Jim Negrych is hitting .481 this season (photo/ Buffalo News)
Buffalo, NY - The Bisons continue to stay red hot and look like they’re hitting off a pitching machine now-a-days.
The Herd came into this week’s home-stand with Pawtucket winners of eight straight, all on the road. Their streak was snapped during the four game series but they were still able to win the series three games to one and capped it off with an 8-4 win Friday evening.
The fireworks after the game weren’t the only things exploding as the home team continued to rip the cover off of the baseball, going yard three times in the game.
The win was Marty Brown’s 253rd as manager of the Bisons, tying himself with hall-of-famer Brian Graham for the most managerial wins in the franchise’ modern era.
“That means I’ve been here longer than most other managers,” said Brown jokingly after the game. ”It’s an honor to come here and be in this atmosphere and have the opportunity to make a difference in some young players who went to the big leagues and some pretty good ones.”
The Herd currently have six players hitting above .300 and as a team are hitting .319 on the season. They hit .297 in 2004 when Marty Brown was the skipper which was the highest in the International League since 1938.
Luis Jimenez provided the highlight of the night as his seventh inning blast went into the parking lot over the Bully Hill party deck in right field. That solo shot put the Herd ahead by two, 6-4.
“Well it was a slider,” said the first baseman, Jimenez. ”I made a good adjustment, a good swing, and let it ride.”
The Bisons struck first as they have done many times this season by scoring two runs in the first inning. But they quickly fell behind 4-2 after allowing two runs in the second and third innings.
Moises Sierra’s blast in the third inning, and another run in the fourth tied the game.
The red-hot Jim Negrych, who raised his batting average to .481 in the game after going 3 for 4, broke the tie in the sixth with a double to left field, scoring Josh Thole.
“It’s just a matter of getting into a good position to hit,” said Negrych. ”I just got in my hitting position and let the barrel fly at it.”
Eugenio Velez put the finishing touches on the game for the Herd as he hit a two-run homerun in the bottom half of the eighth.
The Bisons have won 12 of their last 14 games and are in first place of all the international league.
The Bisons will travel to Rochester for a 1:05 pm start Saturday afternoon.
4-game series vs Pawtucket Red Sox
April 23 – W 5-3
April 25 – L 3-8
April 25 – W 4-0
April 26 – W 8-4
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