Niagara Gazette

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April 5, 2013

Bisons explode for 17 hits and 12 runs in win

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Niagara Gazette — “Gose is all in,” Brown said. “I hate to go back to 2004, but he is an all in type of guy. He’s here, he’s realizes he’s here and he’s going to take care of being here until he goes up to Toronto. I’m very proud of the way he’s pushed himself and matured.”

After one inning the score was tied at one run apiece. The Bisons scored three in the bottom of the second on a pair of singles by Gose and shortstop Ryan Goins, whose double down the first base line plated Eugenio Velez and catcher Josh Thole, who doubled to start the inning. The Herd never again trailed in the game.

Buffalo starting pitcher Justin Germano pitched 5 2/3 innings and gave up 10 hits and five runs, but picked up the win. He strung together four straight scoreless innings from the second to the fifth, but was touched up for four runs in the top of the sixth. 

Red Wings right fielder Oswaldo Arcia blasted a two-run homer in the sixth and finished with two hits and three RBI.

Bisons left fielder Ryan Langerhans closed out the scoring for the Herd in the eighth inning with a three RBI triple.

The 15, 852 fans in attendance marked the largest opening day number since 2004 and the largest weekday afternoon opener since 1999 for the Bisons at Coca-Cola Field. Brown said the energy from the crowd was great and it made his return to Buffalo that much more special.

“It was neat to see — people dancing and enjoying themselves,” Brown said. “I enjoy Buffalo and the fans know how I feel about them — they enjoy good baseball.”

NOTES: Home plate umpire Jeff Gosney was struck on the top of the head with a high fastball in the bottom of the third inning, which resulted in an 11-minute delay before he was helped off the field. … Former Blue Jays star second baseman Roberto Alomar threw out the ceremonial first pitch to kick off the season. … Bisons recorded five extra base hits in the game (three doubles, a triple and one home run). … Manager Marty Brown was ejected after arguing that third baseman Andy LaRoche was hit by a pitch instead of a foul ball, which the umpire called. LaRoche was also ejected. ...The Bisons were 9-7 against Rochester last season and 5-3 at Coca-Cola Field. … Buffalo improved to 16-10 all time in home openers played at Coca-Cola Field.

Contact Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find him on Twitter @MattParrino.

Contact Matt Parrino at 693-1000 ext. 4117 and find him on Twitter @MattParrino.

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