Six straight with 6-0 win
The Herd kept rolling by defeating the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 6-0 tonight at Coca-Cola Park.
Buffalo jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first. Nick Evans sent a ball to right fielder John Mayberry and looked as it was going to drop in for a hit. Mayberry tried to save the base hit by diving in an attempt to get the out. Unfortunately for Mayberry he missed the ball on the dive as it rolled behind him, allowing Lucas Duda to score all the way from first.
J.R House then added his third home run of the year when he sent a two-run blast to left field to put the Herd up 3-0 in the second. In the following inning, Duda launched a no-doubter to right field for his 15th home run of the year. The Herd then added two more insurance runs in the eighth to secure the victory.
Duda, the Triple-A rookie extended his hit streak to eight games with his 2-4 performance tonight. He has also scored a run in 13 of his last 14 games and now has 44 RBI in his 49 games with the Herd.
Making his first pitching appearance in Coca-Cola Park since he threw an inning of scoreless relief in the All-Star Game, starting pitcher Pat Misch threw another five scoreless innings in tonight’s outing. The All-Star made light work of his five innings tonight by only giving up two hits and striking out three. Misch is now 11-4 for the year and has tied Dilon Gee for the team lead in wins.
Mike O’Connor, Jose De La Torre and Sean Green then came out of the bullpen to combine for a four-hit shutout, the seventh time the Herd have blanked an opponent this year.
The red-hot Bisons have now won sixth straight game and 10 of their last 11. Their record now stands at 62-54. This is the first six-game winning streak for the Herd since August of the 2005 season when Buffalo won seven straight. They also completed the two-game sweep of the Iron Pigs with the win this evening and now have five series sweeps on the season.
BISONS NOTES: Justin Turner went 2-5 in tonight’s contest to bring his team-leading average to .305 for the year. Turner has been tearing the cover off the ball as of late by hitting 10-27 (.370) in his last six games. The Herd will now take off to Scranton for another two-game series with the Yankees. Fernando Nieve (0-0, 2.70 ERA) will be facing off against Zach McAllister (8-8, 4.81 ERA) to start the two-game set.