Bisons bats explode, 8-1 win
On a cold night at the ballpark the Bisons’ bats were scorching hot driving in eight runs off Pawtucket pitching to win 8-1 rebounding from a 15-1 loss on Monday.
The Bisons didn’t wait long to get out in front of Pawtucket scoring three runs in the first inning with five straight hits. Nick Evans started the parade with a single through the infield, and was followed by Lucas Duda’s infield single. Zach Lutz drove in the first RBI with his third double of the season.
“Kind of nice to get on the board early, getting three runs in the first gave [Dillon Gee] a little breathing room,” said Manager Tim Teufel .
They picked up their fourth run on Nick Evans solo-homerun to right center-field, notching his second RBI of the season.
“You got to give credit to the guys up there, they gave me a lot of run support and that definitely makes it easier on me to just go out there and do my job,” said Starting Pitcher Dillon Gee.
The Bisons grabbed four more runs in the third inning starting with Zach Lutz’s first homerun of the season, a solo-shot to right center-field. A walk, two singles and two errors helped the Bisons climb to an 8-0 lead.
“Anytime you can get late into a game like that and have plenty of runs on the board is always a good thing for the home team,” Teufel said.
Two of the Bisons eight runs came as a result of Pawtucket errors.
Dillon Gee kept Pawtucket at bay refusing to give up a hit until the fourth inning which led to the only run scored by the Red Sox. Gee started the fourth with an out, but allowed a walk to Pawtucket’s Drew Sutton who came around to score on Yamaico Navarro’s fourth double of the season making it 8-1.
Gee worked seven innings for the first win by a Bisons starter giving the bullpen a much need day of rest. He pitched seven innings giving up three hits, two walks and struck out four.
“I got them to hit my pitches tonight and luckily the defense did a great job,” Gee said. “I felt a little bit more in control tonight; all my pitches were a little bit sharper tonight. I was locating better than I did last time, and again the run support definitely eases the game, I got to give credit to those guys.”
Dale Thayer relived Gee in the eighth retiring the side in order. The Bisons only used two pitchers in the game as Thayer closed out the game getting the first three batters he faced in the ninth
“It’s always nice to give your bullpen a rest, and Thayer came in did a couple innings and did a nice job,” said Teufel.
The Bisons closed out their first home stand with a win bringing their record to 3-3. Game Notes:Zach Lutz hit his third double of the season and his first homerun in the third inning…Raul Chavez caught Pawtucket shortstop Jose Iglesias attempting to steal, opponents are now 1-6 stealing bases…Nick Evans hit his first homerun of the season…Bisons have yet to lose back-to-back games.