Buffalo Bisons @ Scranton/ WB Rail Riders (Win 9-6)
The Bisons broke their losing streak and rode the awoken bats to a victory Monday. Drew Hutchison got the start for the the Herd and had difficulties with the Rail Riders right from the start. Hutch pitched six innings while giving up 10 hits and five earned runs. He also gave up a home run to Nick Swisher in the 4th inning.
Hutch showed better control as he struck out six and did not walk a batter while throwing 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes. Prior to this game, Hutch had an a sub-.100 opposing batting average but after this start it sits at a more typical .208. He may have been pounding the strike zone too much in this one judging from the 10 hits.
The bullpen held true and kept the Rail Riders off the board for the most part. Over three innings of work the only run allowed was in the 8th which was recorded as a blown save for Chad Girodo who allowed two hits. Ryan Tepera and Chad Jenkins threw a shutout inning each. Jenkins pitched the 7th and scattered a pair of hits. Tepera came on for the save in the 9th and made it interesting as he walked two batters but managed to shut down the Rail Rider threat.
Pitching Grade: B
On offence the Herd was hitting everything. 15 hits by the Bisons and a late inning charge allowed them to walk out with the victory. Dalton Pompey failed to record a hit in the game but extended his on-base streak to seven games on a walk.
Casey Kotchman had a 2-for-4 day with a double and a solo homer in the 2nd that started things off for the Herd. In the 3rd Junior Lake hit a 2-run homer for his first of the season. He also collected a double in a 2-5 performance. Matt Dominguez went 3-4 with a double and 4 RBI. Dominguez is heating up it appears if you look at the past couple games were he is 5-8 with 6 RBI.
Jesus Montero continues to rake as he hit two more doubles, scored a run and drove one in. Seven hitters in the Bison attack had multi hit games. The only batters that did not have a hit were Dalton Pompey and A.J. Jimenez who was just activated yesterday.
Offensive Grade: A
Line of the game – Casey Kotchman, 2-4 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored, and an RBI
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