Gee wins, Evans blasts
As we get later into summer and the nights are starting to cool down, the Bisons are starting to turn up the heat. The Herd continued on their recent hot streak by defeating the Columbus Clippers 6-2 tonight at Coca-Cola Field.
While the Bisons earned the win tonight for their third straight over the IL’s West Division leader, they didn’t need a nine-run inning or a walk-off home run…they just needed the right arm of Dillon Gee.
Gee who made his 23rd start of the season this evening gave his ballclub an excellent showing in his 7.1 innings. In his outing today Gee (11-7) gave up only five hits and two runs for his 14th quality start this year. He is now tied with Pat Misch for the team-lead in quality starts and leads the team with his eleven wins.
The 24 year old righty also continued his assent up the Bisons modern era strikeout list. While fanning nine batters in today’s win he raised his season total to 132, passing Mike York for the second spot on the list. Those 132 punch-outs also lead IL. He is now only five behind Vicente Palacios for the most strikeouts in a single season. Averaging 5.7 strikeouts a start, Gee has a good shot at snatching the record in his next outing.
While Gee was giving the Herd a solid pitching performance his teammates were slow to give him run support. Entering the sixth inning tied at 1-1, first baseman Nick Evans gave his pitcher a little help from a big swing.
Evans sent a deep bomb to left field that made it all the way to Oak Street. His two-run blast over the screen in left was his first home run as a member of the Herd. The Bisons then added another run later in the sixth and then two more insurance runs coming in the seventh and eighth.
Following the Bisons skid towards the end of July where they went 3-8 to close out the month, the Herd has turned it around to start August. Buffalo is now 5-1 to start out this month and have improved their record to 59-54. As they begin to make the push for the playoffs, the Bisons stand eight games behind Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the IL’s North Division. The Herd also remains 3.5 games back of Louisville for the lone Wild Card spot.
The Bisons have 31 more games remaining this season and eleven more series’. They play five of those sets against teams with winning records and only four of them are at the friendly confines of Coca-Cola Field.
BISONS NOTES: The Herd will look to complete the sweep the Clippers tomorrow afternoon when Tobi Stoner (5-10, 6.07 ERA) takes on Columbus righty Paolo Espino (0-0, 2.57 ERA). The Bisons have only three sweeps all season while Columbus has only been swept three times.