Kevin Pillar is making a very good first impression in his short time with the Bisons thus far (photo milb.com)
Buffalo, NY - Slumping bats, poor fielding, ineffective pitching, and a quality opposing pitcher are all ingredients that will most likely always lead to a loss in the game of baseball.
The Bisons showed that to be true as they fell to the Rochester Red Wings 11-1 in ugly fashion in a one-game home return for Independence Eve in front of 17,208 at Coca-Cola Field Wednesday evening. The loss was tied for the Bisons worst of the season dating back to May 12th when they lost 12-2 on the road at Louisville. It was the first time a Bison opponent hit the double-digit mark since May 29th when Durham plated ten.
Andrew Albers threw a gem on the mound for the Red Wings and his offense scored in seven of the nine innings to help spoil the Bisons home return.
“It looked like we were dragging,” said Bison manager Marty Brown. ”We just left too many pitches up middle and had to pay for it… Hopefully we can regroup on this road trip and come home and play with a little more intensity and enthusiasm.”
Albers threw seven innings of five-hit ball and struck out six Bison batters in the process. The Bisons struggled putting together hits and had very few potential scoring threats.
“(Albers) pitched well,” said Brown. ”He pitched to both sides of the plate and used his change-up so I don’t want to slight him at all but we didn’t look ourselves at all.”
The Red Wings scored a run in the second on a Deibinson Romero homerun to open the scoring. The tacked on another run in the third inning and followed that with two runs in each of the fifth, sixth, and seventh innings.
Jeff Clement doubled in the fifth to score two runs. Antoan Richardson and Doug Bernier each drove in runs in the sixth inning. And Chris Herrmann doubled to drive in two runs in the seventh.
First baseman Chris Colabello belted his 21st homerun of the season in the top of the eighth and Brian Dinkelman hit a two-run shot in the ninth to put the finishing touches on the rout as the Red Wings totaled 15 hits.
For the Bisons, it was nothing short of ugly. They totaled just X hits and managed to score just one run as Kevin Pillar’s fourth-inning homerun was the only bright spot for the Herd. The defense, which most always goes underrated in any baseball game, managed to commit three errors in the game. Both recently named All-Stars for the Herd were responsible for the errors as Mauro Gomez committed two errors at first base and Jim Negrych made one at third base.
Starting pitcher Claudio Vargas threw just 4.2 innings and gave up six hits and four earned runs while walking three in the process.
For Pillar, it was his fifth multi-hit game in just his 13th game with the club this season. He has hit safely in 12 of his 13 games played for the Bisons this season and continues to impress his coach and teammates in the process.
“(Pillar) just figures out a way to make things happen,” said Brown on his new outfielder. ”It’s fun to watch him play. I know he’s still learning a lot at this level too but he goes up there with the idea of doing damage every time he goes to the plate and defensively he’s played very well. A definite bright spot.”
“I’ve learned to take the good with the bad,” said Pillar who is in the midst of a ten game hit streak. ”I just always go up to the plate with confidence knowing that any at-bat could be the at-bat that changes the course… I’m always fairly comfortable at the plate.”
The Bisons returned home for just this one game on Independence Eve and will go back on the road for two games against Scranton Wilkes-Barre before returning home on Saturday for three games in two days with a double-header scheduled for Sunday.
Feature photo courtesy of The Buffalo Bisons
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