SYRACUSE, NY (Bisons.com) - Syracuse just has the Bisons' number when it comes to early-season matchups.
The Chiefs completed a two-game sweep of the Herd at Alliance Bank Stadium with a 4-3 victory on Tuesday night. Syracuse's Chase Lambin had four hits and three RBI to lead the Thruway rival to victory.,p.The Bisons will now head home for the 2010 Home Opener, Wednesday at 3:05 p.m. against Pawtucket.
The head-to-head matchup has been all Syracuse of late as they have now won 14 of the last 18 games against Buffalo. The Chiefs won the first eight contests of the 2009 season, a year after winning the first five games in 2008.
Syracuse's third baseman, Lambin helped his team improve to 2-0 in 2010 against the Bisons. He was the thorn in the Bisons side, even after the Herd took an early 2-0 lead on Mike Hessman's third home run of the season and a sacrifice fly from Ruben Tejada. Lambin's RBI-single in the bottom of the second inning scored Chris Duncan for the Chiefs' first run.
Two innings later, Lambin doubled home another run, tying the score at three. In the sixth inning, Lambin's third hit on the night drove in Duncan again and gave Syracuse their first, and only, lead of the game.
The Bisons tried to rally late, getting a pair of hits in the seventh inning and a base runner in both the eighth and ninth frames. However, Buffalo couldn't get that big hit when they needed it, going 0-6 on the night with runners in scoring position.
Tobi Stoner (0-1) suffered the defeat for the Herd, allowing four runs on seven hits in five innings of work. He struck out just one batter.
Former Bison J.D. Martin (1-0) earned the victory against his former team. He allowed three runs in six innings of work.
BISONS NOTES: Mike Hessman now has 314 career minor league home runs. He has 22 more home runs than any other active player...Ike Davis singled, but went just 1-4 at the plate. It's the first game in 2010 the Bisons' first baseman has not reached base twice...Fernando Martinez finished the game 2-4 with his second double of the season.