Bad start dooms Red Wings in 6-2 loss to Buffalo
Updated: Wednesday, July 9 2014, 11:53 PM EDT
The Buffalo Bisons hit three home runs to top the Rochester Red Wings 6-2 Wednesday night at Frontier Field. The Wings travel to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre before returning on Saturday for a 7:05 p.m. start at Frontier Field. Fans can receive $1 off any ticket when ordering online and using the special offer code DERAILTHERIDERS. Giveaways on Star Wars Night include Red Wings drawstring backpacks and Bobby Grich magnets, and fireworks follow the game.
Two Wings - one current and one former - started on the hill for their respective teams. LHP Logan Darnell entered Wednesday night's game with a 4-4 record and 3.15 ERA. In 11 of his 15 starts, Darnell has allowed two or fewer earned runs, while allowing at least one unearned run in eight starts. The Bisons' starter, LHP Liam Hendriks, is a familiar face and not just because the IL All-Star was making his third appearance against the Wings. Hendriks spent his 2013 season in the Minnesota organization, including 16 starts with Rochester. In his first year in the Toronto organization, Hendriks is 6-1 with a 2.19 ERA over 15 outings, including 13 starts. Wednesday was Hendriks' first start against the Wings this season, however.
Kevin Pillar led off the game with a home run off Darnell, Pillar's third home run of the season. Brad Glenn added a two-run homer with two outs to push the Bisons' lead to 3-0.
Darnell struggled again in the second inning, as the Bisons added to their lead with a two-run double by Pillar.
The Wings went through their entire batting order by the end of the third inning without earning their first hit, while Hendriks tallied three strikeouts - all looking. In the fourth inning, Deibinson Romero gave the Wings their first hit with a single to left field. Wilkin Ramirez brought Romero in with a triple that sent centerfielder Anthony Gose tumbling into the wall.
After allowing five runs (all earned) in the first two innings, Darnell settled down by the fifth inning, as he retired all three batters with two strikeouts.
The Bisons extended their lead again in the sixth inning, with a Jared Goedert home run. Initially called a double, Goedert's ball hit the yellow line at the top of the wall in the left-centerfield pocket.
Dan Rohlfing began the bottom of the sixth with a single to left field and advanced to second on a wild pitch. Rohlfing scored on a Romero double, making it a 6-2 ballgame.
Romero shined on defense in the seventh inning, as he snagged a line drive, preventing Pillar to advance while in scoring position. A groundout to James Beresford ended the Bisons' threat for that inning.
Darnell exited with none out and two on base in the ninth inning, having allowed 11 hits, six earned runs and a walk while striking out five. All six runs charged to him were earned; Darnell (4-5) threw 118 pitches, 75 for strikes. Aaron Thompson took over for Darnell and allowed a single to Pillar, the fourth hit of the game for the Bisons outfielder. Thompson struck out Anthony Gose for the first out, and a groundball double play ended the half inning.
Hendriks (7-1) pitched eight innings and allowed six hits, two earned runs and a walk with four strikeouts. Hendriks threw 99 pitches, 73 for strikes.
Ryan Tepera pitched the ninth for the Bisons. Gose took away an extra base hit from Ramirez with a long run and catch at the wall in center, for the first out of the ninth.