Lance Broadway shines in complete game Bisons win
by Andrew Kulyk (@akulykUSRT) - posted 11:22 pm, July 8, 2009
Just one night after a 9th inning implosion and yet another dreary loss, the Buffalo Bisons finally beat the Scranton Wilkes Barre Yankees on Buffalo turf, winning 4-1 before a boisterous crowd of 8,638 fans.
Lance Broadway went the distance for the Herd, throwing over 120 pitches, and taking a shutout into the 9th inning. This was Broadway’s first win this season at Coca Cola Field and his first win since June 16.
Buffalo’s run support came via a sacrifice fly in the 1st, two RBI base hits in the third, and then the Bisons made it 4-0 in the 7th inning with another RBI by Jesus Feliciano who leads the team in that category.
But in the 9th inning, things got a bit dicey. Broadway came in to pitch, promptly surrendering a leadoff double, and then the Yanks placed runners at 2nd and 3rd with one out. With the tying run at the plate, Broadway then hunkered down and got strikeouts to close out the game.
Manager Ken Oberkfell spoke well of his pitcher. “He threw strikes, he got ahead of the count. And his change up was excellent,” said Oberkfell. He seemed unfazed at the number of pitches that Broadway threw, although Oberkfell admitted that Colin Curtis, the last Scranton/Wilkes Barre batter, would have been the last batter that Broadway would have faced had Curtis reached base.
The Bisons play the Yankees on the road this Saturday and Sunday, but the games have been moved from Moosic PA to Syracuse’s Alliance Bank Stadium, as the Yanks’ home field is unplayable due to soggy conditions and poor drainage. Start times in Syracuse are 4PM Saturday and 12 noon Sunday. The two teams might be playing to a nearly empty stadium. “It will be interesting” said a grinning Oberkfell. “But it won’t disrupt our schedule at all. If anything, we’ll be closer to home going into the All Star break.”