The wind was blowing out toward left field at Syracuse yesterday, and several pages from the International League record book were blown away as a result, as the visiting Buffalo Bisons hammered the Chiefs 27-9.
Buffalo native Jim Negrych led the game off with a triple, en route to becoming the first ILer to hit for the cycle in a little under a year. The two teams combined for 43 hits, with 7 home runs on the day.
The Bisons set League records for most runs and hits (29) in a nine-inning game. Their 18-run margin of victory also set a new mark, and their 10 run seventh inning set a club record for most runs in an inning.
Of the Bisons' 29 hits, 13 were for extra bases. The Bisons currently lead the IL in most offensive categories, including a line of .333/.406/.531, with 85 runs, 16 home runs, and 212 total bases.
Negrych finished the day 4-7, and leads the loop in hitting with a .515 average. Outfielder Moises Sierra went 6-6. He had three chances to hit the homer he needed to join Negrych in the cycle club. First Basemen Luis Jimenez was 5-7 with 8 RBI on the day, while Ryan Langerhans homered twice, doubled, and drove in six runs. The Bisons sent at least 9 batters to the plate in 4 innings, and 8 of the 9 hitters had at least two hits and one RBI.
Bisons Manager Marty Brown also managed the 2004 Bisons club whose 25 runs in Rochester were surpassed yeseterday, and recalls that the same kind of windy conditions were present that day.
As would be expected, the pitching staffs on both teams took a hammering. Bisons starter Edwin Gonzalez allowed 5 runs on 8 hits over 4 innings, while the Chiefs' Tanner Roark gave up 10 runs on 12 hits in 3.2 innings in taking the loss.