All-Star effort earns win
Pat Misch is an All-Star. Wednesday night in Syracuse was more proof of the fact…if that was even needed.
The southpaw struck out six in a complete-game victory as the Bisons bounced the Chiefs, 6-2, from Alliance Bank Stadium. The victory was Misch’s fourth straight and the ninth in his stellar first half to the 2010 season.
The next pitch the southpaw throws will be at Coca-Cola Park a week from Wednesday, when he represents the Bisons at the 23rd Annual Triple-A All-Star game.
In his All-Star tune-up, Misch retired 16 consecutive Syracuse batters. He allowed just two unearned runs on five hits and one walk. The complete game effort lowered his season ERA to 3.16, the 10th lowest in the International League.
After allowing a walk and a single in the first inning, Misch retired the Chiefs in order from the second to the sixth. A lead-off single from Justin Maxwell in the seventh broke the string. The Chiefs then scratched across a couple unearned runs as the Bisons committed two of a season-high four errors with two outs in the eighth inning.
The big bats in the Bisons order gave plenty of offensive support to Misch. Mike Jacobs hit a pair of home runs, a two-run shot in the first inning and a solo blast in the fourth to give the Herd a 3-0 advantage. Jacobs now has four homers and nine RBI in his last six games.
Lucas Duda hit his eighth homer of the year in the seventh inning and Justin Turner left the yard for the first time as a Bison in the ninth. Buffalo also plated a run in the eighth inning on Mike Cervenak’s RBI-single.
BISONS NOTES: Pat Misch is one of only four pitchers in the International League to have two complete games on the season. One of the other hurlers is former Bison, R.A. Dickey…Each Buffalo position player had a hit in Wednesday night’s victory as the Bisons out-hit Syracuse, 13-5…Jorge Padilla went 1-4 to extend his hit streak to 11-games, one shy of the Bisons’ season high set by Jesus Feliciano.