ROCHESTER — It was Andy LaRoche’s turn to lead the Buffalo hit parade Saturday in the Bisons’ 9-2 victory over the Rochester Red Wings at Frontier Field.
LaRoche led a 16-hit attack with three singles and a homer as the Herd spoiled the Wings’ home opener before 9,665 that saw a 3-hour, 49-minute marathon that was only a minute shorter than the longest nine-inning game in the Bisons’ modern era.
LaRoche’s first homer of the season got Buffalo off to a 2-0 lead in the third inning. The Bisons tacked on four more runs in the fourth and tacked on single runs in the seventh, eighth and ninth after the Wings had cut the deficit to 6-2.
Fourteen of the Buffalo hits were singles. Besides the LaRoche homer, the only other extra-base hit was a double by Moises Sierra. Five Bisons had multi-hit games. Eugenio Velez had three hits while Luis Jiminez had a pair of singles and two walks.
Buffalo (3-0) is batting .380 with 41 hits in 108 at-bats so far.
The Wings had seven singles and 11 walks but left 14 on base and were 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position.
Bobby Korecky, the third of five Buffalo pitchers, got the win with 1 ∑ shutout innings. Rochester starter Shairon Martin, who was lifted after three innings, took the loss.
The teams will play the series finale here today at 1 p.m. (Radio 1520 AM).
Right-hander David Bush was slated to start for Buffalo against lefty Pedro Hernandez but was called up by the Blue Jays.
The Bisons return home Monday for a 6:05 p.m. start of a three-game series against Syracuse.