ALLENTOWN, P.A. (From Bisons.com)- The Bisons offense may be getting all the headlines right now, but the team's rotation is also starting to find its grove.
Miguel Batista gave Buffalo its third consecutive quality start and combined with relievers Brad Lincoln and Neil Wagner on a two-hitter in a 4-1 victory over the IronPigs on Sunday afternoon. Buffalo has now won seven straight games since starting the season 4-4.
Batista retired 15 straight batters after allowing a one-out single in the first inning. The veteran gave up just an unearned run on a walk and a Bisons' fielding error in the sixth inning. That was the only two base runners allowed by Batista, who also struck out three batters.
Dave Bush and Claudio Vargas each tossed six innings in the Herd's doubleheader sweep on Saturday night. With Batista, the three have combined to allow just two earned runs in 18 innings of work in the three victories at Coca-Cola Park against the IronPigs this weekend.
Brad Lincoln retired all six batters he faced to get the game into the ninth inning for Neil Wagner to nail down his fourth save of the season.
The Bisons scored all the offense then needed in the sixth inning. Andy LaRoche singled home Mauro Gomez ahead of Lance Zawadzki's two-run grounder through the right side of the infield. Ryan Goins added a third run-scoring single for a 4-0 Buffalo lead.
The Bisons will go for their second consecutive four-game sweep on Monday morning with a 10:35 a.m. first pitch against the IronPigs. The game will be aired live on the MLB Network.
All seven Bisons hits in the game were singles...Along with his first two RBI of the season, Lance Zawadzki picked up his first stolen base of the year...Andy LaRoche finished the game 2-3 with a walk, an RBI and a run scored.