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SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4 (14 INNINGS): The Chiefs jumped on top 2-0 in the second inning when Syracuse starting pitcher Erik Arnesen helped out his own cause by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and Boomer Whiting drove in a run on a fielder's choice. Russ Adams got the Bisons on the scoreboard in the fourth with a one-out solo homer, his 14th shot of the year. Five of the next six batters came through with singles, including a two-run base hit by Luis Hernandez, to give the Herd a 3-2 lead. The Bison killer Chase Lambin then assisted the Chiefs in retaking the lead in the sixth inning on a two-run homer, his fourth long ball against the Bisons this season. After a leadoff single by Andy Green in the seventh, Buffalo tied the score at 4 on an RBI from Mike Cervenak. Cervenak extended his hitting streak to seven games by going 3-for-4 with a run scored and RBI. The Bisons loaded the bases with one out in the ninth inning, but Mike Nickeas flied out to shallow center field and pinch hitter J.R. House grounded out to end the threat. The Bisons went into extra innings for the second straight night. Things got dicey in the bottom of the 12th inning. With men on second and third base and one out, Brian Bixler lined a ball to center fielder Kirk Nieuwenhuis. On the catch, Pete Orr tagged from third base, but was gunned down at the plate by Nieuwenhuis to end the inning and continue the game. Seth Bynum led off the 13th with a double down the left-field line. He reached third base with one out, but a strikeout of pitcher Joe Bisenius and Carlos Maldonado’s flyout sent the contest to the 14th. For the third straight inning, the Chiefs got the winning run on third base. This time, Syracuse was able to walk off with the win, when Bixler lined a ball into left field, scoring Orr. The 14 innings and four-hour, 22-minute time of game were both season highs for the Bisons. Adams has hit five home runs in his last nine games. Bisons starting pitcher Fernando Nieve got the no-decision. Mike O'Connor pitched a scoreless ninth inning to extend his scoreless innings streak to 16 innings. The Bisons left a modern-era-record 19 men on base. Buffalo has lost five of its past seven games. Boxscore
READING 5, BINGHAMTON 0: Reading right-hander Mike Cisco pitched the best game of his three-year professional career, allowing one hit and a walk. He retired the final 25 hitters he faced for his first career shutout. The B-Mets mustered their only baserunners in the first inning. With one out, Jordany Valdespin doubled to right on a first-pitch fastball. He stole third when Josh Satin struck out looking. Cisco then walked Sean Ratliff on four pitches to get to local Reading-area product Zach Lutz, who popped out to third to end the inning, beginning the string of 25 straight that would go down. Reading (63-66) jumped to a lead against Binghamton starter Eric Beaulac, who was making his Double-A debut. Keoni DeRenne worked a walk to leadoff the first inning. After ex-Met Timo Perez struck out, Michael Spidale lined a single to center, pushing the runner into scoring position. Tagg Bozied followed and scored DeRenne with a single to right, which extended his hitting streak to 16 games. The R-Phils were back at it in the second with a solo homer from Cody Overbeck to left-center, his 11th of the season. Beaulac induced double-play groundballs in the third and fourth innings to erase runners and end innings, keeping the deficit at two runs. However, Reading plated a third run off the righty in the fifth following a walk to Keoni DeRenne. Perez smacked an 0-2 fastball from Beaulac over the head of Ratliff in center, scoring the speedy Hawaiian to make it 3-0. Beaulac allowed three runs and six hits and walked six. Reading’s final runs came in the sixth off reliever Eric Niesen. Kevin Nelson singled with one out and made his way home on DeRenne’s RBI double to right-center. DeRenne would score on a Niesen wild pitch, creating the final margin, 5-0. The loss marked the fifth time this season that Binghamton has been shut out, and the first since Trenton blanked the B-Mets 6-0 on June 12. Boxscore
CHARLESTON AT SAVANNAH (PPD.): Thursday’s Savannah Sand Gnats game against the Charleston RiverDogs was postponed by unplayable field conditions following heavy rainfall in the Savannah area. The two teams will play a doubleheader, composed of two seven-inning games, beginning at 5:35 p.m. Friday. Game 2 will begin 30 minutes after the completion of the opener.
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SYRACUSE 5, BUFFALO 4 (14 INNINGS): The Chiefs jumped on top 2-0 in the second inning when Syracuse starting pitcher Erik Arnesen helped out his own cause by driving in a run with a sacrifice fly and Boomer Whiting drove in a run on a fielder's choice.