by Amy Moritz
A rough start for Ricky Romero and a bad base-running decision in the seventh inning combined for the Buffalo Bisons in a 5-3 loss to Syracuse in the first game of a doubleheader at Coca-Cola Field.
It was an inauspicious start for Ricky Romero. He gave up four runs on three hits with two walks – all before the first out of the game was recorded. That made it 14 straight batters to reach base against Romero after he gave up seven runs in the fourth inning against Pawtucket last week.
A bases-clearing double to centerfield by Chris Marrero did the bulk of the first-inning damage as Syracuse jumped out to a 4-0 lead.
He settled down, retiring six straight. He gave up one more run in the third inning but scattered six more hits over the next six innings with seven strikeouts.
Trailing 4-0 early, the Herd cut the lead to 4-2 in the bottom of the first. Mike McCoy and Anthony Gose led off with back-to-back singles. A sacrifice to center by Kevin Pillar scored McCoy. Gose then stole second and third base with Clint Robinson batting, scoring when Robinson hit a deep fly to left.
A double from Tyler Moore scored another run in the third for Syracuse to make it 5-2.
The Herd cut it back to 5-3 when Moises Sierra tripled and scored on a sacrifice to right.
Romero, who pitched a complete seven-inning game, kept the Chiefs off the board.
Buffalo began a rally in the bottom of the inning as Moises Sierra led off with a single. Luis Jimenez then reached on a error by the shortstop. The ball rolled into shallow centerfield and Sierra decided to try for third. He was easily thrown out.
That play took the wind out of the Herd's sails as Ryan Goins hit into a double play to end the game.