MOOSIC, PA (Bisons.com) - Yankees' top prospect Jesus Montero launched a pair of home runs and drove in four as Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clinched the IL North division with a 5-1 victory over the Bisons. Yanks' starter D.J. Mitchell allowed just one hit in seven innings in his first win of the season.
Buffalo had just two hits, while Montero had the game's two biggest knocks. The catcher launched a three-run homer in the first inning and a solo shot in the third to stake the Yankees to an early lead.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre held the 5-0 advantage into the top of the ninth. Buffalo had just one hit prior to the final frame, but started to rally with a lead-off single by Andy Green. Lucas Duda and Nick Evans followed with walks to load the bases with no outs.
The Yankees quickly turned to IL-saves leader Jonathan Albaladejo, but the Bisons still got on the board with a Russ Adams' sacrifice fly. After a second out, Albaladejo hit Kirk Nieuwenhuis in the foot to load the bases and bring the game-tying run to the plate.
However, it wasn't meant to be for the Bisons on Sunday as Mike Cervenak flew out to centerfield to end the game.
Southpaw Michael Antonini (1-3) took the loss for Buffalo. He allowed all five runs in six innings as he was also touched for a Colin Curtis home run in the bottom of the sixth.
The Bisons will now return to Coca-Cola Field for the start of a five-game in four-day series against the Chiefs and then the Yanks. Mets' top prospect Jenrry Mejia is expected to pitch against Syracuse on Monday.
BISONS NOTES: Mike Cervenak finished the game 0-4 to see his 10-game hit streak come to an end...Before the ninth inning, the Bisons only hit was a third inning single by Jesus Feliciano...The Bisons drew six walks in defeat.