(bisons.com)-The Bisons roster has seen quite a bit of turnover in the last week. Gone are Anthony Gose, Kevin Pillar, Munenori Kawasaki and Thad Weber. The Herd was in need of someone to step up big against the club it trailed in the IL North division.
Much to the delight of an appreciative crowd of 15,676 on Friday night at Coca-Cola Field, a lot of Bisons players had their hands up!
Virtually a full team effort produced a much-needed 6-2 victory over the rival Red Wings in the final game of a three-game series in downtown Buffalo. The win allowed the Bisons to keep pace with Norfolk and Pawtucket in the Wild Card standings as both the Tides and PawSox were also victorious on Friday.
The Bisons trail Pawtucket by 1.5 games for the Wild Card. They also closed to within 2.5 games of Rochester in the IL North.
The manufacturing of runs was the theme of the night for the Herd. The club didn't rely on the home run and found a way to push across tallies in five different frames. For example: Mike McCoy led off the first inning with a double, was sacrificed to third by Ryan Goins and scored on an RBI-single by Moises Sierra.
Buffalo took a 2-1 lead in the second: Brad Glenn reached on an error, was singled to third by Jim Negrych and scored on Sean Ochinko's sac fly.
Step by step, the Herd built its lead. RBI-hits from Sierra and Andy LaRoche gave Buffalo a 4-1 lead after three. Two singles, a sac bunt and another Ochinko sac fly made it 5-2 in the sixth. Another Rochester error helped Ricardo Nanita score in the eighth.
While the entire Bisons lineup worked the conveyer belt on offense, Chien-Ming Wang held Rochester at bay. The Wings had a hit each of Wang's six innings...but only one. Solo runs in the first in the fifth were all Rochester could push across as Wang limited any damage to improve to 8-7 on the year.
It was more of the same in Mickey Storey in his two innings of work and Jeremy Jeffress's ninth. Rochester left a single man on base in all nine innings of the game.
Buffalo is now 66-61 on the year as they head to Pawtucket for a crucial four-game set with the PawSox. First pitch on Saturday is 6:05 p.m. from McCoy Stadium.