BUFFALO, NY – Despite strong pitching in both games of the doubleheader on Friday night at Sahlen Field, the Buffalo Bisons split with the Gwinnett Stripers. The Bisons won game one 4-3, while Gwinnett took game two 4-3.
The Bisons pitching staff held Gwinnett’s offense to just two hits in the opening game of the doubleheader, led by Jose De Leon. The righty worked a pair of scoreless innings without allowing a hit and striking out two. Sean Rackoski pitched a pair of innings and was followed by Parker Caracci and Hayden Juenger.
Buffalo’s first run came thanks to a Nathan Lukes RBI single on a base hit to center field. Jake Marisnick prevented the Herd from making it a two-run lead by throwing out Spencer Horwitz at home plate trying to score from second. Rafael Lantigua scored the game’s first run that provided Buffalo with a 1-0 lead.
The Stripers tied the score on a solo home run by Taylor Motter in the top of the fourth inning. It was his third homer in the past two games, his 17th of the year. He added his 42nd RBI in the process. The homer came off of Rackoski.
L.J. Talley answered right away with a two-run homer to right field that gave Buffalo a 3-1 lead. The Triple-A rookie also added a single two innings later. But the homer that scored Cullen Large was Talley’s sixth of the year.
The Bisons finished game one with seven hits against the Gwinnett pitching staff. Kyle Muller was charged with the loss, allowing all three runs in five innings. The lefty also recorded six strikeouts for the visitors. Rackoski was credited with his first career Triple-A win, while Juenger was awarded his second save for the Herd.
Motter opened the scoring in the night cap of the twin bill with a three-run homer that gave Gwinnett a 3-0 lead in the top of the fourth. Delino DeShields Jr. led off the inning with a walk off of Nick Allgeyer, while Hernan Perez singled before the three-run shot by Motter.
The lead was short lived, as the Bisons answered with three runs of their own. Horwitz led off the bottom of the fourth with a walk and scored on a Davis Schneider RBI double. The run scoring base hit was Schneider’s second in Triple-A and produced his first RBI with Buffalo.
Cullen Large’s fourth triple of the season scored Schneider, and then an RBI single by Talley tied that game 3-3. It gave the infielder three RBIs across the two games.
Motter once again delivered for Gwinnett, hitting an…