ROCHESTER – The Buffalo Bisons’ loss on Saturday afternoon cost them more than a baseball game.
The 1-0 defeat to Rochester also foiled their bid to tie a modern era record with their ninth straight road win.
At the plate, the Bisons showed little resemblance to the team that leads all affiliated baseball in team batting average at .319. Red Wings starter Kyle Gibson, along with two relief pitchers, shut out Buffalo on two hits as 4,265 watched the series opener at Frontier Field. Rochester’s pitchers faced just two batters over the minimum.
It was the first time the Herd had been shut out this season. Harmless singles from Anthony Gose and Ryan Langerhans accounted for all of Buffalo’s offense.
The Herd was unable to advance a runner into scoring position and struck out 11 times. Gibson (1-3) had seven of those K’s with two walks over 6+ innings. Caleb Thielbar and Tim Wood retired the final seven Bisons in relief.
Rochester scored the lone run in the fifth. Evan Bigley doubled to left field. Joe Benson was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with no outs. Doug Bernier bunted the runners over and Eric Farris hit a sacrifice fly to center field, deep enough to score Bigley.
Buffalo starter Buddy Carlyle threw four shutout innings, fanned seven and allowed just two hits in a spot start. Clint Everts (0-1) took the loss as he gave up the run in the fifth.
Edgar Gonzalez (0-0, 7.71) is the scheduled starter for the Herd today (1 p.m. Radio 1520 AM) against Liam Hendriks (0-1, 4.63).