Duda, Bisons blanked
The Buffalo Bisons saw their four-game win streak snapped tonight as they were dealt a 1-0 loss by the Rochester Red Wings at Coca-Cola Field.
The 17,527 fans that showed up for the Independence Eve Celebration were treated to a pitcher’s duel between Bisons starter Ramon Ortiz and Red Wings left hander Glen Perkins.
During his last start, Ortiz was shelled by Charlotte Knights as he gave up nine earned runs in only a three inning start. Ortiz bounced back with one of the strongest pitching performances from a Bisons starter in today’s game however. The right hander tossed six and one third innings while only giving up four hits and one run while striking out seven batters.
Ortiz was never threatened by the Red Wings until he got himself into trouble in the seventh inning. After walking Red Wings right fielder Brian Dinkelman catcher Jose Morales to load the bases Ortiz was relieved by Jose De La Torre. De La Torre has been excellent in his past six relief appearances by not allowing a run in the last five and two thirds innings. The reliever came in a tough spot and unfortunately made one mistake by hitting designated hitter Brendan Harris with the base paths full to send home first baseman Brock Peterson. De La Torre would then induce an inning ending 5-4-3 double play to get out of the inning but the Red Wings had struck first and it would prove to be the game winning run.
On the other side of the ball the Red Wings received a great start from Perkins. Perkins, who had a 1-8 record before today’s game bested Ortiz as he threw six and two thirds innings and only gave up three hits while allowing no runs.
The Herd’s bats were silent tonight as they only collected five hits as a team. The Bisons only had one man get to second base when J.R House reached in the seventh inning.
Buffalo had a chance to steal the game in the ninth when designated hitter Mike Jacobs led off the inning with a single to center field to start the inning.
First baseman Valentino Pascucci followed Jacobs and struck out swinging. Right fielder Fernando Martinez was the Bisons last hope but he could not recreate the magic of June 14th when he hit a walk-off grand slam. F-Mart grounded into a game ending 4-6-3 double play as the Bisons to hand the Herd a 1-0 loss.
As Buffalo saw their four-game winning streak end, they also saw another more historic streak come to an end tonight. Left fielder Lucas Duda failed to homer as he has done so in the past five games by going 0-3. Duda now stands with Andy Marte, Ollie Carnegie, Carlos Garcia and Bill Selby as the only members of the Bisons to hit four baggers in five straight games.
With the loss the Bisons now see their record drop to 43-40 while the Red Wings improve to 30-54.
BISONS NOTES: After going 4-1 on their five game home stand, the Bisons will now travel to Syracuse for a four game road trip against the Chiefs. The Bisons will send Dillon Gee (7-5, 5.00 ERA) to the mound to take on Erik Arnesen 2-4 (4.08 ERA) tomorrow night at 6:30 p.m.