Cola Field.

The Bisons walked off in the first game, which was a resumption of Tuesday’s game that was halted by rain in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Gunnar Heidt led off the ninth with a single against George Kontos on Tuesday and then went to second on a wild pitch before the game was stopped. Kontos was back on the mound Wednesday and got Darnell Sweeney to ground out, but even with the RailRiders deploying a five-man infield, Jonathan Davis’ single inside first base delivered the win.

As they did Tuesday, the RailRiders struck first in the second game, scoring a pair of runs in the first inning. Abiatal Avelino worked a one-out walk and then stole second and third base. Mike Ford also walked and Gio Urshela doubled to center field to drive in Avelino. Zack Zehner followed with a single to third that brought home Ford and the RailRiders led, 2-0.

Chance Adams was scheduled to start Wednesday’s game, but was summoned to the Yankees to take the roster spot of closer Aroldis Chapman, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list. Raynel Espinal got the start instead and gave up a run in the second inning when Anthony Alford doubled, stole third and scored on a fielder’s choice.

The RailRiders scored another run in the third. Urshela walked and Zehner drove in his second run of the game with a double to left field, but Buffalo rallied against the RailRiders’ bullpen.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. walked to lead off the fourth inning against J.P. Feyereisen. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Sweeney singled to load the bases and Tim Lopes delivered a two-run single to left. Heidt then walked to reload the bases and Davis hit the second two-run single of the inning with a base-hit to left to score Sweeney and Lopes and give Buffalo a 5-3 lead.

Sweeney had an RBI double in the eighth inning and scored on an error to give Buffalo a four-run lead.

Buffalo’s bullpen threw five shutout innings and allowed just two hits in relief of starter Matt Tracy.

The losses drop the RailRiders to 65-61 on the year, two games back of Indianapolis in the wild card standings. Indianapolis lost to Columbus, 2-1, on Wednesday as the Clippers moved into sole possession of first place in the IL West.

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