Bisons pen secures 2-1 win
The Bisons took the second game of the series against Pawtucket on the strength of team pitching and timely double plays. After Boof Bonser left the game two thirds into the fourth inning due to an injury, Bisons relief pitching picked up where he left off securing the 2-1 win.
The relief staff shut Pawtucket out for the next six innings with solid work from Jose De La Torre, Mike O’Conner and Manny Alvarez. Ryota Igarashi pitched one and a third innings for his first save of the season.
Igarashi retired the side in the ninth with ease, striking out Ryan Kalish, getting Daniel Nava to ground out and striking out Lars Anderson looking.
“I’ll tell you what those guys have done a great job out there in the bull pen, and their pitching often, and their doing a tremendous job holding down the fort,” Manager Tim Teufel said.
De La Torre came in midway through Pawtucket infielder Nate Spears at bat, after Bonser left the game. De La Torre got Spears to fly out to center field to end the inning. De La Torre faced five batters striking out three.
“Today De La Torre did a great Job,” said Teufel. “The bullpen has done a tremendous job and especially today, they really stepped up today.”
The Bisons never trailed in the game, scoring a run in the first inning off of a Justin Turner triple, and a RBI single by Nick Evans.
“I got a lot of faith, we got a lot of good hitters in the line-up and I think it’s just a matter of time before they start really swinging the bat,” said Teufel.
Pawtucket tied the game in the fourth inning when Yamaico Navarro hit a double into left field and was singled home by J.C. Linares tying the game at one.
The Bisons came right back in the bottom of the fourth. Ruben Tejada walked and stole second, his second stolen base of the year. Pawtucket starter Andrew Miller walked two more batters loading the bases. A passed ball from Rich Hill allowed Tejada to score from third, giving the Bisons back the lead.
“We’re playing good defense and fundamentally sound baseball so from that stand point and having good pitching out of the bullpen, as a manager you can’t ask for much more,” Teufel said.