Bisons hit Bats with 1-2 punch
The Bisons pulled a one-two-punch that Louisville couldn’t handle Friday night at Coca-cola field. The Bisons had seven hits, five of them from Ruben Tejada and Kirk Nieuwenhuis accounting for three of the four runs scored by the Herd.
Tejada was a big part of the Bisons offense, scoring their first run of the game on a double by Nieuwenhuis in the first inning and knocking in a homerun to lead off the third. Tejada finished the night 3-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Tejada said that he felt comfortable at the plate allowing him to focus on the pitches he was looking for each time.
Nieuwenhuis got his second RBI of the game in the sixth inning, hitting a homerun into the Bully Hill Party Deck. Lucas Duda followed with a walk, and moved to second base on a Nick Evans single to left-field. Duda scored on a sacrifice fly by Jesus Feliciano making it 4-0.
Bisons starter Chris Schwinden pitched six innings giving up four hits and striking out five and getting his first win of the season at Coca-Cola Field. Things got rocky in the fifth but Schwinden and the Bisons escaped the inning without giving up a run.
“Backing up your team and staying positive and getting out of it is the big thing,” Schwinden said.
Schwinden started the fifth by giving up a single to Todd Frazier. After striking out Danny Dorn, Michael Griffin singled to left-field, and with one out Louisville starter Chad Reineke moved Frazier to third and Griffin to second with a sacrifice. Schwinden ended the inning by striking out the next batter.
“Here’s a guy, came up here, we didn’t know what we were going to get and he’s delivered,” said Manager Tim Teufel.
Justin Hampson entered in relief for Schwinden striking out the first four batters he faced. Hampson pitched two scoreless innings keeping the shutout intact.
Manny Acosta pitched a scoreless ninth for his second save of the season, striking out the first two batters. After giving up a double to Jeremy Hermida, Acosta struck out the final batter of the night to preserve the shutout.
Teufel called it a beautiful performance by the pitching staff which combined for 12 strikeouts and no walks.
“You’d like to have that every night, we had a sacrifice fly, two homeruns and an RBI double so that’s pretty efficient with our bats as well tonight, well-played game by us,” said Teufel.