I-Pigs roll in win
Nelson Figueroa returned to Buffalo to face his former team and silenced the Bisons in a 10-1 IronPigs win.
Figueroa was dominant in his return to the Nickel City as he pitched six shutout innings. Over his six innings of work Figueroa allowed only five hits and struck out six batters. The former Bison is now 2-0 on the year and his ERA remains unblemished at 0.00.
The Iron Pigs got the offense going early when in the second inning third baseman Cody Ransom sent a ball to deep left field and stirred up some controversy. Originally called foul by the third base umpire Jon Merry after it landed over the left field wall just a few feet from the foul pole, the Iron Pigs argued that it hit the pole and should have been ruled a home run. After the four umpires discussed the play they ruled that it in fact did hit the foul pole and Ransom was credited with his 14th home run of the year.
The Iron Pigs then added three runs in the third inning when Bisons starting pitcher Dillon Gee allowed the first four runners to reach base. Right fielder John Mayberry Jr. would then get his 35th and 36th RBI of the season when he doubled on a sharp ground ball to left field to score Figueroa and center fielder Willy Taveras.
In his 13th start of the season, Gee had a difficult time recording outs in his four innings pitched. Gee allowed eight runs, seven of which were earned off of nine hits in his shortest outing of the year. Gee is now 6-4 for the season.
The Bisons were held scoreless after eight innings but finally got on the board in the ninth. They managed to avoid being shut out when center fielder Fernando Martinez scored off of a single from Marshall Hubbard with two outs.
The Herd’s offense was hard to come by. Shortstop Justin Turner and Martinez provided most of the offense for the Herd as Martinez recorded three hits and the only run while Turner had two hits for the day. Turner recorded two doubles but was unable to be driven home by those batting behind him. Catcher Josh Thole also had two hits on the day.
The losing streak for the Herd is now extended to seven games, the longest this season and tied for the longest from last year as they dropped seven straight on two different occasions last season. The Bisons are now 33-31 and the Iron Pigs improved to 25-38.
BISONS NOTES: The Bisons will try to end their losing streak tomorrow when they take on the Iron Pigs in the third game of a four game series. The Bisons will send Tobi Stoner (3-6, 5.23 ERA) to the mound to take on Nate Bump (5-3, 2.96 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 p.m.