Misch shuts down Knights
After throwing a complete game shutout in his last outing against the Norfolk Tides, starting pitcher Pat Misch took the mound tonight against the Charlotte Knights. Misch was once again dominant as he pitched another gem in a 3-1 win for the Bisons at Coca-Cola field on Thursday night.
Over seven innings of work, Misch gave up only three hits and allowed one run. That one run came in the fifth inning when designated hitter Donny Lucy hit his first home run of the season. Lucy took a 1-0 pitch and launched it over the left field wall to tie the game at one. Lucy’s home run ended Misch’s streak of 14 consecutive scoreless innings pitched.
The Herd would answer in the bottom half of the inning however. Shortstop Ruben Tejada led off the inning with a single to left field and would eventually score when left fielder Jesus Feliciano sent a double to right field to give the Herd a lead they would not relinquish. The Herd would add an insurance run in the seventh inning when Tejada was again driven home by Feliciano on a sacrifice fly. For the night Tejada was 2-3 with a single and a double and Feliciano went 1-3 with two RBI and extended his hitting streak to nine games. After going 1-3 Feliciano’s league high batting average dropped one point to .368.
First baseman Mike Hessman was unable to add to his league high totals of home runs and RBI tonight as he went 0-4 and struck out twice. Hessman did however show off his glove again tonight as he took away a base hit from Knights center fielder Josh Kroger. Kroger hit a line drive right down the first base line and Hessman was able to reach out and snag it to end the inning.
Right handed pitcher Ryota Igarashi pitched one inning for the Herd in his rehab assignment for the Mets. In his inning of relief, Igarashi allowed only one hit when shortstop Brent Lillibridge doubled to center field. Igarashi threw 19 pitches in his inning of work and made the most of them as 13 were for strikes.
The Knights threatened in the ninth inning when Kroeger and right fielder Stefan Gartrell both reached base off of singles with only one out. With Kroeger on third and Gartrell on first, relief pitcher Elmer Dessens settled down and retired the next two batters to secure the win for the Herd and pick up his sixth save of the season.
For the Knights starting pitcher Carlos Torres was credited with the loss. Torress went seven innings and gave up six hits and allowed all three runs that the Herd would score on the night. The win improves the Bisons record to 24-17 and with the loss the Knights drop to 17-25.
BISONS NOTES:The Bisons will finish up their four game series with the Knights tomorrow night. Bobby Livingston (1-5, 4.35 ERA) is slated to start for the Herd while the Knights will send Jeff Marquez (4-3, 3.72 ERA) to the mound. In his last start Livingston went six innings and gave up five hits leading to four runs in a 5-4 Bisons loss.