Valdes wins duel, Duda homers

Making his second start for the Herd this season, Raul Valdez pitched five scoreless innings in a 2-0 Bisons win against the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field tonight.

The left hander gave the Herd his best stuff as he only allowed three hits in his five inning outing while striking out six Red Wings. Valdes picked up his first win of the season by giving up only one extra-base hit and not allowing a runner past second base in his 73 pitch start.

The offense for the Herd came in little amounts, but it was enough for their third straight win. Left fielder Lucas Duda hit another home run in the third inning. The solo shot gave the Herd their first run of the game and it proved to be enough as the pitching staff was able to shutout the Red Wings.

Duda took a 1-1 offering from Red Wings starting pitcher Ryan Mullins deep to right to give him his fourth consecutive game with a home run as well as his fifth homer of the season. Duda is the first Bison to hit a home run in four straight games since Andy Marte hit a homer in five straight games from June 15-19 in 2006. The Bisons have only had four players hit a home run in five straight games in the team’s history.

Mullins gave the Red Wings a quality start, going six and two thirds innings while giving up six hits and only two earned runs, including Duda’s homer. Mullins was outpitched by Valdes however and was credited with the loss, he now drops to 4-6 on the season.

After Valdes’ exit, the Bisons bullpen came in to secure the victory. Following Valdes was Bobby Livingston who pitched two and two thirds innings of relief. Livingston only allowed three hits and kept the shut out going in his appearance. Acosta relieved Livinston and did not allow a hit while picking up the save. He now has four on the season.

The win brings the Herd to 42-39 and it is the fifth time the Bisons have shut out an opponent this season. The loss for Rochester drops the Red Wings to 30-52 for the year.

BISONS NOTES: Shortstop Luis Hernandez went 3-4 on the day with three doubles in his third game with the Herd. He is the first Bison to hit for three doubles this season and those were his also his first three hits as a member of the Herd. The Bisons will continue their three game series with the Red Wings tomorrow when All-Star Pat Misch (7-3, 3.46 ERA) takes on Anthony Swarzak (1-4, 4.60 ERA) at 7:35 p.m.

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