BUFFALO, N.Y. – Chris Dickerson powered the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre offense, which scored 10 runs and recorded 16 hits in its 10-4 victory Friday.
Dickerson fell just shy of the cycle with three hits including a lead-off home run to start off the game, an RBI double and an RBI single.
Dickerson's lead-off blast was a sign of things to come for the Yankees as they rattled off another seven runs to secure the win.
After Dickerson gave the Yankees an early lead, Buffalo answered in the bottom of the first when Josh Satin hit a two-run blast over the left field wall. Buffalo added another run in the bottom of the second to give the Bisons a 3-1 advantage.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre regained the lead in the top of the third when Eduardo Nunez hit an RBI single and Ronnie Mustelier grounded into a fielder's choice to give the Yankees a 4-3 advantage.
Buffalo responded again in the bottom half of the inning when Zach Lutz doubled to right field to tie the game at four.
The Yankees battled back in the top of the fourth when Dickerson recorded his second hit of the game on an RBI double, giving Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 5-4 lead. The Yankees added another run in the top of the fifth on a wild pitch.
Meanwhile, starting pitcher Ramon Ortiz settled down and didn't allow a run in the last three innings he pitched.
The Yankees continued to build their lead in the seventh when Francisco Cervelli hit an RBI ground-rule double to left field. Melky Mesa followed up Cervelli with a single to right field, which increased the Yankees' lead to 8-4.
Cory Wade replaced Ortiz after the sixth inning and in two innings of work struck out three and allowed no hits to keep the Yankees' lead at 8-4.
In the top of the ninth, the Yankees added two insurance runs on RBI sinlges off the bats of Darnell McDonald and Dickerson to give Scranton/Wilkes-Barre a 10-4 lead.
Juan Cedeno retired the side in order in the bottom of the ninth to secure the victory for the Yankees.
Ortiz earned the victory on the mound for the Yankees, while Elvin Ramirez was credited with the loss for Buffalo.
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre will face off against Buffalo again tonight at 7:05 p.m.
Yankees 10, Buffalo 4
|Dickerson lf||5||2||3||3||Lewis lf||4||1||0||0|
|Joseph 2b||4||1||2||0||Rodriguez ss||3||1||1||0|
|Nunez ss||5||0||1||2||Satin 2b||3||1||1||2|
|Mustelier dh||5||2||2||1||Lutz 1b||4||0||2||1|
|Laird 3b||5||1||2||0||Loewen rf||4||0||0||0|
|Cervelli c||2||1||1||1||Pascucci dh||4||0||0||0|
|Mesa cf||5||0||1||1||Tuiasosopo 3b||3||0||0||0|
|Fukudome 1b||5||1||1||0||Dekker cf||4||1||2||0|
|McDonald rf||5||2||3||1||Nickeas c||4||0||1||1|
2B – SWB: Dickerson (18, Ramirez, El), Laird (28, Carson), Cervelli (14, Patterson) BUFF: Lutz (12, Ortiz, R) 3B – HR – SWB: Dickerson (7, 1st inning off Beato, 0 on, 0 out) BUFF: Satin (13, 1st inning off Ortiz, R, 1 on, 1 out)
|Ortiz (W, 10-5)||6||7||4||3||3||2|
|Ramirez (L, 3-1)||2||2||1||1||1||2|