One night after recording 13 runs and 19 hits in one of their best offensive performances of the season, the Bisons had to scratch and claw just to score one run as they barely squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Syracuse in a classic pitchers duel.
Chris Schwinden started for the Herd on the night, throwing six innings of scoreless ball while striking out six Chiefs.
“He pounded the zone down, had command of his breaking pitch and when he needed to, he threw strikes and got key outs” said Bisons hitting coach George Greer.
Schwinden had one of his finer starts of the season, watching his ERA drop below 3.00 overall to 2.96.
Yet, even with Schwinden pitching a gem, he still barely earned the victory.
With the game tied 0-0 in the bottom of the 6th, the Bisons recorded their only run of the game when Lucas Duda hit an RBI double to put the Herd up 1-0.
“You want your speedy outfielder to get on base, you want your middle infielder to get him over and you want your big guy to drive him in. That’s what they did,” said Greer referring to the Bisons sequence leading to their only run in the bottom of the 6th inning.
The one run came right after Schwinden pitched his last inning of the game, allowing him to finish with the victory.
Robert Carson and Fernando Cabrera both pitched in relief for Schwinden, with Carson earning a hold and Cabrera earning his 19th save of the year.
With the win, Buffalo improves to 56-58 on the year and has won three of their last four games as they try to make a mini push to get back into playoff contention.
The Bisons currently sit six games back of Scranton Wilkes-Barre in the IL Wild Card standings with a little under a month remaining.
Both the Bisons and Syracuse hit the field again tomorrow as they close out their four game series at Coca-Cola Field at 1pm. The game marks the much anticipated Bisons debut of Zack Wheeler who is regarded as the Mets top prospect overall.
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