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April 9, 2013

Bisons fall 8-1 to Syracuse

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Niagara Gazette — The Bisons’ bats were as cool as the drizzle which fell intermittently throughout the evening. The Herd mustered eight hits but were unable to advance runners, leaving six men stranded. Buffalo finally got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the seventh when Mike McCoy grounded out to first but drove in Eugenio Velez on the play.

McCoy went 2 for 5 but those two hits came in his first two at-bats, when Buffalo was simply unable to bring anyone home. The Bisons’ leadoff hitter gave a lot of credit to Chiefs winning pitcher Danny Rosenbaum.

“He mixed it up,” said McCoy. “He’s got a nice little cutter and slider ... his fastball, he mixed speeds with his fastball.  It looked like he knew how to pitch.”

Although the Bisons offense went cold last night, McCoy is liking his role as the leadoff hitter and is confident he and Anthony Gose, who batted second, can soon click.

“He’s probably a prototypical leadoff guy,” McCoy said of Gose. “He seems to be taking pretty well to it.  He likes to bunt, so if I get on it gives him some options.  If I’m able to steal a bag it gives him options.  I think it’s a good spot for him.  He also showed last year he’s a good leadoff hitter.  We’ll see what happens.”

The Bisons announced the game’s paid attendance at 4,314 fans but the crowd was far thinner than that, with the weather keeping many away from the ballpark. Luckily for the teams, the high winds expected to arrive late Monday night didn’t do so until about 45 minutes after the game ended.

The same two teams will play the second game of their series tonight at Coca-Cola Field, beginning at 6:05 p.m. Justin Germano, who is 1-0 on the season, is scheduled to start on the mound for Buffalo while Syracuse plans to start Ross Ohlendorf, who is also 1-0.

Contact Michael Mroziak at michael.mroziak@niagara-gazette.com or follow him at www.twitter.com/mrozgazette.

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