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Herd wins Game 1

by Amy Moritz

Andy LaRoche went 3-for-3 with an RBI as the Buffalo Bisons defeated the Syracuse Chiefs, 6-2, in the first game of a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field Sunday afternoon.

The win ends a four-game losing skid for the Bisons. The second game, which will feature the Bisons' debut of righty Chien-Ming Wang, will begin at 3:25.

The Herd jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a blast by Kevin Pillar The Bisons added another run on an RBI single from Eugenio Velez for a 3-0 lead.

 In the third, Will Rhymes cut the lead to 3-2 with his own two-run shot on a home run to right field that just kept carrying and carrying and carrying until it just cleared the wall.

 The Herd got those runs back in the third when Anthony Gose drove in two runs with a two-out bases-loaded single. A single in the fifth from LaRoche added another run and the Herd had a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Buffalo scored its six runs on nine hits.

Dave Bush pitched a complete seven-inning game, giving up two runs on five hits. He struck out eight and walked one to pick up the win and improve to 8-6.

The Bisons' lineup for Game 2:

Mike McCoy -- RF
Ryan Goins -- SS
Kevin Pillar -- CF
Mauro Gomez -- 1B
Jim Negrych -- 2B
Andy LaRoche -- 3B
Eugenio Velez -- DH
Anthony Gose -- LF
Sean Ochinko -- C 

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Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington

Mike Harrington, a Canisius College graduate who began his career as a News reporter in 1987, has covered the Buffalo Bisons since 1992 and Major League Baseball since 1995. A member of the Baseball Writers' Association of America, Harrington has reported on more than 30 MLB postseason series — including every game of the World Series in this century — and all three of the Bisons' championship runs in their modern era. He is a connoisseur of the famous Stadium Mustard at Cleveland's Progressive Field.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered the Bisons for The Buffalo News since 2002. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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