Fransden leads ‘Pigs rally
Smooth sailing for five innings for the Buffalo Bisons on Sunday. Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Lucas Duda both drove in runs and starter Chris Schwinden had just as many hits at the plate than he allowed on the mound. It looked like the Herd was going to have an easy afternoon at Coca-Cola Park.
That was until Jeff Frandsen took over the contest.
The IronPigs shortstop hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning and singled in two more runs in the seventh as Lehigh Valley rallied for a 7-2 victory over the Bisons. Buffalo is now just 2-4 on its eight-game roadtrip with two more contests in Allentown, PA.
Schwinden came into Sunday’s contest with a sparkling 1.15ERA. The Triple-A rookie cruised through the first five innings, allowing just one hit and facing the minimum 15 batters.
Schwinden also got the first batter of the sixth inning, but began to run into trouble when he walked the #8 hitter Erik Kratz and pinch hitter Matt Miller. Former Bison Josh Barfield followed with an RBI-single to cut the Herd’s lead in half, 2-1.
With Taylor Tankersley warming in the pen, Bisons manager Tim Teufel stuck with the righty-righty match up Schwinden and Frandsen. The 28-year old IronPig won the battle, taking a 1-0 delivery from Schwinden into left field for a no-doubt three-run blast.
Frandsen’s two-run single in the seventh came off Jose De La Torre as part of a three-run rally that put the game out of reach.
Buffalo scored both of their runs in the third inning as Nieuwenhuis tripled home Raul Chavez before scoring on a Duda base hit.