SWB Thumps Herd 5-1

9:21 PM, Aug 11, 2012   |    comments
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(bisons.com)-Zack Wheeler's initial home debut may have come a week later than planned, but it did not disappoint.

Hitting 98 mph on the radar gun, the young prospect allowed just two hits in six innings of work in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre's 5-1 victory over the Herd on Saturday night at Coca-Cola Field.

Brandon Laird's seventh-inning home run broke a 1-1 tie and gave the Yankees a two-game sweep of the Bisons.

Wheeler was scheduled to make his Bisons debut last Sunday against Syracuse, but a rainout pushed his first Triple-A start to the following day at Alliance Bank Stadium. His second trip to the mound came Saturday against the IL North leading Yankees.

The two hits collected by Scranton/Wilkes-Barre came from the first and third batters of the contest. Eduardo Nunez followed Chris Dickerson's lead-off single with a one-out double to center to give the Yanks an early lead.

After that, Wheeler was unhittable. He retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced. The only batter to reach during that span was former Bison Darnell McDonald, who walked to lead off the third. He was quickly erased when Wheeler induced a 4-6-3 doubleplay off the bat of Dickerson.

Wheeler did walk two more batters in his sixth and final inning, but got another doubleplay to get out of trouble.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre scored four runs off the Bisons bullpen, starting with Laird's go-ahead homer off Dylan Owen in the seventh. Ronnier Mustelier clubbed a two-run homer in a three-run eighth that put the game out of reach.

Buffalo scored their lone run in the fifth inning as Matt den Dekker doubled and came around on a pair of ground outs.

The Bisons host Pawtucket Sunday night. First pitch is scheduled for 6:05 at Coca Cola Field.





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